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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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March 31, 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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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.
NEWS
January 26, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & JAN RANSOM, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
EVERYWHERE Darrell Clarke goes, there's a question that follows like a lost and hungry junkyard dog: Who is he, really? Superficial answers are easy to come by. He's the new president of City Council. Got his first big job in politics three decades ago, working as an aide to then-Councilman John Street. Took the reins of Street's North Philadelphia district when Street ran for mayor. But what's there, underneath the big title and job description? Answering that question, figuring out what makes the man who is now the second-most-powerful politician in the city tick, has long seemed like a fool's errand.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
T HE CITY shells out a pretty penny every year to settle lawsuits based on allegations of police misconduct. MuckRock.com, which bills itself as a "collaborative news site" that helps journalists, researchers and citizens analyze and share government documents, posted an online report yesterday that looked at how Philadelphia's annual payouts stack up against those in a handful of other large cities. The findings might not surprise you. The city has shelled out more than $40 million to settle 584 of the 1,223 police-misconduct lawsuits - think wrongful-shooting deaths, excessive force or illegal searches - filed since January 2009, the website reported.
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Without fanfare, the Philadelphia Police Department has begun posting data on its website about officer-involved shootings - the focus of a U.S. Justice Department study requested by Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. In May, Ramsey asked the Justice Department's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to review the police department's handling of cases when officers shoot at civilians. Lt. John Stanford, a spokesman for Ramsey, said the posting of the information was not a result of the COPS review, which also covers all use of force by officers.
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