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BUSINESS
September 24, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Council members are set to consider a request this month to allow a taller building than currently is permitted at the planned Hudson Hotel project site near Rittenhouse Square, a sign that the boutique lodging proposal is moving forward. Council's rules committee plans to vote next Wednesday on a proposal to change the zoning of the 15,180-square-foot site at 17th and Chancellor Streets to CMX-5, the city's highest-density designation. It's the first sign of progress on the project by local developer Chancellor Hotels since a neighborhood group cleared the plan in February.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an assist to the shale-gas industry, the speaker of Pennsylvania's House said Thursday that Republicans will propose a "Keystone Energy Zone" to extend tax breaks to gas-hungry manufacturers. Rep. Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), speaking on the final day of the Marcellus Shale Coalition's two-day conference in Philadelphia, disclosed the tax-break concept as a counterpoint to Gov. Wolf's plan to create a natural-gas severance tax. "Let's quit talking about this severance tax, and let's talk about how we improve usage," Turzai said during an onstage discussion with David J. Spigelmyer, the coalition's president, and K. Scott Roy, a Range Resources Corp.
SPORTS
August 27, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
First off, it's the "zone-read" and not the "read-option. " Chip Kelly made that point early in his tenure with the Eagles. "Zone-read is just one guy," Kelly said in November 2013. "You read the defensive end or whomever and keep it. If you're running read-option, you're pulling off of him and then you have a pitch-back. " The Eagles use the zone-read, although not nearly as much, Kelly has insisted, as many believe. It is a play that involves the quarterback in the shotgun, holding the ball in the basket of a running back with two hands and either handing off or keeping based on his read of an unblocked defender.
TRAVEL
August 24, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PARIS - Are the "no-go zones" of Paris just urban legends? Or are they real, lawless enclaves in this City of Light? The no-go label sparked controversy in January when a Fox News guest analyst, speaking against the backdrop of a map overlaid with red circles, told viewers there were eight parts of Greater Paris where even the police dared not go. "I've been to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kashmir," said Nolan Peterson, a U.S. Air Force combat veteran....
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owner of a pop-up beer garden in Point Breeze won a court order against the city Friday when a judge ruled that he could reopen while fighting a zoning dispute that shut down the venue the day before. John Longacre said he would reopen his nascent beer garden on Saturday. "I couldn't believe it," Longacre said minutes after emerging from a 31/2-hour hearing before Municipal Court Judge Nina Wright Padilla that began at 3 p.m. "It's a big, big deal. " Longacre said Padilla heard testimony before lifting a cease-and-desist order issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections against the beer garden, which debuted in May on a long-vacant lot on Point Breeze Avenue near 22d and Tasker Streets.
NEWS
July 11, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pop-up beer garden in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood was shut down Thursday after city inspectors said it violated the zoning code. The cease-and-desist order from the Department of Licenses and Inspections enraged property owner John Longacre and left Councilman Kenyatta Johnson wondering what could be done to reopen what one aide said was a well-received newcomer on a long-vacant lot at 22d and Tasker Streets. The lot is zoned residential. L&I said a seasonal outpost for serving beer, an increasingly popular concept across the city, was prohibited under such zoning.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE CITY'S Promise Zone in West Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Promise Zone were awarded yesterday nearly $650,000 in federal grants to support college and career readiness programs, the Mayor's Office announced. The federal funds, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, will be used to train AmeriCorps members in West Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The members, in turn, will help students figure out what they want to do after high school and how to achieve it, whether it be college, military service, job training or another option.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a faceoff between city planners and city residents. And the residents won. The Philadelphia zoning board voted unanimously Wednesday to block a developer's hotly contested plan to build a four-story apartment complex across from Pat's King of Steaks. The 4-0 vote to deny a zoning variance drew elation from neighbors and disappointment from developer Paul Mirabello, and left the future of the long-vacant parcel at one of the city's marquee intersections uncertain. "I'm super-excited," said Robert Stewart, 35, among a handful of residents who pleaded during the two-hour meeting to allow only single-family homes on the large lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast showed its kinder, gentler nature with two product introductions Tuesday at the INTX 2015 Internet and cable trade show - one content-based, the other a hardware refinement. Kids Zone, newly launched on X1 boxes, aims to be Mom and Dad's best helper. Combining ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media with filtering fine-tuned to your child (or children's) age range and development level, the Kids Zone menu sorts and reveals only movies and TV shows that are appropriate and nourishing for the young ones.
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