March 30, 2016 |
EVERYTHING THAT's old is new again. I'm talking about SEPTA senior passes, not necessarily the people who use them. Like me. In April of last year, Newsworks reported that SEPTA would not accept driver's licenses as proof of age for seniors, while it did accept Social Security cards, Medicare cards and, of course, it's own blue senior ID card. That policy was curbed after it created confusion and anxiety, but no more so than the chronically behind schedule SEPTA Key, a cashless payment system.
March 4, 2016 |
Gov. Christie has become an embarrassment to many in New Jersey. Any doubt that blind ambition has overtaken his responsibility to govern the state was dispelled when he dropped out of the presidential race only to rejoin it as one of Donald Trump's most ardent admirers. Just weeks ago Christie was calling Trump a "carnival barker" who wasn't fit to be president. "Showtime is over. We are not electing an entertainer-in-chief," said Christie. "Showmanship is fun, but it is not the kind of leadership that will truly change America.
February 6, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney on Thursday endorsed State Rep. Dwight Evans in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in the Democratic primary election. That news piled onto a tough week for the 11-term congressman, who is scheduled to start his federal trial on corruption charges six days after the April 26 primary. Fattah's latest campaign finance report, filed Sunday, showed that his legal bills continue to chew through his meager funds. And his son, Chaka "Chip" Jr., was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison in a bank fraud case unrelated to his father's legal troubles.
January 12, 2016
It's been a harsh winter for investors in master limited partnerships (MLPs), which invest in energy pipelines and oil and gas exploration. Oil prices dropping by half has routed the sector. And one of the most popular MLPs, Kinder Morgan, is an example of what may happen with other MLPs this year. In December, Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) said it would slash its quarterly dividend to $0.125 per share ($0.50 per share annually), vs. its previous payout of $0.51 per share ($2.04 annually)
January 5, 2016 |
Here is a 2016 "calendar" to keep you up at night. Don't hold me to the dates, but if the next 12 months pass without our witnessing these unsettling moments, then America will be truly blessed. January. We know the date, for sure: Jan. 12. That's when President Obama will deliver his last State of the Union Address. What's not known is whether he'll have anything new to say about America's place in the world and how he'll deal with ongoing challenges such as ISIS, Syria, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China.
December 16, 2015 |
Just when things in Colwyn appeared to be turning around, the tiny Delaware County borough has returned to its normal status: chaos. On Monday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said audits of the borough fire company's relief association uncovered nearly $90,000 in unauthorized and undocumented spending. As a result, state funds for the volunteer organization have been put on hold. The news comes two weeks after Colwyn's council appeared to make strides toward recovery by approving a financial plan from the state, yet its implementation remains uncertain.
October 28, 2015 |
I'm afraid I have some bad news for you today, so it might be a good idea to sit down if you are not, or to remain seated if you are. Ready? Here we go. The NBA is letting the 76ers play again this season and it starts Wednesday night. I know, I know. Try to breathe. Get some water. You knew this was coming. Better? OK, I'm sorry to have to tell you something else. There is more bad news. No, no. Alexey Shved isn't coming back, but you're on the right track. The Sixers are going to be even worse this time around.
October 12, 2015 |
The last decade of the 20th century was rough on Mexico City. Everything that was already spinning out of control got worse: political corruption, the economy, social inequity, poverty, violence. But, as often happens in periods of crisis, art thrived on the bad news. Artists who might otherwise have been drawn to traditional modes of art-making turned to installation, performance, actions, video, and other more socially engaged art practices that could exert a physical intervention with, or offer a sharp rebuke to, the status quo. "Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000," at the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, is the first exhibition to thoroughly examine that change in Mexico City's cultural landscape through the works of artists who lived and worked there in the 1990s.
December 22, 2014 |
By the end of last week, Joe O'Brien was reeling. It took O'Brien, the executive director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, a few days to wade through the long-awaited 111-page grand jury report that described mismanagement, unethical behavior, and theft of student funds at the Coatesville Area School District. "It was painful," O'Brien said Friday. The release of the report by county prosecutors Monday capped an 18-month investigation that culminated in the arrests of Richard Como, a former superintendent, and former athletic director Jim Donato on misappropriation of funds and other charges.
December 13, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A city tax lien sale brought faltering Atlantic City some pre-Christmas cheer Thursday - a $22 million tax bill from bankrupt Trump Plaza and Taj Mahal will be paid - but also some coal: Nobody bid on a $32.5 million unpaid tax bill from Revel. "I'm concerned," said the city's revenue director, Michael Stinson, after the four-hour sale, with a total of nearly $59 million in owed taxes on 1,000 properties, yielded at most half of that. Stinson said the tax sale plus an imminent $40 million note sale should be enough to get the city over the immediate 2014 budgetary crisis.