February 26, 2009 |
A private university in New Hampshire is offering students a "no-frills" option: more than a 50 percent cut in tuition if they take courses at a satellite campus and forgo many amenities. In New Jersey, Richard Stockton College will allow students to take from 12 to 20 credits for a flat rate. And elsewhere, some colleges are running three-year degree programs, so students can get through school more quickly and save money, using a model common in Europe. The idea of less costly or "no-frills" universities - as proposed by Pennsylvania last month - is under discussion and in some cases is playing out in other communities around the country, as the economy worsens and the price tag for higher education continues to rise.
January 16, 2008 |
Citing the increased cost of gasoline, the Philadelphia Parking Authority is proposing raising taxicab fares from $2.10 to $2.30 per mile. If the Parking Authority's board approves, a typical fare will rise from $9.15 to $9.87, officials said. The initial, "flag drop" charge would remain $2.70, but the waiting time would jump from $20 per hour to $22, and the flat rate between Center City and Philadelphia International Airport would go from $25 plus a $1.25 fuel surcharge to $28.50 and no surcharge, the authority said.
October 19, 2005 |
The chairmen of President Bush's special tax-advisory panel outlined a controversial plan yesterday to overhaul the nation's tax code by cutting popular tax breaks. The committee would reduce mortgage-interest deductions, treat some health-care benefits as taxable income, and eliminate the federal deduction of state and local taxes from taxable income. However, with Bush's poll numbers plunging, some GOP congressional leaders indicted or under investigation, and midterm congressional elections next year, it is unclear whether lawmakers will want to risk a public backlash by trimming popular tax breaks.
December 2, 2004 |
Unionized toll-takers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike returned to their booths yesterday after a weeklong strike that was settled late Tuesday with a tentative three-year contract. "It's fantastic" to be back to work, toll collector John Myers at the Lansdale exit on the turnpike's Northeast Extension said. Myers and other union members said they were waiting for stewards to fill them in on terms of the proposed contract, which were not made public. For thousands of drivers, the end of the strike means the end of flat-rate tolls on the 531-mile highway system.
November 27, 2004 |
As Black Friday shoppers crammed into the King of Prussia mall, a pro-union Santa stood vigil with striking Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collectors nearby on day three of their first-ever strike. At 380 pounds, the bearded, 60-year-old retiree and friend of striking workers was the picture of Santa, albeit with a Teamsters shirt beneath his red coat and a picket sign shoved under his wide black belt. "My deer will not cross a picket line," Drexel Hill resident Tom Anthony warned as he waved to motorists at the Valley Forge interchange.
July 20, 1999 |
When the first tremors of a building boom were felt here in the mid-1980s, developers wanted some insurance that future homeowners would be able flush their toilets and drain the dirty dishwater. The builders paid up - $42 a quarter for each home they planned to construct - to reserve space at the local sewer plant, run by the Limerick Township Municipal Authority. Customers who actually used the system paid more: a flat rate of $87.50 a quarter for each EDU, or equivalent dwelling unit, a measure of about 250 gallons per day. Last year, the municipal authority phased out the five-year "dry" rental contracts with the developers, losing $60,000, or 17 percent, of the $350,000 in revenue it took in every three months, said Barbara Frankel, executive director.
November 8, 1998 |
A trivia question for those on the road or in the woods: Are you more likely to fatally hit a deer or contract Lyme disease from a deer tick? If you live in Montgomery County, take the deer. In Delaware County, guess Lyme disease. Should you try out this one in a bar bet, best to bring along the Delaware County TODAY/Almanac for verification. It's all there, year after year, on pages 61 and 67. Such data have made the almanac an informational reservoir for 74 years in Delaware County, where the annual listings offer a cradle-to-grave treasure trove, from births to marriages to deaths, along with every locally elected official, town, school, election result and retirement community.
February 2, 1997 |
America Online, putting the best face possible on its troubles, last week announced "additional measures" it was taking to satisfy its 8 million subscribers "during this period of unprecedented demand for its network. " It was no secret, however, that those measures, including cash refunds and a moratorium on aggressive marketing of the computer online service, followed threats of legal action by dozens of states whose residents were complaining of constant busy signals instead of AOL's promised "unlimited" access to e-mail, chat rooms and the World Wide Web. And at week's end, AOL's closest competitor, 5-million-member CompuServe, was reporting a four-to-five-fold increase in orders for its software.
February 11, 1996
Steve Forbes is getting hit left and right over his flat tax. Rival candidates say it would raise taxes on the middle class and bloat the deficit. On Thursday, Newt Gingrich called some of its features "nonsense. " But Mr. Forbes still has lots of fans in his corner, including some who have done their own math that shows them coming out ahead. If the flat tax would put money in their pockets and simplify the paperwork, why should they worry that it would save the rich a lot more?
February 11, 1996 |
The United States slipped from second to third place in number of international tourist arrivals in 1995, while Spain moved into second place and France retained its usual ranking as No. 1, according to the World Tourism Organization's annual tally. Spain's improvement was attributed to its parlaying exposure from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona into tourism appeal. U.S. tourism officials noted that the United States has a similar opportunity with the Atlanta Olympics coming up in July.