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August 22, 2011 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Like many people the day after Thanksgiving, Blair Souder wasn't feeling well. But his distress wasn't related to overeating. It was from watching television footage of bargain-hungry buyers on Black Friday, the launch of the Christmas shopping season. "People are fighting each other for DVD players at Target," the 48-year-old Chester County father of two recalled of that scene last November. It was a disturbing contrast to the few weeks he had just spent in Nepal, where he had done some hiking and had become enthralled with the simple, peaceful existence of the Sherpa people.
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February 18, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Mike Armstrong, and John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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April 1, 2012 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 7, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 23, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
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]
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December 30, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 2, 2011 | By Sari Heidenreich, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 29, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The women's Olympic weight-lifting competition starts Saturday in London, but the lifter grabbing the most attention just might be in Philadelphia. She isn't in the Olympics, having placed in the top 10 at this year's USA National Senior Weightlifting Championships, yet 5-foot-2, 115-pound Samantha Wright has become an Internet sensation. Last month, the 22-year-old Center City trainer started hearing from people seeing online stories and pictures of her lifting weights. She doesn't know how it all began.
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March 14, 2011 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
Buying a fake ID on the Internet seems as legitimate as that Ugandan prince promising to send you $3 million after you wire him $3,000. Once you press a send button or drop a money order in the mail, and hundreds of dollars are flying off toward Asia or Europe, it's an international crapshoot. Don't cry to the authorities if you get burned, because they don't care. "Everybody just needs to wait until they're 21," said Mike Horan, a spokesman for New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission.
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