December 21, 2008
President Bush's bailout of General Motors and Chrysler prevents an economic calamity, for now, and dumps the responsibility on his successor to enforce the vague terms. In agreeing to lend the automakers $17.4 billion, Bush really had no options. GM and Chrysler would have run out of money by the end of the month, a failure that could have resulted in the loss of up to three million middle-class jobs next year. On top of the two million jobs lost this year, such a blow would have deepened a recession that is already the worst in a quarter-century.
December 25, 2006 |
To examine the use and impact of health resources on the Web, researchers in Wisconsin created a whole new site. Although their study is ongoing, one finding is clear: the discussion boards are the best-used section. The Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System provides interactive education - message boards, detailed medical information, decision-making tools - for patients and their families. It began in 1987 as a long-term controlled study of how consumers use computers for health care; Internet access to the program was added later and quickly became dominant.
October 13, 1995
Money is tight; jobs scarce; disposable income more limited than usual. These are hard times, but they'll get harder yet. The outlook for nonprofit organizations is bleak. Because in hard times, people contribute less. That, of course, is when more and more people need the help of social welfare agencies. Meanwhile, the new Masters of the Universe in Washington are slicing funds or passing on to the states responsibilities that used to be federal - responsibilities most states are unable or unwilling to shoulder.
December 27, 2004
GOV. Rendell, back against the wall, against all odds, stuck between a rock and a hard place, - oh, you provide the cliche - has scraped together $18.8 million to temporarily fund Pennsylvania's 40 struggling public transit systems, including $13.3 million for SEPTA. For years, SEPTA has suffered from a chronic condition: lack of dedicated funding. And Harrisburg, in its political pettiness, has treated the disease with Band-Aids and aspirin when more aggressive treatment was warranted.
May 1, 1986 |
A Philadelphia-area legislator has proposed a measure requiring local telephone companies to provide basic service at reduced costs to low-income consumers. The "lifeline" telephone bill was filed by state Sen. Clarence Bell (R., Delaware) and was one of several utility-related proposals submitted recently by the senator. According to a Bell aide, the lifeline bill would require that basic telephone service be provided to all consumers in a company's service area. The low-cost service would be available to any consumer whose annual income did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level as set periodically by the federal government.
March 2, 1986 |
Contrasted with the austerity of the rest of Angelina Carnivale's outfit, the pendant on a golden chain around her neck looked positively ostentatious. But the pendant was there to protect her life, not feed any love of luxury. The locket contained a button that Carnivale, 74, newly widowed and a victim of three minor strokes, could push to summon help to her home in Burlington Township. The low-power radio signal that it sends activates a telephone unit in Carnivale's bedroom that is linked by a telephone connection to the emergency room of Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital's Riverside Division, three miles away.
August 3, 1994 |
Every time Durick Hayden picked up the phone to make a long-distance call, he regretted it. Not because of the cost. The problem for Hayden, an evangelical Christian living in Tupelo, Miss., was that his carrier, AT&T, supported homosexual rights and television programming he found offensive. So he switched. Not to MCI or Sprint or another major company, but to a small firm that promised to donate a part of Hayden's long-distance bill to conservative religious organizations that shared his views.
May 9, 1991 |
Ted Leydon does not wear a turban or long flowing robes, and he is quick to admit that he cannot predict how long someone will live. He also cannot say if or when Mr. or Ms. Right will come along. But the Romanian-born palm reader is pretty good at telling folks if they look like their grandfather or mother, are easygoing or hot-tempered, optimistic or pessimistic. In a palmistry workshop in Phoenixville on Friday night, Leydon also was able to correctly tell Susan Davidson-Fisher that her blood type is Rh negative.
December 5, 1994 |
According to gangsta rappers Public Enemy, 911 is "a joke. " According to the occasionally descriptive language of the 1987 Philadelphia Police Study Task Force, 911 is a "tyrannical burden. " Either way you look at it, 911 - the police emergency telephone line - has become the subject of ridicule since its inception in the mid-1960s. The emergency system was proposed by a presidential commission on law enforcement in 1967 as a "universal signal for help. " It was installed in Philadelphia in March 1974.
March 22, 2003 |
Low-income New Jersey residents will get help paying natural gas and electric bills under a program approved this week by the state Board of Public Utilities. The revised Universal Service Fund, approved by the board on Thursday, replaces a pilot program in place for the past year for households that qualified under a formula related to federal poverty guidelines. The fund will pay as much as $1,800, compared to $200 in the pilot program. "One of the board's primary responsibilities is to protect ratepayers and to ensure there are programs and services that assist our most vulnerable citizens," the board's president, Jeanne M. Fox, said in a statement that announced the plan.