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January 6, 1992 | By William H. Sokolic, Special to The Inquirer
Move over, Sierra Club and Elvis fans. Caesars World Inc. has joined your ranks as a credit-card sponsor, the first casino company in the nation to put its name on a major piece of plastic. Since the inception of the Caesars program in Atlantic City a year and a half ago, the resort chain has enrolled more than 20,000 MasterCard holders. Credit-card users receive cash rebates and discounts to restaurants, shows and shops in the chain. Caesars World became part of a growing number of credit-card sponsors that appeal to groups of consumers with common interests.
SPORTS
February 1, 2008 | By Ashley Fox INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The bill usually belongs to Tom Brady, because he is the quarterback and, after all, it is his responsibility. Linemen have to eat. Quarterbacks have to pay. But when the crowd swelled at a Scottsdale restaurant Tuesday night, with defensive players joining in on the offense's dinner, a good old-fashioned game of credit- card roulette determined who would pick up the tab. For offensive tackle Nick Kaczur, guard Stephen Neal and defensive lineman...
NEWS
May 19, 2011 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
THE GUY tossed restlessly in his bed, night after night, for the better part of a year. He couldn't sleep. He had nightmares whenever he did - bizarre, Kafkaesque snippets of dialogue involving the Russian mob, a pair of mysterious, dark-haired women, a goofy-looking painting and an incomprehensible credit-card bill. The shadowy characters and confusing plots from the bad dreams haunted John Bolaris in real life, too. Yeah, that John Bolaris. Few people know that the affable local weatherman's life was turned upside down during a visit to Miami Beach last spring that started out pleasantly and ended with his getting drugged - twice - while his credit card was used by Eastern European scam artists to rack up $43,000 worth of expenses in just two days, while he staggered around in a stupor.
NEWS
December 31, 1986 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol were updated to fit these times, Scrooge probably wouldn't bother gathering his hoard of cash to buy last-minute gifts for Tiny Tim and the others. He'd simply pull out a credit card and worry about the bill later. At least, that's how thousands of people in Scrooge's income bracket pay for their holiday purchases each year. And when it is finally time to pay the bill about 30 days or so later, bankers in South Jersey say, the credit-card customers rarely complain that they are being charged more than twice the prime interest rate on their purchases.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2008 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Advanta Corp. yesterday reported a steep decline in profit from its small-business credit cards in the first quarter, as the slumping economy caused more borrowers to fall behind in their payments. Even so, the Spring House company's class B shares jumped 16.45 percent, or $1.24, to $8.78 in Nasdaq trading yesterday because the earnings were better than expected. Advanta said its credit card operation earned $6.67 million in the first quarter, off sharply from $21.17 million in the same period a year earlier.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2001 | By Joseph N. DiStefano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Also in this column: First Union cuts jobs PhilEx reduces fees MBNA chief recovering Do gamblers borrow more? Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has tapped MBNA America Bank of Wilmington to sell cards to 23 million gamblers who have registered at the company's casinos, restaurants and hotels from Atlantic City to Las Vegas, according to Harrah's spokesman Gary Thompson. Heavy users win discounts at Harrah's, Rio and Showboat casinos and casino-hotels.
NEWS
July 18, 1991 | By Christine Bahls, Special to The Inquirer
One adult and three juveniles have been charged with using a stolen Discover card to steal $1,500 worth of merchandise, Newtown Township police said. The credit card, stolen June 27 from a home in the 500 block of Atwood Court, was used from June 28 to July 3 for purchases at 14 shops in the Oxford Valley and Neshaminy Malls and the I. Goldberg outdoor clothing store in Philadelphia, investigating police Sgt. Charles Patton said. Quincy J. Connor, 18, of the Americana Terrace apartments in Morrisville, has been charged with criminal attempt and six counts each of conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, theft of property lost, receiving stolen property and forgery.
NEWS
May 2, 1991 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police believe that the man who gunned down Assistant Burlington County Prosecutor Rick Barbour went shopping in Center City 12 hours after the shooting and tried to use one of Barbour's credit cards to pay for his purchase. Philadelphia homicide detectives said yesterday that the suspect was with two other men when he tried to make a purchase using Barbour's Discover card. In addition, the man showed a New Jersey ID card as a backup, with Barbour's name but his own photo pasted on. Police declined to release the name of the store.
NEWS
June 4, 1994 | By LAURENCE S. SEIDMAN
The Clintons have their hearts in the right place concerning health care: They want universal coverage, an end to the barrier of "a pre-existing medical condition," and a guarantee that a person's coverage "can never be taken away" by losing a job or becoming ill. Their determination is in sharp contrast to the complacency of the occupants of the White House during the preceding dozen years. But their heads have let down their hearts. They have succumbed to political advice warning them not to propose replacing private health insurance with government health insurance.
