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Attytood: For Labor Day 2014, if you weren't at the parade then the most labor-y thing you probably saw all day was this: Four Phillies hurlers, working together as a team in boiler-room conditions at Atlanta's soon-to-be-extinct Turner Field, no-hitting the punchless Braves. As Karl Marx once famously said, "Pitchers of the world, unite!"
President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.
Nothing stopped stagehand James Pisano, 25, from reporting for work at Made in America for a 5 a.m. call Sunday.
Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure.
By the time Labor Day dawned, steamy and soggy on the Made in America concert site on the Parkway, union stagehand Colin Peters and his overnight crew had just about wrapped up dismantling the three miles of barricades.
Sue Aistrop has been promoted to director of community services and RSVP/Philadelphia at Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia. She had been hunger-relief volunteer coordinator.
Al Ponessa has been appointed president of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, the nonprofit responsible for the care, maintenance and operations of Philadelphia's tall sailing ship, the Gazela Primiero, a 117-foot Barkentine acquired from Portugal in 1971, and the tug Jupiter. Ponessa served on nuclear submarines during his 28-year naval career, retiring as a captain. He is corporate improvement manager at Exelon Generation.
Securities trades recently reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission by officers, directors and principal shareholders of corporations based or having sizable employment in the Philadelphia area. Titles are as reported to the SEC.
KJH Inc., doing business as OK Cleaners, 201 Second Ave., Suite 114, Collegeville; Chapter 11; no schedules available.
The Street: The Congressional Budget Office has forecast the federal deficit at $506 billion during the current fiscal ending September. The deficit has gone down. That sounds positive in the short term and hugely negative in the long term.
The T-shirted battalions of union members showed up, as usual, for the annual Labor Day parade along the Delaware River waterfront.
BEIJING (AP) - An American business group warned Tuesday that foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and said investment might decline if conditions fail to improve.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.
CHICAGO (AP) - Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.
President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world's largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.
MOSCOW (AP) - Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.
NEW YORK (AP) - Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education.
HELSINKI (AP) - Finnish utility TVO says construction of the country's fifth nuclear reactor has been delayed again, with the plant not expected to go online until 2018 - nine years later than initially forecast.
AMSTERDAM (AP) - Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.