April 12, 2016
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have been married for almost six years to a great guy and have three small children. My widowed mother-in-law, "Nancy," recently had a stroke and needs daily care, so she moved in with us. I love her and am glad to be there for her, but, even though I'm a stay-at-home mom and we have hired a part-time aide, it is a lot. My husband and his younger brother work long hours in the family business, plus there is a limited amount Nancy is comfortable having her sons do for her. I asked my sister-in-law, "Lena," whom I have a great relationship with, to pitch in with Mom's care.
April 12, 2016
ISSUE | DISCRIMINATION Law of oppression, not freedom The Christian values of tolerance, mercy, and charity died in Mississippi Tuesday with Gov. Phil Bryant's signing of an antigay religious freedom bill ("Mississippi gov. signs law allowing service denial to gays," Philly.com, Tuesday). How long before similar laws allow people to not provide services or do business with Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or Jews and allow employers to fire such individuals or refuse them employment?
April 9, 2016 |
Federal authorities charged a pioneer in the multibillion-dollar payday-loan industry Thursday in the Justice Department's latest and largest case aimed at stifling abusive lenders who have evaded state and federal regulation with stunning efficiency. Prosecutors allege that Charles M. Hallinan - a 75-year-old former investment banker, a Wharton School graduate, and a Main Line resident - dodged each new law meant to stifle usurious loans by paying established banks and Native American tribes to serve as fronts for his loan companies.
April 2, 2016 |
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld has moved its Center City operations from 1700 Market Street to larger offices at Two Logan Square to accommodate increasing demand, the Conshohocken-based law firm said Thursday. The firm relocated at the beginning of March to a 7,800-square-foot space at the new location, for which it has a lease of roughly six years, executive partner Neil Cooper said. Its previous Center City operations occupied 3,700 square feet. The firm opened its satellite at 1700 Market on a temporary basis in 2014 to "test the waters" in Center City, but quickly outgrew the space, Cooper said.
April 2, 2016
Question: My kids are 30, 28, and 25. All of them are out of college and on their own. We paid their tuitions, but room and board was on them, so they had some student loans. My oldest son got married two years ago, and his wife's family is helping them out a lot, even though both have professional jobs. When her grandmother died, her parents paid off all their student loans. They also handed down an almost brand-new car because nobody else in the family wanted it. He just told me they are all taking a weeklong vacation out of the country next Christmas, hosted by his in-laws.
April 1, 2016
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have a sister-in-law, "Lula," who is both very snarky and very overweight. When I joined the family this year, she apparently made it her mission to inform me that I am no better than she is just because I am slim Of course being slimmer does not make me a better person. But she takes it a step beyond and undercuts all compliments others give me (including on my wedding day). I'm not Sherlock Holmes, but I suspect this is rooted in her insecurities about her own appearance.
April 1, 2016
MAYOR KENNEY'S proposed 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks is difficult to swallow, especially for the city's poor, small shop owners, grocers and the Teamsters Union drivers and bottling-plant workers I represent. The regressive tax, which City Council already rejected twice under the previous mayor (including two "No" votes by former Councilman Kenney) is now being spun by the Kenney administration as the only way it can afford to pay for its ambitious new proposals, which is simply untrue.
March 31, 2016 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a "friend of the court" motion arguing that David Danon, the former Vanguard Group tax lawyer who says he was fired for complaining about billions of dollars of federal and state income-tax underpayments by the Malvern-based mutual-fund giant, is entitled to whistleblower protection under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010....
March 29, 2016 |
The Philadelphia intellectual-property firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel L.L.P. has hired Jifang Tao as a scientific adviser to support the firm's patent work on behalf of clients in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Tao was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a graduate student and research assistant at University of California, Los Angeles. Tao earned her bachelor of science degree in biological sciences with a minor in English from Tsinghua University, Beijing, with honors, and her Ph.D.
March 22, 2016 |
IT REALLY makes you wonder. It makes you want to look into the dull, shortsighted eyes of our lackluster lawmakers and ask, "What exactly is wrong with you?" I'm not talking about heavy lifting on taxing and spending or budgets and pensions. We all know how weak they are in those areas. I'm talking about simple, common-sense stuff to save lives. For example, Pennsylvania is among a minority of states with lousy DUI laws, and repeatedly fails to adopt a law proven to reduce the mayhem that drunken driving causes.