March 28, 2012
FROM THOSE wonderful workers at the state Department of Public Welfare - the ones who will soon have to start verifying the assets of up to 1.8 million recipients of food stamps in the state - comes a massive backlog of applications for heating assistance that could lead to utility shut-offs for tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians as soon as next week. Lawyers from Community Legal Services sent a letter Tuesday to the Public Utility Commission asking that utility customers who filed for help from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
December 12, 1989 |
About one million subscribers of Independence Blue Cross can expect to wait six to 10 weeks - about twice the normal time - for checks covering major- medical claims. An increase in year-end claims, the installation of a new computer system and a time-consuming search for experienced claims processors have caused a growing claims backlog in recent weeks. But James R. Vivian, director of the health insurer's major-medical section, said Blue Cross hoped to return to its normal processing time of two to four weeks by early next year.
March 14, 1988 |
If you are a victim of work-related absestos poisoning and file a civil suit against your former company, don't hold your breath waiting to get to court. According to court officials, if you file an asbestos suit today, you will have to wait 23 years, 11 months and 18 days to get to trial. So, hypothetically, a suit filed today would reach court in the year 2012. But don't give up. The court system is trying to settle things. Common Pleas Judge Richard B. Klein, who is in charge of moving the backlog of 5,117 asbestos cases through the system, sees settlement conferences as a way out of the mess.
December 19, 1994 |
The Dawson family has been living with a broken heater for more than a week, and it looks as if they're in for a frigid Christmas, too. It seems that in their desperation to quit sleeping in coats and moving electric heaters from room to room - and waiting for all day for gas repair workers to show up - last Wednesday they called in a false gas-leak report. They hoped that whoever answered the call would take pity on them and send someone to fix their heater. After all, said Leisa Dawson, they had a service contract with Philadelphia Gas Works.
May 18, 1994 |
With every day that passed, the Port Richmond woman grew more worried that a 3-month-old boy in her neighborhood was being starved. The baby's parents already had sold nearly everything in their apartment - including the refrigerator - to buy crack. Now they were selling their food stamps and even the government coupons they were supposed to use to buy milk or formula for their child. The woman reported her suspicions to the state child-abuse hotline, which forwarded the complaint to the city Department of Human Services.
July 31, 1998 |
Montgomery County domestic-relations officials yesterday promised an end to the glitches in a new computer system that held up some payments from deadbeat parents to their former partners. The new Pennsylvania Automated Child Support Enforcement System, or PACSES, began July 6. It is geared to track down parents who are not supporting their children and disburse payments on the children's behalf. But since the county connected to the system, several parents have not received checks.
May 1, 1995 |
Hill v. Gist, Docket No. L-1953-89; Allen v. Roberts, Docket No. L-1543-91; Mendez v. Jones, Docket No. L-1585-89: Each is at least an inch thick, crammed with briefs, Post-it notes, and memos scrawled in pencil by a judge. One deals with a car accident that took place when Ronald Reagan was President. Another has been scheduled for trial 12 times, only to be postponed again and again. They are part of a steadily growing backlog of Superior Court civil cases in Burlington County, the second worst such backlog in New Jersey's 21 counties.
August 27, 2003 |
Toll Bros. Inc., which sells homes in 185 subdivisions throughout the United States, said yesterday that the market for expensive new homes was strong in the third quarter as profit, sales and backlog surged to record levels. Toll Bros., based in Huntingdon Valley, also said that over the last 16 weeks, potential buyers had placed an unusually high number of deposits on homes to be built in its subdivisions. This "should yield record results in 2004," Toll Bros. said. The home builder's earnings for the quarter ended July 31 rose 27.5 percent to $68.2 million from $53.5 million in the same quarter a year ago. On a per-share basis, the company earned 90 cents for the quarter, compared with 70 cents a year ago. Revenue rose to $693 million from $580.
August 27, 1994 |
Despite cries of foul from State Auditor General Barbara Hafer, Gov. Casey's budget office yesterday released the final report of a critical performance audit of Hafer's department. Earlier this month, Hafer fired a round of complaint letters to state and national accountancy boards, alleging misconduct by Coopers & Lybrand, the firm commissioned by the governor's budget office to conduct the audit. Although the budget office highlighted the critical audit findings, Hafer was generally cautious in her reaction.
September 15, 2000 |
As part of an agency-wide review, the New Jersey Parole Board has demoted a top official and will overhaul a two-year-old investigation unit that critics say contributed to the board's huge backlog of parole cases. Meanwhile, negotiations to settle a class-action suit brought by inmates over the backlog have hit a snag, the lawyer for the inmates said yesterday. Jule Dolci, the agency's director of operations for the past two years, was assigned to Northern State Prison in Newark last week, acting executive director Ken Connolly confirmed yesterday.