February 18, 2012 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Saturday disputed a report that he and a group of business and political leaders might not buy the company that owns The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, and he lashed out at critics who challenged their interest or right to own the media properties. The group's negotiations are ongoing, Rendell said in an interview with The Inquirer, and its offer was a civic gesture to save the papers. "You'd think this was the first time some political people owned a newspaper," he said.
April 1, 2012 |
The sale of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com will likely be announced Monday, according to several sources. A local investor group has spent much of the last two months negotiating to acquire PMN from its hedge-fund owners in a transaction valued at $55 million to $60 million, according to multiple reports. With paperwork still to be signed, delays are always possible at the 11th hour. The buyers of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. are a group of local investors, led by George E. Norcross III, executive chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew, a South Jersey insurance brokerage; and Lewis Katz, former chairman of Interstate Outdoor Advertising.
December 30, 2014 |
Tom Casey continuously fields calls and e-mails from anxious people asking about pipeline projects and safety, and the meaning of a right of way. So Casey, of West Goshen, who helped start the Chester County Community Coalition to spread information about pipelines, turns to the county's online Pipeline Information Center. Fortunately for Casey and others interested, Chester County officials recently got a $50,000 federal grant to add information to the website and to name a point of contact to increase information-sharing among residents, municipalities, and pipeline companies.
September 7, 2011 |
By all appearances, Waterford Township is a bucolic small town nestled on the edge of the Pinelands, a place where wood-sided houses sit under towering oaks and the same families have lived side by side for generations. But behind the town's cozy exterior, passing patrol cars are sometimes watched with suspicion, and words like vendetta and feud come up in conversation. Last fall, the discord took a modern twist with the launch of a website trading in wild gossip that once would have been aired over a cup of coffee at the local diner.
August 2, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - In a time when budget cuts and debt ceilings may make government-spending decisions seem ever more impenetrable, the State of Pennsylvania wants to make it easier for taxpayers to monitor how their tax dollars are being spent. Starting in 2013, individuals will be able to search a single online database to see what the state pays their senator's secretary, or the amount spent to repave a highway, which agency spent it, and who beat out their brother's construction firm for the contract.
January 28, 2015 |
Supporters of Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson won't find information on his reelection bid at KenyattaJohnson.com. Or KenyattaJohnson.net. Or KenyattaJohnson.org. All three are active addresses - but they immediately redirect to the website for the man who seeks to oust him from his Second District seat, Ori Feibush. Feibush on Monday acknowledged snatching up the names, but said he wasn't being petty. Instead, he said, he was being practical, steering voters - including those seeking information about Johnson - to his platform.
February 23, 2015 |
More than one million people are expected to flood the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in September to try to get even a speck-size glimpse of Pope Francis. But there's an easier way. Organizers are selling life-size cutouts of His Holiness. For $120 (that's the 25 percent-off price available through Saturday), you can own a "life-size standee" of Pope Francis. The World Meeting of Families, the organization fund-raising and hosting a weeklong Catholic conference and the papal visit, is also selling tabletop papal cutouts for $15, an I [heart]
August 16, 2012 |
The Camden City School Board approved a $1.2 million contract Tuesday evening with a South Jersey-based substitute-teacher placement agency for the 2012-13 school year. Officials said the board's decision to privatize substitute services by hiring Source 4 Teachers L.L.C. was prompted both by a high teacher-absentee rate in the district and by difficulty obtaining certified teachers as substitutes. Between teachers calling out sick and those on leave, the district must find substitutes each day for as much as 40 percent of its teaching staff.
March 23, 2012 |
OLD CITY is where developer Michael Yaron built his small empire in the last decade. The former Israeli soldier came to the United States with nothing, earned a doctorate from the University of Oxford in England, and later rubbed shoulders with some of Philadelphia's most powerful people. But as he walked alone the other afternoon past his buildings on North 3rd Street and on Arch, the narrow streets seemed to be closing in on him. Yaron and three others recently were found guilty of federal wire- and mail-fraud charges in a $2 million kickback scheme to get lucrative asbestos-removal contracts at a New York hospital.