February 24, 2016 |
Pennsylvania regulators will look into union claims that Verizon Communications Inc. has neglected its aging copper phone lines in large areas of the state, according to a recent filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Administrative Law Judge Joel H. Cheskis has scheduled the first hearing for March 18 in Harrisburg. Cheskis will seek information on Verizon's copper phone lines and then make a recommendation to the PUC as to whether to initiate an investigation, PUC spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen said.
February 20, 2016 |
Airline passengers' complaints to the federal government were up 29.8 percent last year compared with 2014 levels, according to the U.S. Transportation Department's Air Travel Consumer Report, released Thursday. During 2015, the department received 20,170 consumer complaints, up from 15,539 the year before. The bulk of the complaints, 6,433, were about flight cancellations, delays, and misconnections, while 3,133 were baggage problems, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said.
February 4, 2016 |
KEVIN BOOKER figures it was around 11:30 at night when someone started pounding on his front door, late enough to make him a little nervous. When he swung open the door to his Logan home on Jan. 8, no one was there. Booker shrugged it off, trudged back to bed, and went to sleep. An hour later, the pounding resumed. This time it was loud enough to wake his neighbors. Booker, 54, a retired Philadelphia police officer, grabbed his .380-caliber handgun and headed for the door again.
November 22, 2015 |
Sheen plot thickens a lot Charlie Sheen paranoia is spreading. Several women who have slept with him claim that he didn't disclose he had the HIV virus. Now his Two and a Half Men costar Jenny McCarthy says Sheen is guilty of negligence for not telling her he had the virus when they pretended to be lovers on the sitcom. "Playing even his love interest on the show, back in the day, I go, 'Ick! That's not fair. It's scary,' " she said on her Sirius XM radio show.
November 8, 2015 |
Maybe it's my sense of humor, but this recent comment by Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, made me chuckle: "Despite strong protections that have been put in place to protect homeowners, this month's complaint report shows consumers are still having problems when dealing with their mortgages. " I'd like to think that all the federal government has to do is snap its collective fingers and all our problems will go away, but I wasn't born yesterday.
October 10, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray said he did not go to Eagles coach Chip Kelly to discuss his comments about a lack of touches after the Week 4 loss to Washington, and he did not feel the need to rehash the issue with Kelly. "We all are on the same page and we all know what needs to happen to get this thing rolling offensively," Murray said. "I think the defense, they've been playing amazing for us the past four games, and I think we all need to continue to work hard and do all the little things right and execute.
October 9, 2015 |
Barbara Buono, a former Democratic state senator who lost the 2013 governor's race to incumbent Gov. Christie, has paid $1,600 in fines to settle a complaint that alleged she misused funds during her campaign. The state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) disclosed Wednesday that it had reprimanded Buono and imposed a $2,000 fine in connection with its May complaint, which accused her of using her Senate campaign account to help finance her gubernatorial run. The fine was reduced to $1,600 because of Buono's prompt payment, ELEC said.
September 11, 2015
I TOOK A WALK in the sun a few days back with the Dynamic Duo, looking for sidewalk hazards. The Dynamic Duo are Debby Schaaf and Pamela Freyd, unpaid volunteer co-chairwomen of the 4-year-old Feet First Philly, which is sponsored by the Clean Air Council. Feet First Philly promotes the novel idea that sidewalks belong to the people who walk them. Crazy, isn't it? Feet First has done surveys (you can volunteer or chime in at www.feetfirstphilly.org ) of sidewalk obstacles.
September 1, 2015 |
Last week, years after Lumberton's Ethics Board went dormant, the township committee voted to make its demise official. With a unanimous vote, the board was abolished. Lumberton was one of only two municipalities in Burlington County to even have such a board; there are only about 30 across the state. Township Solicitor George Morris had advised the committee to eliminate it "for consistency" reasons, saying the majority of New Jersey's municipalities allow the state Local Finance Board to handle ethics complaints lodged against local officials.
August 5, 2015 |
Acting on long-standing complaints about stench coming across the Delaware River, a state agency on Monday fined the owners of Bucks County's aging Tullytown landfill $500,000 for failing to control odors and to treat wastewater promptly. The Department of Environmental Protection also said Waste Management Inc. had failed to treat water that flows through the mountains of garbage at two other dumps it owns in neighboring Falls Township. For years, New Jersey residents, particularly those in Florence, have complained about odors borne on the prevailing winds from the west.