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‘They took Halloween away from the kids’ Hallow-meanies. An elementary school principal canceled Halloween in school. Orlando Taylor might as well have handed out pennies on Halloween night. The principal of Inglewood Elementary School in Montgomery County sent a letter to parents Tuesday that announced the cancelation of school-sponsored Halloween activities — parties, parades, costume
“There can be religious undertones to holidays. I think that religions have taken the time to ﬁnd a way to bond to holidays, but this is a community tradition.” Brigidi dress-downs — because the holiday’s supposed religious overtones might offend some students. “Some holidays, like
Halloween, that some see as secular, are viewed by others as having religious overtones,” Taylor wrote in the letter. But then Wednesday, the North Penn School District, which governs the Lansdale-based school, posted a statement on its website claiming the principal went too far. “The … letter addressing Halloween is not an accurate representation of the school district’s administrative regulation,” the statement said. However, the districtwide religious and cultural holiday policy, set
Possible lawsuit? Brigidi said the changes were a result of a threatened lawsuit. •
“The school board caved to one party that threatened litigation, and rather than standing up or asking the public for which they work for, they merely caved,” Brigidi said.
School district spokeswoman Madeline Bergman said there “hasn’t been any litigation.”
in motion last spring, still restricts celebrations. So this year, students will not receive a half-day in the district’s K-6 schools on Oct. 31; kids won’t parade around in their costumes; no post-parade party. Jenn Brigidi, who has a 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old boy at North Wales Elementary, said Halloween is a “community tradition.” “They took Halloween away from the kids,” she said.
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Police confirmed yesterday that a 4-year-old pre-K Thomas Mifflin School student brought eight bags of crack cocaine and $173 cash to school Tuesday morning. The boy, police said, told authorities the drugs belonged to his mother’s boyfriend. Police spokeswoman Tanya Little said criminal charges have not yet been filed: “Somebody has to be accountable for it, but at this moment, the investigation is ongoing.” School District spokesman Fernando Gallard said the student at the East Falls elementary school, at the 3000 block of Conrad Street, “showed off the cash to another student, and
Aftermath The boy was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution. •
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abatement should apply to the portion of real estate taxes that go to Philadelphia schools. The city currently extends the abatement to new construction or improvements in an attempt to spur new development. Under the legisla-
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Body found under Falls Bridge Police are investigating the discovery yesterday morning of a woman’s body in the Schuylkill River beneath the Falls Bridge in East Falls.
Police said the body, believed to be that of a white female between the ages of 20 and 30, was found shortly before 8:15 a.m. There is not yet word on the circumstances surrounding the discovery, nor the woman’s identity. METRO
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Police seek suspect in meat market burglary Police are looking for a man who was caught on camera early Monday forcing an air conditioning unit through the wall of Dave’s Meat Market in Glenwood and climbing inside. He allegedly took $2,000. METRO
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still right in the historic district. “It was the first good day we’ve had since this shutdown started,” he said. The good news is that the other visitor centers — namely in Love Park and Sister Cities Park — are seeing more traffic. Also, when the shutdown is over, Cuorato’s laid-off staff will be rehired. “That can’t come soon enough,” he said. CHRISTINA PACIOLLA
Week 2. Visitor Center gets temporary digs as shutdown rolls on As week two of the government shutdown continues, Independence Visitor Center President Jim Cuorato is feeling the effects. He’s had to lay off 90 percent of his staff and deal with a substantial amount of lost revenue in gift shop purchases. “That troubles me deeply,” he said. “I have a terrific staff and they’ve all understood the situation we’re in.” But Cuorato is feeling a little less helpless these days; yesterday, IVC reached an agreement with Historic Philadelphia, Inc., to set up temporary shop at its headquarters on Sixth and Chestnut streets — only a block away from IVC’s location — to accommodate visitors to the area. Visitors can get brochures, maps and tickets to attractions
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Capturing a key moment in time A visitor yesterday looks at a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo at the press opening of “Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs” exhibition, which opens Friday at the National Constitution Center. / CHARLES MOSTOLLER, METRO
Camden police on Monday arrested Edgar Carrasquillo, 31, for allegedly trying to set fire to a bike shop using what officials are calling “a crude Molotov cocktail.” Carrasquillo was arrested after he was seen driving by the scene. METRO
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Members of Congress seeing signs of hope in fiscal impasse Risky. The impasse has rattled markets with the threat that borrowing limit will not be raised. Republicans and Democrats in Congress saw signs of hope yesterday for a break in their fiscal impasse, as members of both parties floated the possibility of a short-term increase in the debt limit to allow time for broader negotiations on the budget. The slight shift in tone was aided by a column by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who urged a negotiated end to the stalemate but did not mention Republican demands for linking changes in the federal
health care law with government funding. â€œRight now, we need to find common ground,â€? Ryan, the partyâ€™s 2012 vice presidential nominee who had been largely silent in the confrontation, wrote in the Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama scolded Republicans on Tuesday for threatening economic chaos, but said he would talk about anything including the health care law if Republicans reopened the government and lifted the debt ceiling even for the short term. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner rejected that idea as â€œunconditional surrender,â€? but other Republicans have showed a willingness to consider a short-term deal if there was a framework in place for negotiations. REUTERS
House GOP to meet Obama today at White House President Barack Obama will sit down today with some of his main adversaries in the fight over raising the U.S. debt ceiling and ending a government shutdown, meeting with Republicans who control the House of Representatives. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, the top U.S. Republican in Washington, said Boehner, his deputy, Eric Cantor, and various other House Republicans will meet with Obama.
