September 27, 2015 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia has given final approval to a $50 million settlement to an antitrust class action that pitted Comcast Corp. against plaintiffs' lawyers who were seeking $875 million. The pact will net customers a $15 credit on their bill or service upgrades worth $44, while plaintiffs' lawyers will get $15 million in fees and expenses. About 800,000 Philadelphia-area Comcast subscribers in Pennsylvania will benefit in late 2015 or early 2016 from the settlement. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania agreed to the final settlement, which gives Comcast the green light to shell out $33.3 million for the service enhancements and distribute a $16.7 million cash fund for attorneys' fees and payout costs to subscribers who requested them.
September 10, 2015
OOOH, NEW YORK. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, that's what they say. That's a little spin on Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind (Part II)" and its nod to Frank Sinatra. For job seekers in the Big Apple, those words will really hit home now because, effective Sept. 3, some of them will have a better chance to make it there. Employers, except in limited situations, are no longer allowed to check credit histories. "Every New Yorker applying for a job deserves a fair shot - and we are committed to protecting the rights of our workers and making sure that every New Yorker has the opportunity to succeed," Mayor Bill de Blasio said after signing the legislation into law. The policy is being heralded nationwide as an example to follow.
September 4, 2015
I HAVE FRIENDS who cannot watch horror movies alone. One in particular keeps every light on in the house and packs her living room with warm bodies before she will even roll the credits on "The Exorcist" (and actually, the credits are the scariest part with that maniacal bells music). I have other friends who love "The Walking Dead" but shield their eyes at some of the gorier parts, which is every part between the commercials. I do not understand the fear that overtakes these people, who are otherwise upstanding, mature members of society.
August 31, 2015 |
ASSISTANT STYLIST Mark Anthony Barksdale HAIR Gloria Mendez, Suede Salon Spa, the Promenade at Sagemore, 500 Route 73, Marlton, 856-985-0700. CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES Alicia DiMichele, the Promenade at Sagemore, 500 Route 73 South, Marlton, 856-489-4494, www.aliciadimichele.com ; Century 21 Department Stores, 821 Market St., 215-952-2121, www.c21stores.com ; Down 2 Earth Kids, 418 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, 610-941-3336; First Impressions, 470 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, 610-828-6775; Gilt.com; Lululemon Athletica, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill Mall, 856-662-5824, www.lululemon.com ; Macy's Center City, 1300 Market St., 215-241-9000; My Kids Korner, 711 Montgomery Ave., #1, Narberth, 610-668-6404; the North Face, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill Mall, 856-486-1473; Uniqlo, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill Mall, 877-486-4756.
August 31, 2015 |
When officials unveiled a $74 million, six-story apartment and commercial building in Glassboro earlier this month, they said it was testament to how New Jersey's economic development assistance is making such ambitious projects possible. The 220 Rowan Boulevard building was pledged $22 million in tax credits, part of an incentive program for areas of the state needing revitalization. Now, the developer is asking the state Economic Development Authority to help make two more mixed-use projects on the boulevard - still pending municipal approvals - feasible.
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.
July 28, 2015 |
Most of the candidates in the large field of Republicans running for president seem content to act as if Donald Trump will fade from the limelight if they simply ignore him. They may be right. Then again, Trump could be beating them in the polls because he's talking about what many aren't: immigration. Trump is wrong about how the issue should be addressed, of course, but if he can get the other Republicans to discuss what may be their party's most vulnerable issue in a presidential election, he will have done a good deed.
July 14, 2015
THE FIRING OF teacher Margie Winters by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion on the basis of Winters' marriage to another woman comes at a time that guaranteed this to be a hot-button issue. It's just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the legality of gay marriage, and months away from a visit from the pope, who is known for his messages of love, forgiveness and his suggestion of tolerance for gays. Layer this on top of many Catholics struggling to reconcile their faith against decades of church scandals involving child abuse by priests.
July 10, 2015 |
A project in Atlantic City could be awarded close to $33 million in tax credits when the New Jersey Economic Development Authority board meets Thursday. The EDA didn't give details Wednesday about the applicant, Atlantic City Contact Center L.L.C., or the project. A spokeswoman said she could not comment before Thursday's meeting. The meeting agenda says the tax credits - $3.27 million a year over 10 years - would encourage the applicant to "make a capital investment and locate in Atlantic City.
July 10, 2015
BESSEMER, Ala. - If, behind every good man there's a good woman, then what stands behind a grown man? Because Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis was asked how he would describe linebacker DeMeco Ryans. "He's a grown man," Davis said. "He's very secure with himself. He's a natural leader because of that security. People who are calm under pressure - people tend to follow those guys. [The moment] doesn't get too big for him. He settles people down who are kind of losing their mind.