September 14, 2016 |
More than 230,000 residents in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware would pay no tuition for a four-year public college, according to details of Hillary Clinton's higher education plan released by her campaign Monday. The bulk, 141,000, are in Pennsylvania, while 84,000 are in New Jersey and 7,000 in Delaware. In July, Clinton announced a plan to make college tuition-free at four-year public universities and community colleges for families earning up to $125,000 by 2021. In the first year of the plan, families earning less than $85,000 would qualify for the tuition aid. According to the campaign, by 2021, 86 percent of Pennsylvania households would be eligible for the aid, each saving up to $53,560.
September 9, 2016 |
I WOULD NOT allow myself to go there. I refused to let the alarm bells chiming in my head take me back to 15, 16 or 17 years ago. I don't know a lot of things about Allen Iverson, but, after chronicling the vast majority of his NBA career, I know how much his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame means to him. Even with a bunch of little devils screaming - "Oh, well, what did you expect?" - I fought them off and decided Iverson deserved the benefit of the doubt.
September 5, 2016
ISSUE | HYPNOTISM Therapeutic benefits no laughing matter As a professional hypnotherapist and instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists, I was disheartened to read the article about stage hypnosis ("Feeling . . . sleepy," Tuesday.) Hypnosis is a powerful, but often misunderstood, therapeutic tool. I've spent many years assuring people that hypnosis is not "mind control" and that I don't make my clients cluck like a chicken. Hypnosis is focused relaxation, not sleep, and is used by doctors, nurses, psychologists, therapists and coaches around the world.
August 19, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL SECURITY Drop income cap It seems not many people want to talk about the easiest way to fix Social Security and make it more stable, equitable, and fair ("Seeking an SS fix," Sunday). That would be to simply remove the income cap, also known as the wage base limit. That is the maximum wage subject to the Social Security tax for the year. For earnings this year, the base is $118,500. Without the cap, individuals would start paying Social Security taxes on income above the base.
August 16, 2016 |
A sampling of crowdfunded IPOs and the portals those companies are using to raise money. In order by target funding amount. Target funding Issuer amount Funding portal Allen Hydro Energy Corp. $50,000 UFP L.L.C. Treycent Inc. $60,000 Jumpstart Micro Inc. SharkStopper, Inc. $70,000 Flashfunders Securities L.L.C.
August 15, 2016 |
Soon after Pennsylvania's breast density notification law took effect in 2014, Jules Sumkin found himself wanting to spare women from getting a letter that might alarm or perplex them. Twenty-eight states, including New Jersey and Delaware, now have laws that require mammography centers to inform women with dense breast tissue that it may increase the risk of cancer and obscure a malignancy on a mammogram, so they may want to talk to their doctors about extra imaging options. The letters don't mention quandaries that Sumkin, chair of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, knows too well: There are no guidelines for extra imaging, or any evidence that it saves lives.
August 8, 2016 |
What does it take to lead a union for 4,652 electricians - one the state's most politically powerful? Start with $30 million in campaign contributions spent over the course of 16 years on state and local candidates by the city's electricians' union, Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Over the years, the union's money and manpower have helped elect mayors, City Council members, county commissioners, congressmen, state legislators, governors, and at least 58 judges, including the union leader's brother and five Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices.
July 31, 2016 |
ATLANTA - When Pete Mackanin hears the names J.P. Crawford and Nick Williams, the Phillies manager likes to talk about Tommy Joseph, a young player who never reached the prospect hype that surrounds both Crawford and Williams. Mackanin uses Joseph as an example of how one or both of the top prospects could benefit from a promotion to the majors before Sept. 1, when rosters expand. Joseph, during his first month in the majors, jumped to a .981 OPS with seven homers in 22 games. But there was more season to play, and pitchers applied a different strategy against Joseph.
July 21, 2016
VIDEO EVIDENCE clearly indicated that a portion of Melania Trump's speech to the Republican National Convention was copied from a passage of Michelle Obama's 2008 speech to the Democratic National Convention. The plagiarism, we can forgive. After all, the stolen passages dealt with the principles of keeping one's word, working hard and dreaming big. Such words are laudable, whether Democrats or Republicans utter them. But once the plagiarism was proved, Donald Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, arrogantly told us that it was "beyond absurd" to believe that Melania Trump would steal Obama's words.
July 9, 2016 |
Men with metastatic prostate cancer have a surprisingly high rate of inherited mutations in DNA-repair genes, suggesting that all men with such advanced prostate cancer should be considered for genetic testing, a new study concludes. Genetic testing is not recommended for men with cancer confined to the prostate - or men whose cancer later spreads - because studies have found less than 5 percent have defective DNA-repair genes. But the prevalence of such defects among men who are initially diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer has been unclear, according to the new study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers from six leading cancer centers in the United States and Britain.