July 1, 2015
ISSUE | OBAMA Fait accompli rule President Obama's strategy to dominate Congress and the courts is to get an agenda item rolling by any means, knowing it will be difficult to stop. Examples include: passing Obamacare by changing Senate rules, after which the threat of extreme medical-insurance disruption influences the Supreme Court to allow it to continue; suspending border enforcement, scattering refugee children, and then arguing that returning them would overwhelm the system; and proposing legal status for illegal aliens, knowing that once it's in effect, it will be increasingly hard for the courts or Republicans to reverse.
June 6, 2015 |
Federal housing officials on Thursday slapped former Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl R. Greene with new penalties on top of his current three years' suspension from doing business with the U.S. government. In a two-page letter, the Department of Housing and Urban Development told Greene he would be barred indefinitely from working with HUD or other federal agencies after he finishes his current suspension in 2017. The indefinite suspension was ordered because Greene failed to pay a $75,000 fine levied last year, when HUD issued the three-year penalty.
May 24, 2015 |
When Mercedes Stephens recently hit a jackpot at SugarHouse Casino, her slot machine flashed the faces of 12 cartoon buffaloes - and then it locked up. Stephens, 47, had won more than $1,200, which meant she had to stop playing and sign an IRS tax form that reports her winnings. The process took about five minutes, she said. But the gaming industry warns that the interruption could soon eat away at casino profits and - ironically - billions in gambling tax revenue that flow into Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
April 18, 2015 |
Turns out there's a truck tunnel beneath the Gallery at Market East. It's been there since the structure was built in the 1970s - a huge, hidden space defined by loading docks and trash bins, used as a means to deliver merchandise, food, and supplies when the mall was in its heyday. "It actually is pretty cool," said Brian Abernathy, executive director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. "Like a subterranean cavern. " The question of who controls it and who may use it in the future stood among a half-dozen complex matters considered and resolved Thursday, as the authority took the first official step toward placing control of the rundown mall into the hands of a developer who plans a complete remake.
April 17, 2015 |
VETERAN DEFENSE attorney Jack McMahon, known for being aggressive and combative, quickly pounced at the outset yesterday in his cross-examination of the government's star witness, ex-narcotics cop Jeffrey Walker. "I'd appreciate it if you could look at me when we talk," McMahon told Walker after greeting him. "Sure, no problem," said Walker, 46, who has been in custody for almost two years after his arrest in an FBI sting in May 2013. McMahon, the attorney for Brian Reynolds, one of six ex-narcotics cops on trial, accused by the feds of robbing suspected drug dealers, has been the leadoff hitter on the defense team, the first of the six defense attorneys to cross-examine all witnesses.
April 3, 2015 |
WHEN CONNIE MOSES was a student at William Penn High School for Girls, her friends didn't need a dictionary or a thesaurus or a calculator. They had Connie. "Long before there were computers, spell check or auto correct, there was Connie," her family said. "She was a walking Webster's Dictionary and calculator for everyone. " Connie carried this attention to detail and her amazing memory through her life, taking them to her job as a supply analyst for the Naval Aviation Supply Depot, and as the undisputed authority on the Bible.
March 30, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Even on an early spring morning still tightly wrapped in winter, Atsion Lake in Wharton State Forest has that "go home and get your kayak" look. The wind whipping the icy-cold, cedar-colored water over the edge of the deserted beach is enough to recommend a two-month postponement. But that means more time to explore the rest of Shamong, which has a long history and a great deal to look at. Leave enough time for a crab melt on rye for lunch at the Shamong Diner on Willow Grove Road and a visit to Valenzano Winery on Route 206, where you can sample the "Shamong Red. " In the Southern Unami dialect of the Leni-Lenape, Shamong means place of the horn , owing to the abundance of deer that sustained members of the tribe who lived there.
March 20, 2015 |
The next Netanyahu government will face challenges at home, on its borders, and abroad. A2. Trudy Rubin: Fear-mongering puts Israel at greater risk. A14.
February 16, 2015 |
The patient with the bad heart valve will be in his 60s, say, someone who tires easily because of impaired blood flow but is otherwise in pretty good health. An informed consumer, he has seen the ads about the new way to fix the problem without having a surgeon crack open his chest. A slender catheter is threaded through the groin, a new aortic valve implanted, and the patient is home in a few days. Can he sign up? For now, Mark B. Anderson has to tell him no. "Surgery is still the gold standard," said Anderson, chair of cardiothoracic surgery at Einstein Healthcare Network.
January 26, 2015 |
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. . . . It's a plane. . . . No, it's a drone. The federal government is finalizing new rules for using unmanned small aircraft - commonly called drones - for uses such as monitoring oil fields and pipelines, and real-estate photography. The regulations are eagerly awaited by businesses, including the news media, the motion-picture industry, and farmers who say remote-controlled mini-aircraft equipped with cameras could benefit people and create jobs.