January 18, 2016
Cellphone wallet cases let you carry some credit cards or IDs in integrated slots, while, ideally, providing impact protection for the phone. But what if you love those super-tough cases you've come to trust - few of which include storage space? Just stick on a Sinjimoru Sinji Pouch, and you're good to go. Slightly larger than a credit card, the kangarooesque pouch is made of a bounce-back elastic fabric attached to a hard sueded backing that sticks to the back of your phone case (or the phone itself)
December 30, 2015
When will SEPTA Key be available? According to the transit agency, the card will be available as a replacement for weekly and monthly passes by the end of March, but will not have full functionality until the end of the summer. What will it do? It will pay for rides on the subway, buses, and trolleys. It will take the place of every fare type on the city's transit system, except Regional Rail. It can be used as a single-ride card and can be replenished at kiosks and online, or, with some personalized versions of the card, can be linked directly to a bank account and draw from that automatically.
December 24, 2015
TO INSPIRE YOU to kick off a new financial you for 2016, I want to share two online exchanges I had recently. First, there was a testimony: "In 2009, knowing we were [getting married] the following year, I told my fiance that we had to leave the wedding day with no debt, and I told him about your idea of various 'pots' of money," a reader wrote. "So we started the 'First of the Month Club,' in which we each put $100 in an envelope every month. At first he thought it was silly, but boy did he stop laughing when, on our wedding day, 12 months later, we had $2,400 in cash that was used for tips and other last-minute purchases, and we left our wedding reception with zero debt.
December 24, 2015
SANTA MAYOR NUTTER on Tuesday, without a hearty ho-ho-ho, gave an early Christmas present to law-abiding Philadelphians, who must have been nice this year. Unhappily, the gift seemed like a lump of coal to those dedicated to protecting illegal immigrants, including those foreigners who have been convicted of a crime. The mayor reversed his 2014 executive order that had curtailed cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal agency under the Department of Homeland Security.
October 30, 2015 |
THE FIRST DEFENSE witness Chaka Fattah Jr. called to the stand yesterday in his federal trial on bank and wire fraud was former Gov. Ed Rendell. Rendell was on the stand for fewer than 10 minutes. He said his campaign hired Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., as a photography consultant starting in January 2002. "You were a hard worker who took excellent photographs," Rendell said. Fattah asked if Rendell was satisfied with his work, and Rendell replied: "Absolutely.
September 2, 2015
LOU BALCHER had a feeling about it. A premonition, you might say. After he parked his 2004 Mazda 6 on 12th Street between Walnut and Locust, on Monday, Aug. 3, he attempted to pay at a kiosk, which didn't accept his credit card. He tried another credit card. No luck. He tried cash. Strike three. The Langhorne resident was running late for an 11 a.m. appointment, "but I saw this Parking Authority person a block away and asked her if she covered 12th Street. " He told her about the nonfunctioning kiosk and she told him she did cover 12th Street but was not the only parking-enforcement officer who did. "I can't guarantee you won't get a ticket," he says she told him. You know what's coming.
August 24, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I am a lesbian, still in high school, who has not yet come out to any friends or family. I want them to know, but I'm afraid to tell them. I'm pretty sure this is who I am, and I don't want them to dismiss my identity. I also don't want them to think of me differently - I want to be the same person in their eyes as I was before I came out. They aren't homophobic to my knowledge, but I feel "stuck. " I have fairly bad social anxiety, so it's difficult for me to say anything.
August 20, 2015 |
THERE IS A METHOD to what some readers consider my madness. Some people hate that I hate debt. Others disagree when I encourage families not to borrow for college. And, man, do I get a lot of email when I recommend that college students, especially freshmen, not have credit cards. I value this feedback, so I created the Color of Money "Talk Back" feature, in which folks provide counterarguments to something I've written. "I disagree with the idea that credit cards aren't important for college students," wrote Sallie of Freeport, Maine.
August 10, 2015 |
SEPTA WILL hold an online lottery Wednesday for special passes for the Norristown High Speed Line and trolley routes 101 and 102 during the papal visit, the transit agency announced yesterday. The special passes cost $10 apiece and will be valid from Sept. 26-28. Riders will be required to have a special pass that weekend because of the expected volume of passengers. SEPTA said it has 20,000 passes available for the high-speed line and 5,600 apiece for the two trolley routes. Like the Regional Rail pass lottery held earlier this week, customers will be able to register through SEPTA's website on Wednesday from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. All valid submissions will have the same chances of winning, regardless of what time they are submitted, the agency said.
July 24, 2015 |
"LEROY THE handyman" was held for trial yesterday on murder and related charges in the brutal strangulation, stabbing and beating death of 85-year-old Regina Brunner-Holmes in her East Mount Airy home. Authorities contend the defendant, Leroy Wilson, 37, committed the murder alone. They believe Brunner-Holmes, a grandmother, allowed him into her home, on Roumfort Road near Crest Park Road, because she knew him. Wilson had previously done odd jobs at her home and at other homes in the neighborhood.