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NEWS
November 16, 2012
With Palestinian militants barraging Israel with rockets, and Israel preparing to launch a ground invasion into Gaza if necessary, US Airways Group Inc. has issued a travel advisory for Tel Aviv, Israel. Philadelphia's largest airline said passengers ticketed for travel to Tel Aviv Nov. 16-19 can change their flight to travel instead Nov. 17-26 without a $150 per ticket change fee. The penalty will be waived.    - Linda Loyd
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2012 | Howard Gensler
Zhang Ziyi, the beautiful actress from "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," is demanding an apology from the Apple and all the other "news" outlets that reported that she played a part in the sex scandal involving Chinese politician Bo Xilai. The scandal rumors — from E! News, which cited the Hong Kong newspaper the Apple Daily, which cited the website Boxun.com, but none of which cited an actual source — claimed Zhang had been paid $100 million for sex with many well connected, rich guys.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2012 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
For the 20 years of the Equality Forum in Philadelphia, lawyer Malcolm Lazin has been its guiding light. It's a legacy of tense times and sometimes slow ones, but he sees this year's as a turning point. "Let me give you an example," Lazin said. "We have a military panel. In past years, we would be lamenting 'Don't ask, don't tell.' Now, people are out and serving in the armed forces. Things are really different. " In addition, Lazin said, Equality Forum will be welcoming a big star in the LGBT political community, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, only the second female mayor of Texas' largest city - and the largest city in the country with a gay mayor.
NEWS
April 8, 2012 | By Brian Schaefer, For The Inquirer
TEL AVIV - After coughing regularly for half an hour, Rennie Harris, artistic director/choreographer of Philadelphia-based hip-hop company Rennie Harris Puremovement, paused a hotel-lobby interview last month to order a cup of tea. "It's sandstorm season in Cairo, or something," he apologized. Harris had just finished the first leg of his company's frenetic March 9-to-April 6 DanceMotion USA tour of Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, during which he and his dynamic dancers taught, performed, loved the food, loved the people, and spread the hip-hop gospel: Be young, be free.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | By Aron Heller, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Despite its confident saber-rattling, concern in Israel is growing that the country is vulnerable to a devastating counterstrike if it attacks Iran's nuclear program. An announcement this week that a mobile rocket-defense system would soon be built just outside Tel Aviv, where Israel's sprawling military headquarters sits in the middle of office towers, museums, night spots and hotels, caused jitters. Israeli officials cite intelligence reports that Tel Aviv would be a main target of any attack.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2011 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three US Airways employees at Philadelphia International Airport have been fired, and a number of others disciplined, for selling their employer-issued "buddy" passes for a profit on flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia are investigating, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said. The three employees fired were a US Airways manager, a fleet service agent, and a customer service agent, Lehmacher said. "Several employees were involved in a fraudulent ticket scheme that involved using employee travel benefits to and from Tel Aviv," he said.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2011 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Randy Schulz and Brett Goldman will head to Tel Aviv next month to try to lure Israeli clean-technology companies to the Philadelphia region. Enabling their trip is a collaboration among the state, a local economic-development marketing agency, and an airline in an effort unique enough that participants decided Monday to break the secrecy characteristic of such business scouting missions. "We don't always broadcast what we're doing," said Tom Morr, president and chief executive of Select Greater Philadelphia, which markets the region elsewhere.
NEWS
September 4, 2011 | By Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press
TEL AVIV, Israel - More than 400,000 Israelis poured into streets across the country Saturday night, Israeli media estimated, in a show of strength behind a social protest movement that has rocked the country for two months. The demonstrations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and elsewhere against Israel's high cost of living, its housing crisis, and distorted distribution of wealth marked the high point - so far - of a summerlong grassroots protest movement that has ballooned from a few tents in Tel Aviv to a nationwide phenomenon that has delivered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government its most serious domestic crisis.
TRAVEL
June 26, 2011
Up-and-Coming Shopping Districts Need some new stuff? Here's ShermansTravel.com's list of some on-the-rise shopping areas (check out No. 8): 1. Central District Hong Kong 2. Colonia Roma Mexico City 3. HaTachana Tel Aviv, Israel 4. La Candelaria Bogotá, Colombia 5. Palermo Hollywood Buenos Aires, Argentina 6. Monti Rome 7. Nakameguro Tokyo 8. Northern Liberties Philadelphia 9. Rue Tiquetonne Paris 10. Shoreditch London SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
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