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May 14, 2011
Leo Kahn, 94, who cofounded the Staples office-supplies chain and helped start the age of "big box" retail stores, died Wednesday in Boston. Mr. Kahn first made his name in the grocery business in New England. He started Staples with a former competitor, Tom Stemberg, in 1985, after they decided to go into business together and were seeking new ideas outside groceries. At the time, there were no office-supply superstores. Mr. Kahn and Stemberg were touring different types of stores each Friday afternoon and one day during a trip to warehouse clubs, they noticed an abundance of office supplies on sale.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A federal judge yesterday blocked the proposed $3.5 billion merger of office-supply superstores Staples and Office Depot, saying federal regulators had shown the deal could limit competition and boost prices for consumers. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan granted government trustbusters a crucial preliminary injunction. Wall Street analysts speculated that the companies would soon call off the merger after the latest blow to the 10-month-old plan. Analysts and traders said the two companies were unlikely to appeal Hogan's decision.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Post office clerks rallied outside a Staples office supply store in Center City on Tuesday. They were complaining that the U.S. Postal Service's plans to install in-store postal counters where lower-wage Staples employees would sell stamps and accept packages would hurt postal jobs and jeopardize the safety of the mail. The post office "is not for sale," protesters chanted at the rally organized by their union, the American Postal Workers Union. Calling for a boycott of school supplies at Staples, the workers say the Staples initiative is part of a postal management plan to privatize the Post Office.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
WHEN STATE Rep. Brendan Boyle joined American Postal Workers Union protesters this week in front of the bulk-mail center in Northeast Philadelphia, it was the second time in two months that he fought to keep hundreds of good jobs on Byberry Road. Looking down the street, Boyle could see the old Nabisco/Kraft snack-food bakery on Roosevelt Boulevard, where he spoke out last month against current owner Mondelez International's plan to close the plant next year, terminating 320 good-paying jobs.
FOOD
June 1, 1986 | By Leslie Land, Special to The Inquirer
Some kitchen gifts have the power to evoke mixed emotions. Take, for instance, some friends' recent present of a big bag of assorted spices. "We just replenished our whole stock with nice fresh material," they explained, "and we thought you might be able to get some use out of these. " "These" were large jars of whole cumin seeds and ground chilies, bags of dusty-looking herbs, and fat plastic envelopes full of curry powder - a whole store cupboard of the darn things, all of decidedly uncertain utility in view of their unknowable age. On the other hand, what could be more heartening than to find out that the people whose cuisine you frequently enjoy really do care about what they cook?
FOOD
December 20, 2007 | By Erin White, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM
Holiday cooking means breaking out an arsenal of ingredients that hardly see the outside of the pantry for the rest of the year. Or maybe years. Should you really use that brown sugar you bought four years ago? Is it OK that last year's allspice looks a little crusty? This year, instead of stressing, use this guide to help determine whether you can still use those holiday holdovers and everyday staples.  
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Good news for sweater-lovers: Retailers, in their rush to keep men shopping, are stocking up on the knit staples. "It's the one thing men always feel comfortable in," said Tom Longo, owner of the Metro Men's Clothing boutique in South Philadelphia. "Not to mention, sweaters are one of the few items they can wear out and to work. " Trends this cold-weather season are all about the classics meeting the eclectic. Pullover sweaters with deep V-necks and leather patches on the elbows are really in. Shawl-neck cardigans - yes, like Mr. Rogers - are also hot for guys, as is the cozy fisherman look.
NEWS
January 29, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - In the gray light of each cold dawn, the parents of 10-month-old Shoaib hold their own breath as they listen for the rasp of his, waiting to see whether their coughing, feverish little boy has survived another night. Winter's chill has settled over the Afghan capital, and with it, privation is sharpening, especially among the city's poor. Nighttime temperatures regularly fall into the teens or lower. The season's first snow is on the ground, the open sewage ditches are crusted over with ice, and in shantytowns such as the one where Shoaib's family lives, survival turns on a series of cruelly simple calculations.
BUSINESS
February 27, 1990 | By Sheila Simmons, Daily News Staff Writer
You work at a small business, and one of your many duties is to buy the office supplies for the firm. Because your company is small, you're used to paying regular retail prices for note pads, pens, manila folders and the like. But, wow, would the boss be impressed if you could buy those same items at prices up to 77 percent below regular retail. A 12-pack of yellow legal pads, for example, that costs you $17.25 at Ginns, 17th and Chestnut streets, Center City, would cost you only $3.89 at Staples.
NEWS
March 2, 1999 | By Stephanie A. Stanley, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The words "expanded 24-hour Wawa" were the shock heard 'round this neighborhood last fall. Phones began ringing with the news. Supermarket chatter carried the latest developments. Opposition petitions were passed door-to-door. Letters were written. Politicians were involved. "This is a big battle," said Marisa Griffin, who lives around the corner from the proposed convenience store. Wawa Inc., which now has a small, 6 a.m.-to-midnight store in the 900 block of Montgomery Avenue in Narberth, plans to buy a gas station right across the street in Lower Merion, knock it down and erect a larger, strip-mall style store.
