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Are prices lower on the weekend? Well... it's complicated.
01/20/2017
Cheaper fares: Does the day you buy matter?

Are prices lower on the weekend? Well... it's complicated.

Travelers everywhere would like a magic potion to predict the best time to buy an airline ticket to get a good deal at the lowest price.

At the nonjury juvenile trial, the judge "made a finding that Jaiden did not commit the acts for which she had been fram...
01/20/2017
$12B Hershey School framed a student for arson, suit alleges

At the nonjury juvenile trial, the judge "made a finding that Jaiden did not commit the acts for which she had been framed,” the suit says, calling the case “farcical.”

A former student at the $12.5 billion Milton Hershey School for impoverished children says in a federal lawsuit that school staff spied on her on Facebook and then framed her for arson.

In case Obama wasn't already a cool enough outgoing president...
01/19/2017
Your Presidents are making their moves in 360 VR

In case Obama wasn't already a cool enough outgoing president...

Between packing chores, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama found time to make and post an immersive and informative tour of the White House residence and the West Wing produced by Facebook, its Occulus VR company and major content producers Felix & Paul Studios.

On Friday, Million Women Mentors-PA will hold a statewide recruitment breakfast aimed at bringing in 3,000 men and women...
01/17/2017
Want to mentor young women in STEM careers? Here's an opportunity

On Friday, Million Women Mentors-PA will hold a statewide recruitment breakfast aimed at bringing in 3,000 men and women in STEM careers who want to become mentors to girls and young women considering those fields.

Mentoring and recruiting young women in the STEM fields will be the focus of two events scheduled this month, part of separate initiatives spearheaded by Villanova University's School of Business and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack to promote science, technology, engineering, and math education and...

“We’re not here to change the bully, but to help others stand up to him,” Peter J. Dean said.
01/17/2017
How to stand up to the office bully

“We’re not here to change the bully, but to help others stand up to him,” Peter J. Dean said.

Is there a bully in the White House?

"I've raised money around ideas when there was a highly defined business with lots of metrics, like Pet360. In this case...
01/13/2017
This start-up hopes to be the high-tech answer for pet owners' many needs

"I've raised money around ideas when there was a highly defined business with lots of metrics, like Pet360. In this case, it was more theory around an idea. I've never done that."

While this country braces for a battle over the Affordable Care Act, a Wayne-based start-up is staking its future on health care for a consumer sector that doesn't hold much sway in Washington. A constituency that has more bark than bite, more meow than scratch, if you will.

Comcast hoping its cable/internet services division can profit in a Trump administration even though its entertainment/n...
01/13/2017
Comcast/NBC fired and insulted Trump and now faces a grudge-holding president

Comcast hoping its cable/internet services division can profit in a Trump administration even though its entertainment/news arm is one of the incoming president's top targets for complaint.

NBC's top entertainment executive, Robert Greenblatt, slammed Donald Trump in August on Facebook as "toxic" and "demented," describing a "sad state of affairs thanks to a pompous businessman turned reality TV star."

It's not just 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli.
01/11/2017
Pharma pricing furor gaining steam

It's not just 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli.

The furor over massive drug price increases is not likely to abate with this week's guilty pleas by two former executives of Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc., which makes an antibiotic whose average price soared more than 8,000 percent over six months in 2013 and 2014.

Philly's hottest startup too hot for Philly?
01/10/2017
Monetate moves HQ to NYC

Philly's hottest startup too hot for Philly?

Amid 'vicious battle for tech talent,' engineers to stay in West Conshy

Not naming names but more than a few desks in this newsroom could profit from this approach.
01/10/2017
Is your desk as gross as mine? Time to clean up!

Not naming names but more than a few desks in this newsroom could profit from this approach.

I approach national Clean Off Your Desk Day in a newsroom where someone in authority once tried to ban just about anything personal hanging in our cubicles. Food was a no-no, too, as was displaying anything on top of the cubicle dividers.

News of added Comcast homes came after a nationally televised visit by then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Tru...
01/06/2017
Comcast faces backlash over black-ministry channel the Word

News of added Comcast homes came after a nationally televised visit by then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to Jackson's Detroit church in early September, leading some to think that Jackson's relationship with Trump helped with Comcast.

Two hundred chanting protesters clad in winter coats and earmuffs marched in single file outside Comcast's Center City headquarters Wednesday, holding placards reading, "Comcast Is Robbing Us" and "We Want Word Network."

