August 5, 2016 |
Begun as the government's response to the foreclosure crisis, the Treasury Department's Home Affordable Modification Program wasn't supposed to last forever. The Dec. 31 end of the foreclosure relief program, which offered a more affordable payment by adjusting interest rates, extending the loan term, and reducing or forbearing principal, will leave a gap that the government is trying to fill. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, is proposing consumer protection principles to guide mortgage servicers, investors, government housing agencies, and policy makers as they develop foreclosure-relief solutions to replace what is better known by its acronym, HAMP.
July 8, 2016 |
Though he had no record, and was 15 years old, he was charged in adult court. Bail was set at $75,000. The required 10 percent of that, $7,500, was more than the teen or his mother could fathom. So, in January 2015, Eugene Lee was sent to an adult jail, Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. It was three months before his mother, Wylicia Clark, 35, of the city's Frankford section, could get the bail reduced to an amount she could pay. The charges involved an attempted robbery with a BB gun, in which no one was shot and Eugene was not the gunman.
July 6, 2016 |
Parents, we've all been there in the dark of night. Staggering half-asleep into the wailing baby's bedroom and quickly administering a bottle or breast so everyone can collapse back into bed. Don't do it, say Pennsylvania State University researchers. If you can resist the habit of making feeding your first response, your baby likely will sleep better and may weigh less as a result. This recommendation is one of a list of good-parenting guidelines that the Penn State team distributed to more than 130 families in the Harrisburg area.
June 5, 2016
The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The guidelines released Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration are voluntary, so food companies won't be required to comply, and it could be a year or more before they are final. But the idea is to persuade companies and restaurants - many of which have already lowered sodium in their products - to take a more consistent approach.
April 14, 2016 |
Some of those who claimed to have seen the shooter described him as being heavier and taller than James Dennis, the man who was convicted. While legal battles raged, Dennis spent more than 20 years on death row. Then, in 2013, a federal judge overturned his conviction in the 1991 slaying of a high school student for her earrings at a Philadelphia subway station. In issuing the ruling, Judge Anita B. Brody described the eyewitness identifications of Dennis as "shaky. " Historically, false identifications have been a bane of criminal investigations.
April 10, 2016 |
Gov. Christie's administration announced measures Friday to ease some New Jersey state gun restrictions, including an expansion of the standard for getting a permit to carry a gun. The Republican governor, who previously endorsed loosening the state's gun laws, said in a statement Friday that the changes would "deliver relief and assurance to New Jerseyans exercising their Second Amendment rights. " The changes, which follow recommendations issued by a study commission Christie formed last year, include a regulatory amendment that adds "serious threats" to the circumstances considered a special danger to a person's life.
December 31, 2015 |
Here is a recently updated version of the guidelines for prescribing addictive pain medicine (opioids) at Temple University Hospital's emergency department. Objective: To appropriately relieve pain for patients and attempt to identify those who may be abusing or addicted to opioids and refer them for special assistance. Guidelines for treating non-cancer pain 1. Opioid analgesics may be appropriate for acute illness or injury when less addictive therapies such as NSAIDs (nonsteroanti-inflammatoryatory drugs)
December 31, 2015 |
Emergency rooms are increasingly a prime spot for patients seeking powerful pain medications, with doctors caught between the desire to help people in pain and the need to discourage addiction and even overdoses. Temple University Hospital reported Tuesday that it had found a straightforward way to limit prescriptions of these opioid drugs, such as Percocet, Dilaudid, and Vicodin: a set of guidelines that helps ER doctors determine when to say no. Among patients with dental, neck, back, or unspecified chronic pain for which opioids are not advised, the number getting prescriptions dropped below 30 percent immediately after the guidance was distributed in January 2013 - down from 52.7 percent beforehand.
October 26, 2015 |
The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections failed to follow new inspection guidelines in more than 80 percent of private demolitions performed over the last nine months, an analysis of agency records shows. And, people familiar with L&I records say, the agency's database appears to have been altered to show that demolition inspections had occurred when they had not. In at least one case, records show, the agency's database said five inspections that should have occurred during a demolition were actually conducted four months after the building had been razed.
October 25, 2015 |
Is your child ready for a cellphone? There's no way around it. Sooner or later, most parents will confront the issue of whether to let their children have cellphones, and if so, when? The good news is there's lots of expert advice available. The not-so-good news is none of it provides the answer. That's because no one answer is right for all parents and all kids. On this question you're on your own - and, unlike the age for legally driving and buying alcohol, there aren't any laws to back you up. One thing is sure: It shouldn't be based on the number of times your daughter tells you, "All of my friends have one. " Or, for that matter, how many of your friends have given their kids' phones.