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Preservationists seek second opinion on Chocolate Factory building in bid to save structure

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The Preservation Alliance's Paul Steinke said he's asked the building's new owner, developer Ori Feibush, to let him tour the building with a structural engineer to see whether the property is actually in bad enough condition to warrant…

Gym employees accuse black member of not paying, call cops


Employees of an LA Fitness in New Jersey wrongly accused a black member and his guest of not paying to work out and called police, prompting an apology from the company.

N.J. state trooper and part-time Camden High coach charged with pulling over women to get their phone numbers

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A New Jersey state trooper is accused of using his position to stop women and pressure them for their phone numbers.

50-year Wilmington port lease to Gulftainer gets a green light


A Delaware legislative panel approved a long-term lease of Wilmington's port, though several elected officials said they have not read the agreement.

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U.S. to fine Wells Fargo $1 billion - the most aggressive bank penalty of the Trump era


The settlement, which could be announced as soon as Friday, would be the most aggressive move by regulators during the Trump administration to punish a big bank. It is just the latest hit to Wells Fargo's efforts to rebuild its reputation…


IMF's Lagarde: Trade tensions threaten global economy


WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that the healthiest global economy in years is threatened by rising debt levels, volatile financial markets and a simmering trade dispute between the world's two…

'Fearless Girl' to leave Wall Street's 'Charging Bull'


NEW YORK (AP) - New York's "Fearless Girl" statue that has become a global symbol of female business prowess will be moved from her spot staring down Wall Street's bronze "Charging Bull" to a new home facing the New York Stock Exchange.

Employers urged not to hold discharge status against vets


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut agency issued new guidance Thursday warning employers they could be breaking the law if they discriminate against veterans with less-than-honorable discharges from the military.


Reports: Wells Fargo to be fined $1B as early as Friday

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NEW YORK (AP) - Federal regulators plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion as early as Friday for abuses tied to its auto-lending and mortgage businesses, The New York Times and other news outlets reported, citing unnamed sources.

Facility where H.R. McMaster Sr. died had uptick in deficiencies

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The Philadelphia nursing home where H.R. McMaster Sr. died last Friday has had an uptick in deficiencies cited by health inspectors during annual inspections in recent years, federal records show.


Philly Tech Week: 2018 highlights - plus, DataJawn returns

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"Back again, and closer to retail every year"


Hints of Philly's robotic future: Drones and data dashboards speed deliveries. Will this cut jobs?


"Autonomous tech is coming," but "the drone is not going to work for everything."

Bucks County dentist pleads guilty, pays $1.5M for fraud


A Bucks County dentist pleaded guilty to Medicaid billing fraud and paid $1.5 million in restitution.

Congress grilled Facebook, but now it needs to act | Editorial


As lawmakers struggled to understand how Facebook works, the social media giant's share price increased as investors quickly understood the hearings were likely going to result in what Shakespeare described as sound and fury signifying…


'Mini-golf monstrosity' brings outrage, lawsuit to Margate, N.J.


Will Margate get a mini-golf course this summer? There's a battle in the city over whether it will alter the downtown's quaint feel or diversify the business district and bring in more summer dollars.

Lessons learned from the potentially awkward mergers of non-union and union hospitals


Across the region, unions find themselves having to negotiate with new owners. It's not always smooth sailing.

The first piece of the Reading Viaduct rail park opens in June. Then what?

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Planners weigh the possibility of leaving the viaduct in a wild state and creating a sunken garden in a former rail cut.

Marijuana growers seek to extinguish Pa.'s cannabis research program


Calling it "disruptive" and "unlawful," a group of Pennsylvania marijuana growers and retailers wants to snuff out the state's pioneering research before it is launched.


When the daughter of a butcher leads a discussion on animal-free eating


The Good Food Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps start-ups specializing in animal-free food and works to encourage more consumer interest in such alternative foods, held a panel discussion at the Wharton School in hopes…


Comcast and Independence in health care technology joint venture


Comcast Corp. and Independence Health Group have formed a joint venture to create digital patient-care and communications platform. The venture, which does not yet have a name, is expected enter a pilot stage in the second half of this…

Thursday, Apr 19

Israeli marijuana giant partners with Pa. medical grower


Tikun Olam - the name means "Repair the World" in Hebrew - is a medical marijuana powerhouse in Israel for research. It is licensing proprietary strains of cannabis to Pennsylvania's Ilera Healthcare.

Deadly plane failure raises questions about safety of widely used engine


A broken fan blade in the plane engine that failed over Pennsylvania Tuesday raised questions, and authorities released the cause of death of a woman killed in the incident.

Dick's destroying all the guns it pulled from its shelves


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dick's Sporting Goods is destroying all the guns and accessories that it stopped selling earlier this year after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Ori Feibush plans homes and shops at chocolate factory site in South Philly


The developer says his proposal would be a big step toward transforming Washington Avenue, west of Broad Street, from a strip of warehouses and blighted industrial buildings into a dense commercial and residential corridor binding the…

Wednesday, Apr 18

Wil Reynolds, a leader of Philly's Seer Interactive, says more firms should respond like Starbucks (Update)


"We have to stop judging companies so quickly for the act of one person. I judge companies by how they respond, and how quickly they respond. Do they respond due to pressure, or because they feel they must right a wrong?"

Can an ex-love nest motel on the Schuylkill River tie Penn's campuses together?


"An isolated plot of land" sits in an excellent location, literally on the edge of the Schuylkill.

GOP's regulatory fight goes to another level over car loans


WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-led Senate voted Wednesday to block Obama-era guidance a consumer protection agency issued five years ago to help ensure lenders don't charge blacks and Hispanics higher interest rates on car loans.

New Comcast Tower hit by cost overruns, construction manager warns


Liberty Property Trust warns that Comcast Corp.'s new tower in Philadelphia is $67 million over budget. But the tower will open later this year, the company says.

Tuesday, Apr 17

Former Rohm & Haas CEO Raj Gupta joins Haas family on a $5M gift to create new Drexel institute

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Gupta, chairman of Aptiv PLC and chairman of Avantor Inc, and his wife Kamla invested $2.5 million to create an institute that will bear their name, while the Haas family matched their gift, bringing the total donation to $5 million.

Delivering your tax refund is the least of the IRS's problems

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For Tax Day this year, House lawmakers are focusing on a familiar target - the Internal Revenue Service.

As milk prices keep falling, more Pa. dairy farmers are calling it quits


Between 2012 and 2016, Pennsylvania lost more than 1,200 dairy farms. Dozens of herd auctions are set for the coming months.

United Way building on Ben Franklin Parkway sold for $10.9 million to Pearl Properties


The charity, which will remain in the building as a tenant until it finds a new permanent space for its staff of about 100, plans to use proceeds from the sale to focus on its core mission of fighting poverty.

Monday, Apr 16

Carl Dranoff selling off all Philly apartment holdings to Denver-based Aimco


Denver-based investment trust Apartment Investment & Management Co. plans to pay $445 million for the package of six properties.

Radnor-based Narcan maker earns shout-out from Trump and surgeon general


Adapt Pharma makes the brand name Narcan nasal spray, an antidote to opioid overdoses.

Starbucks' racial blunder shows it's too invested in the 'yoga-pants' set and must diversify culture, PR exec says


"I strongly suspect Starbucks will not see any lasting damage from this incident," a Wharton professor noted. But a Philly PR executive said Starbucks is "way too invested in the yoga-pants demographic" and needs to diversify its culture.

200 million eggs recalled because of salmonella concerns


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - More than 200 million eggs distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in nine states have been recalled because of bacterial contamination.