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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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November 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
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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.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coppertone and Claritin, iconic health-care products for preventing sunburn and treating allergies, will get a new corporate parent under a deal announced Tuesday in which Merck & Co. will sell its over-the-counter division to Bayer AG for $14.2 billion. New Jersey-based Merck got 70 percent of its consumer division revenue from U.S. sales, but German-based Bayer expects to make more from sales elsewhere on the globe. This is the latest deal in a wave of takeovers and trades by pharmaceutical industry giants, which are scrambling to reorganize to better balance investor demands for higher profits with patient and payer demands for better products at lower prices.
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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.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | JONATHAN TAKIFF, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, TAKIFFJ@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5960
SHOPAHOLICS love Black Friday. But this year, the annual holiday sales spree really should be renamed Black November! Numerous 25- to 60-percent-off, price-slashing events have been initiated by chains and product makers. And a supersized salvo of sales will obsess millions of bargain hunters on Thanksgiving night. Blame (or thank) online mega-sellers like Amazon.com and Overstock.com. Last year, they turned up the heat with flash sales starting the moment the clock struck midnight on Thanksgiving.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
Cleotha Staples, 78, the eldest sibling in the influential gospel group the Staple Singers, died Thursday at her Chicago home after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter. The family's music career had its roots with Roebuck "Pops" Staples, a manual laborer who strummed a $10 guitar while teaching his children gospel songs to keep them entertained. They sang in church one Sunday morning in 1948, and the response convinced Pops that music was in the family's future.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By David Welch and Matt Townsend, Bloomberg News
Office Depot Inc. and OfficeMax Inc. are discussing a merger, with a deal possible this week, according to a person familiar with the matter. Shares of the retailers' stocks surged Tuesday. The companies reportedly have been discussing a potential stock swap that would create a single office-supply retailer to compete with Staples. Office Depot, the second-largest U.S. office-supplies retailer, has been exploring options since September, when activist fund Starboard Value LP became its largest shareholder.
NEWS
September 29, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dun Mark is the kind of person who makes Chinatown a community, not merely a place to live. Cross Spring Street early weekday mornings, cut through the alley to the basketball court tucked behind the Chinese Christian Church, and you'll find Mark teaching tai chi to senior citizens, free of charge. Some of his students are 80 or older. "They're healthy as hell," Mark said. So is he. At 88, Mark is fit, strong, and expecting to be around for a while. His mother lived to 107. On Saturday, he and his graying-but-vibrant students will perform at the 17th annual Mid-Autumn Festival, expected to draw 5,000 to Chinatown from across the Philadelphia region for kung fu exhibitions, Peking opera, health screenings, and a moon cake-eating contest.
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