An Associated Press-GfK survey yesterday found 62 percent of Americans mostly blamed Republicans, who also bore public blame after the government shutdown in 1996.
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Obama picks Yellen to be head of Fed First female. The nomination will put Yellen on course to be the ﬁrst woman to lead the institution.
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President Barack Obama nominated Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen yesterday to run the world’s most influential central bank and urged the Senate to confirm her without delay. Yellen, an advocate for aggressive action to stimulate U.S. economic growth through low interest rates and large-scale bond purchases, would replace Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, whose second term ends on Jan. 31. “Janet is exceptionally well qualified for this role,” Obama said at a White House ceremony, with a beaming Yellen
standing by his side. “She doesn’t have a crystal ball, but what she does have is a keen understanding about how markets and the economy work, not just in theory but also in the real world. And she calls it like she sees it.” If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which is expected to endorse her despite opposition from some Republicans, Yellen would provide continuity with policies under Bernanke. She would likely move cautiously in reining in monetary stimulus put in place to shore up the world’s largest economy. Yellen, who spoke briefly after Obama, said she would promote maximum employment, stable prices and a sound financial system. She said there was more to do to ensure people who were out of work can find jobs. REUTERS
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Comcast product controls your remote through Twitter Dollars. The messaging platform is setting its sights on grabbing a piece of TV advertising. Comcast Corp. announced yesterday that it developed a new remote control feature in partnership with Twitter that allows users to turn the channel through a tweet. The “See It” button enables viewers to tune in to a live or On Demand show like “Sunday Night Football” or “The Voice” through their set-top box or mobile device. In addition, the button will let users program digital video recorders or to buy movie tickets through Fandango. “Now with See It, they’ll be able to tune in directly from Twitter,” Dick Costolo, CEO of Twit-
ter, said in a statement. Comcast and Twitter said they are in discussions with other distribution partners and TV networks to use the feature to promote their content. The hope is the See It button will become as ubiquitous as the Facebook “like.” “There is a lot of promotion and discussion around entertainment on Twitter, but the link around that consumption is broken,” Sam Schwartz, Comcast chief business development officer, told Reuters. “This is another tool to help people find what they want to watch.” REUTERS
Nobel Prize. Scientists who took chemistry into cyberspace win Three U.S. scientists won the Nobel chemistry prize yesterday for pioneering work on computer programs that simulate complex chemical processes and have revolutionized research in areas from drugs to solar energy. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, awarding the prize of 8 million crowns ($1.25 million) to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel, said their work had effectively taken chemistry into cyberspace. Long gone were the days of modelling reactions using plastic
balls and sticks. Chemical reactions occur at lightning speed as electrons jump between atomic nuclei, making it virtually impossible to map every separate step in chemical processes involving large molecules like proteins. Powerful computer models, first developed by the three scientists in the 1970s, offer a new window onto such reactions and have become a mainstay for researchers in thousands of academic and industrial laboratories around the world. REUTERS
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Twitter feed We check in with some of Hollywood’s biggest names to see what they’ve been up to — in their own words, in 140 characters or fewer.
Today, Justin Bieber is feeling adventurous, Lil Wayne is getting his Irish on, Rihanna wants to stay a bit longer and Chloe Grace Moretz is on her way ... somewhere. @justinbieber time to explore Korea @LilTunechi On my way to Dublin!!! @rihanna Bye Bye New Zealand!! I love you!!! Hate to leave....soon. @ChloeGMoretz my love, here I come :)
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It looks like Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom will soon be following in the footsteps of Kris and Bruce Jenner. TMZ.com reports that Khloe wants a divorce and is “anxious” to end it, but hasn’t because of Odom’s fragile state. No matter what the ending, it looks like it will be an “easy” divorce — they have an iron-tight prenup which keeps the assets of the couple separate. The Kardashians may be many things but dummies about money is not one of them.
