September 18, 2016 |
Efforts to make us smarter about money don't seem to be working. A Harvard Business School study found that personal-finance classes taught in high school had no effect on "financial outcomes" such as how much people saved or how likely they were to miss payments on debt. A report for Management Science found that even intensive instruction had "negligible effects" on behavior. Other research, however, has found methods that show promise in teaching financial literacy. If you want to improve your relationship with money or teach your children about personal finance, these findings may help do that.
September 14, 2016 |
Philadelphia businesses could soon be fined or shut down for the bad behavior of their patrons or those who hang around nearby. The new regulations are part of a so-called Nuisance Business Bill that Mayor Kenney backed, at a ceremonial signing event, on Monday. "They're responsible for what happens on the sidewalks outside of their business," said Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who introduced the legislation. "They're responsible for the climate they are creating, based on the type of business they are operating.
September 8, 2016 |
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Respect is needed for civil elections This election, perhaps more than ever, we need to ensure journalists have the freedom to report the facts without fear of harassment ("Campaign abuse demands a journalism Bill of Rights," Philly.com, Aug. 30). Fundamentally, this comes down to the erosion of civility in America. Sixty-nine percent of Americans agree that civility has decreased in the last few years, or that two out of three voters say the 2016 campaign is less civil than other elections.
August 28, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: During my wedding reception a month ago, one of the guests (a friend of my mom's) poured a glass of water on the DJ's laptop because he felt the music was too loud and he wanted it shut down. My husband was furious and asked the guest to leave. The incident was blamed on too much alcohol, and it ruined the rest of the evening. Many guests were upset and left. The man ended up paying the DJ to replace the laptop and sent us a note of apology for his behavior. My question is, must we send a thank-you note to him and his wife for the wedding gift they gave us?
August 13, 2016 |
Lancaster General Health, a unit of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, picked King of Prussia's Universal Health Services Inc. to operate a planned 126-bed behavioral-health hospital planned in Lancaster, Pa. The $30 million facility is expected to open two years from now, Lancaster General said. The partnership will have a six-member board of governors, with three members from each partner. Lancaster General will lease the land to the partnership. UHS, which already owns eight behavioral-health facilities in Pennsylvania, will operate the hospital.
August 7, 2016 |
Question: Is there anything I can do to get my wife to suspend a habit for a few months? A family wedding is coming up, and she has the full outfit, will be getting her hair done, all the details. The crowning touch for me would be if she could stop picking at her fingers long enough for them to heal - they are often bloody as the result of this compulsive behavior. This has been a longtime issue for me, and my attempts at expressing concern have never been well received. Basically, I've been told, angrily, to butt out. Is there a way I can approach this?
July 6, 2016
The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political "corruption" has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week, a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term's most important decision, limited the discretion prosecutors have to criminalize politics. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to prison for unseemly behavior. He accepted from a Virginia businessman gifts and loans valued at more than $170,000. The businessman wanted McDonnell to help promote his dietary-supplement business, including by helping him persuade state universities to study its products.
June 24, 2016 |
Selma Blair apologizes Actress Selma Blair issued a nifty apology for her erratic, wild behavior during a flight Monday from Cancun, Mexico, to Los Angeles. Blair was removed from the plane on a stretcher. "After a lovely trip with my son and his dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret," Blair tells Vanity Fair, referring to her son Arthur and his dad, Blair ex-bf Jason Bleick . "My son was with his dad asleep with his headphones on, so there is that saving grace.
June 19, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: I have officially found my biggest pet peeve. It's a pervasive issue with my generation of committing to something and not showing up. They'll flake at the last minute, or refuse to commit to something because there's a possibility something better will come along. And constantly showing up late has become normal with young adults. Furthermore, despite the many technological advances that allow us to communicate quickly, their failure to communicate about plans astounds and infuriates me. I've encountered this problem too often with friends, coworkers, bosses and professors at university.
May 31, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have been with my boyfriend for four years. We have lived together for one. I am nine years older, and he comes from a very traditional part of the world. We are trying to get pregnant, but the thought of scientific intervention puts him off. I have tried to explain that the longer we wait, the harder it will be, but he thinks that if we keep trying, it will happen. I am afraid that if it doesn't, we will end, because he does want children and I won't be able to. How do I get him to face the age difference and go to the doctor?