October 20, 2013 |
Temple University's credit rating could be downgraded because of the financial problems of the university's affiliated health system, according to a report by Moody's Investor Service. Moody's said it might cut the rating, now Aa3, unless the university can "separate" itself from Temple University Health Systems or take other steps to stop the hospitals' "deep operating deficits" from draining the university's cash. This situation is one of the challenges facing Temple University president Neil D. Theobald, who was inaugurated Friday.
October 9, 2013 |
Due to a huge response to Friday's column on avoiding identity theft, we're revisiting the subject, with additional ways to opt out of preapproved credit-card offers. Credit-card companies buy and sell your personal information, so opting out of their prescreened credit-card offers is no easy task. In fact, they make it downright difficult. Still, there are several ways to opt out of receiving credit-card offers that otherwise can jam your mailbox. One is by telephone - the number we included in last week's column - and that automated telephone service immediately asks for your Social Security number.
September 27, 2013 |
TOMMY "TJ" Ramos, a 9-year-old catcher on the Torresdale Boys Club baseball team, had just stepped onto the field on Leon Street near Eden for practice at about 6 p.m. Sept. 12 when he collapsed for no explicable reason. "He went down on his face. It looked like a seizure," said his mother, Micki Ramos. "I completely freaked. " But it wasn't a seizure. TJ's small, young heart was undergoing cardiac arrest. He was having a heart attack. Luckily, two off-duty Philadelphia cops - K-9 Officer John Callahan, a coach with TJ's team, and Gang Unit Officer John Pasquarello, who was watching his son practice - jumped into action while another coach called 9-1-1.
September 4, 2013 |
Tom Hundley's family has a fresh take on the old notion of working one's way through college. Hundley, 22, needs to raise $27,000 to finish his last two undergraduate semesters at Howard University, which cost about $35,000 total. That's why his mother, sisters, aunts, godmother, and cousins are making, baking, and selling dinners-to-go at Pennsauken's Homestead Youth Association on Sept. 13. Hundley is soliciting donations in writing and online, and friends and family are pitching in as best they can; so far, close to $5,000 has been raised.
August 21, 2013 |
The New Jersey Senate passed a sweeping bill Monday restructuring tax breaks for businesses that locate or expand in the state, even as its sponsor criticized one of its provisions. The bill, which passed by 30-4, would make incentives more accessible to small and medium-size businesses as well as to companies in nonurban areas, sponsors say. The legislation places no cap on the incentives the state could award, although businesses would face individual limits. The bill also would grant tax credits for residential developments that include affordable housing - a requirement added by Assembly lawmakers that was slammed by the bill's Senate sponsor before Monday's vote.
August 19, 2013 |
DATING BACK to the day he accepted the job of leading the Phillies out of the doldrums, Charlie Manuel was often a victim of the way he would articulate - or, in many cases, refuse to articulate - the rationale behind his managerial strategy. He always professed not to care about public perception, but the most prideful among us are often the ones who go great lengths to conceal it. And Manuel is a very proud man. "I loved putting that uniform on," he said on the afternoon he became a former manager of the Phillies.
August 16, 2013 |
THE INTERESTING thing about the Sixers and new grand pooh-bah of basketball operations Sam Hinkie taking more than 3 months to find a head coach is that San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown was analyzing them while they were analyzing him. So if there is nothing else to take from Brown being announced as the 24th coach in franchise history yesterday, it's that the longtime assistant to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich understands what he is...
August 6, 2013 |
IT IS A LITTLE surprising to find that Marilyn Coleman, who became a highly acclaimed singer and actress, started her North Philadelphia childhood with the nickname "Hooks. " It's more surprising to learn that the nickname derived from bowlegs and a mean left hook, which she could deliver when riled. Marilyn grew up to be an award-winning entertainer, renowned for her acting and singing abilities, as well as for her beauty - when it was no longer necessary to defend herself with a punch.
August 5, 2013 |
Shelby Weaver Splain has been going back to school a lot these days. Splain is director of preservation services for the Keystone Preservation Group in Doylestown. The school is Springside Elementary in Burlington Township, which is being converted to affordable rental housing for the elderly and disabled by MEND, a Moorestown-based nonprofit, as a joint venture with Conifer Realty L.L.C., a Rochester, N.Y.-based for-profit that manages 11,000 units nationwide. The $18 million project will convert the former school to 32 rental apartments, while an addition at the rear of the building will have 43 more, said MEND president Matthew Reilly.
July 29, 2013 |
Irma Shapiro clearly has bigger things to complain about than a credit-card bill, including an annus horribilis that could make a queen of England shudder. An artist, she lost many of her paintings and a lifetime's worth of belongings last year when an electrical fire destroyed her Bala Cynwyd home. Then she lost her sister, her only sibling. Two months later, her nephew died. But sometimes, it's the small stuff that rankles - especially when you suspect a larger pattern.