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.
August 6, 2014 |
A FORMER longtime employee at the U.S. Department of Labor's Philadelphia office and a relative were held for trial yesterday on charges that they used credit cards to steal more than $4,100 in gasoline last year. Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ordered Rhonda Winston, 54, and Maleek Adams, 24, to stand trial on charges of forgery, conspiracy, theft by deception and related counts after a preliminary hearing. The judge dropped a charge of possession of an instrument of crime that both defendants had faced.
July 22, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - In a state that boasts one of the nation's richest rosters of historic buildings, the long-awaited historic-preservation tax-credit program has become a reality. Two years after Gov. Corbett signed a bill creating tax incentives for restoring older buildings, the first recipients have been named - among them three high-profile projects in Philadelphia. The Department of Community and Economic Development said Monday that it had awarded a total of $3 million in tax credits to 15 commercial projects in 10 counties, including, in Philadelphia, the redevelopment of the old Liberty Title & Trust building next to the Convention Center; the restoration of Park Towne Place Apartments on the Parkway; and the adaptive reuse of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Germantown.
July 21, 2014 |
Two Montgomery County brothers and a Philadelphia man have been charged in a scam that "duped" more than 70,000 people into buying a credit card they thought would help them buy merchandise over the Internet while improving their credit score, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said Friday. Blake Rubin, 30, of Huntingdon Valley, faces a prison term of up to 45 years and a $750,000 fine if convicted. Chase Rubin, 28, of Rydal, could get a maximum sentence of 65 years and a $1 million fine.