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March 12, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The developer of Center City's luxury 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street condominiums said Monday that he plans to build a 26-story, 40-unit condo tower at Fifth and Walnut Streets at a cost of $150 million. The tower will overlook Independence Hall, developer Tom Scannapieco said, and will be built on an 18,155-square-foot site vacant for more than a decade. A number of proposals for the land have been made, most recently in 2004. Scannapieco said construction should begin in spring 2015, with units ready for occupancy in March 2017.
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March 21, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Everett Gillison, Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, says the city defers to no one when determining the fate of city property. "City property," he said, "is city stuff, and there's one way forward. " That way is with the city and its "partners," he said. So when former City Managing Director Joe Certaine calls on the mayor to exercise authority over what happens with the rediscovered Bethel Burial Ground - owned by the city as part of Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village - he is calling on the city to do what it is already doing, says Gillison.
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February 5, 1998 | by Melanie C. Redmond, For the Daily News
Valentine's Day is Saturday, Feb. 14, and stores are selling tons of flowers and candy. But how many know the holiday's real history? Legend has it that the holiday became St. Valentine's Day in honor of a priest in ancient Rome. Emperor Claudius II had forbidden Roman soldiers to marry; he thought it would make them weak. Valentine ignored the emperor's decree and secretly married the young couples. He was arrested, and while in prison converted a prison guard and his family to Christianity.
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April 17, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Construction of townhouses at the site of the long-vacant Mount Sinai Hospital in South Philadelphia could begin in the next few weeks, now that the city Zoning Board of Adjustment has given its approval for this first phase of a larger project proposed by Greenpointe Construction. Building permits are pending for the 37 three-story townhouses. Still awaiting approval is a plan to convert the hospital's main building into up to 198 apartments. Greenpointe, a Philadelphia firm run by Gagandeep Lakhmna, seeks historic tax credits to renovate the main building, said Koenig.
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April 15, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In their last desperate moments, with winds howling and waves crashing around them, crew members rushed below decks and frantically pushed blankets and bedding into the leaking hull. They hoped to keep the steamer Robert J. Walker afloat long enough to make land near Absecon Inlet Light, but were overwhelmed by the rushing waters of the Atlantic in 1860. More than a century and a half later, the Walker is still pointed toward the lighthouse and the blue wool blankets the crew used are still lying in the bow, in a murky, emerald green world 85 feet down.
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April 12, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN The homeless living in tents throughout Camden are facing new problems with trash piling up, as local authorities prepare for spring cleaning. Residents said they hope the garbage is removed, but are concerned they could lose their campsites. In recent days, officials bulldozed away from the highway trash that blocked the main entrance to the "backwoods," an encampment off Admiral Wilson Boulevard near North 12th Street. Throughout Camden, there are at least six sites where people live outside - 50 to 60 people overall.
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April 6, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
A few years back, Jonathan Schwartz found himself with two children and, along with his wife, five parents to worry about. All but one of the parents was over 80, and the couple was faced with "lots of stuff to worry about. " Schwartz, former head of Sun Microsystems, realized he was spending his time fixated on "medication lists, care routines, doctor's visits, garage codes to the parents' houses, passwords for online accounts - all the things you start to worry about when you care for someone else.
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April 6, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since New Jersey legalized Internet gambling in November, offshore operators have intensified efforts to entice gamblers in the state to their unauthorized sites, according to an executive at one of the companies authorized to offer online gambling. "There's increased activity by offshore operators again into New Jersey, driving heavy promotions. There's new companies coming now who are actually trying to capitalize on that opportunity," Norbert Teufelberger, chief executive of Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment P.L.C., said in a March conference call with investors.
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April 2, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The William Penn Foundation is announcing Tuesday a massive effort to turn the Delaware River watershed into a lab for innovation - for investigating and determining how best to protect or restore water quality. About $35 million in grants mainly over the next three years - with the potential of nearly $200 million more to follow in leveraged money - will fund the work that will protect more than 30,000 acres, implement more than 40 restoration projects, find solutions that can be replicated elsewhere, and follow through with years of data collection to quantify the effects.
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March 31, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
TODAY, THE libations for what may have been the nation's oldest privately owned African-American cemetery that was not part of a churchyard will be heaven-sent, rather than man-made. A prayer and libation ceremony to honor some 5,000 people buried at the rediscovered Bethel Burying Ground in Queen Village that had been set for today has been postponed - but supporters of the burial ground continue to fight for the honor they believe the sacred site deserves. "This is probably one of the most important African-American memorials or monuments we have in this town," said Joe Certaine, spokesman for the Friends of Bethel Burying Ground.
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March 31, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Developer Bart Blatstein is buying for $13 million the site of the derailed Foxwoods Casino project in South Philadelphia, a property he owned 21 years ago, according to people familiar with the deal. Blatstein declined to comment. Others involved in the transaction say the sale will open up a critical section of the central Delaware River waterfront to the public. As part of the deal, Blatstein will convey to the Natural Lands Trust, a local land conservation organization, a 100-foot-wide strip of land along the river's edge from Tasker Street to Reed.
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March 23, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A glitch in the Obamacare window-shopping tool that incorrectly responded "not eligible" to queries about financial help from households just above the poverty line was fixed hours after the administration learned of the issue, officials said Friday. For 35 days, Healthcare.gov used the wrong year's federal poverty-level guidelines for informal assessments of eligibility. And, while that website has been the only one empowered to make final decisions in most states, similar mistakes uncovered at independent sites raise the possibility that wrong information is still being disseminated less than 10 days before open enrollment ends for the year.
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March 22, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The Salvation Army has agreed to donate its property at 22d and Market Streets for use as a memorial park to honor the victims of the building collapse that killed six people there in June. The agreement was announced Thursday by Mayor Nutter, who praised the charity for its generosity. The transfer still needs approval from several authorities in New York state, where the Salvation Army is headquartered. Maj. Robert W. Dixon, the Salvation Army's regional director of operations, attended Nutter's news conference but, by prior arrangement, did not speak.
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