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NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
  On Labor Day - and every day - everyone wants a raise. So on Thursday, fast-food workers in Wilmington and around the nation went on strike for $15-an-hour pay. A week ago, advocates gathered in New Jersey to rally in support of passing the state's minimum-wage referendum. And on Monday, Labor Day, Philadelphia skycaps will march in the city's Labor Day parade after restaurant workers dish out ice cream, both promoting a push for higher wages. These campaigns also provide a glimpse of what is either labor's future strategy, or its back-to-the-future strategy, at a time when unions are increasingly marginalized.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joining hundreds of fast-food workers around the country, nearly a dozen Burger King employees walked off the job for a one-day strike at two Wilmington-area restaurants Thursday morning. "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages supersize," the employees chanted, as they were joined by union organizers and community supporters on a busy stretch of Concord Pike. A handful of striking workers from nearby fast- food places stopped by to picket. Seeking a raise to $15 an hour, they and other fast-food workers went on a one-day strike in more than 50 cities, including New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Boston.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It takes a network, it seems, to open an up-to-date restaurant in places like Wayne and Wilmington these days. Scott Morrison , a veteran Main Line restaurateur whose more successful partnerships include Nectar in Berwyn, and software entrepreneur Vince Schiavone , who lives near Wayne but commutes every week between his two companies, ListenLogic , in Conshohocken, and Akuda Inc. , in San Jose, Calif., have taken on "community partners"...
NEWS
August 10, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILMINGTON - They claimed Christine Belford molested her own child. They organized a digital campaign to impugn her, posting videos on YouTube and creating a website to smear her. They hired a private eye to watch her, all while spreading rumors that she was trying to sell her three daughters and poison her ex-mother-in-law. That is how a federal indictment made public here Thursday described the actions of Belford's ex-husband, his sister and his parents in the years before Belford, 39, was slain Feb. 11 in the lobby of a Wilmington courthouse.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Port of Wilmington's top banana - Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and the 65 million pieces of the yellow fruit it ships there each week - could be lost to the competing port across the Delaware at Paulsboro. After 30 years in Wilmington, Dole is considering relocating one ship a week - 3.4 billion bananas a year - to a new port being built on 190 acres in Paulsboro. For Paulsboro, landing Dole and gaining 100 to 120 direct port jobs, as well as the trucking and related businesses catering to the fresh-fruit trade, would be a major shot in the arm. The port, directly across from Philadelphia International Airport, is on 130 acres that had been the BP Oil Paulsboro Terminal, and 60 acres that was the site of Dow Chemical's former Essex Chemical plant.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | Associated Press
WILMINGTON - City police arrested a man Wednesday who they said stole a priest's car at gunpoint outside the church where he was staying. The Rev. Paul Williams said that he was moving his car outside St. Paul's Catholic Church Wednesday morning when a man pointed a gun at him. Williams was not wearing his Franciscan habit when he was accosted. Williams, 62, said he thought he man was going to shoot him. The gunman drove off in his car. Police said two officers spotted Williams' car Wednesday afternoon.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
IF YOU took a class at ComedySportz Philly in the late 1990s, early '00s, you might have been learning improv skills along with one of comedy's rising stars. That would be Aubrey Plaza . Best known for her role as April Ludgate on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Plaza, who was born and bred in Delaware, will star in first film, "The To Do List," in theaters tomorrow. Plaza plays Type A valedictorian Brandy Clark. After graduating from high school (class of '93), Clark makes it her mission to learn various sexual techniques - ranging from the tame to the X-rated - before heading off to college.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | BY MICHAEL ELKIN, For the Daily News
WAS SUNDAY night news night around the TV set for the Gallagher clan when John Jr. was growing up in Wilmington? Maybe not then, but it probably is now. This Sunday night marks the second-season premiere of HBO's drama "The Newsroom," in which Gallagher portrays the cable-news show's senior producer, James Harper. As a kid, the now-29-year-old actor recalled recently, it wasn't so much TV news that impressed him. He preferred the weather, as forecast by a popular Channel 10 meteorologist.
FOOD
July 12, 2013 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Bryan Sikora is back in business, opening La Fia Bakery + Market + Bistro in downtown Wilmington (421 N. Market St., 302-543-5574), catercorner from World Cafe Live at the Queen. Sikora and his wife, Andrea, dispense groceries and to-go breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, and other prepared foods from a small market, while the bistro side serves lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays). He may be a newcomer to Wilmington, but he's been on the Philly scene since 2001 when he and his now-former wife, Aimee Olexy, opened the BYOB hit Django in Queen Village, followed by a 2005 move to the nearby Brandywine Valley with Talula's Table in Kennett Square.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Raymond, then a student nurse anesthetist, was tending to a trauma patient at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, Del., when a surgical resident walked in. That summer day in 2010, Erin wore scrubs, a surgical hat, and a mask. All he could see were her eyes. Still, a small part of Raymond's brain thought, "Who is that ?" Raymond, who grew up in Ridley Park, wouldn't begin to know until mid-November. He was reviewing medical history with a patient when she walked in. "My God, that's the same girl!"
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