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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 21, 1988 | By Jan Hefler, Special to The Inquirer
The Pennsauken Township Committee last night decided to locate a proposed $6.4 million municipal building and senior citizen housing complex at the former site of the Walt Whitman Theater on 47th Street at Westfield Avenue. Plans call for the first floor, with 18,000 square feet of space, to serve as the municipal center. On the remaining six floors would be about 80 apartments for the elderly. Financial consultant Fred Greene said the township would rent the municipal center from a group of real estate investors for approximately $127,000 a year.
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August 8, 1994 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
The Wandering Bambino may finally have a home. The proposed 9-foot statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo now seems destined to reside in front of the Municipal Services Building, practically in the shadow of the abstract sculpture Rizzo publicly ridiculed 20 years ago. A joint committee of the Fairmount Park Commission and the Philadelphia Art Commission recently scouted three Center City sites, and sources say the MSB location is the...
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August 27, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
I LOST $25 in the last few weeks. A few things didn't fall my way. It started the night of Aug. 11, when the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, hitting .298 at the time, went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Astros phenom Carlos Correa had the same stat line. Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, an All-Star for the first time last month, went 0-for-6 with a strikeout hat trick. It's tough to win a contest on DraftKings competing against more than 61,000 other lineups of 10 players - a complete diamond, but with two pitchers - when 30 percent of your lineup combines to go 0-for-14 with seven strikeouts.
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August 5, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Michael Manerchia, a heavy-equipment operator, found pieces of a broken plate under the flooring of a home he was renovating in Marcus Hook, he had no idea that he had opened a treasure chest of history. Not quite knowing what he had, he consulted a friend who is a local historian. He suggested probing further. A hole punched in the plaster revealed five-inch-thick walls made of wooden planks. Manerchia had purchased a rare "Plank House" - constructed with materials harvested from a ship dating from the early 18th Century.
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August 5, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
Update : SEPTA said early Tuesday it had received 38,013 entries. The number of passes requested should be known later in the day. Earlier Story: THE ONLINE lottery for SEPTA Regional Rail passes for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit went "really well" yesterday, with 33,976 people successfully entering the lottery by 10 p.m., according to SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The lottery was the transit agency's second attempt at selling the passes, after the first attempt July 20 resulted in a site crash due to high volume.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA is paying $500,000 a year for information technology services to CapTech Consulting Inc., the company hired to design and build an e-commerce site on the agency's home page to sell special transit passes for the September papal visit. The site crashed within minutes of going live Monday morningand has remained down all week, as SEPTA considers hiring another outside vendor to sell the online passes if CapTech cannot solve the problems. The Wayne office of CapTech, a Richmond, Va.-based company, was awarded a three-year$1.5 million contract in March to perform information technology tasks for SEPTA.
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July 23, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE SALE OF regional rail passes for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit will not resume this week, after the site for pass sales crashed when it went live on Monday due to high volume, SEPTA announced yesterday. In a statement, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said the agency is still considering how best to address the overwhelming demand for the papal passes. Within the first minute of launch, about 54,000 people visited SEPTA's papal pass site. When the site was shut down, more than an hour later, 64,000 people were still trying to buy passes.
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July 22, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
IF YESTERDAY'S botched online sale of SEPTA regional-rail passes for the papal visit is any indication of what's in store when it comes to transportation during Pope Francis' visit in September - heaven help us. SEPTA's papal-pass site, which went live at 9 a.m., crashed almost immediately due to high volume. By 10:40 a.m., SEPTA officials had shut down the site and put the sale on hold. Sales will not resume today, but SEPTA is expected to announce today when sales will reopen.
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July 22, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Babcock says she is excited to meet her new neighbors, and she's not real fussy about whom they might be. Babcock co-owns Woodward Landscape Supply Co., whose next-door neighbor for nearly three years has been the abandoned Water World Park in East Pikeland Township. That 22-acre parcel, where weeds have sprouted around barren pools, soon could be sprouting new life. The property is to be auctioned next week. "We don't really care what it's used for, as long as it's not dirty, noisy, and loud," Babcock said.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA suspended its online sales of train passes for September's papal visit shortly after they began Monday morning, because demand to buy them overwhelmed the transit agency's website capacity. SEPTA will announce Tuesday its plans for resuming sales at www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly . It will provide a 24-hour notice before trying to restart online sales, the agency said. Most papal Regional Rail passes remain unsold, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Monday. "The majority of the passes are still there.
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July 19, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A long-vacant former municipal complex at the site of what was a Cold War-era Nike missile base is to be dismantled to make way for a public safety center in Lumberton Township. The base was one of a dozen constructed in the Philadelphia region in the '50s to defend the country against a possible Soviet bomb attack and was decommissioned in 1974. Lumberton, then a mostly rural Burlington County community, renovated the Army base's two dormitories to house its municipal offices and police department.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brandywine Realty Trust has bought almost the entire Center City block that had been the site of 2013's deadly building collapse that flattened a Salvation Army thrift store. The 37,000 square feet of property purchased by the company Tuesday include all but three parcels along the southern side of Market Street between 21st and 22d streets, Brandywine president and CEO Jerry Sweeney said in an interview. The site includes two three-story buildings that Brandywine will renovate into rental lofts, offices and retail spaces, Sweeney said.
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