July 23, 2016 |
Job applicants no longer need to disclose any criminal history when applying to work for Montgomery County, which on Thursday joined cities and counties across the country in waiving the requirement. The new policy is aimed at helping those who are leaving jail find employment and reduce their chances of being rearrested, said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the county commissioners. "Montgomery County has now officially banned the box, and that is the box that often shuts people out from second chances," he said, referring to the box that candidates check on applications if they have been convicted of a crime.
June 6, 2016 |
Bill Lyon has done it again, striking a chord with readers. Soon after the legendary retired Inquirer sports columnist disclosed he is battling Alzheimer's disease in a piece posted on Philly.com Saturday, and slated for publication in the Sunday Inquirer, a torrent of support from readers followed. Lyon's column, " My Alzheimer's fight: Never, ever quit ," has been shared on Twitter and Facebook, and emailed from friend to family. Online, commenters wrote in to celebrate the sportswriter, to cheer on his fight, and to thank him for sharing his experience.
October 22, 2015 |
One of the elements of electronic music's past missing in EDM is grandeur, theatricality. What's missing is the cinematics that made Brian Eno's instrumental-only works inventively and dramatically ambient, that made Afrika Bambaataa eerily epic, that made Kraftwerk and DAF as daring as they were danceable. Where once there was subtle shading there is now squelch, ping, and boing. That's great in its own right. Often though, it's disposable and forgettable. Quick - hum a Deadmau5 song.
October 7, 2015 |
Changes designed to make it easier for a borrower to understand the cost of getting a mortgage loan have gone into effect, after a two-month postponement intended to get real estate agents and lenders up to speed. Introduced Saturday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the "Know Before You Owe" mortgage-disclosure rule replaces four disclosure forms with two new ones - the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure. According to CFPB, the Loan Estimate makes it easier to compare offers from multiple mortgage lenders.
May 31, 2015 |
Responding to congressional and public criticism, federal regulators said Friday they would not weaken rules requiring certain disclosures about trains transporting crude oil and other hazardous materials. The Inquirer reported this week that new oil-train rules issued May 7 - to go into effect in October - by the U.S. Department of Transportation would end a 2014 requirement for railroads to share information about large volumes of crude oil with state emergency-response commissions.
May 22, 2015 |
On his latest financial-disclosure form, Gov. Christie does not list as gifts the luxury-box tickets to Dallas Cowboys games he received last football season from team owner Jerry Jones. The governor's disclosure form is dated May 15 - a day after New Jersey's acting attorney general issued an opinion that said the state's requirements for disclosing gifts could be interpreted to apply only to remuneration received in exchange for a service, such as for a speaking engagement. The financial-disclosure form, which Christie files annually, indicates that he and his wife, Mary Pat, earned at least $600,000 in income last year - most of it from her job as a managing director at the Wall Street investment firm Angelo Gordon.
February 5, 2015
STATE TREASURER Rob McCord was obviously a desperate man last spring. His bid for the Democratic nomination for governor was lagging. He had already put $2 million of his own money into his campaign. But, he needed more - mostly to pay for a series of scummy TV commercials he was launching against the clear front-runner in the race, Tom Wolf. So, what did he do? He started pressuring would-be givers to write big checks to his campaign. It wasn't exactly pay-to-play. It was more like pay . . . or else.
January 10, 2015 |
For the five years he has held office, Gov. Christie has not declared any gifts on his annual financial disclosure forms. The governor's office says Christie has complied with an executive order he issued in 2010 requiring disclosure of gifts of a certain value, but it won't say who paid for Christie's travel and ticket to a September 2013 Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game in Texas, where he was seen in the owner's box with Jerry Jones. His frequent appearances in luxury boxes with Jones this season have raised questions about what the governor has paid, whether he can accept such perks, and whether he needs or intends to disclose them under New Jersey's ethics laws.
September 7, 2014 |
Lately, I have been going back to two things our listing agent drummed into my head when we were selling our last house. Disclose, disclose, disclose was one. The other: work with the agent, not against him or her, and that will help sell the house for a good price. There is a real estate disclosure law in Pennsylvania that spells out exactly what a seller must do to comply. Real estate agents are obligated to assist sellers in completing the form, and prospective buyers and their agents get copies.
April 9, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Philadelphians can look at their city officials' annual financial disclosures online - and starting this week, they don't need a password. That change comes after questions about the password system were raised by two ethics watchdogs, one inside city government, one outside. The Philadelphia Records Department had posted the 2012 financial disclosure forms, in which elected officials list sources of income and gifts, on its website last fall, but was requiring users to sign up for a user name and password.