December 3, 2013 |
This holiday season, more than half of the nation's employees will shop online - during work hours - reports the online job board CareerBuilder. On Cyber Monday, that has to be good news for Mike George, 52, chief executive of QVC Inc., one of the nation's largest online mass retailers. It's ranked second, after Amazon. Online? Isn't QVC a television shopping channel? In the most recent quarter, online shopping accounted for 37 percent of the West Chester company's global revenue, with mobile bringing in a third of U.S. e-commerce sales.
November 28, 2013 |
The former chairman of Montgomery County's Republican Party was charged Tuesday with drugging a female employee of his Lansdale law firm and raping her while she was unconscious. Robert J. Kerns, 66, surrendered to county detectives Tuesday morning and was expected to be released after posting a portion of the $1 million bail. He faces 19 counts, including rape, sexual assault, tampering with evidence, and lying to authorities. The charges followed weeks of investigation and represented a spectacular downfall for a power broker who led the county GOP for five years.
November 26, 2013 |
Allen Cummings sat guard in his police car, gun drawn, one summer night in 1997 when his rural town became a stop in a cross-country killing spree that left a former naval officer, an architect, and a real estate mogul dead. The killer, Andrew Cunanan, had shot dead the caretaker of a Civil War cemetery in Fort Mott State Park. Police did not know where he was, so Cummings was assigned to guard the park. But Cunanan was on his way south in the caretaker's red pickup truck, soon to kill his most prominent victim: fashion designer Gianni Versace in Miami.
November 26, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY - Andy Reid ambles across the practice fields, a red-jacketed Santa figure with a sandy, whitening mustache, ruddy and jolly, a mischievous twinkle in his clear blue eyes. On this cloudless afternoon, icicles dangle from the speed-limit signs on nearby Interstate 70. The wind chill makes it feel like it's 15 degrees, but anywhere south of 40 degrees Reid's 55-year-old arthritic knee hurt like hell, anyway. "Ah," he said, dismissively. "It's cold. " He shrugged.
November 25, 2013 |
Pennsylvania's controversial ex-welfare secretary has a new gig. The State of Maine has hired Gary Alexander's consulting firm to study the state's Medicaid system and examine Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The contract is worth nearly $1 million. Alexander's stormy, two-year tenure in the Corbett administration was marked by deep cuts to social service programs serving the disabled, the elderly, women, and children. Alexander also opposed expansion of Medicaid.
November 17, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN Norristown Police Chief Willie Richet finally will be able to relax and wear something other than his uniform. And he has mixed feelings about that. When Richet retires next week, he'll put away his badge after 40 years with the Montgomery County seat's law enforcement agency. Mark E. Talbot Sr., director of the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation, will be sworn in as Norristown's next chief Tuesday. Given how long he has served and the fact that he is a Norristown resident, "it made for great relationships," said Norristown Councilwoman Linda Christian, the public safety committee cochair.
November 16, 2013 |
It was a murder that jolted the city – an aspiring young teacher from a small town in Minnesota killed for his iPod just steps from his apartment in the Italian Market. Beau Zabel, 23, had been in the Philadelphia only 42 days when he was shot dead while walking home from his summer job at Starbucks in June 2008. Now, five years later, Philadelphia police and prosecutors say they finally have enough evidence to charge his alleged killer. "An arrest is imminent," Capt.
November 12, 2013 |
Three weeks ago, Daniel J. Hilferty, 57, president and chief executive of Independence Blue Cross, joined other insurance executives in Washington to meet with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The topic? The massive computer software nightmare that has complicated enrollment in the new health insurance exchanges and set off a war of partisan sniping in Washington. Question: What's your reaction to the glitches and what did you tell the White House?
November 7, 2013 |
A possible candidate for the presidency of Pennsylvania State University has become mired in allegations of receiving unauthorized income while at his current job in New York, the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union reported Tuesday. David R. Smith, president of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, has accepted $349,295 in payments from outside sources on top of his $625,000 in compensation from SUNY, the Times Union reported. The amount of outside payments was specified in a Nov. 1 letter to Smith, a pediatrician, from SUNY chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, a copy of which the Times Union reported it had received.
November 5, 2013 |
Tom Nestel, the top cop at SEPTA, is a natural on Twitter. "Rider complained about loud radio player on Rt66 each night. Tonight, undercover Transit Police pulled the cord on bus DJ," he tweeted on Oct. 23, adding the hash tag #silenceisgolden. It's that dash of snark that makes some of his Twitter updates sparkle. "Spiderman 'forgot' to pay at 46th St. He's paying now. . .#cheesesandwich. Can't outrun the radio and the cameras :-)" Nestel tweeted two days later, adding a photo of the offender's Spider-Man-style hoodie.