October 19, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Social Security recipients will get a raise in January - their first increase in benefits since 2009. It's expected to be about 3.5 percent. About 55 million beneficiaries will find out the amount today, when a government inflation measure that determines the annual cost-of-living adjustment is released. Congress adopted the measure in the 1970s, and since then it has resulted in annual benefit increases averaging 4.2 percent. But there was no COLA in 2010 or 2011 because inflation was too low. That was small comfort to the millions of retirees and disabled people who have seen retirement accounts dwindle and home values drop during the period of economic weakness, said David Certner, legislative-policy director for the AARP.
June 14, 2012 |
Four 12-ounce cans cola soda (6 cans are needed if making granita) 12-ounce bag frozen cherries, thawed Chopped maraschino cherries, to garnish 1. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the cola to a boil. Use caution and stir regularly until the foam subsides. Boil until you reduce the mixture to 1 cup, about 20 minutes. 2. In a blender, puree the cherries until smooth. Stir the cherries into the reduced cola and cook for another 2 minutes.
August 1, 2012 |
TIMES ARE SO TOUGH for the city that your property taxes are going up for the third straight year to help balance the budget. In a show of compassion after the latest rocky budget session, Mayor Nutter and at least half of the city's other elected officials are declining a 2.8 percent cost-of-living pay increase that took effect this month. But at least nine elected officials are likely pocketing the cash, according to data from the City Controller's Office . "I am taking it," said City Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez.
June 30, 2011 |
After a bruising budget season that ended for a second straight year with a property-tax increase, Mayor Nutter and a majority of Council members are refusing the annual cost-of-living pay bump they are eligible to receive. Nutter, who has slashed his salary in some form each year since the fiscal crisis of 2008, again is leading the pack in austerity. He not only refused the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, but will cut his salary by 10 percent and take two weeks of furlough, said budget director Rebecca Rhynhart.
March 25, 1994 |
The already powerful Dream Team II got a huge boost yesterday when Shaquille O'Neal was cleared to join the squad. A deal was reached between the Pepsi-Cola Company and USA Basketball that will enable O'Neal, the NBA's leading scorer, to play for Team USA at the World Championships Aug. 4 to 14 in Toronto. Pepsi said that "for the good of the game" it was "standing aside, this one time, on certain contractual rights so O'Neal can be named to Dream Team II. " USA Basketball next week is expected to announce O'Neal as the 11th player on the 12-man team.
October 25, 1995 |
Everyone here believed that last week's approval of a pay raise for state government officials went off without a hitch. Everyone was wrong. When Senate and House leaders, acting as a conference committee, approved the pay-raise bill before sending it to the full Senate and House, they signed the wrong version. The version they signed contained a provision that would end a cost-of- living-adjustment for judges on Jan. 1, 2001. The bill approved later by the Senate and House and signed by Gov. Ridge contained no such provision.
February 26, 1986 |
"We took a long, hard look at the cola landscape," Ken Ross, chief spokesman for Pepsi USA, tells me during the final tense hours of Tuesday's long pre-Grammy afternoon. Half the world is relieved to learn that Marcos is finally out. The other half nervously awaits the world premiere of the Don Johnson Pepsi commercial. "There are 20 different colas out there," Ross says forlornly. "It's awfully easy to get lost in the clutter of 20 different colas. " His mind drifts back to 1984, when Pepsi called upon Michael Jackson to lead them out of the cola wilderness.
December 6, 2004 |
There is no dog poop in Haddonfield. There it's called "fecal matter. " That should give you some context for the simmering war over whether canines should be allowed to continue to roam off-leash in a popular, densely wooded park - a long-ago landfill - in the borough. It is a drama being played out in towns around the country, as dog people are turning into serious activists for the right to exercise their pooches freely. In fair Haddonfield, it goes thusly: The dog lovers have formed COLA - Citizens for Off-Leash Animals.
March 22, 2012 |
THE NBA has long been a global game. Now the globe is coming back to the NBA. In an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, Coca-Cola will run advertisments in Chinese in Madison Square Garden. The Chinese community has lead the charge of New Yorkers who've gone bonkers over the Knicks because of Lin's wonderful story. Lin doesn't have a Coke deal yet, so the ads will feature just the cola manufacturer. Today's example of the ever-shrinking world.
September 23, 2011 |
June McAdams Fagan, 86, a beauty queen, singer, and model who operated a finishing school, died Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford, from natural causes. A blue-eyed blonde, Mrs. Fagan won the 1943 Miss Philadelphia title, wowing the judges with her singing. That same year, she competed in the Miss America Pageant. Her beauty earned her modeling assignments for Revlon, Pepsi-Cola, and Coca-Cola, and she adorned the covers of several magazines.