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POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8:42 PM

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain whose president's fierce opposition to marriage equality sparked boycotts and buy-ins last year,  may open a kiosk in the Campus Center at Rutgers-Camden.

The company is gauging the interest of potential customers in person, through on-campus sales of selected menu items, as well as an online survey

The opening this week of the temporary sales operation, which is set to close Thursday,  has ignited a lively debate on social media sites and has startled some in the LGBT community. 


POSTED: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 2:17 PM

Set aside, for a moment, Milly Silva's spotty personal voting record, slender professional resume and non-existent  political experience.

In selecting this heretofore obscure labor union executive as her running mate, Democrat Barbara Buono appears to have given her honorable but so-far uninspiring campaign to unseat Chris Christie an energy shot.

Stepping from behind the podium and going off mic at a Willingboro, NJ senior center Tuesday, Buono worked the room like a pro. But in that thoroughly Democratic township, the state Senator from Middlesex County had little to prove. Unlike the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, who did.

POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013, 5:06 PM

The crowd at the XPONential Music Festival on the Camden Waterfront got to hear some great tunes (video below) -- and had a chance to say something about Camden County's future.

Planner Bob Melvin and three members of his team asked concertgoers to fill out surveys Saturday as part of the initial phase of the first Master Plan process the county has undertaken since 1972. The $150,000 effort is being paid for with a grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

"One of the problems we face as planners is that it's difficult to draw from a broad spectrum," says Melvin, whose firm, Group Melvin Design, has an office on the Camden Waterfront. "We also want to get the opinions of people who are younger, because they're going to be the ones living with (the plan)."


POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:43 PM
At the traditional 2003 Election Day gathering of Democrats at the Famous 4th Street Deli, Arthur Makadon (second from right) noshed with leaders including Gov. Ed Rendell (right). To Makadon's right were Camden County Democratic leader George E. Norcross III and David L. Cohen, then Rendell's chief of staff. (File Photograph)

Arthur Makadon, who died at age 70 Wednesday of lung cancer, was one of Philadelphia’s most prominent litigators and powerbrokers.

The former chairman of Ballard Spahr was a formidable presence, as The Inquirer’s Chris Mondics details in Makadon's obituary. The litigator did not stand on decorum. He did as he pleased. During a eulogy for former City Solicitor Alan Davis, Makadon excoriated partners of the now-defunct Wolf, Block, Shorr & Solis-Cohen for forcing out Davis and other lawyers.

POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013, 5:47 PM

A high-end complex of outlet stores is being proposed for Gloucester Township, a Camden County suburb that has long hoped to land a destination retail center.

"It's finally happening,' Mayor David Mayer says. "It will have between 90 and 120 stores...and will generate further economic development."

The township on Wednesday approved the site plan for the 450,000-square-foot "Gloucester Premium Outlets at Gloucester Township"  on a 55-acre tract near the College Drive exit of the 42 Freeway and the Black Horse Pike. A partnership including the Simon Property Group is the developer; company representatives could not be reached for comment Thursday.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 3:01 PM

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife,” so observed Jane Austen, that most glorious of English writers, who is to be the new face of Britain’s 10-pound note. The line opens Pride and Prejudice, which is enjoying its illustriouos 200th anniversary.

What if we followed England, and put some of our great authors on American currency, instead of so many dead presidents?

Some suggestions:

POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 2:25 PM

The Crystal Lake Thriftway in Westmont, a throwback to the days before foodies and locavores, is moving.

But rest easy, loyal fans: The store isn't going far. And top 40 oldies will continue to serenade shoppers.

The Westmont Plaza space Superfresh vacated earlier this year is expected to be ready for the new Thriftway by September. Until then, the current store -- with its short aisles, shorter checkout lines and folksy flavor -- will stay open, manager Bob Wurtenberger says. Employees also will be retained.

POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013, 2:31 PM
Players including Chris McCoy, center, report to the Eagles training camp at the NovaCare Complex. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)

Eagles training camp starts this week. Can you handle the excitement?

The little town of Bethlehem is in mourning. After 17 years of summer practice at Lehigh, the Eagles have decamped and Bethlehem is experiencing empty nest syndrome as The Inquirer’s Frank Fitzpatrick reports.

Now, the Eagles will sweat and tackle in South Philadelphia, home of virtually every other sporting event, including seeing "Red" and screaming for Taylor Swift .

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