October 11, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - No new laws are likely to be passed this year to permit "ride-share" companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in Pennsylvania, legislators said Thursday after a state House committee hearing on the issue. And the panel's chairman said he would support efforts to remove Philadelphia from any statewide regulation, because the Philadelphia Parking Authority regulates taxis and limousines in the city. In the rest of the state, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission regulates cabs and other for-hire vehicles.
September 28, 2014 |
TRENTON - The Democratic and Republican nominees for Congress in New Jersey's Third District agree on a number of issues important to South Jersey voters, such as recovering from Hurricane Sandy and investing in Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. So, to draw a contrast in a competitive race that has drawn national interest, Democrat Aimee Belgard and Republican Tom MacArthur each tried to send one clear message to voters during their first joint appearance Friday in an NJTV interview: Don't trust my opponent.
August 25, 2014 |
Andrew Tuono's new girlfriend came with a warning. Dating Tiffany Galati, daughter of an auto mechanic with long-held ties to the Philadelphia mob, would one day get him killed, friends advised. That prediction nearly proved prescient last year, with an attack that left Tuono alive, but with three bullets in his gut - and his girlfriend's father accused of ordering the hit. Now, the details of that attempt on Tuono's life, sketched in government court filings this month, offer the latest account of one facet of Ronald Galati's deepening legal morass.
August 14, 2014 |
National Democrats have targeted South Jersey for one of their two opening salvos in the fall House campaigns, underscoring how a district in suburban Philadelphia has become a key battleground, one of the few in the country where Democrats see a serious chance to pick off a Republican-held seat. Democrats' congressional campaign arm on Tuesday launched a cable television ad in the Burlington and Ocean County district where U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.) is retiring, leaving a contest between Democrat Aimee Belgard, a Burlington County freeholder, and Republican Tom MacArthur, a former mayor in North Jersey and former insurance executive.
August 4, 2014 |
William D. Widerman was a starting pitcher for the Duke University baseball team and a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program intended to produce officers during World War II. There came a time when his North Carolina college team played an exhibition game against a military team, starring no less than the Red Sox leftfielder Ted Williams, who had led the American League in homers in 1941 and 1942. The reason that the major-league star was playing against a college team, likely in 1943, is lost to Widerman family memory, but a Marines website reports that some of Williams' training to become a Marine Corps pilot took place at Chapel Hill, N.C. The Splendid Splinter made the day memorable.
July 18, 2014 |
Breaking a tradition that dates to the 1950s, Haverford Township will discontinue using ambulance services provided by two volunteer fire companies and will contract with the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems for emergency medical services. The township says the move will save $440,000 annually. Llanerch Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company has provided service for 63 years, the Manoa Fire Company for 59. But with fewer volunteers available during critical hours, the costs of hiring emergency medical technicians to cover shifts, and concerns about response times, the Delaware County township elected to solicit bids for the critical service.
June 26, 2014
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Get well quick With great sadness, I read that Abington Health is closing its doors to people with mental illnesses because the program is not profitable ("Abington Health to close facility, change care plan," June 20). Under an expansion of Medicaid, most likely, many of these clients could be served. Yet Gov. Corbett insists on a health program that will make money for insurance companies rather than a health program that will provide service for people who are desperately in need.
June 23, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration on Friday announced the list of insurance companies that had met its qualifications to provide coverage to hundreds of thousands of the uninsured by early 2015. Under Gov. Corbett's proposed Medicaid expansion alternative, nine insurance companies would provide health care to as many as 600,000 low-income residents - most of them the working poor - who make too much for traditional Medicaid but whose employers provide no coverage. "The governor is incredibly pleased with the response," said Jennifer Branstetter, Corbett's secretary of policy and planning.
May 30, 2014 |
HOW DOES a mob-connected fraudster - who allegedly kept deer blood at his South Philly auto-body shop to stage fake "Hollywood" accidents - land a $1.8 million city contract to fix cop cars and other vehicles? This is Philadelphia. He knew a guy. "We are here today to announce the arrest - once again - of Ron Galati Sr. and his co-conspirators for a nearly $5 million insurance-fraud scheme," District Attorney Seth Williams said yesterday, before delving into the latest round of charges against Galati.