October 19, 2014 |
American Express unveiled a new effort Friday to combat credit-card fraud with a big assist - from President Obama. He announced the American Express Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program during a news conference in Washington, detailing a $10 million initiative designed to help merchants defray the cost of replacing check-out terminals with ones that will accept secure, chip-based credit cards. So-called EMV technology offers greater payment security by storing data on a chip embedded in a credit card, assuming payment terminals are equipped to read the chip.
October 18, 2014 |
City Council on Thursday approved a bill that would make it easier for fast-food firms, hotels, and other traditionally low-wage employers in Philadelphia to pay their workers $12 an hour. If signed into law by Mayor Nutter, an employer would get a $5,000 tax credit for each new full-time worker it hires and pays at least $12 an hour. The tax break would last five years. The bill, sponsored by Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. and unanimously approved, comes as some left-leaning groups are campaigning to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, while others want it raised to $15, as Seattle did in June.
October 13, 2014 |
TORONTO - The movie's over. The audience has laughed, cried, recoiled in horror at the bad behavior on display. But Bill Murray isn't finished. The titular star of St. Vincent - instantly a hallmark role of his career - creaks open the screen door to his character's pitiful backyard, headphones attached to a (yes!) portable cassette player, and starts singing along to Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm. " For the next five minutes, as the credits roll for this feel-good comedy about a feel-bad guy, Murray fools around with a garden hose and echoes the Dylan verse on the sound track.
October 6, 2014 |
Matt Sumner was every bit as nervous when he walked into his first college class as he was on the morning he started high school, which makes sense since both were on the same day. "I thought it would be a lot of work, but if you do your studying, you can do it," said Matt, just 14, and a freshman at both Oxford Area High School and Cecil College. Sumner is a pioneer in the Early College Academy, a joint venture between the two schools that will allow him and 19 classmates to receive associate's degrees in the same week they are handed high school diplomas in 2018.
September 19, 2014 |
AS THE OLD saying goes, no man's credit is as good as his money. And yet we live in a society that judges our ability to get credit - and in many cases a job, insurance and even a security clearance - based on our good credit behavior. Following a recent column about the FICO credit scoring, many readers had questions about their credit situations. * One woman wrote: "My husband and I have been married for 52 years and have lived in our house for more than 40. We paid off the mortgage decades ago. All of our credit is in his name.
September 12, 2014 |
SO, WHAT was Nick Foles seeing during that horrendous first-half performance in the Eagles' come-from-behind season-opening victory over Jacksonville? Since the Birds then went on to score 34 straight points, it was easy for Foles to talk about team unity, keeping confidence and sticking together to rally to a 34-17 victory. Ultimately, that was the most important thing, but it's hard to ignore how Foles looked as if he didn't even belong on the field for the first 30 minutes of that game.
September 12, 2014 |
THERE ARE NO shortcuts to strengthening your credit score. Say that to yourself three times a day until you stop trying to figure out or waste good money searching for an easy fix to boosting your creditworthiness. I say this because I was taking calls from some radio listeners recently and a young woman asked how to increase her credit score, which was in the high 600s - a decent score but not great. She was referring to the range for the FICO score, which goes from 300 (lowest)
September 12, 2014 |
Two days after Gov. Christie called credit rating agencies "bums" for their failure to predict the financial crisis of 2008, Standard & Poor's Wednesday cut the state's credit rating to A from A-plus. The agency cited the Republican's failure to cut a deal with the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to either pay for or rein in growing public school and state worker pension costs. Lower credit ratings tend to force borrowers - in this case, taxpayers - to pay more when they raise cash by selling bonds for schools and other projects.
September 10, 2014 |
Gov. Christie on Monday said the closing of multiple casinos in Atlantic City was "inevitable" given increased competition, but sought to blunt talk of the demise of this struggling resort town. Yet, big changes could come, including an expansion of gaming into North Jersey and greater state involvement in Atlantic City's government. Christie didn't share many details from the meeting, but when asked about those two ideas, which have been brought up by a key lawmaker, he responded: "Everything is on the table.
September 1, 2014 |
Jonathan Jusino spent his first year out of high school as a stock clerk and sales associate at a clothing store, and found it unfulfilling. "I noticed there was no future for me in the work I was doing," he said. So Jusino enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia last fall as a first step in pursuing a teaching career. With his financial aid, it would have taken him three years to get his associate's degree. But a program introduced by the college this semester will allow him to finish in 21/2.