December 23, 2014 |
Jessica Frantes answered a knock at her door in a sparkly tulle skirt, a flower headband in her hair, and gazed up to see Santa Claus on the front steps. The 5-year-old's smile only widened when Santa - played by a Winslow Township police officer - led her to a sleigh filled with presents. It was a day of hugs and tears for family and friends of Jessica, who saw her mother killed just five months ago - and for the men and women who responded to the scene that day. Police say Jennifer Bongco, 42, was stabbed more than 50 times by her boyfriend, Kevin Ambrose, near her home on July 25. Ambrose then dropped Jessica off at home, authorities say, before dumping Bongco's body on the side of the road a few blocks away.
November 21, 2014 |
With pornographic e-mails circulating among prosecutors and judges, lawmakers accused of taking cash in a sting that wasn't even pursued by the state's top law enforcement officer, and featherweight ethics rules that are rarely enforced, Pennsylvania richly deserves its place, by one measure, among the nation's five most corrupt states. In that context, the gift ban Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has imposed on his transition team, which he promises to carry over into his administration, hits the right note.
April 24, 2014 |
FORMER JAGUARS linebacker Russell Allen said he suffered a stroke during a game last season and will never play football again. What he can do, he said, is alert other players to take head injuries more seriously. Allen, 27, told Robert Klemko of MMQB that he thought he'd had his bell rung when he collided with Bills center Eric Wood in the third quarter of a Dec. 15 game. He finished the game even though he had double vision. "You're thinking, I can't come out, because what if someone else comes in and takes my job?"
April 11, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would ban lawmakers from accepting cash gifts from lobbyists or others seeking to "influence the legislative process. " "Senate approval of this legislation gives hope that an ugly problem is about to yield a responsible solution," said Sen. Lisa Baker (R., Luzerne), sponsor of the bill. "It sets basic ground rules everyone can grasp. " The 49-0 vote followed an unusually quick path for a piece of legislation, and came just weeks after The Inquirer first reported that four Philadelphia lawmakers had been caught on tape taking money from a lobbyist.
April 7, 2014
Wage-hike tip In Pennsylvania, the average salary of an experienced tipped employee is $16 per hour ("America deserves a raise," March 28). Therefore, raising the minimum wage to $12, as proposed by Democratic State Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Stack, would most likely eliminate tips entirely, resulting in servers making less than their current wages. Additional consideration needs to be given to the job losses that will occur when restaurants must close their doors due to a 400 percent increase in labor costs.
March 26, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Dismayed at reports that their colleagues in the House took cash from an undercover informant, Republican and Democratic state senators are proposing legislation to ban lawmakers from accepting cash gifts. Reforms that closely mirror each other are being drafted by two Republicans - Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County and Lisa Baker of Luzerne County - and a Democrat, Daylin Leach of Montgomery and Delaware Counties. The GOP proposal would prohibit lawmakers from accepting monetary gifts, including cash, money orders, checks, and gift cards, from lobbyists or anyone else with a stake in the legislative process.
February 7, 2014 |
Mr. Parsons' robotics club needs an updated Lego Mindstorm bot if the members want a chance of placing in future competitions. Mrs. Rodriguez's fourth and fifth graders would love a carpet in their book corner, so they don't have to sit on cold linoleum while reading. And Ms. Gail, the art teacher at Henry L. Bonsall Elementary, has an idea for a stepping-stone garden that would line Mount Ephraim Avenue - if she could just get the funding for 20 mosaics. The projects, all listed on the teacher fundraising website DonorsChoose, aren't the traditional requests for notebooks and protractors, but Camden teachers say they're exactly what their students need.
December 23, 2013 |
KING OF PRUSSIA The temperature reached nearly 70 degrees, but the Wilmoth family ventured inside the King of Prussia mall on Saturday anyway, searching not for deals, but for the Christmas spirit. Because if the spirit can be found anywhere, it's in the second-largest mall in America the weekend before Christmas. "We don't do much shopping while we're here," said Jason Wilmoth, 43, of Dresher. "We just like to get out and feel the hustle and bustle. " Wilmoth said his wife stayed up until 4 a.m. on Black Friday, waiting in line for deals.
December 22, 2013 |
Five days before Christmas, and Megan Schafer was in a giving mood. The senior point guard for the Neshaminy girls' basketball team had her head constantly on a swivel Friday afternoon, feeding her teammates the ball on the fastbreak, down low on the block, and even on the wing for a quick jumper. More than a handful of times, Schafer even surrendered her body to the hardwood to collect a loose ball or to plow through a screen on help defense. Schafer's court vision and aggressive play helped the visiting Redskins defeat Suburban One League National Conference opponent Abington, 56-39.
November 25, 2013 |
Gift cards have swiftly become the default present for holiday giving. With the season upon us, let's look at the financial risks and rewards for gift-card givers, receivers, and sellers. Nothing beats the warm feeling you get from giving a gift - except for the hot prospect of getting something for yourself in return. At PocketYourDollars.com, a post by Carrie Rocha lists scores of gift-card deals that include discounted cards and free gift cards in return for purchased cards. Outlets offering the deals include restaurants, websites, movie theaters, and grocery stores.