November 22, 2010
When Philadelphia authorities slashed the city's backlog of 47,000 fugitives by more than 40 percent, they never intended to send the message that crime pays. That's the harsh reality, though, of their decision to drop criminal charges against more than 19,000 defendants whose cases have been dormant for as long as four decades. That bookkeeping step made sense. As an Inquirer investigation revealed last year, the overburdened city court system is plagued by low conviction rates, with thousands of cases dismissed.
September 19, 2010 |
The IRS continues to have trouble handling claims for home buyer tax credits, a Treasury Department audit shows. The audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, completed Aug. 16, said some taxpayers not entitled to the credit received it and others who were supposed to get it did not. A previous audit completed in June found that thousands of taxpayers - including prison inmates serving life sentences - fraudulently claimed a...
December 21, 2009
Police departments across the nation are allowing rapists to get away with their crimes, while ignoring evidence that could solve these cases. Congress heard testimony last week indicating that many big-city police departments are failing to test thousands of sets of evidence called "rape kits," which contain DNA collected from victims of sexual assault. Each year, more than 100,000 people nationwide report being the victims of rape. Nearly all of them are asked to submit to invasive procedures to collect DNA samples from their bodies, samples that could provide the genetic fingerprints of their attacker's identity.
December 17, 2008 |
So where is the Christmas mail? Where are the packages? Where are the letters? Where are the Christmas cards? On what is normally one of the biggest mail days of the year, the mail wasn't moving during yesterday's day shift at the U.S. Postal Service's processing plant on Lindbergh Boulevard near Island Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. "There was no mail in there," said a day-shift postal worker, who asked to remain anonymous. "The trucks are not coming in. We're supposed to be busy, and we're not running the machines.
September 10, 2007 |
Short on technicians and fielding tens of thousands of requests for its new phone service, Comcast Corp. thinks it might have an answer to its installation backlog. You. The Philadelphia cable company, which is building a giant telephone network, is test-marketing a do-it-yourself phone-installation kit in San Francisco. If popular, the kits could give Comcast an advantage in its battle with competitors by allowing customers to quickly join its network, the company and an analyst said.
February 23, 2007 |
Luxury-home-builder Toll Bros. Inc. posted sharp first-quarter declines yesterday in revenue and backlogs as the slumping housing industry showed little sign of turning the corner. The steepest decline was in profit, down 67 percent, due to hefty write-downs and other costs for the Horsham-based company. First-quarter net income was $54.3 million, or 33 cents a share, compared with $163.9 million, or 98 cents a share, for the same period a year earlier. First-quarter revenue was down 19 percent, from a record $1.34 billion a year earlier to $1.09 billion - but still meeting Wall Street's expectations.
October 4, 2006 |
A year after it was created, a board designed to deal with Camden's logjam of liens on properties delinquent on real estate taxes will have a meeting next month, state officials said yesterday. The Tax Lien Finance Corp. (TLFC), which is considered vital to the city's recovery, was established in 2005 to make deals with owners whose properties had liens against them because they had not kept up with real estate taxes. At the time, the owners of more than 5,000 properties - the majority of them homes - owed the city $131 million.
June 8, 2006 |
Neighbors opposed to building a 500-foot luxury condominium tower in the Art Museum area will have another month to argue against the project. About 100 residents from the Spring Garden and Fairmount neighborhoods crowded the Zoning Board of Adjustment's hearing room yesterday to testify against the project, but officials said they would have to wait. David Auspitz, zoning board chairman, said the residents should be able to have plenty of opportunity to voice their opinions, and he scheduled a special hearing for noon July 19. "This thing has been handled as cold as it comes," Auspitz said, referring to the lack of a public hearing before a permit was issued to the developers.
April 8, 2006 |
The photograph of Meenaish Damania - shown in a white sari, smiling and hopeful on her wedding day a year ago in India - occupies a place of pride in the MBA-educated banker's Morrisville apartment. Damania was coming to the United States as the wife of one of India's software studs with an H1B, the State Department's highly coveted temporary work visa for skilled professionals. She knew visa rules barred her from employment until the U.S. government accepted her husband's application for a green card, the document that would allow him to stay in the country permanently.