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December 10, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Saturday, Philip Rinaldi dug into a plate of linguine Alfredo served at a South Philadelphia union banquet hall, where the chief executive officer of Philadelphia Energy Solutions L.L.C. was among the guests of honor. At the banquet, Rinaldi received an award from United Steelworkers Local 10-1 for saving the jobs of hundreds of their members last year. His company bought refineries in South Philadelphia from Sunoco Inc. after it said it was getting out of the oil-refining business and selling - or shutting - its 1,500-acre facility on the Schuylkill.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia construction worker is in critical condition after touching unprotected electric lines at what city officials said was an illegal construction site in the fast-changing neighborhood west of Temple University. Doctors were treating Rashir Cromwell, 35, on Wednesday in the burn unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Cromwell also fractured his back. The bricklayer "fell from the roof" at 1806 W. Montgomery Ave. on Tuesday morning, city police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
POLICE say the Valencia, Calif., area where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a car crash is known to attract street racers. Walker and his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas died in the one-car crash Saturday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department already has said speed was a factor. The street where the crash happened forms a loop amid commercial buildings that is isolated from traffic, especially on weekends. Fans of Walker continued to gather yesterday at the site, leaving flowers and memorabilia from the movie franchise about fast cars that made him famous.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
At what used to be the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, dozens of workers are taking apart some of the same ships that thousands once built there. The Navy is paying $8.5 million to Philadelphia Ship Repair L.L.C. to pull out the marine jet engines, propellers and shafts, power transmissions, sonar systems, and compressors from five 1970s-era guided-missile frigates. The Navy is salvaging those systems so they can be used in surviving frigates - some in U.S. service, some in the navies of Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, and Turkey.
SPORTS
November 26, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Columnist
There was, understandably, some grumbling in the Langhorne area over the weekend. That's when No. 4 seed Neshaminy, following a 35-14 victory over Abington, learned that its clash Friday night in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA final with No. 11 North Penn, which advanced with a 40-19 defeat of Perkiomen Valley, would be played at Souderton High. That struck the folks at Neshaminy as a bit unfair, since Souderton is about a 45-minute drive from Old Lincoln Highway. North Penn, despite being the lower seed, has an approximate 10-minute bus ride from Lansdale to the stadium.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL Costco Wholesale has set its sights on a parcel of prime South Jersey real estate to expand the megastore chain's presence in the region. The Issaquah, Wash., retailer has put down a marker to build a 157,845-square-foot warehouse in Garden State Park, site of the former horse racetrack. In addition to a warehouse, a proposed site plan recently filed with the township calls for retail space, a restaurant, and a bank on the vacant 18-acre site. "We're excited about Costco," Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn said.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2013 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anna L. Aagenes, district director for State Sen. Brian Sims (D., Phila.), offered a caution to constituents who turned out this week to learn about the Affordable Care Act. "These are not the people to complain to about the website," she said Wednesday evening, referring to Moshe Bitterman and Elizabeth Rosario, two ACA counselors with the Public Health Management Corp. "They are not from the government. They are here to help. " Against the backdrop of the uproar over the troubled federal ACA website and canceled health care policies, grassroots efforts to educate and register consumers for insurance policies under the ACA continue.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
DEVON For decades, the Devon Horse Show has stood as a symbol of the old Main Line, overseen by well-heeled volunteers and drawing a champagne-and-caviar crowd for its internationally renowned equestrian events. Now the horse show finds itself entangled in a different kind of spectacle. Last week, the organization's board of directors convened an emergency meeting to address concerns that its president, Wade McDevitt, left them in the dark while he spearheaded a plan to build a hotel, shops, and parking lot next to the Lancaster Avenue fairgrounds, including on parcels it owns.
NEWS
November 10, 2013 | By Mike Newall, Aubrey Whelan, and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police have identified a 17-year-old who they believe is behind an anonymous Instagram page that for months identified witnesses in violent crimes across the city in an effort to "expose rats," law enforcement sources said Friday. The sources did not name the teenager, but say they suspect he outed more than 30 witnesses in dozens of cases on an Instagram account called rats 215. Before it was shut down Thursday night, the account regularly posted photos, police statements, and witness testimony on the photo-sharing website.
NEWS
November 10, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphians who sneered the Brooklyn Flea Market out of existence in Northern Liberties will soon get something that may be nearer to their hearts: a diplomatically redubbed Franklin Flea, inside a dormant portion of the former Strawbridge & Clothier store in Center City. The bazaar of antiques vendors, vintage-clothing peddlers, jewelry merchants, and more is to debut on a onetime sales floor of Strawbridge at Eighth and Market Streets next Saturday and be open for six Saturdays and the Friday before Christmas.
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