December 30, 2013 |
The pay-TV industry, threatened with federal regulations, has plunged a stake into the electric "vampire" in your living room. After a year of negotiating, Comcast Corp., DirecTV and other TV operators agreed last week to energy-efficiency standards for set-top boxes, which can suck more electricity off the grid than wide-screen TVs. The reason: Set-top boxes don't turn off - even when a subscriber turns off the TV, or the boxes themselves....
December 13, 2013 |
AFTER threatening a strike, the leader of Philly's prison-healthcare-workers union has reached a tentative agreement with the company that manages treatment for the city's roughly 9,000 inmates, sources with knowledge of the negotiations said. Henry Nicholas, president of the National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees District 1199C, is expected to present to his 270 prison workers a compromise that will include wage increases and less-generous health-care plans. If approved, the agreement would avert a strike threatened in an op-ed by Nicholas in yesterday's Inquirer . Nicholas and representatives of Corizon, a Tennessee company that the city pays $42 million per year to manage the city's prison health care, spent hours yesterday in the offices of Everett Gillison, Mayor Nutter's chief of staff.
August 31, 2013 |
The dozen demonstrators - including children whose parents face deportation - squeezed into a narrow corridor at Philadelphia City Hall. They came bearing posters urging Mayor Nutter to end the five-year-old agreement in which the city Police Department shares arrest data with the U.S. office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Kneeling in his tan suit to meet the youngsters eye-to-eye, Sgt. Michael Walton, head of the mayor's plainclothes protection unit, was gentle.
August 23, 2013 |
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission last night approved license agreements for five Renaissance charter schools, among other resolutions, during its last meeting before the school year begins. There were spirited speeches, a fair share of boos and frustrated audience members carrying posters criticizing the district, and a well-attended protest outside district headquarters, but last night's SRC meeting was more subdued than last week's emergency session, during which the commission unanimously voted to suspend certain sections of the state public-school code.
July 23, 2013
JERUSALEM - Israeli and Palestinian officials voiced skepticism yesterday that they can move toward a peace deal, as the sides inched toward what may be the first round of significant negotiations in five years. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced late last week that an agreement has been reached that establishes the basis for resuming peace talks. He cautioned that such an agreement still needs to be formalized, suggesting that gaps remain. In his first on-camera comment yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to lower expectations by saying the talks will be tough and any agreement would have to be ratified by Israelis in a national referendum.
May 23, 2013 |
HACKENSACK, N.J. - A judge on Tuesday ordered a New Jersey priest held while a grand jury considers whether he violated a legal agreement to stay away from children. The Rev. Michael Fugee, who recently resigned from the Archdiocese of Newark, flouted a 2003 order he reached with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office that allowed him to return to ministry after being convicted on charges that he fondled a boy, authorities said. The major stipulation of the agreement was that Fugee be barred from having unsupervised contact with minors or a job that required him to oversee or minister to children under 18. Despite that, Fugee became a fixture at a youth group in Colts Neck, hearing confession from minors and attending overnight retreats.
May 23, 2013 |
As the result of a historic agreement between the New York Public Library and the State of Pennsylvania, the National Constitution Center will exhibit one of the original copies of the Bill of Rights that President George Washington dispatched to the states in 1789 for ratification. Pennsylvania and the library will jointly care for and display the document for the next century. Announcement of the agreement is set for a Wednesday news conference at the center on Independence Mall.
May 15, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - When it comes to selling alcohol in Pennsylvania, this much is clear: No one agrees on how best to do it. That lack of consensus was on display Tuesday in the second of three hearings before the Senate Law and Justice Committee, which is considering a hotly contested bill to privatize liquor sales. Witnesses represented sellers - beer distributors, supermarkets, hotels, bars, restaurants. Each wants something different from privatization, or "modernization," as some call it. And from the questions asked, some senators are still struggling with how to change the system without jeopardizing the livelihoods of those who run their businesses according to current laws.
May 7, 2013
DEAR HARRY: Several years ago, I co-signed a loan for my son through Sallie Mae, the student-loan corporation. Shortly afterward, he stopped all contact with us and stopped paying on the loan. Naturally, they came after me for payment. Fortunately, I was able to resolve this problem by entering into a co-borrower release agreement with Sallie Mae in February 2009. Since then, I have been contacted from time to time by collection agencies claiming to represent Sallie Mae. They insist that I still owe the full remaining principal on the loan.
April 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday that it has reached a preliminary agreement on a complex $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, in what would represent the latest major weapons sale to U.S. allies in the Middle East. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attempt to finalize the arms package next week when he is scheduled to visit the three countries. Ultimately, the deal will need the assent of Congress. Defense officials said they have kept lawmakers apprised of the negotiations and revealed basics of the agreement to lawmakers on Thursday.