September 20, 2016
Banks go to great lengths to guard against cybercriminals hacking customers' accounts. Now customers must worry about getting robbed by their own bank. That's just one takeaway from an investigation that found employees at Wells Fargo opened more than 2 million fake checking, credit, and debit card accounts for customers in order to meet sales targets and earn bonuses. The scheme resulted in customers getting hit with unexpected fees or receiving credit and debit cards they did not request.
September 13, 2016
The FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspected serial bank robber in connection with his latest strike - the TD Bank branch on South 11th St. Sunday. The subject, described as a black male in his 40s, approximately 5'8", is suspected in three other heists: the Sept. 4 robbery of the same TD Bank branch on South 11th Street; the Aug. 19 attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank branch on North 5th Street; and the robbery 40 minutes later of the Hyperion Bank branch on the 100 block of West Girard Avenue.
September 4, 2016
Glory (RCA ***) Coupled with her Las Vegas residency and this fun and fizzy dance-pop album, a welcome improvement after 2013's desultory Britney Jean, last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards were supposed to be a platform for Britney Spears' big comeback. It didn't quite work out that way: Though not nearly such a train wreck as the 2007 showing that seemed to sound a death knell for her career, this time around, the onetime VMA snake handler was stiff on stage and awkward in her exchanges with lanky white rapper G-Eazy.
August 27, 2016
ISSUE | CITY LAND SALES Follow fair plan We join the Editorial Board in calling on Mayor Kenney to prioritize and fully staff the city's land bank ("Avoid bias in land sales," Wednesday). However, the call to at times let the market "do its job" will not advance equitable or sensible development in our city. The administration must also fully empower the land bank to implement its strategic plan. That plan, created in partnership with members of the public, City Council, and neighborhood and organizational stakeholders, is the reason the land bank exists.
August 18, 2016 |
For 19 seconds, Chase Utley circled the bases as an opposing player in South Philadelphia, and an entire ballpark stood. Utley did not slow his emotionless jog after he touched home plate. As he returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers dugout, a nearby fan held a sign that read, "CHASE UTLEY, A PHILLIE FOREVER. " Utley disappeared into the dugout in the fifth inning of a 15-5 Phillies loss. The home fans kept yelling. His Dodgers teammates mobbed him. The cheers at Citizens Bank Park endured.
August 5, 2016
This time, it was a woman in flip-flops who robbed a bank. About 3:15 p.m. Friday, the woman, dressed in a pink shirt, walked into the Washington Savings Bank at 2548 E. Lehigh Ave. in Port Richmond and handed a note to a teller, the FBI said. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, she fled in flip-flops, the agency said. The robber is described as white or Hispanic, in her early 30s, about 5-foot-7 and of medium build. She also wore a pink baseball cap, orange-and-black shorts, and dark sunglasses.
July 31, 2016 |
Citizens Bank has agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a complaint that it told a woman who was on maternity leave with full pay that she would have to return to work before the bank would approve a home-equity line of credit, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Friday. As part of the settlement of the alleged Fair Housing Act violation, Citizens Bank will pay the woman $40,000, provide fair-housing training to its staff, and make a $75,000 donation to a HUD-approved fair-housing or advocacy organization.
July 24, 2016
Voyager Travel Writings By Russell Banks Ecco. 288 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Peter Lewis There is travel involved in Russell Banks' Voyager : the Antilles, Senegal, the Seychelles, Himalaya, the Everglades, a college reunion; places and events come, they go, clamorous and chromatic, brimming with progressive commentary. But just as often, the road fades and Russell Banks looms: Enough about Dakar, let's talk about me. A memoir, then, in this case corrosive and dodgy, a travel memoir in which the two braids spark if rarely twine.
July 21, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been together for eight years. When we first met, I was in the military, and she was a bartender. Needless to say, she made far more money than I did at the time. Six months into our relationship, she got pregnant and quit her job. For the next seven years, she raised our children and went to school while I did whatever I had to do - working two jobs - to make enough to pay the bills. I am now out of the military. I have been at a company for six years, and we are finally reaching a point where we don't worry about money as much.
July 18, 2016 |
A 45-year-old Newtown Square man with a taste for luxury has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia for defrauding banks and homeowners out of $13 million in a series of mortgage-finance schemes to pay for his lavish lifestyle. George Barnard was charged with 24 counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, and three counts of filing a false tax return. The indictment charges that Barnard, one of two owners of Capital Financial Mortgage Corp., from 2005 through 2013 refinanced mortgages for clients, but instead of using the money to pay off existing loans and fund new mortgages, kept it for himself.