March 10, 2014 |
David Decker had all the signs. He often missed things that actors said on TV. Hearing in crowds was a challenge. And when he came home each day from work in a noisy data center, where cooling fans whirred nonstop, his wife would tell him he talked too loudly. Why not get hearing aids? A big reason: the cost. Decker, 70, of Northeast Philadelphia, learned what millions of aging baby boomers are starting to discover. High-end devices can cost $6,000 a pair, and most insurance plans cover a fraction of the cost at best.
February 23, 2014 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - A day after Gov. Christie held one of his signature town-hall meetings to assure wary New Jersey residents that he was committed to Sandy recovery, the state's top elected Democrat swung through this Shore town to promote legislation he says would put the process on track. "We know this government has failed. We're not about pointing fingers. We're trying to find solutions," Senate President Stephen Sweeney told about 50 residents at his town hall meeting at the Toms River Elks Lodge.
February 13, 2014
GOV. Corbett's budget for next year, introduced last week, had something unusual: more new spending than he's ever offered. There's spending for veterans, for job training, the elderly and $400 million for education. Can you say "election year"? Just a few months ago, the Corbett administration was talking about the state ending this year with a deficit of several hundred million dollars - mainly because of lagging collections of taxes on businesses, sales and personal income. While the state is on the road to economic recovery, it seems stuck in a 25 mph speed zone.
January 20, 2014 |
Mike Gambardello, a construction worker from Pennsauken, has been hunting for 17 of his 25 years. He recalls clearly and with pride taking down his first deer, a four-point buck, in the Pine Barrens at age 15. His father was there to see it. "It's the biggest high you can ever get in your life," he said. But in the last several years, Gambardello has become increasingly aware of other hunters in the woods: Coyotes. "Eight years ago, it was very, very rare," he said. "Now walk down the road, and you see more coyote tracks than deer tracks.
December 29, 2013 |
The twice-extended deadline to enroll in subsidized health insurance and be covered from the start of the new year has finally passed. Well, sort of. Administration officials said last week they would try to arrange Jan. 1 coverage for people who have had trouble getting through the cranky website. Meanwhile, insurers are switching their focus to confirming that the people who have successfully signed up appear in company records. The problem is that the transfer of customer data from healthcare.gov to insurance companies and the quality of the information has been - you guessed it - glitchy.
November 25, 2013 |
Robert F. Rink, 82, of Wayne, a life insurance company executive, died Friday, Nov. 15, at Paoli Memorial Hospital of a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Starting in 1955, Mr. Rink worked in the life insurance industry, rising to president of the Life Insurance Co. of North America, which became part of Cigna Corp. After retiring in 1989, he taught business and finance courses in the degree-completion program at Eastern College. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Rink graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
October 24, 2013 |
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has invested $50 million in a new biotech start-up that seeks to be the nation's first commercial provider of gene therapy, company officials announced Tuesday. Spark Therapeutics will assume control over two clinical trials that originated at the prominent teaching hospital - one in which patients with a rare form of blindness already have regained some vision, the other an early-stage effort to treat hemophilia B. Jeffrey D. Marrazzo, Spark's CEO, said the goal was to tackle still more genetic diseases in the future, including other rare forms of blindness, blood disorders, and two neurodegenerative diseases that he declined to identify.
October 22, 2013 |
More than a month after a fire gutted its Burlington County meat warehouse, leaving a rancid smell hanging in the air, Dietz & Watson has hauled away up to 10 million pounds of meat and demolished most of the building. The stench is virtually gone from the company site in Delanco Township, some residents in nearby Edgewater Park said, and an odor-neutralizing solution has spouted out of supply hoses and aerosol fogging nozzles around the clock. "We're pleased and feel very good that those neighbors are breathing fresh air again," company spokesman Steve Aaron said last week.
October 4, 2013
IT OCCURS TO ME that the scenario in D.C. is very much like an episode of "Breaking Bad. " First and foremost, we have the addicts, and their drug of choice is power. Be they liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, our representatives in Congress are overdosing on arrogance and hubris. There's Harry Reid, the Brigham Young of the Potomac who is inspired by God (or Obama, same difference) and knows that his way is the right one. There's John Boehner, the indecisive Hamlet from Ohio who can't decide whether to satisfy the moderate old guard or yield to the aggressive young tea-party Turks (jerks?
October 2, 2013 |
TRENTON - For the third time, top state officials - including a so-called Hurricane Sandy czar - failed to attend a bipartisan legislative hearing on the progress of recovery efforts from still-homeless storm victims and others. Storm victims Monday said the officials' absence added insult to injury when they testified during the third joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Environment and Energy Committees at the Statehouse Annex. Hearings were held in Atlantic City in August and in Jersey City last month.