November 30, 2014 |
There are savvy shoppers. Then there are holiday crazies - expert, rabid consumers who combine coupons, compare online vs. in-store bargains via smartphone, and put us all to shame. Edgar Dworsky, proprietor of nonprofit consumer advocate ConsumerWorld.org, is among the latter. Here's what he does before buying anything, most especially during this season of shopping insanity, along with tips from some other parties: Chart price history. Start by visiting sites like Shopping.com, Shop.pricespider.com, Pricegrabber.com, and TheFind.com, as well as Google Shopping, Amazon.com, and eBay.
November 2, 2014 |
After living in London, Rome, Brussels, and New York, where he was a photography editor for the Associated Press for the last two years of his career, Michael Feldman, a native Philadelphian and Temple University graduate, came home. Feldman, now 71, retired in 2008 after more than four decades as a photojournalist for such organizations as Reuters and United Press International, covering major events in Europe and the Middle East. Why, after selling their New York apartment, did he and wife Mary Ann move here?
October 9, 2014 |
ONE DAY AFTER effectively blindsiding the teachers union by unilaterally canceling its contract, School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green said the SRC waited to take the action to avoid jeopardizing passage of the cigarette tax in Harrisburg. Green's admission came in response to speculation that Monday's action by the SRC - imposing major health-care benefits changes on thousands of teachers, counselors, nurses and other Philadelphia Federation of Teachers members - was done to aid Gov. Corbett's floundering re-election efforts.
August 4, 2014 |
Not everyone has a million dollars to buy a fabulous house down the Shore. But don't despair - there's still a sandy place for the rest of us. Just ask Joe and Jane Santo, who last year purchased a $132,000 second home in the Villas, Cape May County. In a decade or so, they may move there full time and make the house their retirement retreat. It helps that it's situated on Spruce Avenue, on the bay side and three blocks from the beach. These days, forecasts of rising sea levels, in addition to the higher prices, taxes, and maintenance costs, are making oceanfront Shore properties less a draw than they might once have been.
July 2, 2014 |
TRY AS HE might, Ron Hextall could not rid the Flyers of any of the numerous onerous contracts bogging down their salary cap. Hextall could not find a taker for center Vinny Lecavalier, despite the fact he gave agent Kent Hughes more than 2 weeks to work out a landing spot. He will be paid a $2 million signing bonus today, which hampered negotiations. Hextall did not budge in buying out winger R.J. Umberger, despite the fact he is the Flyers' second-highest paid forward after Claude Giroux.
March 19, 2014 |
With no bargaining talks scheduled between SEPTA and transit workers, the president of the agency's largest union accused it of trying to provoke a strike. The contract between SEPTA and 4,700 city bus drivers, subway operators and maintenance workers represented by Transport Workers Union Local 234 expired at midnight Friday. TWU leaders did not call for an immediate strike, saying they would wait at least until after suburban driver and mechanic contracts expired during the first week of April.
March 18, 2014 |
Not that many years ago, Amazon.com was a low-wage warehouse network and online-shopping operator that, like the Japanese carmakers of the 1970s and '80s, seemed more interested in boosting market share than turning a profit. By making purchases more efficient - sending boxes to your door free, or nearly so - Amazon was better able to kill real-world chains like Borders and Circuit City and cripple department stores. But as it morphs into a cloud-computing, media-building, and advertising empire and projected profits rise into the billions, it has started raising prices.
February 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Seven years ago, Richard DeCoatsworth was called a hero after the Philadelphia rookie cop survived a shotgun blast to the face and chased his attacker for blocks. On Tuesday, after 10 months in prison on high bail following a chaotic May 18 armed standoff with Philadelphia police, DeCoatsworth reluctantly pleaded guilty to simple assault, a drug count, and promoting prostitution. His plea came after years of drug use and emotional turmoil. "His brains were scrambled.
January 16, 2014 |
The 1,400-room Marriott Downtown on Market Street, a key hotel for visitors to the expanded Convention Center, has been sold to investors for a price that values the property at $303.4 million. Host Hotels & Resorts Inc., of Bethesda, Md., said it sold its majority stake in the hotel to investors Oaktree Capital Management L.P., and Clearview Hotel Capital L.L.C., of Newport Beach, Calif. Host had hoped to sell the Marriott, in the 1200 block of Market Street, for as much as $325 million, or $231,000 a room.
November 30, 2013 |
Even something as ruinous as the recent recession can have a silver lining. Back in 2010 when Pier Nicola D'Amico and his wife Nicole Amoroso started looking for a better version of the Bella Vista loft they rented, everything approaching decent was too expensive. Both "Nic and Nic," as they often are called, are involved in the art world - D'Amico is a high-profile photographer whose productions for his company, Klip Collective, are used by Sundance Film Festival and MSNBC; Amoroso, an art historian specializing in 19th- and 20th-century art, directs Avery Gallery in Bryn Mawr - and the couple wanted to continue displaying their collections on large, high walls.