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October 19, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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June 14, 2012 | Wires
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.
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | By CATHERINE LUCEY & JAN RANSOM and Daily News Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
June 30, 2011 | By Marcia Gelbart and Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
September 23, 2011 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 25, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
October 25, 1995 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1986 | By DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer
"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.
NEWS
December 6, 2004 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
March 22, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
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.
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March 16, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - The New Jersey Supreme Court appeared skeptical Monday that public employees had a contractual right to annual cost-of-living increases upon retirement, signaling that it may shoot down a second legal challenge to Gov. Christie's 2011 overhaul of the pension system. As part of that law, Christie and the Legislature suspended cost-of-living-adjustments for current and future retired public workers to help shore up the underfunded pension plans. A group of retired prosecutors and unions argue that the law violated the contracts clauses of the state and U.S. Constitutions by impairing workers' contractual right to COLAs, which are tied to inflation.
SPORTS
May 22, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
ONCE AGAIN, it's time for The Greatest Day in Sports: the Indianapolis 500 Sunday afternoon followed by the Coca-Cola 600 at night . . . 1,100 miles of racin' . . . For race fans, this is the real Super Sunday. The 99th Indy 500 is scheduled for noon (6ABC). The Coca-Cola 600 will be on Fox 29 at 6 p.m. For Formula One fans, the day begins with the Monaco Grand Prix (7:30 a.m., NBC10). The 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks Kyle Busch's return to Sprint Cup racing following his recuperation from injuries suffered in a crash Feb. 21 in an Xfinity series race at Daytona.
SPORTS
May 30, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
FOR DECADES, 500 miles was a magical distance in racing. An event was considered big time if it was 500 miles. When H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler ran Charlotte Motor Speedway, he decided his track needed something special to compete with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. Charlotte had hosted the World 600 for years, competing directly against Indy. In 1993, the race started running the later on the same day as the Indy 500. The 600-miler at Charlotte is unique because it is NASCAR's longest race.
SPORTS
May 28, 2013 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
ABOUT A QUARTER of the way through NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, something snapped. It wasn't Kurt Busch's temper or a fuel line under Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet. It was Fox Sport's overhead TV camera cable, which split and landed on the track, causing damage to a few cars. NASCAR said it will wait on Fox Sports' investigation before deciding if such technology will be used in future races. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told the Associated Press yesterday that there were no plans to use the system at upcoming races "so we'll have ample time to review.
SPORTS
May 23, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. When: Sunday, 6 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox 29/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.5-mile oval Distance: 400 laps/600 miles Forecast: partly cloudy, mid-70s Last year's winner: Kasey Kahne Last year's pole winner: Aric Almirola, 192.94 mph Track qualifying record: Greg Biffle, 193.708 mph (October 2012) Track facts: The latest NASCAR Hall of Fame class was announced yesterday: drivers Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett and Fireball Roberts, and engine builder Maurice Petty.
NEWS
October 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday. Much of the 1.7 percent increase in benefits could get wiped out by higher Medicare premiums, which are deducted from Social Security payments. At the same time, about 10 million working people who make more than $110,100 will be hit with a tax increase next year because more of their wages will be subjected to Social Security taxes.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
The idea that a family with an income of $250,000 be considered "rich" is ridiculous. Pay your mortgage, school tuition, car payments, buy groceries, put clothing on your children's back, take a week's vacation at the Jersey Shore, and that does not include all the little disasters that pop up all the time over the course of a year, and I don't consider that rich. I know there are many with less and I feel fortunate to make ends meet, but please stop that nonsense. This whole "get the rich" campaign is mere pandering by President Obama to secure votes from the people who are hurting the most and are looking for help.
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | By CATHERINE LUCEY & JAN RANSOM and Daily News Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | Wires
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.
SPORTS
May 25, 2012 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
THIS IS A WEEK my Daily News sports colleagues dread. I frequently remind them Sunday is "the greatest day in sports, the Indianapolis 500 followed by the Coca-Cola 600?…?1,100 miles of racin' !" From early afternoon until late night, race cars go, go, go. First, IndyCars hurry around famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A little after 6 p.m., the NASCAR Sprint Car rumble at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Indy 500 is gradually regaining the appeal it had before the sanctioning-organizations split in the mid-1990s of the Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Teams.
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