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'Pinot on the Pitch' coming to Chester's soccer stadium

Friday April 29th, 2016 08:18:37 PM John George
Philadelphia Union announced plans to host a first-time event called “Pinot on the Pitch.”The event will give fans an opportunity to gather at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., to watch the Union’s road match against Orlando City SC on May 25. Tickets are $45 each, which includes two complimentary drink tickets and a gift. Attendees will also get appetizers and opportunities to win raffle prizes and visit vendor booths.“This event is unlike anything we’ve ever done before, and I…

CHOP joins 'largest ever' autism genetics study

Friday April 29th, 2016 08:15:57 PM John George
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has joined what organizers are calling the largest-ever genetics study on autism.The Center for Autism Research at CHOP was among the 21 research sites selected by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative for the study, called SPARK. The name is an acronym for Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for KnowledgeThe online research initiative will collect information and DNA for genetic analysis from 50,000 individuals with autism — and their…

Visitation, economic impact rise for Independence National Historical Park

Friday April 29th, 2016 06:58:23 PM Kenneth Hilario
The Independence National Historical Park attracted more than 4 million visitors last year, generating more than $365.3 million in economic impact and supporting nearly 4,000 jobs.About 4.3 million visitors came to the Independence National Historical Park in 2015, spending nearly $247 million in communities near the park, according to a new report.The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz…

Sen. Casey, Mayor Kenney mark milestone for Delaware Deeping project

Friday April 29th, 2016 06:57:00 PM Alison Burdo
After spending eight years working to secure the necessary funding, U.S. Senator Bob Casey is in Philadelphia Friday to mark the beginning of the end of the Delaware Deepening project – which is expected to increase activity at the Port of Philadelphia and add thousands of jobs.Casey announced in February the final $55 million needed to complete the work – blasting and dredging rock from the river to bring its depth to 45 feet – had come together. Those funds include $33.1 million President…

GSK reformulates mouthwash into a gel to prevent infections in newborns

Friday April 29th, 2016 06:54:58 PM John George
A European Medicine Agency committee gave its thumbs up to a experimental treatment to prevent umbilical cord infections in newborns, which GlaxoSmithKline developed by reformulating its mouthwash product into a gel.GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) is developing the product in a partnership with the nonprofit organization Save the Children for use in developing countries.The EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use granted a positive scientific opinion for the gel, which contains the…

Long-defunct restaurant space reopening along Camden’s Cooper River

Friday April 29th, 2016 06:30:05 PM Kenneth Hilario
In less than two weeks, Camden County residents will get a new restaurant along the banks of the Cooper River, which will be run by a restaurateur who's had skin in the Philadelphia culinary scene for decades. (See photo gallery for the work in progress.)The restaurant property at Cooper River Park in Camden – the soon-to-be home of The Cooper House – has been defunct for nearly three years. The Lobster Trap closed in 2013 following the death of operator Tom Delimaris, leaving the 500,000 annual…

Parking reservation app launches in Philadelphia

Friday April 29th, 2016 06:13:10 PM Dan Norton
SpotHero, a parking reservation app, just launched in Philadelphia for more than 55 parking facilities, including ones near Philadelphia International Airport, 30th Street Station, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Independence Hall.The Chicago-based company, founded in 2011, also services New York, San Francisco, Washington, Boston, Baltimore and Newark N.J. among other locations. It has raised $27.5 million in venture capital, most recently through a $20 million Series B last August, according…

PA Chamber CEO: Final state budget must address the pension crisis

Friday April 29th, 2016 06:01:08 PM Gene Barr
Over the past year and a half, Pennsylvania’s fiscal landscape has been marred by protracted budget battles, repeated credit downgrades and the threat of multi-billion dollar tax increases. Unfortunately, in his 2016-17 budget address Gov. Tom Wolf continued his calls for many of the same tax and spend policies that played a central role in the nine-month 2015-16 budget impasse. In addition to policies that will increase labor costs for Pennsylvania employers, the governor’s budget plan includes…

One of Comcast SportsNet's original hosts abruptly leaves the network

Friday April 29th, 2016 04:50:12 PM Jeff Blumenthal
As Comcast SportsNet was busy with its NFL Draft coverage and Phillies win Thursday, one of its most recognizable on-air personalities abruptly announced his departure on social media.Neil Hartman, one of the six original hosts when the regional sports network was launched in 1997 along with Leslie Gudel, Derrick Gunn, Ron Burke, Dei Lynam and Michael Barkann, delivered the news Thursday via a brief statement on Twitter.When asked for comment, CSN spokeswoman Maureen Quilter provided the following…

TD hit with another class-action lawsuit over coin-counting machines

Friday April 29th, 2016 03:57:50 PM Jeff Blumenthal
Another class action lawsuit has been filed against TD Bank, which took its Penny Arcade coin-counting machines out of service earlier this month after an investigation found they have been shortchanging customers.The latest case, filed Wednesday in federal court in Camden on behalf of Regina C. Filannino-Restifo, described as a customer of TD’s Jefferson Valley, N.Y., branch and a frequent user of the bank’s Penny Arcade coin-counting machines because she owned a number of coin-operated washing…

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