BUSINESS
December 2, 1997 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Having agreed to buy Advanta Corp.'s vast but troubled credit-card business, Fleet Financial Group yesterday put one of the industry's most powerful executives in charge. Joseph W. Saunders, Household International credit-card chief, was named chairman and chief executive of Fleet's credit-card unit. The move was disclosed by Household and confirmed by Fleet yesterday, surprising senior Advanta officials who hadn't been told of the move. Saunders, 52, who is also chairman of MasterCard International's Global Board of Directors, will fill the vacuum left by the abrupt departure of Advanta chief executive Alex W. Hart and credit-card chief James Allhusen.
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July 4, 2016
Q: I am hoping you can assist with an issue I had with my car rental for my son's wedding. Last August, I rented a car from Payless Car Rental in Denver. It was moveĀ­in time for the surrounding colleges, and after waiting in line for almost two hours to rent the car, I was worried about returning the car, since I had a long drive to get back to the airport and a limited amount of time to catch my return flight. So, I decided to prepay for my fuel, at a charge of $35. I also allowed them to talk me into an "upgrade" because I was worried about the cargo space needed for luggage and wedding items.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Can a sweet treat and tech savvy combine to boost profits? Cinnabon thinks so. The company plans to open its 10th store in the region at the newly remodeled Philadelphia Mills mall in Northeast Philadelphia come fall. Here's the hook: When it opens in October, it'll be one of the first in the Cinnabon chain to feature the Revel Systems iPad POS. By using an iPad interface, a customer has different ways to pay for an order - by cash, credit card, or Apple Pay - and can easily sign with a finger directly on the screen.
TRAVEL
June 5, 2016
Name: RewardExpert.com. What it does: The website uses an algorithm to develop a strategy to help travelers reach their destinations using the fewest points or miles. What's hot: The free online service rewards you with a quick plan; there's no emailing someone and waiting for a reply. It also has a helpful feature on how to earn more miles (and reach your destination faster) if you use its partner offers, such as a stay at Starwood Hotels to get 1,000 Delta Sky Miles or signing up for DirecTV for 25,000 United MileagePlus Advantage Miles.
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Kim Campbell Thornton, Universal Uclick
WHEN MY DOG Harper was a young puppy, a bee stung her on a hind leg. I didn't know what was causing all the screaming and running in circles until I saw the bee fall to the ground. I called the veterinarian, who recommended a quarter tablet of Benadryl and a cold compress. It was hours before Harper was willing to eat or go outside to potty. It's bee season again. Spring is a busy time for bees, as they have come out of hibernation and are gathering food, pollinating plants in the process.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A man in a car that pulled alongside a woman walking in a Chester County parking lot grabbed her purse, and as the car pulled away, the victim was dragged by her handbag strap, police said Tuesday. The victim suffered minor injuries to her face, chest, arms, and legs in the incident, which occurred about 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Gateway Shopping Center in Tredyffrin Township. Police are searching for the man and any other occupants of the vehicle. The driver was later captured on surveillance cameras attempting to use the victim's credit card.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
New consumer-protection rules expected to take effect next year will unleash a flood of suits against banks, credit card firms and others, says a lawyer who has been battling for financial service clients for much of his career. Alan Kaplinsky, head of Ballard Spahr's financial services group, said a proposal by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to drop a prohibition on class-action lawsuits in many credit card and banking contracts would spur plaintiffs lawyers to sue. "We are going to see a huge increase in class actions," he said.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Voters of tomorrow I am a junior at Science Leadership Academy at Beeber. My history teacher assigned my class to volunteer at the polls during the April primaries for whichever candidate we chose. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's websites required that I make a donation - as little as a dollar - to volunteer. I am 16, I don't have a credit card, and mailing a dollar was not allowed. Without options, I didn't volunteer and faced flunking the assignment.
NEWS
May 8, 2016
A federal judge in Trenton on Friday sentenced a 34-year-old Philadelphia woman to 40 months in federal prison for her role in a massive credit-card fraud scheme, prosecutor said. Vernina Adams, 34, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. She was charged in 2013, and since then 18 others have pleaded guilty in connection with the conspiracy to fabricate more than 7,000 false identities and obtain tens of thousands of credit cards.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
An Upper Dublin High School English teacher has been charged with having a months-long sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student. Rose Marie Limuli, 39, of the 1500 block of North Line Street in Lansdale, was arrested Monday and charged with a dozen third-degree felony counts of institutional sexual assault, which outlaws sexual relations between a teacher and a student, even if the student is 18 or older. Investigators said the events happened from December until March 31, when the Upper Dublin Police Department became aware of the allegations, according to a police statement issued Monday.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic
As we waited in the airport for a plane back to Philadelphia recently, we glanced at our boarding passes and were pleasantly surprised to see Group 1 printed at the bottom. Group 1? We are usually in Group 4, along with the woman who forgot she has a 24-ounce bottle of shampoo in her purse. When the agent announced that the plane was ready for priority boarding, we got up from the plastic seats, ready to go. Then he welcomed those seated in first class. Then families with small children were "welcome to board.
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