September 3, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Hundreds marched Sunday through Charlotte's central business district ahead of the Democratic National Convention to protest corporate greed in a demonstration that was lively but smaller than organizers had touted. About 600 marchers carried signs and banners, banged drums, and chanted on a sunny afternoon as part of the March on Wall Street South. Their numbers were a fraction of the thousands that organizers expected for what had been planned as the week's biggest protest.
May 21, 2012 |
A pack of avaricious wolves that has been circling Harrisburg is salivating to feed on the working poor with a bill that would legalize exploitative payday loans that could carry interest rates in the triple digits. Dressed in the clothing of consumer protection, the bill strips away Pennsylvania's long-held and strongly enforced protections against predatory short-term loans. Sponsored by Rep. Chris Ross (R., Chester), the legislation would drop-kick the state's 24 percent annual-percentage-rate cap. As a result, individuals with marginal incomes, including truck drivers, nurses, and clerks, could be pushed into a cycle of debt.
May 11, 2012
Q: My husband's ex-wife always guilt-trips her daughter into going all out for her on her birthday and on Mother's Day. My stepdaughter gets a very small allowance, so her dad is the one who has to pay. I think this is his ex-wife's way of sticking it to my husband, above and beyond the hefty child support and alimony she already gets. I want to put a stop to this, but I don't want to be a wicked stepmother. Please respond quickly. I overhead my stepdaughter tell my husband that her mother wants a certain Michael Kors watch, and the thought of that going on the credit card we both pay for makes me want to scream.
January 19, 2012 |
"GREED" drove Center City dentist Owen Rogal and his daughter Kim Rogal to defraud 15 insurance companies out of nearly $5 million from 2002 to 2011, District Attorney Seth Williams said yesterday. "This is a case that only happened because of greed," Williams said at a news conference. "He could have continued making a more comfortable living than probably 98 percent of all Americans as a dentist, but because he saw this as an opportunity, he took it. " Rogal, 71, owner of the Pain Center, on 12th Street near Lombard, and his daughter, his office manager, who lives in Delaware, surrendered yesterday and were charged with 15 counts of insurance fraud, 12 counts of theft by deception and related counts.
January 13, 2012 |
It was as if Oliver Stone had written a Mitt Romney sound bite when this week the candidate was quoted as saying, "I like firing people. " After all, Stone directed Michael Douglas, as Gordon Gekko, saying similar things in the 1987 movie classic Wall Street . Men in their 40s and 50s still quote Gekko: "Lunch is for wimps"; "I create nothing. I own"; "What's worth doing is worth doing for money"; "If you're not inside, you're outside"; and of course, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
December 2, 2011 |
This, from the have-you-no-shame, you-got-some-nerve, just-go-away files. First up, the Queen of Greed, only because she just reared her vindictive head - again. When last we shipped off Arlene Ackerman, she had unapologetically pocketed a buyout package close to a cool $1 million. We thought we had seen the last of her. But, no. Like the Terminator, she's baaack. Seems the former school superintendent has further held up the cash-strapped district by applying for unemployment benefits.
November 4, 2011 |
Members of Occupy Philly are outside the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City, chanting "Where is Romney?," protesting Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's appearance late this afternoon at a fund-raiser for his campaign. The Romney event is being hosted by prominent attorney Charles Kopp of the politically wired Philadelphia law firm, Cozen O'Connor. While protestors had marched around the block to the 20th Street garage entrance to the hotel, Romney walked through Rittenhouse Square late this afternoon and went into the hotel through the front entrance.
October 23, 2011
George Parry is a former federal and state prosecutor practicing law in Philadelphia I stopped by the Occupy Philadelphia jamboree last week to listen to the campers' concerns. In contrast to the unified, scripted message of the AstroTurf tea partyers, the occupiers expressed a wide variety of authentic and informed opinions about what ails our selfish, greed-driven society. Though their views were diverse, for many of the protesters, there seems to be a central cause animating their disaffection.
October 14, 2011 |
They waved protest placards, they chanted slogans, they nibbled free gourmet pizza samples. The "occupation" phenomenon went suburban Thursday. About 150 aggrieved but well-scrubbed souls hit the sidewalks of Doylestown's busiest intersection in the late-afternoon drizzle, proclaiming solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread nationwide. Impassioned but orderly, the protesters waved signs that said, "Tax millionaires" and "Nov. 8 - Occupy the Voting Booth.
October 13, 2011 |
They waved protest placards, they chanted slogans, they nibbled free gourmet pizza samples. The "Occupy" phenomenon went suburban Thursday. About 150 aggrieved but well-scrubbed souls hit the sidewalks of Doylestown's busiest intersection in the late-afternoon drizzle, proclaiming solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread nationwide. Impassioned but orderly, the protesters waved signs such as "Tax Millionaires" and "Nov. 8 - Occupy the Voting Booth.