July 2, 2012 |
A Hologram for the King By Dave Eggers McSweeney's Books. 317 pp. $25 Reviewed by Steven Rea The nuclear family exploded long ago. The IOUs are stacked high. Foreclosure looks inevitable. He can't pay his daughter's college tuition — he's going to have to tell her she can't return for another semester — and every scheme to right the ship has turned wrong. In Dave Eggers' deft and darkly comic A Hologram for the King, Alan Clay, a 54-year-old businessman, is staring into the abyss.
June 14, 2012 |
When those college tuition bills come in, be prepared for sticker shock - especially at Penn State. The average tuition at a four-year public university climbed 15 percent between 2008 and 2010, fueled by state budget cuts for higher education and increases of 40 percent and more at universities in states like Georgia, Arizona, and California. The U.S. Department of Education's annual look at college affordability also found significant price increases at the nation's private universities, including at for-profit institutions, where the net price for some schools is now twice as high as Harvard's.
May 17, 2012 |
Leon T. Mingo was not exactly a poker shark. He and some old pals would get together every other weekend. They weren't poker sharks, either. "He would come home, saying, ‘I won!' and pull out his $1.25 take," said his wife, Della Mingo. "They played for quarters, so the time together was the big thing. " Family and friends were what shaped Leon's life and gave it meaning. Loyalty and devotion were his major characteristics. Some family members and friends who were down on their luck or just trying to find themselves would be welcomed to stay in his home — sometimes for years — until they were able to strike out on their own. Leon Mingo, a Navy veteran who suffered a disabling injury while serving aboard an aircraft carrier in 1967, a man of wide knowledge respected by many friends who sought him out for an education that came with their friendship, died of pancreatic cancer on May 12. He was 72 and lived in East Norriton, but had lived many years in East Oak Lane.
April 9, 2012 |
By John Braxton ?and Stephen Jones City Council will hold a hearing on the Community College of Philadelphia's budget on Tuesday, and it could be standing-room only. The college's slogan is "The Path to Possibilities," but when it comes to spending, it has lost its way. The college's primary mission is to provide education and training for working- and middle-class students. But it has become the most expensive community college in the state, with tuition and fees accounting for more than 50 percent of its operating budget.
February 20, 2012
DESPITE GOP rival Rick Santorum's claim to the contrary, President Obama never said that every American youth should go to college. However, he does have a number of proposals - some of them probably dead in the political water - that could mean more diplomas for more young people. Since taking office in 2009, the president claims credit for several successful reforms targeting college affordability - including increasing awards of Pell Grants to 50 percent more students, a cap on student-loan repayments and a tuition-tax credit worth as much as $2,500 per student.
January 28, 2012 |
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - President Obama embraced the idea of federal action to restrain the rapidly increasing cost of higher education, giving a boost to a policy idea that has been gaining steam. His proposal that colleges and universities cut costs or risk losing out on some federal aid was part of a larger package of "college affordability" ideas that the president unveiled Friday in a speech at the University of Michigan. Obama wants to increase funds for higher education, mostly through an expansion of federal loan programs.
November 17, 2011 |
With college tuitions at record highs and families in a mood for bargains, a handful of institutions - including Cabrini College in Radnor - are doing what once seemed unthinkable: cutting prices. Cabrini, a small, private Catholic school on the Main Line, announced it was reducing tuition 12.5 percent, from $33,176 to $29,000. The price will take effect for the 2012-13 school year and remain at that level through May 2015. Housing and fees are about $13,000 extra. Other schools are offering even bigger discounts.
October 13, 2011 |
The operator of a Philadelphia hospice-care business was indicted Wednesday for allegedly defrauding Medicare of $14.3 million. Matthew Kolodesh, of Churchville, Bucks County, operated Home Care Hospice Inc. in the 2800 block of Grant Avenue and was charged with submitting claims to Medicare for patients who weren't eligible for hospice or who didn't receive care, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said. Among the ineligible patients were people who weren't dying, according to the grand jury indictment.
August 4, 2011 |
Question: My parents are in their mid-60s. They're retired and having a wonderful time, which I'm very happy about. Recently I was visiting them and, out of nowhere, my mother said, "I hope you kids know your father and I aren't going to be leaving you anything when we die. Our legacy to you was raising you well and loving you the way we do. " I wasn't sure what to say, so I made some nondescript response to see if she would continue, but she...
April 10, 2011 |
She's got the looks, poise, and voice. But whether spunky Chester Springs singer-songwriter Katelyn Krapf makes it - wherever it resides these days - depends on fickle strangers with laptops. Krapf, a soulful West Chester University freshman, seems completely unfazed by the thought of trusting her fate to electronics. Just 18, she's already a veteran of two American Idol auditions and a $20,000 Nashville recording scam. The 2010 Downingtown High School East graduate has five websites where fans can look, listen, and learn about the self-described "nobody.