May 6, 2013 |
Imagine going to a restaurant, enjoying a modest meal, and dutifully paying your bill, while across the way other diners seem oddly carefree about their tab. You don't think much of it - why should you? - until one day you get stuck with their bill, too, and a lot more like it. That's the kind of story Carolyn Longo has to tell - about an out-of-the-blue financial mess that isn't even her own. Her nightmare began in November on her 60th birthday, timing that first made Longo suspect a prank: A caller from Chase Bank demanded she pay about $14,000 on a credit card she didn't know existed.
April 26, 2013 |
REALLY, PHILLY, this is how you're gonna do me? Me, who's been your one-woman cheering squad for months now? Who's been full-steam ahead with the whole "No Philly Shrug" campaign - despite the sometimes universal, it seems, eye-roll from haters? Me, who's been so rah-rah about Philly that old friends who know that optimism and boosterism and, oh-who-am-I-kidding, even smiling doesn't exactly come natural for me have wondered if I was having some sort of breakdown. No! I'd proclaim.
April 25, 2013
The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Adolph and Rose Levis Museum will celebrate its 16th anniversary by honoring nine individuals at a reception to be held at 5:30 p.m. May 20 at the Gershman Y, Broad and Pine Streets. The 2013 inductees are: figure skater Ellen Barkann; former Penn baseball and basketball star Bob Brooks; former 76ers coach Larry Brown; former Temple basketball star Fred Cohen; tennis star and Freedoms head coach Josh Cohen; George Washington High football coach Ron Cohen; golfer Bonnie Kay; CBS senior vice president Marc Rayfield; and Pillar of Achievement honoree Jed Margolis, a longtime participant in the Maccabi Games.
April 19, 2013 |
MO VAUGHN gets it. Vaughn, who spent eight of his 14 major league seasons with Red Sox, was a hero to many Boston fans. On Thursday, he turned the tables by taking out a half-page ad in the Boston Globe to let the world know that his heroes are those who sprung into action after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Here is an excerpt: "I'm deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place this past Monday at The Boston Marathon. Patriots Day is the one day each year that this great city celebrates the bravery and heroism of the people that live here.
April 11, 2013 |
'When two elephants fight, the grass gets trampled," goes the African proverb. The same can be said for the epic battle between banks and retailers over interchange fees - what retailers pay to accept credit and debit cards for payment. This battle has resulted in harm to consumers, community banks, and mom-and-pop retailers as Congress injected itself into the fight. Fortunately, this battle is finally drawing to a close. Last year the payments and retail industries resolved their differences through the court system, negotiating a $7.25 billion settlement to their dispute.
March 30, 2013 |
Pennsylvania legislators are right to be concerned about consumers paying excessive credit-card swipe fees, but the solution to the problem lies not with the merchants who pay the fees, but with the credit-card companies that set them in the first place. A bill under consideration in the state legislature would ban merchants from imposing a surcharge on customers who use credit cards. I'm not sure it's needed. I have not heard of one retailer, merchant, or business owner even considering surcharging.
March 1, 2013
Four Alabama football players have been dismissed from the team following their arrests after two robberies on campus. Linebackers Tyler Hayes and D.J. Pettway , safety Eddie Williams , and H-back Brent Calloway "are no longer associated with the football program," coach Nick Saban said. Pettway, Williams, and Hayes were charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and Calloway were charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Williams confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back, according to court documents.
February 28, 2013 |
FOUR PLAYERS for two-time defending national champion Alabama were dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus. University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review. Coach Nick Saban had earlier said the players "are no longer associated with the football program. " "Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect," Saban said.
February 24, 2013 |
Question: My husband and I recently rented a car via Auto Europe for a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic. We received a prepaid voucher for a rental from Hertz. When we landed in Munich, Germany, a Hertz representative told us our reservation had been canceled. After some delay, checking on his computer and his garage, he assured us that we could obtain another, smaller car. He said it would cost slightly less than our original rental amount, but that we would have to take up the refund of the original reservation with Auto Europe.
February 14, 2013 |
Three University of Alabama football players have been charged with knocking students unconscious and stealing their wallets, while a fourth player has been charged with using a stolen debit card, officials said Tuesday. Linebacker Tyler Hayes, 18, and safety Eddie Williams, 20, confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back early Monday morning, according to court documents. Williams said D.J. Pettway, 20, a defensive lineman, and Hayes waited in a nearby vehicle about an hour later while he knocked out and robbed another student.