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Wilson gets around Move over Simon Cowell, there is a new siring stallion of Hollywood. And surprisingly, it’s Owen Wilson. The actor is reportedly becoming a father or the second time — but this time with his personal trainer, who recently ﬁled for divorce, according to the National Enquirer. Trainer Caroline Lindqvist has reportedly been separated from her husband, plastic surgeon Ritu Chopra, for more than a year but did not ﬁle for divorce until learning she was carrying Wilson’s child. “Caroline broke the news to Owen this past May shortly after conﬁrming that he was the father,” a source says. “A few days later, she ﬁled for divorce from her husband.” The baby is said to be due in January.
Miley Cyrus decided to forgo her clothing (as usual) at her oﬃcial album release party for “Bangerz” at The General on Tuesday in New York City. After all we’ve been through the past month, I can’t believe the album didn’t even come out until yesterday. /ALL PHOTOS GETTY IMAGES
Bow Wow catfishing is Bow Wow approved The economy is crap. Our government can’t function. Global warming is going to destroy us all. But look on the bright side: At least we live in era of catfishing. I realize that is a terribly callous thing to say. Being catfished no doubt feels awful. I don’t care. This makes me really happy. So here’s the deal. On this week’s “Catfish,” an astute young woman named Keyonnah began an online relationship with rapper Bow Wow. He refused to video chat with her, but they exchanged
texts and he sent her $10,000 in gifts. But — shocker — the man who refused to meet her was actually not a famous rapper, but a woman named Dee who liked to lure in chicks by using Bow Wow’s likeness because she “liked a challenge.” The best part of this, however, is that Bow Wow is super into it. “I feel honored,” he said in a reaction video posted by his BET show “106 & Park.” “It’s dope and it’s fly when someone wants to be you. And not only they wanna be you, in their mind they are you. That’s crazy. But I
like it. It’s free promo for myself.” Bow Wow then invited Dee and Keyonnah to hang out with him, which is a much happier ending than catfishings usually have.
‘Electric’ ladies first R&B. Janelle Monae pays homage to pioneering women on her new album.
Janelle Monae has welcomed you to “Metropolis,” and now she takes you to “Electric Lady” land. / MARC BAPTIST
Though Janelle Monae sometimes seems absorbed in a futuristic world of androids and clones, she pays homage in song to two reallife female groundbreakers on her second studio album, “The Electric Lady”: astronaut Sally Ride and actress Dorothy Dandridge. “‘The Electric Lady’ [refers to] the ladies who are out there in this world and should be respected,” Monae says. In 1954 Dandridge was the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, for her role in “Carmen Jones.” Monae extols the virtues of the actress in the jazzy “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” Ride’s service on the crew of the space shuttle
Challenger in 1983 made her the first American woman in space. Monae’s “Sally Ride” is a rocking ballad with searing guitar, an appropriate tribute. “She was definitely working as an astronaut during a time when women were not being accepted; she was the minority,” Monae says of Ride, who passed away last year. “I thought it was important to pay homage to her and tell her story, and also she was in a same-sex relationship for a while ... and [back then] women who If you go
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were in same-sex relationships would definitely be fired or discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.” It’s all part of the “Electric Lady” concept. “It’s important to show female appreciation,” Monae says. “You don’t have to necessarily be sexually attracted to a women to appreciate her or to value her.” Monae is a Kansas City-born, Atlanta-raised chanteuse who gained the support of OutKast’s Big Boi and Sean Combs to emerge as a solo artist with 2007’s “Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase).” “The ArchAndroid,” her 2010 album, saw her profile rise, as did her contribution to the fun. smash “We Are Young.” Being named as a CoverGirl spokeswoman didn’t hurt her profile either.
“The Electric Lady,” which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s album chart last month, features guests Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel, Solange and Esperanza Spalding. It’s a happy swirl of R&B, disco, torchy ballads, rock and soul microwaved in a time machine. “It’s going to be an interactive experience,” Monae says of the live show. “There are going to be lots of androids from Metropolis who are going to time travel and you’ll get a chance to meet them.”
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Adapting is such sweet sorrow Interview. “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes takes on “Romeo and Juliet.”
