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June 2, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For months, Nancy Winkler and Jay Bryan went out of their way not to pass by 22d and Market Streets. They lived only three blocks away, so it wasn't easy. But avoiding that corner forever would be almost impossible. When the couple did finally find themselves there in April, what they saw only deepened the sadness in their lives - a barren lot, long and narrow, strewn front to back with accumulated garbage. "It was depressing to see that people were trashing it," Bryan said.
SPORTS
May 23, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
AMONG PEOPLE who work in the business side of the NFL, "enhancing the fan experience" has become a major buzz phrase the past few years. As overwhelmingly popular as the league is, there are long-term worries about the way TV, tablet and smartphone technology have given people who stay home and don't pay thousands of dollars for season tickets a clearer, more nuanced view of the game than is available to fans shivering their money away in the...
BUSINESS
May 19, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
You'd be hard-pressed to find a college not offering online courses. Some are cheap alternatives to traditional schooling. Here are some things to consider about inexpensive distance learning. Coursera offers free online access to hundreds of college courses from Yale, Peking University, Penn State and 106 other institutions of higher learning. That's impressive, but can you get real credit for taking a course on Coursera? Yes, in a way. Within a few weeks of starting a course, you can decide to opt for Signature Tracking.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN The state is looking to seasonally lease three grassy lots on the busiest part of the waterfront as they wait for permanent developers to come calling. An outdoor beer garden, tiki restaurant, or craft fair are all attractive options, officials say - but they're open to ideas. The state Economic Development Authority last month sent out requests for proposals (RFPs) for interim use of two acres, spread over three parcels of land between Adventure Aquarium and Market Street.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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