December 28, 2015 |
Do you ever wonder about all the factors that go into how much you pay for car insurance? The answer isn't as simple as it might seem. There are dozens of factors that go into how much drivers pay for auto insurance. "Auto insurance used to be so easy," said Ken Henry, owner of Henry Insurance Agency in Cincinnati. "All you needed to know was someone's age, accidents or tickets and city or county. If your neighbor had the same car, was your age with a similar driving record, and was with the same insurance company, you both got the same rate.
December 2, 2015
ISSUE | UNIVERSITY CITY Community partners In Friday's column , Inga Saffron reached an inescapable conclusion: Universities were complicit in postwar urban-renewal programs that failed to sustain strong, diverse neighborhoods. She suggested that requiring payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) by nonprofit institutions is the logical form of redress. But that narrative fails to account for 20 years of successful efforts in University City. And the conclusion is shortsighted - no program of PILOTs could match the impact that anchor institutions make today.
September 30, 2015 |
YOU PROBABLY missed it in all the hoopla over Pope Francis - especially since the seemingly tireless 78-year-old pontiff was running around making some new, headline-worthy pronouncement every 45 minutes or so during his exhausting North American tour that wrapped up in Philadelphia. But the first-ever pope from the Americas actually said some pretty nice things about our capitalism. It was just this summer, after all, that Francis called capitalism's excess "the dung of the devil. " It sounds kind of bad when you put it that way. But on Wednesday, the pope found himself before the millionaires-financed-by-billionaires known as the U.S. Congress.
August 24, 2015 |
There are a lot of things Sean Hartmann likes about his job as a tree trimmer. It pays well, and the roadsides where he works are often beautiful, especially in the spring and fall. But he definitely does not love poison ivy. It's everywhere. Hairy vines the size of his forearm climb the trees he must cut. Even if he can manage not to touch it, it winds up on the chain saw and in the wood chipper. Fragments fly all around him. Until this year, the result was constantly blistered, oozing skin.
August 14, 2015 |
Fidelity National Information Services Inc., a provider of banking and payments technology, said Wednesday it agreed to buy Wayne's SunGard Data Systems Inc. in a deal valued at $9.1 billion, including the assumption of $4 billion of debt. SunGard's software is used by 14,000 banks, private-equity firms, asset managers, and insurance companies to automate trading, administering portfolios, accounting for assets, and managing risk. "We believe SunGard is a perfect fit," said Gary A. Norcross, president and chief executive officer of Fidelity, which is known as FIS and is anchored in the traditional banking sector.
June 8, 2015 |
"Susan," as the 66-year-old engineer likes to be called when he's in women's attire, said there's a "don't ask, don't tell" policy in his South Jersey home. "My kids suspect something, but they don't know the extent of" his cross-dressing, he said Saturday at the Convention Center for the 14th annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Susan wore an auburn wig, full makeup, panty hose, jewelry, and a peach-colored, crocheted dress that hugged his 40D silicone breasts. The three-day gathering, which organizers said is the largest such conference with free registration, focused on issues affecting the transgender community - from legal and medical to parental and employer concerns.
June 1, 2015 |
Today's home buyers - millennial first-timers and everyone else, it seems - are looking for houses in move-in condition. Move-in translates to houses with no expensive problems. Even though credit remains rather tight these days, home buyers are opting to take on larger mortgages rather than take on the work required by shells or fixer-uppers they can purchase more cheaply. Among older resale houses, one issue that keeps coming up is old wiring, especially the first-generation electrical system known as "knob and tube.
April 17, 2015 |
THE MEN WHO took Kevin Kless' life in a senseless, drunken rampage on the streets of Old City in 2012 are paying their time in prison, and now the bars that served those men to the point of reckless inebriation will pay, too. In a settlement finalized this week in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the insurance companies for the now-shuttered G Lounge and Lucy's Hat Shop agreed to pay a total of $7 million to settle a wrongful-death suit filed...
March 9, 2015 |
When newly developed software works - when clients start buying it - the talk gets big fast: "We are changing the way code is built," says Chris Gali, cofounder of Enterprise Cloudworks , from the conference room past the pool table in his high-rise offices at 1818 Market St. "Right now, we are 52 people. By the end of the year, we will be 75. My belief is that in two and a half years, we'll be 350, right here on Market Street, Philadelphia," says Jim Rourke, the firm's president.
January 2, 2015 |
Spark Therapeutics Inc., which hopes to turn decades of gene-therapy research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia into commercial cures for diseases, has filed papers to conduct an initial public stock offering. In its S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Spark said it had applied to trade on the Nasdaq global market under the symbol "ONCE. " The ticker symbol refers to the hope Spark's medicine will cure, not simply treat, some genetic diseases, including types of blindness and hemophilia.