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Between what he’s put the couples through on “Downton Abbey” and now taking on “Romeo and Juliet” — coming out Friday, with “True Grit”’s Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth — you’d be forgiven for assuming writer Julian Fellowes is more than a little obsessed with doomed, tragic love. And he’d admit you’re onto something — but it’s not his fault, he swears. “This whole business of love ending in death, I grew up on it,” he says. “I mean, you remember those songs — ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’ and ‘Leader of the Pack’ and ‘Terry.’ They all ended up with
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‘Oh, the hell with it,’ and then we just go home. But what we love about these lovers is that they don’t think that. They go all the way and in the end they would rather die than be apart. It somehow chimes with the memory of first love and early love, which we’ve all been through.” And when he says “we all,” he’s including himself in that equation. “I suppose I respond to that as much as anyone else does, really. Odd as it may seem looking at this porky old fellow, bald and fat, once inside there was a lover.” That does leave one nagging question though: With so many previous adaptations of the Bard’s
“There is something about the ultimate sacriﬁce to preserve your love, which is completely pure and takes over your life, that we all ﬁnd very appealing.” Fellowes
love story — and especially with Franco Zeffirelli’s definitive 1968 edition and Baz Luhrmann’s more experimental 1996 entry — why does the world need yet another? “There are certain stories that won’t die, and they just continually get reinvented,” Fellowes explains. “Sometimes [‘Romeo and Juliet’ has] been turned into modern musicals about the back streets of New York or it’s been made modern and set in an ice rink or it’s in an underground garage or everyone’s in Nazi uniforms. But the point is we keep going back to it. It touches something at our very core. And that’s why it seemed right to give this generation their own ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and not constantly get out a fuzzy VHS of Zeffirelli’s version.”
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Box office draw. Pirates, blades and the Bard hit theaters 2 5 ‘Machete Kills’ What was once a fake trailer and then an underperforming movie becomes a sequel to a film that didn’t make enough money to warrant its existence. Danny Trejo returns as the ex-federal agent, this time with Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson.
‘Romeo and Juliet’ We were going to say this seems too soon after the Leo DiCaprio-Claire Danes version. But that was 17 years ago. Anyway,“True Grit”’s Hailee Steinfeld plays Juliet while “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes cuts up the Bard’s prose.
‘The Summit’ Mountain climbing is a terrible idea, and for further proof, witness this doc about a 2008 catastrophe in which 24 climbers tried to scale K2. Almost half of them didn’t make it.
‘We Are What We Are’ A remake of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name, this dramatic horror portrays a reclusive family whose ancient customs are threatened when tragedy strikes.
‘Muscle Shoals’ Hot on the heels of “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” this doc looks at music producer Rick Hall, whose Alabama studio wrought such greats as “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “Brown Sugar.”
‘Gravity’ Sandra Bullock and George Clooney — and no one else — play astronauts trying to survive in a state of weightlessness.
‘Runner Runner’ Justin Timberlake plays a grad student who doubles down on stupid and confronts the creep who runs an online poker site (Ben
Tom Hanks gets captured by Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips.” JASIN BOLAND
‘Captain Phillips’ Paul Greengrass — who directed the middle two, superior “Bourne” entries — does his nervy, intense shtick on the true story of Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), a merchant mariner kidnapped by Somali pirates. He lived to sell it as a relentlessly thrilling, nail-biting movie whose ending we already know.
‘Parkland’ A good sign that we live in a postOliver Stone age is that this film on the immediate wake of the JFK assassination contains zero nutty conspiracy theories.
‘Wadjda’ The first film ever made entirely in Saudi Arabia (and by a woman, no less), Haifaa al-Mansour’s feature debut considers an 11-year-old defying tradition by getting a bike. MATT PRIGGE
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Courtship. A local Victorian expert tells us how not to become “damaged goods.”
The weekend will be a dream come true for local Janeites (read: exuberant fans of Jane Austen), as the Lantern Theater Company’s Jane Austen Festival swings into full promenade. The fest includes Michael Bloom’s adaptation of “Emma,” running all month, along with wine tastings, English country dance lessons and tea ritual demonstrations Oct. 11-15. On Saturday, local Janeite extraordinaire Margaret C. Sullivan, author of “The Jane Austen Handbook,” will lead a discussion on etiquette and manners in the early 19th century. We asked Sullivan about Victorian era dating — a complicated endeavor, as it turns out. How would you ask someone on a date in
Jane Austen’s England? Well, they didn’t have dates per se. They would go to public and private balls. Anyone could buy a ticket to a public ball. People who were more upper-class — or thought they were — would avoid the public ones. So you would ask someone to a ball, not on a date? No. You wouldn’t ask them to go with you. You went on your own basically, in order to find someone to eventually marry. And how did you let this person know you were interested? If you were a man, you would ask them to dance. If you asked her twice, everyone knew you were interested. If you asked her a third time, she and
her family would likely expect a marriage proposal. When could you be alone with her? Once you were engaged. Even just to talk? Usually. That seems rather impractical. But extremely practical for the period, because you couldn’t prove that you only talked without a witness, and that might be enough for someone to question what happened. The stakes were just so high, especially for the women. Virginity was so highly prized that even an untoward rumor could cause a woman to be considered damaged goods.
