February 19, 2015 |
Dave Muha is Big Man on Campus. After lunch in a dining hall at the College of New Jersey, he finds tweets about Muha sightings. He spots his name on T-shirts that raised a record amount of money for last year's freshman class. Every so often, he trends on Twitter as students pray to him, praise him, and plead with him. He can't even buy jeans an hour from the Mercer County campus without being confronted with his fame. "I pass my credit card to the clerk, who looks . . . and then gasps," he said.
February 6, 2015 |
For a filmmaker known for his movies' plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan said he did not see this one coming. The woman he trusted to look after his children and manage his home in Chester County for about six years was sentenced Wednesday to three to 23 months in prison, followed by a year of probation, for stealing money from Shyamalan and his wife. Selma Nolan Cody, 34, of Reading, pleaded guilty in Chester County Court on Dec. 8 to third-degree felony theft. She bought more than $15,000 worth of goods and services without the Shyamalans' permission, using a credit card they had given her to manage their house in Willistown Township.
January 22, 2015 |
Every day, Miss Anna comes to the Gallery - and on Tuesday, she was particularly elegant, in a long purple sweater, fashionable hairstyle, her eyebrows etched in darkly, perfectly arched. "Her brother died two years ago," said George Thomas, who owns the Creative Silver jewelry kiosk on the ground floor. "She was crushed. If I don't see Miss Anna for two days, I worry. I call her. " Who will worry about Anna Mazella, an Aramark retiree in her 80s, when Thomas closes his business - not by choice - at the end of the month?
January 22, 2015 |
PATCO riders will soon be able to use their Freedom cards to pay fares on SEPTA subways and buses, PATCO and SEPTA officials said Wednesday. However, SEPTA-issued smart cards won't work on PATCO. After SEPTA switches to its long-awaited electronic "smart card" fare-payment system this year, PATCO cards will be compatible with the SEPTA Key system, PATCO general manager John Rink said. One caveat: A PATCO card must be registered with PATCO. That registration will permit SEPTA to identify the user and bill PATCO for the trip, Rink said.
January 11, 2015 |
The prosecution in Don Tollefson's fraud trial rested its case Friday afternoon after scores of people testified that he had ripped them off through a sports ticket-selling scheme. The former Philadelphia sportscaster is already facing hurdles as he mounts his defense, which is expected to start Monday. Tollefson, who is representing himself, told a Bucks County Court judge on Friday that he could not afford the nearly $90 he will need to subpoena 25 of his witnesses. Those witnesses, who apparently have not agreed to willingly testify, include Howie Roseman, executive vice president of the Eagles.
December 3, 2014
T HE PRESSURE is on this holiday season. Cashiers will be pushing store-issued credit. And for many of you, the pushiness isn't pleasant. Yet you cave. Credit.com found that 31 percent of shoppers felt store clerks "bullied" them into opening store-branded credit accounts. During the holiday shopping season, 28 percent of consumers said they succumbed and signed up. But it turns out the discounts dangled to get people to give in aren't enough to overcome the regrets they have later.
November 26, 2014 |
WE'VE BECOME a nation charmed by offers that something might be free. Especially when it comes to credit. Many consumers will receive offers as they shop for the holidays. Professionals call these promotions "deferred-interest plans. " But more commonly the advertising may say something like: "No interest for 18 months" or "0 percent interest for 12 months. " This is credit with a catch. And if you are caught, it's expensive. The no-interest deals involve getting a credit card on which your purchases will be charged.
November 12, 2014
ISSUE | GRIDLOCK Well water's fine I'm absolutely flabbergasted by the thought that the metaphorical well could possibly be any more poisoned than it already is ("Boehner warns Obama not to 'poison the well,' " Oct. 7). House Speaker John Boehner initiated a court case to punish President Obama for a minor tweak of the Affordable Care Act. Fellow House Republicans have been perfectly happy to twiddle their thumbs while unemployment, as a result of the burst housing bubble, continues at unacceptable levels.
October 25, 2014 |
SEPTA's long-delayed, $130-million smart-card payment system will be called SEPTA Key, the agency announced Thursday. Like Ben Franklin's key. Get it? But unlike Franklin's kite experiment, no lightning speed is involved with SEPTA's move away from tokens, passes and tickets. The first new subway turnstiles are in place, but widespread use of the card on subways and buses won't happen till next year, and on Regional Rail, not until 2016 at least. The new system will allow riders to use any "contactless" credit card or a SEPTA-issued card or even a smartphone to pay their fares at card-reading turnstiles or bus fare boxes.