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.
July 8, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania SPCA will be holding a fund-raising event in the memory of George Bengal, the shelter's director of Humane Law who died last month. "A Night for George" will be held July 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 732 Saint Andrew Road, in Philadelphia. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will go to the George Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty, which was created shortly before Bengal died from cancer. The event will include food from Revolution Taco, beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka and Unibroue, a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets.
July 3, 2016
On April 22, the St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center hosted its 2016 benefit, Classic Songs of the Silver Screen. Under the ministry of Felician Franciscan sisters, the center has cared for the poor and elderly since 1952. The benefit, held at the Haverford School, raised $120,000 and brought in more than 350 supporters, who enjoyed great food and entertainment by the Summer Club, a 17-piece orchestra, starring Jeff Coon, JP Dunphy, and friends, and produced by Ree Dunphy, wife of Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy.
July 3, 2016
A structured walking program that offered encouragement and support improved participants' mood and energy levels and even led to the shedding of a few pounds, a study by Independence Blue Cross found. The research, which was published June 27 in the American Journal of Health Promotion, involved about 460 randomly chosen employees. Half the participants worked for companies insured by IBC with managers who typically put up posters or offered other passive walking encouragement.