May 16, 2013 |
A 79-year-old Lansdowne doctor known for his civic involvement has been arrested and charged with selling prescription drugs from his home office. Lenwood Boyer Wert of the 200 block of North Lansdowne Avenue prescribed Oxycodone and other painkillers on a cash-only basis, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "Dr. Wert is no different than a drug dealer standing on the corner. In fact, he's worse because he's operating under the guise of a medical professional," Whelan said at a news conference to announce the arrest.
February 1, 2013
IF YOU'RE WORKING on your 2012 tax return, you probably aren't in the mood to consider changes that await you next year. Nonetheless, the IRS wants to hear from you now about something that it's going to implement this year that could affect the return you file in 2014. The agency recently announced a streamlined option for claiming a home-office deduction. You have a chance to comment on this new option, and your suggestions could help improve the change for tax year 2014 and later, the IRS says.
January 26, 2013 |
Sometimes, when guests step inside the Washington Square condominium of Gail Caskey Winkler and her husband, Roger Moss, there's a classic double-take moment. Past the typical 1960s architecture in the building's public spaces, a sudden sense of grandeur grabs you - all the way from antiquity forward. In the vestibule, a classic black-and-white patterned floor of marble and granite, rests a first-century B.C. amphora, a carrying vessel that looks its age. But on a wall nearby is an unmistakably modern steel sculpture.
September 11, 2012 |
When did fact checking get so sexy? I arrived home the other night to catch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert going on about the rising class of sharpshooters who aim to separate substance from spin. The factcheckstapo, Colbert called them, as he dismissed those who balked at a few things Paul Ryan told the GOP convention in Tampa. Stewart, for his part, accused the entire Fourth Estate of falling down on the essential job. "When did fact checking and journalism go their separate ways?"
July 16, 2012 |
Working from home sounds like a great idea. But is it? Home- and mobile-office life may have advantages, but perhaps not for everyone. See if it could work for you. Pick the right occupation. This 2009 report from the U.S. Department of Labor said 12 percent of all workers were working at home on an average day. The percentage rose to 20 percent for occupations in computer and mathematical sciences, 34 percent for the self-employed, and a whopping 55 percent for occupations in the arts, design, entertainment, sports and media.
May 31, 2012 |
Francis R. Coyne, 80, a lawyer and former executive at what is now the Magee Rehabilitation unit of Jefferson Health Systems, died Friday, May 25, of kidney failure at his home in Drexel Hill. Mr. Coyne was executive vice president at Magee from 1978 to 1992, chief operating officer there from 1980 to 1992, and director of development from 1990 to 1992, his son Francis R. Jr. said in a Tuesday phone interview. "He was an advocate of patients' rights and the Americans With Disabilities Act," his son said.
April 29, 2012 |
The e-mail arrived in the late afternoon of March 30. The subject line read: INVITATION. It looked like spam and I was about to delete it, but something caught my eye in the preview window. A seal of some sort. The White House. Like any registered voter, I receive e-mails all the time from Barack, Michelle, Joe, and Jill. This was different. I wasn't being asked to donate or host a gathering in my home. I was invited to their home, for a signing of the JOBS Act. I reacted in a manner consistent with the maturity and grace I have cultivated in my 43 years of life.
April 20, 2012 |
As with all great love stories, Bobbie Ann Tilkens-Fisher and Matthew Fisher found their dream home when they weren't even looking. The couple were happy living in their Northern Liberties rowhouse until they visited Bobbie's family in Wisconsin for the December 2008 holidays. Cocktails at an acquaintance's midcentury house piqued Bobbie's interest: What would it be like to live in one, and are there any in Philadelphia? Back East she went searching, eventually finding the website Modern Homes Philadelphia, run by real estate agent Craig Wakefield, which hosts listings plus resources to learn about the history and significant players behind the region's considerable inventory of midcentury homes.
September 29, 2011 |
Philadelphia Police Department Internal Affairs investigators served a search warrant Wednesday morning at the home of a city officer alleged to have stolen firearms parts from the department. Investigators found 51 firearms in Anthony Magsam's home, but a preliminary check of the serial numbers did not match any guns missing from the department Firearms Identification Unit, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said. The rifles and handguns were taken as part of the investigation of what happened in the unit, Ramsey said.
June 24, 2011 |
Remember when the "experts" said that most Americans would telecommute from home offices to work every day? Hasn't happened, although ever-evolving technology has made the notion more viable. Think laptops, netbooks, printers, smartphones, and tablets, networked through a wireless router to a high-speed Internet connection. Thanks to wireless technology, you don't even need a physical home office - although if you are counting on an income-tax deduction, the IRS requires that space be dedicated to that purpose.