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Zoning loophole clears way for mixed-use building in South Philly

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 12:40:36 PM Alison Burdo
Developers returned to the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment several months after a 48-foot tall building was rejected and received approval for an even taller mixed-use project to go up at the Christian Street site.A 48-foot tall building has morphed into a 53-foot tall property after the developers of a project at the corner of 6th and Christian streets adjusted their plans to take advantage of the Fresh Food Market bonus, which allows buildings that include a fresh food market an additional…

5 things to know & a cool video of Comcast's magnificent skyscraper

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 12:29:34 PM Dell Poncet
Memorial Day weekend is over, the rain is gone, the heat and humidity is on. Welcome to the de facto first day of summer.Now let's get to work. Here's a look a some recent stories you may have missed as you (hopefully) packed your umbrellas along with your beach gear for your Shore trip.Veterans center gets a major boostThere's good news for veterans in Montgomery County. Power Home Remodeling will construct four townhouses and four two-bedroom apartments, along with a fitness center and computer…

PoliticsPA: Kane's longest tenured spokesman leaves job

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 12:09:11 PM Nick Field
Seven up, seven down.Kathleen Kane’s longest tenured spokesman Chuck Ardo announced that he will step down as of Tuesday.BREAKING: Saying he's "tired of trying to explain the inexplicable," PA AG Kathleen Kane spokesman Chuck Ardo says he's quitting.— Angela Couloumbis (@AngelasInk) May 27, 2016Ardo is literally driving out of the state right now to visit family in Ohio although he did take the time to talk to some journalists around the state.“I just didn’t feel as though I could…

Verizon, unions reach tentative deal to end strike

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 11:59:25 AM Paul J. Gough
Verizon and its two striking unions have reached a tentative deal to end the month-old strike of about 40,000 employees that impacted operations in Boston and other Northeast states.The brief announcement about the four-year deal between Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers came from U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who had been involved in negotiations since the middle of May. No other details about…

Pa. medical marijuana program expected to be ready in 2018

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 11:56:53 AM Ben Allen
Now that the law legalizing medical marijuana has taken effect, what will change in Pennsylvania?It's been more than 30 days since Gov. Tom Wolf signed the measure into law.That means parents can now bring medical marijuana into the commonwealth from other states for their children.Although state law changed, people could still be cited for breaking local laws.Speaking on Radio PA's "Ask the Governor" program, Wolf said he hopes law enforcement will understand."There are real medical issues…

Bankruptcy settlement means Center City diner closing after 40 years

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 11:50:56 AM Bobby Allyn
After more than 40 years of operation, Midtown II is closing its doors as a round-the-clock diner.Opened in 1974, the diner has long been a Center City mainstay for Philadelphians of all stripes, drawn by its 24-hour service and comfort-food specials like steak and eggs and the "Munchie Combo" of mozzrella sticks and chicken fingers, said Nick Hionas, whose family owns the restaurant."You have people from all walks of life coming in there," Hionas said. "Everyone from doctors, lawyers and judges…

Report: Federal investigation into First Niagara could impact KeyCorp merger

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 11:50:23 AM Chelsea Diana
The sale of First Niagara to KeyCorp is "facing scrutiny" over a federal investigation into First Niagara's minority-lending practice, according to a story from Bloomberg.Two years ago, the Department of Justice started looking into if First Niagara violated a law that prohibits discrimination in financing loans, the Bloomberg report said.The investigation was not previously disclosed publicly.This new information comes at a time when KeyCorp is seeking federal approval to buy First Niagara…

Legalizing recreational marijuana could reap $300M for N.J.: Proponents

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 11:44:10 AM Phil Gregory
Though Gov. Chris Christie opposes legalizing marijuana for recreational use, some groups are urging New Jersey lawmakers to consider the move to provide more money for the state budget.Legalizing and taxing marijuana would raise at least $300 million a year for the state, according to Ari Rosmarin, public policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey."It's time that New Jersey move from wasteful criminalization to revenue generation. It's time to stop waiting. There's…

This week in Comcast: New limit for overage fees & battling Google in Oregon

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 11:40:13 AM Dan Norton
There has been heavy contention regarding overage fees as a practice in general for Comcast, but even the media giant draws a line in the sand somewhere.Starting June 1, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) will limit its overage fees to $200. The company currently charges an extra $10 for every 50 gigabytes allotted to customers beyond the standard data plan. Ars Technica points out that the significant development was first indicated in a customer FAQ.It would take some serious data consumption for customers…

Phila. expecting big Memorial Day weekend

Friday May 27th, 2016 06:38:23 PM Kenneth Hilario
Philadelphia is expecting to have a lot of visitors coming to the city during the three-day Memorial Day Weekend this year, with hotels being nearly fully booked on one particular day of the weekend."Based on the most recent hotel data we have from TravelClick, we are set up for a very busy weekend with Saturday already close to capacity," according to the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, which said the occupancy average for the weekend will be close to 90 percent with Saturday "being…

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