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NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Erin Serpico and Michael Klein, STAFF WRITERS
Geets Diner, a landmark in Williamstown for nearly 75 years, abruptly closed its doors during a routine lunch hour Monday. "It was where you had your hometown people," said Monroe Township Mayor Dan Teefy. "It was 15 minutes of saying hello to everybody before you sat down. " On the morning of the diner's closing, owner NJK Hospitality L.L.C.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was converted to Chapter 7, which calls for liquidation of assets. Teefy said a bankruptcy court order called for the immediate closure.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to let folic acid be added to corn masa flour, a change expected to spare Hispanic babies from devastating birth defects - and a change that some advocates say is long overdue. "With this approval, FDA is taking a powerful, preventive public health action," Jonca Bull, director of the FDA's Office of Minority Health, said in a statement. "Many Hispanic women don't benefit from the folic acid in cereal grain products because those products are not a mainstay of their regular diets.
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
A 36-year-old woman was found dead early Saturday in the bathroom of a northwest Philadelphia Staples, surrounded by nearly a dozen empty cans of aerosol keyboard cleaner, police said. An employee at the Chestnut Hill store called police at 12:11 a.m. after managers, realizing a woman had been locked in the bathroom since 9:40 p.m., gained entry with a crowbar. Investigators found 10 empty cans of "Dust Destroyer" keyboard cleaner in the trash can and two more in the woman's handbag, police said.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2016
  Rock, paper, scissors. Amazon always seems to win. Is there any sector that the Internet juggernaut isn't taking down? Its latest target is office supplies. Essentially, if you sell paper products, or anything that uses paper - say, notebooks or books - you're facing challenging times. No wonder that Staples, Office Depot, and Barnes & Noble are all "streamlining" operations and closing hundreds of stores. As it awaits a federal judge's ruling on its proposed merger with Office Depot, Staples just announced it was downsizing nationwide, with store closures, reduced hours, and layoffs.
NEWS
November 29, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With the July release of his double-disc debut album, Summertime '06 , and a gig as opener on A$AP Rocky's September tour, rapper Vince Staples has emerged as a contender for hip-hop royalty. His plainspoken lyrics and cool flow give his work a stark finality that often turns to the funereal on tunes such as "Blue Suede," in which "young graves get the bouquets. " The protagonist sings, "Hope I outlive those red roses. " He plays Union Transfer on Wednesday. In conversation, Staples seems not so much severe as pragmatic, realistic, but willing to see silver linings.
FOOD
September 11, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confession: I have never had a tuna-noodle casserole. I don't know what that is, exactly, and don't harbor much curiosity. It just doesn't sound that appealing to me. You, on the other hand, may have grown up eating some variation of this unfussy, belly-filling comfort food that laughs in the face of low-carb diet fads. For me, that comfort food is kugel. This catchall genre of starchy, egg-bound casserole shows up at almost every Jewish holiday table in one form or another.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
BY ANY measure, Penn & Teller reside in the upper echelons of show business. With 14 years under their belts at Las Vegas' Rio casino, the one-of-a-kind, comedy-magic duo reigns as that town's longest-running resident act ever. They have been TV staples as both ensemble cast members ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch") and headliners ("Penn & Teller: Bullsh-t!" on Showtime, The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us"). They are published authors, both individually and collectively. And their current run (through Aug. 16)
SPORTS
May 30, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The ShopRite LPGA Classic, which begins Friday, is being held for the 27th time. Juli Inkster won the first one and the third one, in 1986 and 1988, when it was known as the Atlantic City Classic, and is here preparing once again less than a month shy of her 55th birthday. She has other responsibilities these days, both as the 2015 captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team, and as a television commentator for Fox, which will televise the U.S. Open and other USGA national championships this year.
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | By Jan Hefler and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
Nearly five decades after opening in Burlington County's heartland, the sprawling Conte Farms and its iconic farmer's market have closed. A popular stop on the way to the Jersey Shore, Conte's also was among the first pick-your-own farms in the region, opening many of its 250 acres to families who would board tractor-pulled wagons to the orchards to pluck juicy apples from trees and then head into fields to gather strawberries and string beans to...
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
MORE THAN one in three U.S. adults - 89 million Americans in all - will buy at least one electronics product over the weekend between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, say researchers at the Consumer Electronics Association. For the second year in a row, tablets are tops on shopping lists. But televisions are a close second, moving up from fourth place last year, as our collective appetite for bigger and better screens keeps growing, and sharper prices make all seem possible. Laptop/notebook computers, smartphones and video-game consoles are high-priority items, too, says CEA. And we're thinking that wireless and streaming video and audio devices (Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, Sonos)
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