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November 18, 2011 | By Quan Nguyen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Occupy Philadelphia marched on Wells Fargo this afternoon, angrily shouting slogans and refusing to leave the bank's facility at 17th and Market Streets in Center City. By the end of the nearly two hour demonstration, police had arrested two women and 12 men. About 50 protesters amassed in front of the building about 4:10 p.m. One participant told a reporter they would only be staying "five minutes. " The occupiers, however, were still roaring slogans at 5:15 p.m. as police officers struggled to remove a group of 10 activists who had rooted themselves inside the building lobby, sitting on the floor with linked arms.
NEWS
October 4, 2011
Wells Fargo & Co. has invited nearly 35,000 mortgage customers to a workshop Wednesday and Thursday in Philadelphia, where about 100 Wells Fargo home retention specialists will work with borrowers facing financial hardship and possible foreclosure, the company said. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day in West Hall E of the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Arch Street in Center City. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration at www.wfhmevents.com/leadingthewayhome or 1-800-405-8067 is recommended to guarantee a one-on-one meeting with a Wells Fargo representative.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2011 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia area's largest bank - Wachovia - is about to get a marketing makeover: Its familiar blue-and-green logo will disappear from 293 bank branches in Pennsylvania this weekend as Wells Fargo rebrands them with its own name. Wells Fargo quietly converted 333 Delaware and New Jersey branches in February. This time, the San Francisco bank is undertaking a major marketing push, with plans to spend as much in the next eight weeks as it usually spends here in a year. Expect to see huge Wells Fargo flags draping the walls of 30th Street Station, SEPTA buses dressed up like Wells Fargo stage coaches, not to mention a flood of billboard, TV, and print advertising.
NEWS
April 6, 2012 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer
IT SEEMS that drama and Occupy Philly go together like green eggs and ham. The group returned Thursday after a long winter of planning and organizing to perform its Dr. Seuss-inspired "The Fat Cat in the Hat: A Wells Fargo Unfair-y Tale. " Using a rhyme scheme similar to the iconic author's, the "street theater" chronicled Occupy's feud with Wells Fargo, which had 14 of its members arrested in November during a sit-in. "We're asking who the real criminals are: concerned citizens who want to reveal corruption or banks using predatory, racist loans that force families out of their homes," said Aaron Torisi, the performance's organizer.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
Wells Fargo & Co., the bank with the most deposits and the most branches in the Philadelphia region, said Monday that it is giving the Wharton Small Business Development Center at the University of Pennsylvania $500,000 to help entrepreneurs start and expand businesses. The multi-year grant will be used to support the small-business center's courses and consulting programs. The Wharton Center said it has worked with 25,000 business over 30 years.    - Harold Brubaker
BUSINESS
July 13, 2012 | By Alan J. Heavens and INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Wells Fargo, the nation's largest mortgage lender, has agreed to pay $175 million to settle allegations that independent brokers originating its loans charged higher fees and rates to minority borrowers than they did to white borrowers with similar credit risks, the Justice Department said Thursday. If approved by federal court, it would be the second-largest settlement of a fair-lending investigation in department history. In December, Bank of America agreed to pay $335 million to settle a similar lawsuit over lending practices by Countrywide Financial, the failed lender it purchased in 2008.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
They were charged with "defiant trespass. " But after a Common Pleas Court jury on Tuesday acquitted the 12 Occupy Philadelphia protesters arrested in a 2011 bank sit-in, the trial judge shook their hands and called them the "most affable group of defendants I've ever come across. " "I think what this really shows is that when the people of Philadelphia make a decision, they want someone accountable," said Aaron Troisi, a 26-year-old working toward a master's degree in education at Temple University.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
CITY COUNCILMAN Jim Kenney is threatening to pull nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in city deposits from Wells Fargo. Following the economic downturn several years ago, the city and school district dished out millions of dollars to end financial deals known as "interest-rate swaps. " Now, elected officials are looking to help close the school district's $304 million budget hole, and Kenney says it's time big banks step up. "They should want to help us through this school issue," Kenney said, noting that Wells Fargo is one of several that arranged bad interest-rate swaps for the city.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Common Pleas Court jury today acquitted 12 Occupy Philadelphia demonstrators arrested in a 2011 sit-in in a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Center City. The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated a total of about 13 hours since Friday before it returned, shortly before noon, to announce the verdicts: not guilty of conspiracy and defiant trespass against each of the 12 protesters. The 12 - one woman and 11 men - were arrested Nov. 18, 2011 when they staged a sit-in inside the Wells Fargo branch at 17th and Market Streets.
