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REAL_ESTATE
September 28, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
As you enter Gene and Bonnie Schwartz's 28th-floor condominium at the Murano, first impressions that the building's entrance and halls seem sparse and bare fade away - as intended by developer Peter Shaw, who wanted individual units to outshine the common areas. Instantly, a visitor to the Schwartz home is swept away by a 20-foot span of windows. In one corner, a large brass-and-wood telescope peers out on a view embracing Philadelphia International Airport and Citizens Bank Park and 30th Street Station, and everything between.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
"SELFIE, selfie, selfie, selfie!' You gotta laugh at Bruce Springsteen's comic exasperation - slapping his head and yelling - captured in a YouTube-posted video of a recent concert. The moment comes late in the show, after a slew of ladies invited onto the stage for "Dancing in the Dark" insist on cuddling up with the Boss and taking cameraphone photos, one after another after another, before exiting the stage. As if the thousands in attendance at the outdoor show wouldn't notice or mind the delay.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rosie: Truth to power It's just days before her return to The View , but Rosie O'Donnell already is spilling a few embarrassing insider tidbits. Rosie, 52, tells Variety that the show's casting process was miserable. "It was very much like the Hunger Games , how they did it," says Rosie, who was signed in July. Come August and producers still needed to fill two slots, so they asked candidates (at gunpoint?) to conduct mock debates with Rosie and cohost Whoopi Goldberg . "I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test," Rosie says.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Sen. Cory Booker launched his reelection campaign Wednesday at Camden County College, portraying himself as a pragmatic problem-solver whose "prosperity agenda" to lift the middle class contrasts sharply with his Republican opponent's "defunct and debunked" economic ideas. Booker, a 45-year-old Democrat and the former celebrity mayor of Newark, is seeking his first full, six-year Senate term after winning a special election last year to complete the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2014 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
While hundreds of thousands of visitors walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art each year, drawn in by its world-class collections or the cultural mythos of the Rocky films, Sonya Cobb's debut novel, The Objects of Her Affection , explores a part of the museum that few people ever see: the administrative offices. A balance between writing what you know and dramatic exaggeration, Objects (by a former Philadelphia mom with a museum curator husband) tells the story of Sophie Porter, a freelance web developer and mother of two in Philly whose husband, Brian, is a curator at the Art Museum.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
One Sunday earlier this year, Jean Celestin was taking his daughters to a party in West Deptford Township. On the front seat of his green Volvo was a wrapped birthday present. Behind him, Justine, 8, and Jeanelle, 3, were in child seats. At the wheel, Celestin, a U.S. citizen who was born in Haiti and now lives in Swedesboro, was glued to his GPS. Big mistake. Instead of taking him to the Delaware River's edge for the party, he said, it led him into the riverside complex of Solvay Solexis, an international chemical company, on a parallel road.
REAL_ESTATE
July 20, 2014 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Patty and Jim Seif had always yearned for a waterfront home. They just never envisioned theirs would be overlooking the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington. Eager to downsize from their five-bedroom farmhouse in Blue Bell, the Seifs considered other Pennsylvania suburbs and Center City, but they couldn't agree on what would best work for them. Then, in 2011, Patty accepted a job in financial communications with DuPont in Wilmington. "I then pushed Jim for us to live closer to my work," says Patty.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demonstrators on opposing sides brought the hot debate over immigration - and what to do about the soaring number of Central American children surging across our southern border - to a Center City sidewalk Friday. About a dozen members of the Independence Hall Tea Party Association, led by president Teri Adams, of Elkins Park, assembled outside the Bourse Building, which houses the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. They carried signs - "Invasion is not a human right" - and an open letter to Mexican Consul Carlos I. Giralt calling for Mexico to halt the flow of immigrants, including "unsupervised children" who cross the border "with the aid and encouragement of your government.
SPORTS
July 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The notion that the Phillies do not have a plan for the future is misguided. It just depends on which future you're talking about. Exactly what the plan is for the impending trade deadline, which is closing fast on general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., remains a mystery probably even to him. The smart money, especially after another lost weekend at Citizens Bank Park, continues to be on the trade-the-veterans-for-prospects strategy. The long-term solution, meanwhile, requires a patience that has mostly grown thin for fans who had become spoiled by nine consecutive winning seasons and five straight division titles before the ongoing collapse that started in 2012.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  R   OSIE O'DONNELL will return to "The View" this September to team with Whoopi Goldberg and other gabbers yet to be announced. Rosie spent a combative eight months on "The View," ending in 2007, feuding with the likes of Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch , and the show's ratings went up. But after a nasty on-air argument with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck , Rosie asked out of her contract. Elisabeth is now a co-host of "Fox and Friends," on Fox News, and she was highly critical of ABC bringing Rosie back, basically calling her anti-military.
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