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March 26, 2016
Two pit bulls missing for about a week were found Friday after a tip led rescue officials to an abandoned building where the dogs were being held, likely to be trained for dogfighting. On Friday, Justice Rescue reunited the pit bulls with their owner, who had been looking for them since they got away a week earlier. Justice Rescue officers got a call last week about dogs locked in an abandoned building in Chester. The group said it gets many calls about dog fighting in the area and had rescued dogs from that building before.
SPORTS
March 25, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
ROY WILLIAMS, now 65, was in his third season as an assistant coach in 1981 when arguably the most controversial NCAA championship game was played at the Spectrum. Williams' hair was black, his suits no-doubt leisurely and he was a young assistant under Dean Smith. North Carolina was loaded that year with a crew that included Al Wood, Sam Perkins, James Worthy and Jimmy Black. Philadelphia hasn't played host to the most NCAA Tournament games, but it's sure been the site of some of the most memorable.
NEWS
March 23, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
West Chester University is in the early stages of scouting sites to establish campuses and accommodate growing enrollment. "If we're really going to be able to accommodate students who want a West Chester education, we're going to have to do it someplace other than here," said Greg R. Weisenstein, 68, who will retire March 31 after seven years at the helm of the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "We're landlocked, and there's only so many students our community can absorb.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Two immigrant mothers on Monday urged state officials to give them a voice as they decide the fate of a Berks County family detention center that has become a flashpoint in the debate over the handling of undocumented parents and their children. In their petition, the women, both of whom have been held at the facility, recounted what they said is "gross negligence and misconduct" that endangers families detained at the 96-bed Berks County Residential Center (BCRC) in Leesport. In one case, they claimed, a 5-year-old with diarrhea was left untreated for three weeks.
SPORTS
March 15, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
THERE IS NO reason to get frustrated with the NCAA Tournament selection committee's bracket because it is an annual mystery. However, its members may have outdone themselves this year. Why did they flip regions for Xavier and Villanova when keeping them near home would have balanced the bracket and given both site advantages they earned with No. 2 seeds? Kansas was No. 1 on the 68-team seed list, so Xavier as No. 8 would have fit perfectly in the South region in Louisville. Villanova was No. 7 and seemed a perfect seed fit in the East at Wells Fargo Center for North Carolina, which was No. 2 overall.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A national investigation into claims that Veterans Affairs employees doctored records to hide backlogs in treatment for veterans found no such wrongdoing at its Philadelphia and Horsham facilities, VA officials said Thursday. The agency's Office of Inspector General said it examined complaints about scheduling problems at its West Philadelphia hospital, and noted the "archaic" computer system there. But it did not find any willful manipulation of data. In reviewing more than four years' worth of data from the Horsham clinic, inspectors found it never had more than six patients waiting for care at a time, and said "very few" had to wait more than 14 days for an appointment.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
King of Prussia-based O'Neill Properties Group has completed environmental remediation work at the central New Jersey site where it plans a $2.2 billion mixed-use development known as The Pointe. The company plans to begin work on the project's first retail space - a 200,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops store - in the spring, O'Neill Properties said in a release on Wednesday. The remediation work at the former National Lead Co. manufacturing site in Sayreville, Middlesex County, cost $8 million, with the pad on which the Bass Pro store will be built costing another $3 million, O'Neill Properties said.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
An affiliate of Vancouver, Wash.-based Hawthorn Development L.L.C. has paid $1.8 million for four acres in Glen Mills where it plans to build a 142-unit retirement community, according to Colliers International, which helped broker the sale. Hawthorne purchased the property at Brinton Lake Corporate Center from Wynnewood Development Inc., Colliers said in a release Tuesday. The retirement community is scheduled to open in 2017. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
BUSINESS
March 10, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
The owners of Center City's Lit Bros. building are restoring the former department store's historic moniker, as its main tenant - Bank of New York Mellon - slims down its presence at the site. Brickstone Cos. is striking Mellon Independence Center from the edifice at 701 Market St. and replacing it with a new, old name: The Lits Building . Precise timing on the rebranding is unclear, but it will occur "sooner rather than later," Mark Merlini, a Brickstone partner, said Tuesday.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
London-based 90 North Real Estate Partners and Arzan Wealth of Dubai have paid $127 million for the Malvern campus of advanced building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain, which will remain at the site. The transaction includes Saint-Gobain's 320,000 square feet of office and lab space across two buildings on 65 acres of land, 90 North Real Estate said in a release. The manufacturer moved to the site from Valley Forge less than a year ago with a 15-year lease. The seller was a consortium including E. Kahn Development Corp and J. Loew & Associates, which had redeveloped the site for Saint-Gobain.
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