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June 24, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
With the exception of the cult favorite "Temporary Secretary" from 1980's McCartney II , the song least familiar to Paul McCartney's fans during his sold-out 2 hour, 45 minute show at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday was called "Hope for the Future. " His baby boomer fans - on average a good three decades older than the youngsters who sang along at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Del., two nights before - may not know it, but Sir Paul has been writing music for video games. Specifically for Destiny , a sci-fi first-person shooter for which he penned "Hope," a song that (naturally)
NEWS
June 12, 2015
ISSUE | EARLY LEARNING Smart move We applaud Mayor Nutter and the leadership at Shared Prosperity Philadelphia for developing a plan to reduce poverty in the city based on helping all children capitalize on their potential ("Nutter, Kenney trumpet new push for early-childhood learning," June 3). We know what works. Abundant research has found that the preschool years are a critical time for brain development. Early learning efforts that focus not only on skill acquisition, but also on helping children develop positive beliefs about their own potential to succeed, have the power to change the trajectory of their lives.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
McCartney returns!   Paul McCartney . Y'know, he did that duet with Kanye West earlier this year? The upstart will play Philly for the first time in five years, taking over the Wells Fargo Center on June 21. Massive Macca fans will be able to see him twice in one week if they plan to hit up the Dover, Del.'s Firefly Music Fest on June 19 in Dover, Del. Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday, May 1.   Trenton man does a...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Meek Mill is back. The Philadelphia rapper, brand, and all-around hip-hop presence, who marked his "homecoming" Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, made news last year when he violated terms of his five-year probation in connection with a 2009 gun and drug conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley said he failed to get permission for out-of-town gigs, dissed his probation officer and prosecutor on Twitter, and posed for Instagram snaps holding guns. To jail he went, from July to December, leaving a lot of canceled shows in his wake.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
With his deep, talky vocals, grandiose musicality, and catalog of hits, Neil Diamond has a special foothold in the marketplace, on showy display Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center. He was a swinging pop songwriter of the 1960s Brill Building era, a self-conscious post-folkie poet in the late '60s and early '70s, a prince of schmaltz and king of AOR soft rock in the late '70s through the '90s, and a journeyman who returned to his roots in the 2000s. His Melody Road of 2014 recalls his Technicolor arrangements and dramatic anthems of the '70s, the pomp of Hot August Night . He reminded Sunday's audience that that album was from 43 years ago - then launched into the weird, winding baroque of "Crunchy Granola Suite" and the quasi-gospel piano of "Holly Holy.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
At 21 years of age, Ariana Grande - a four-octave light lyric soprano dubbed the "mini-Mariah" - has the world on a string, a notion she blithely, but solidly, embraced while singing and dancing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Grande is a Broadway veteran and has long been a staple of Nickelodeon children's television as Cat Valentine, an adored character in two different series inspiring her young girl fans (and their mothers) to wear lit-up cat ears, just as she does on stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If you have not watched Adam Levine, lead singer for the Maroon 5, as a judge on NBC's competitive singing show The Voice or bouncing around the Academy Awards broadcast, perhaps you might be interested in hearing about what he's doing in his natural habitat: fronting Maroon 5, who sold out the Wells Fargo Center on Monday. The thin, high-haired, immaculately unshaven Levine and his brethren did a dazzling job of making big, rhythmic pop, with a good deal of reggae in the mix, all while remaining absolutely and sensationally soulless.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If ever there were a complicated male bill of soul-hop singers and MCs, Wednesday's show featuring Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Tyga at Wells Fargo Center was it. Tyga is known for supposedly dating Kylie Jenner of Kardashian/Jenner family fame. If the Bruce Jenner news wasn't bad enough, Tyga got Twitter-dissed by Philly's Amber Rose (ex-Mrs. Wiz Khalifa!) for leaving his baby mama for young Kylie Jenner. It's hip-hop as soap opera. As for soapy drama, Chris Brown is the king: club shootings, Drake disses, his history with Rihanna, etc. Poor Songz - not known for anything but great singing, good abs, and racy lyrics.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When Q102's annual Jingle Ball blizzards its way into Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night, so will some of the biggest names in teen rock, electro-pop, and hip-hop: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, One Republic, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, and Rita Ora. Of particular interest is Azalea, whose steamy singles "Beg for It" and "Black Widow" are part of Re-Classified , a new repackaging of her Def Jam debut The New Classic . And Smith...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
It was a cold and miserable November night, and the traffic getting to the Wells Fargo Center was brutal. And all Stevie Wonder was going to do, anyway, was play a 38-year-old album from start to finish. What's the big deal? Wouldn't it have been easier just to stay home, punch up Songs in the Key of Life on the sound system, and nurse your Eagles wounds on the sofa? That would have been the wrong move, because the show the 64-year-old musical marvel put on Sunday night more than lived up to its billing as the concert event of the season.
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