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Days before she walked the runway at Stella McCartney and Chanel’s Spring 2014 Paris Fashion Week shows, we met up with Miranda Kerr at the chic rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel. There, the star of Mango’s new grunge-inspired fall campaign talked about her fave looks from the ’90s (“An oversized blazer, ankle boots and leather jacket with studs”) and let us in on her style and beauty essentials. How has your personal style changed since becoming a mom? I keep it more practical now. It’s all about fabrics that don’t crease because I’m always holding [my son. Flynn] always wants to be in my arms or swinging on swings. I think comfort is important and wearing fabrics that make you feel good and accentuate the parts about yourself that you like. It’s not necessarily about following a trend, but finding pieces that work with your body type.
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For many of us, relationships seem like a big commitment, which is why we can be so hesitant about making something “official.” Being in a relationship means you’re accountable to the person you’re sleeping with. It means that if you’re unhappy you have to end it. It signifies that if you act like a jackass, your partner has the right to be upset with you. But the truth is, these things are true whether you call your involvement with someone a “relationship” or not. Relationships don’t start the second you change your Facebook status or start referring to someone as your boyfriend or girlfriend. The connection you make with someone — otherwise known as the relationship you have with them — starts at first contact: the first date, the first message or the first time you hang
Just because you aren’t “Facebook oﬃcial” doesn’t mean you don’t have a relationship. / INGRAM PUBLISHING
out. You can hook up with someone for months and call it (or not call it) whatever you want. But to say that what’s going on between you two at this point is not a relationship — of some kind — is just not true.
Perhaps not defining our relationships is our way of dodging responsibility. It’s like our disclaimer: If you get hurt on this ride you can’t sue me — after all, we weren’t technically together. But if there are still feelings
involved — and there usually are — does it really matter what you call it on paper or on Facebook? We owe it to each other to be responsible with each other’s feelings — because those feelings are there, regardless of
the label we affix to them. Sure, maybe you can just stop calling someone you’ve been on five dates with, whereas you actually have to dump someone you’re “officially” dating. But label or not, ending it with someone hurts that person. When you act unreliable, it causes pain. When you disappear and reappear repeatedly, it’s emotionally strenuous for the person you’re stringing along. If you’re not ready to respect people’s feelings, don’t date and stop sleeping with people. Perhaps you’re not ready to exclusively date one person, and that’s fine. But don’t fool yourself into thinking that not having a significant other means you’re not having relationships. When you interact with another human, that is a relationship, and you owe it to that person to be respectful.
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On the rocks. We got the backstory on one of the smoothest vodkas around, fresh from Mongolia. Put down that bloody mary mix. Don’t even think about reaching for the cranberry juice. There’s a new vodka in town and it’s meant to be savored, straight up. “A lot of vodka is catered toward younger drinkers and women. There’s lowcal, flavored this or that — birthday cake and chocolate chip and whipped cream,” says David Solo-
mon of Golia Vodka. “We wanted a vodka that can be enjoyed the way vodka was intended — neat or on the rocks.” Golia, made in Mongolia, has been around for a while in the Asian country in a slightly different formulation and sold under a different name — one that “would have been hard to pronounce here,” Solomon says. He discovered it while visiting his friend Lee Cashell, a native of Wilmington, Del., who’d been working as a trader in Hong Kong when he decided to pop up to Mongolia and promptly fell in love with his tour guide, the daughter of a local government minister. Fast-forward about a
decade: Cashell, now married to the tour guide and running one of Mongolia’s largest conglomerates, extended an invite to his old pal Solomon from Philadelphia, who had founded a 20-store Toys “R” Us franchise and DVD vendingmachine company Redbox, among other successful commercial endeavors. They sat down to discuss business opportunities. “We were talking about things we could do together and I said, ‘This vodka we’re drinking is the best vodka I ever had in my life. Instead of importing, let’s export this incredible vodka,’” recalls Solomon. Golia, now available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York, is
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