The restaurants come as University City, bounded by Spring Garden and Market Streets to the north and Woodland Avenue to...
01/04/2017
Halal Guys and Bonchon to open U City outposts as W. Philly district grows

The restaurants come as University City, bounded by Spring Garden and Market Streets to the north and Woodland Avenue to the south between the Schuylkill and 50th Street, attracts more potential customers.

The Halal Guys, a Middle Eastern fast-food joint, and Bonchon, a Korean-style fried chicken shop, will open their second Philadelphia locations in University City, aiming to serve the area’s youthful population of internationally minded foodies.

In an upcoming surprise twist, the next buyer turns out to be Rita.
01/03/2017
Rita's Water Ice sold again

In an upcoming surprise twist, the next buyer turns out to be Rita.

For the third time in the 16 years since ex-Philadelphia firefighter Bob Tumulo sold the Trevose-based water-ice and custard chain he named for his mom, Rita's has been purchased by private investors who plan to try and take the 600-store, 30-state, high-markup summer treats maker global.

As young mothers, they had an idea to brighten people’s lives with weekly bouquets of flowers delivered to their doorste...
01/03/2017
Two sisters had an idea, and it bloomed far beyond their dreams

As young mothers, they had an idea to brighten people’s lives with weekly bouquets of flowers delivered to their doorsteps. “Our goal was to buy flowers and sell them for twice as much and have our husbands pay for the gas.”

Birthday parties featuring James Taylor, Elton John, and the Beach Boys. Exhibits of the works of Paul Cezanne and Salvador Dalí. Even a Kennedy wedding.

"None of the employees involved in the improper payments are still employed by Teva, including in Russia, where the enti...
12/22/2016
Teva agrees to pay $519M to resolve bribery charges in foreign countries

"None of the employees involved in the improper payments are still employed by Teva, including in Russia, where the entire leadership team was replaced in 2013," the company said.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said Thursday that it will pay $519 million to resolve bribery charges in the Ukraine, Mexico and Russia.

Sweet!
12/22/2016
Hershey chocolate company promotes Michele Buck to CEO

Sweet!

Hershey Co. promoted Michele Buck to chief executive officer as the Pennsylvania chocolate giant faces shifts in consumer food consumption and a consolidating global confection industry. The change is effective March 1, the company said on Wednesday. Buck, who has been with Hershey since 2005 and is...

A real head-scratcher, huh?
12/21/2016
Will Trump live up to his infrastructure promises?

A real head-scratcher, huh?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even as they maneuver for a share of the $1 trillion in spending Donald Trump promised to rebuild America's roads, bridges and airports, lobbyists for transportation and utility industries are beginning to wonder whether Trump really meant what he said.

Bucci says: "It was my choice. It's me." Talking to the board and to his cofounders, "I saw the best thing for the next ...
12/20/2016
For RevZilla co-founder, time to find another ride

Bucci says: "It was my choice. It's me." Talking to the board and to his cofounders, "I saw the best thing for the next leap was for me to bow out."

It's hard to think of RevZilla, the Navy Yard-based motorcycle-gear distributor, without picturing Anthony Bucci, the energetic, leather-jacketed, family-man CEO (and sparkplug of its engaging YouTube videos).

The building, which is being called 1301 Market Street, should be ready for occupancy by early 2020
12/20/2016
Office tower planned at long-empty lot near Philadelphia City Hall

The building, which is being called 1301 Market Street, should be ready for occupancy by early 2020

West Conshohocken-based developer Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corp. is under contract to acquire the long-vacant lot at 13th and Market Streets near City Hall, with plans for a 38-story office tower at the site, the company said in a release Monday.

If approved by regulators, Princeton HealthCare will be Penn's third acquisition in recent years.
12/13/2016
Penn signs final deal to take over Princeton HealthCare System

If approved by regulators, Princeton HealthCare will be Penn's third acquisition in recent years.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System said Monday that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Princeton HealthCare System, which is anchored by the 305-bed University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Lidl is also portrayed in an online marketing presentation as anchoring a retail-and-residential project proposed by dev...
12/13/2016
German grocery chain Lidl buys Philly site, aiming to blanket eastern U.S. with 150 stores

Lidl is also portrayed in an online marketing presentation as anchoring a retail-and-residential project proposed by developer Bart Blatstein along the Delaware River in South Philadelphia.

German grocery giant Lidl has acquired the current site of an aged industrial building in Port Richmond for what may be the expanding chain’s first location within the city of Philadelphia.

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