March 23, 2016 |
Continuing low interest rates for 30-year mortgages - now hovering at 3.75 percent - may be sparking a new wave of refinancing. Interest in refinancing is created by the power of suggestion - when a homeowner sees opportunity, said Jerome Scarpello of Leo Mortgage Inc., in Ambler. "I took an application last week, and the borrower said, 'My brother told me rates are down, and this is a good time to refinance,' " Scarpello said. Another borrower applied for a 20-year term - lowering the duration of the mortgage as well as the interest rate, he said.
March 23, 2016 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Could the Eagles draft Ezekiel Elliott with the eighth pick overall in April's draft? Howie Roseman wants the rest of the NFL to think so, or so it would seem. The Eagles vice president of football operations never mentioned the Ohio State product by name on Monday, but it was clear he was referencing Elliott when asked about the value of selecting a running back early in the draft. "There's this narrative that you can get running backs in the fifth, sixth, seventh round and undrafted free agency," Roseman said at the league meetings.
March 10, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I've been with my fiance for three years, and I'm very much in love. A few months ago, I asked to use his phone to look up something on the Internet because my battery had died. It opened up to a gay porn site! I was shocked and asked him whether it was something he was looking at. He admitted that it was. Nothing like this has happened to me before, so I began asking whether that's what he likes and is into. He assured me the answer was no. He said he looked because he was simply curious about it. He told me he loves women and doesn't want to be with men. He said he was just looking.
March 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My husband of 12 years and I have few common interests. I am earthy, nature-loving, people-loving, and crave a rural lifestyle. He's an introvert, loves everything western, enjoys his downtime, and watches a lot of television. He dislikes animals and is a sports fanatic. I don't criticize his interests. I allow him his hobbies. My problem is, our dreams of the future can't be combined. My off-the-grid homestead and his 70-inch TV don't exactly fit. It's depressing that we don't appreciate each other's interests, and doing all of our hobbies separately is lonely.
March 6, 2016 |
Homicide detectives Friday said that they were looking for a "person of interest" in Thursday night's slaying of a 54-year-old woman who worked as a cook in a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Thoung Nguyen was attacked in the basement kitchen at Lee's Cafe & Bistro, 522 Washington Ave., about 9 p.m. She was preparing food at the time with another employee, a man 25 to 30 years old who goes by the name Noelle, police said. Police asked for the public's help in finding Noelle, who drives a white SUV. Chief Inspector Scott Small has said about four employees and five customers were in the restaurant when the killing occurred in the small kitchen.
February 21, 2016
Natalie Kucowski, St. Basil, junior, basketball. Interest: American, Penn, Lafayette, among others. Vaughn Covington, Neumann-Goretti, senior guard, basketball. Offer: Virginia Military Institute. Interest: NJIT. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Neumann-Goretti, junior, forward, basketball. Offers: Villanova, Temple, St. Joseph's, Miami, Southern California, Penn State. Antwuan Butler, Del-Val Charter, sophomore, guard, basketball. Interest: Dayton, Cincinnati, La Salle, Tulane, Southern Methodist.
February 20, 2016
By Robert Maranto The key to understanding why Bernie Sanders has peaked in Iowa and New Hampshire - and will ultimately fall short - lies in an obscure, half-century-old scholarly work by an Israeli American political scientist with a Philadelphia connection. Back in 1966, Daniel Elazar, who divided his time between teaching at Temple University and at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, published American Federalism: A View From the States . Elazar argued that America has three regional political cultures: the moralistic political culture of upper New England and much of the West and Midwest, the individualistic political culture of the middle-Atlantic states and diverse big cities like Chicago, and the traditionalistic political culture of the South.
February 2, 2016 |
WHEN IT COMES to fighting for parents and families of the children in our public schools, School Reform Commission member Sylvia Simms pulls no punches. That makes her a hero to me and to the thousands of Philadelphia families who can't wait any longer for quality public education. Simms made headlines last week following her decision to support the turnaround of the Wister Elementary School in Germantown. Like it or not, let's at least acknowledge that it took guts for her to advocate that Mastery Charter Schools should be allowed once again to lead the Wister turnaround effort.