May 18, 2016 |
New consumer-protection rules expected to take effect next year will unleash a flood of suits against banks, credit card firms and others, says a lawyer who has been battling for financial service clients for much of his career. Alan Kaplinsky, head of Ballard Spahr's financial services group, said a proposal by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to drop a prohibition on class-action lawsuits in many credit card and banking contracts would spur plaintiffs lawyers to sue. "We are going to see a huge increase in class actions," he said.
May 10, 2016 |
Next month's draft is critical for the offensively challenged Flyers. They are loaded with promising defensive prospects but thin on up-and-coming forwards. For that reason, they are expected to go heavy on forwards - particularly those with good size - in the first few rounds. In the last three years, the Flyers have selected a defenseman with their first overall draft pick. Look for that trend to change when they make the 17th or 18th overall selection in the first round on June 24. The Flyers will pick 18th if Nashville loses its playoff series to San Jose.
May 5, 2016 |
TRENTON - After months of sniping among some of New Jersey's most powerful politicians, Thursday may finally bring some clarity to the debate over how to save Atlantic City from financial disaster. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) said the lower house will vote on a bill he says would provide needed financial assistance to the cash-strapped seaside resort while also demanding accountability from the city government. Opponents say it would not give the state the authority it needs to intervene successfully.
April 25, 2016 |
Grit and goaltending have carried the Flyers to consecutive harrowing wins, enabling them to fight off elimination and reach Game 6 in their playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. They need more, however, to force a Game 7 against heavily favored Washington. If the Flyers are going to get within one win of equaling their Boston Miracle of 2010 - they lost the first three games in that series before jolting the Bruins en route to the Stanley Cup Finals - they need to have some quality offensive-zone time and need their power play, which is 1 for 21 in the series, to stop looking so disorganized.
April 21, 2016 |
THE LAST TIME the Wide 9 was seen in these parts, it was helping grease the skids for Andy Reid's firing and being excoriated as a bad-awful defensive alignment that seemingly sacrificed everything else for the sake of sacks. The Wide 9, a deployment in which the defensive ends line up near the mezzanine-level concession stands so they can burn rubber around the offensive tackles and beat them to the quarterback, was brought to the Eagles in 2011 by Jim Washburn, who was hired as the team's defensive line coach shortly after Reid came up with the really, really dumb idea to make his longtime offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, his new defensive coordinator.
April 19, 2016 |
When the Flyers host Washington on Monday in a virtual win-or-forget-about-it matchup, it will be an emotional night, the team's first home game since club chairman and cofounder Ed Snider died a week ago. A tribute to Snider will be shown on the scoreboard before the game. "Tough week, obviously, for the whole organization, the whole city of Philadelphia and for the hockey team," defenseman Mark Streit said. "It's going to be very emotional before the game. I think we just have to find a way to use it as a positive and use that energy.
April 19, 2016 |
Christian O'Hara thinks endlessly about bullets. The 11-year-old says that when he hears gunshots in Fairhill, North Philadelphia, he feels painful pressure in his belly. "And," the soulful, dark-haired boy adds, "I know if a bullet hits me, it will feel worse than my stomach does. "I feel stressed and scared, always. It needs to stop. " His life depends on it. Children born today can expect to live only to an estimated average age of 71 in Fairhill, part of what outsiders call the Badlands, a study released earlier this month predicts.
April 15, 2016 |
Every spring is supposed to be the spring for Alexander Ovechkin. It never is. For the last nine years, nobody in the NHL has piled up individual achievements and collective letdowns like Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. He's led the league in goals six times, been named its most valuable player three times, and led the Capitals to six division titles and eight playoff appearances. Not once have they advanced past the tournament's second round. In the race for the Stanley Cup, the Capitals are always the hare, never the tortoise.
April 10, 2016 |
If Friday was any indication, Allen Iverson is going to be one teary-eyed Hall of Famer when he is inducted Sept. 9 in Springfield, Mass. Merely talking about being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame brought the 76ers legend to tears Friday during a news conference at the Wells Fargo Center. "I'm up here getting emotional with you guys from this," Iverson said. "So imagine what it's going to be when that day comes. All I want is the people that love and care about Allen Iverson to feel good about that day. And the ones that don't love him, I want my family and my friends and my fans to say, 'Ha, ha.' " An emotional Allen Iverson has the perfect response for anyone unhappy to see him in the Hall of Fame.
April 10, 2016
Q. I have been diagnosed with cancer. What is going to happen now? A. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015 there were an estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 590,430 cancer deaths in the United States. After a cancer diagnosis, you may be unsure about what comes next. For many, the toughest parts are learning to cope with the diagnosis and understanding the types of cancer and the treatment process. A cancer diagnosis will also bring many changes for you and your loved ones.