March 30, 2015 |
Six months ago, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office announced it was investigating the deaths of longtime New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, in a "fatal fire. " Until last week, authorities continued to conceal that the Sheridans had been stabbed to death and that they were trying to determine by whose hand. The office's seven-page statement Friday contains facts and arguments to support its disputed conclusion that John Sheridan killed his wife and then himself.
March 27, 2015 |
Citing regulatory delays, Comcast Corp. says it now doesn't expect to close on its deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. until mid-2015. Company officials previously said they thought they could close the deal in early 2015. Even after months of exhaustive review, none of the main state and federal regulatory agencies have made a decision on the $45 billion deal that would combined the nation's largest and second-largest cable companies. David Cohen, Comcast executive vice president, disclosed the new timetable in a blog posting on Wednesday.
March 25, 2015 |
AN OUTBREAK OF infection in the past two weeks has closed the Pennsylvania SPCA adoption center on Erie Avenue near B Street in North Philadelphia. The upper-respiratory infection is not yet identified, according to PSPCA communications director Liz Romaine. It appears to affect dogs, but not cats or humans. Quarantine measures have been put into place. The illness was noticed March 12, leading to a shutdown of the entire building for disinfection, said Romaine. The wellness-and-grooming area was reopened the next day, and the surgery room was reopened March 14. Those areas are sealed off from the adoption and kennel areas, she said.
March 22, 2015 |
Harry and Susan Armstrong flip houses. To date, the Pitman couple have flipped 15 - eight in recent years, after their children were grown. All but one of those flips has been in Pitman. "You do what you know," said Harry, publisher of the Golden Times, which he describes as a regional newspaper for seniors. But this is not about house-flipping, which Harry said he and Susan do as padding for retirement. "We're not professionals," he emphasizes. That isn't to say I'm not going to squeeze in a few of his observations about flipping at some point, since I'm again getting inquiries from wannabes.
March 21, 2015 |
A Philadelphia home health care company indicted for Medicaid fraud in early February has ceased operations, costing 1,324 people their jobs - the largest of several recent layoffs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Infinite Care Inc. filed a required notice with the commonwealth's Department of Labor and Industry that it would close its facility on Rising Sun Avenue. A letter dated March 4 mentioned "unforeseen business circumstances" related to the state health department's ordering the company to cease operations.
March 19, 2015 |
READING, Pa. - Gemil Holbrook and Roman Catholic had to sweat out the closing minutes of another PIAA Class AAAA state basketball playoff contest. This time, it was against a small but resilient squad from Lancaster. "It's been real tight down the stretch the last two games," Holbrook said. "It's kind of tough on the heart. We can't allow the other team to hang around like that. It's going to come back and bite us. " Roman emerged with a 69-66 victory over J.P. McCaskey in a hard-fought semifinal last night at the Geigle Complex only after Kobe Gantz's right-wing, three-point try at the buzzer barely missed finding the mark.
March 17, 2015 |
HE ISN'T KNOWN as the nation's premier bracketologist for nothing. On Nov. 12, Joe Lunardi published his first NCAA Tournament bracket. Yesterday, the selection committee revealed the teams that go to the Big Dance. In comparing then and now, it was revealed that Lunardi - 4 months ago - selected 40 of the 68 teams or 58.8 percent. And that includes Northeastern and Robert Morris. Granted, that was down from last year when he correctly penciled in almost 65 percent of the final field early in the season, but it's still noteworthy.
March 16, 2015 |
Nearly five decades after opening in Burlington County's heartland, the sprawling Conte Farms and its iconic farmer's market have closed. A popular stop on the way to the Jersey Shore, Conte's also was among the first pick-your-own farms in the region, opening many of its 250 acres to families who would board tractor-pulled wagons to the orchards to pluck juicy apples from trees and then head into fields to gather strawberries and string beans to...
March 13, 2015 |
ON MARCH 6, I attended the funeral of one of my cousins. It was the day after the young officer, Robert Wilson, was shot while attempting to buy his son a birthday gift. As I lay in bed, I reminisced about my cousin and how we both had our struggles in life growing up and how, like me, he had come to peace with himself. Just as my cousin was making peace with himself, an incident happened where he lived, at the Safe Haven Veterans Home. He was found dead, mysteriously. His struggles were over.
March 13, 2015 |
FALLING RATES of minor crimes and a shift to community-based punishments for petty offenders are slowly changing the demographics of Philly jails. City prison officials say a drop in minimum-security inmates is so significant that two overflow jails will close: the Cannery for female inmates in Holmesburg, and a facility for men in University City. Together, the two jails can house up to 292 inmates, prisons spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. The University City jail will close March 31, saving "several thousand dollars a month" in rent, staffing, food services and other costs, Hawes said.