November 12, 2015 |
Comcast Corp. said 590,000 of its Xfinity subscriber email user names and online passwords were available for sale illegally on the Internet last week, but only about 200,000 subscriber accounts were active and could be potentially compromised. Comcast, the Philadelphia-based cable TV giant, has been forcing the 200,000 subscribers nationwide to reset their passwords, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday, adding that she did not know how many customers had done so. When asked whether Comcast had heard from any of these customers, claiming that someone been using their user names or passwords improperly, the spokeswoman said no. The subscriber accounts in question represent a fraction of the company's customers.
October 23, 2015 |
SPURRED BY the 2013 Center City building collapse that killed six and last week's criminal conviction of the building's demolition contractor, a City Council bill was introduced yesterday to foster greater accountability in the construction industry. Councilman Curtis Jones, the bill's sponsor, said he was disturbed that only contractor Griffin Campbell and excavator operator Sean Benschop were convicted, while building owner Richard Basciano and building architect Plato Marinakos Jr. were not charged.
October 17, 2015 |
Gov. Christie's presidential campaign raised $4.2 million in the three-month period ending Sept. 30 and spent $2.8 million, according to a campaign-finance filing Thursday. The figures marked the first disclosure of Christie's fund-raising as a candidate, and fell short of the hauls reported by a number of his rivals. Among the Republican candidates, neurosurgeon Ben Carson raised $20.7 million, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush $13.4 million, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina $6.8 million, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio $5.7 million, according to filings or statements by the campaigns.
September 3, 2015 |
DORIS JEAN ADAMS Scott loved learning. Beyond her high school diploma, she never earned another scholastic degree, but the information she accumulated by taking college courses and doing her own extensive research gave her the learning a doctoral candidate might envy. A slight exaggeration perhaps, but Doris had an insatiable need to learn all she could about a vast variety of subjects. And she was always willing to share her knowledge. If you ever wondered about a piece of local history or genealogy or whatever happened to so-and-so, Doris would be ready.
August 14, 2015 |
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania and other units of Rhode Island-based Citizens Financial Group have agreed to pay more than $30 million in restitution and penalties for not bothering to correct small deposit errors - up to $50 a transaction - for business and consumer customers from 2008 through 2013, federal bank regulators said Wednesday. "We are pleased to have resolved this matter from an earlier era," Citizens said in a statement, admitting that its past practices "could have been better.
August 7, 2015 |
AS IF THE thought of paying $1.7 million in restitution to the IRS weren't enough of a shock, a Delaware County man sentenced yesterday lost his footing and hit his head on the defense table in federal court. William Frio, 59, of Springfield Township, was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in a money-skimming and tax-evasion scheme as the accountant for the Nifty Fifty's restaurant chain. Despite the brief commotion, Frio's attorney Michael Engle reported that his client was checked out by a medic from the Marshals' Office, but did not lose consciousness or go to the hospital.
July 30, 2015 |
When a childhood friend of Bradley Bayard's learned that his father, Robert H. Bayard, had died this week, he e-mailed his old friend. "Your dad drafted me in basketball, when he knew I stunk," Bradley Bayard said the friend told him. And, the friend said, that "made me feel like a great person. " Robert Bayard was coaching the Police Athletic League in Cinnaminson, his son said, when Bradley and the Arizona friend were "probably 12 to 14 years old. " They are now in their mid-40s, Bradley Bayard said, and it was a tribute to his father that the memory had endured.
July 14, 2015
THE FIRING OF teacher Margie Winters by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion on the basis of Winters' marriage to another woman comes at a time that guaranteed this to be a hot-button issue. It's just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the legality of gay marriage, and months away from a visit from the pope, who is known for his messages of love, forgiveness and his suggestion of tolerance for gays. Layer this on top of many Catholics struggling to reconcile their faith against decades of church scandals involving child abuse by priests.
May 27, 2015
AS THE PARENT of a Philadelphia School District student, and a graduate of our school system, it grieves me to see the state of education in our city. Classrooms that are perpetually in need of basic supplies, teachers who are demonized as they pay for their own materials, administrators who don't provide adequate support and too many politicians pointing fingers. All this as the schools face an $85 million deficit, and students become unwitting pawns in a game that no one wins.
April 3, 2015 |
Joseph Koch Koplin, 75, of Center City, a gifted musician and tax accountant, died Friday, March 27, of complications from prostate cancer at his home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Koplin was a child prodigy on the trumpet. At age 10, he performed solos on Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue, a TV variety show. At 11, he played for the Philadelphia Orchestra at children's concerts. Later, he studied and played at musical festivals worldwide. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in music, and while there, he played first trumpet in the Rochester Philharmonic and assistant first trumpet in the Eastman Wind Ensemble.