February 28, 2016 |
The American Bar Association has backed off a plan to offer lower-cost legal services to small businesses and individuals after pushback from bar leaders in Pennsylvania and Illinois. The ABA launched the pilot project last October with Rocket Lawyer, a Web-based lawyer referral service, in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California. The goal was to make legal services available to individuals and small businesses who typically cannot afford them and do not qualify for legal aid. Bar leaders in Pennsylvania and Illinois bitterly opposed the program, however.
October 23, 2015 |
Leave it to a Canadian to put a positive spin on SNAP (a.k.a. food stamps), a program whose ungainly full name is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program . "We don't have food stamps in Canada. A lot of Americans don't appreciate that the program is actually really cool and effective," says Leanne Brown , author of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day (Workman). She'll discuss the book and sign copies Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Free Library of Philadelphia . The book has become an unlikely phenomenon, and the interest in it started before it was officially published in July.
February 12, 2015
P RAMOD ABICHANDANI, 30, of Fairmount, is a Drexel University professor and founder of LocoRobo, a low-cost, ed-tech robot. The nonprofit is operating out of DreamIt Ventures' accelerator in University City. Abichandani hopes the robot gets students excited about STEM - science, technology, engineering and math. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for LocoRobo? A: When I was working on my Ph.D., I realized there was not much on the market to enable college and K-12 students to get a robot and use it because there was a barrier, which was the programming part.
January 18, 2015 |
Middle-class parents of children with disabilities: There's a new low-cost, tax-advantaged way to save money on their behalf. Low cost is the key idea here. ABLE accounts serve a purpose similar to the special-needs trusts often set up to help disabled or special-needs children without disqualifying them from government benefits. ABLE accounts don't replace special-needs trusts. They are another option. In December, President Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE)
December 5, 2014 |
The Commodore Barry Bridge is about to get a $100 million makeover. A Delaware River Port Authority board committee on Wednesday approved the first of three phases of sandblasting and painting that will continue for five years, starting in January and continuing through 2019. The $22 million contracts approved Wednesday still need to be approved by the full DRPA board next week. The bridge links Chester and Logan Township. It is the third-busiest of four DRPA toll bridges between South Jersey and Pennsylvania, carrying 6.5 million vehicles a year.
September 14, 2014 |
Since all-wheel-drive crossover SUVs have become so popular in snow-prone places such as Philadelphia, I thought an AWD crossover variation on the Annual Inquirer Cheap Car Survey might be of service. As it turns out, you don't have to spend half of the gross national product of Uganda to get home in a snowstorm. I found five perfectly serviceable AWD crossovers for less than $22,500. Indeed, three of them are less than $21,500. These entry-level compact crossovers are base models with decent standard equipment litanies and reasonable room for folks and cargo.
July 18, 2014 |
]When her husband died in December, Lauren Davis knew it was time to move. The rent on her rather tired Grays Ferry home was going up, and her landlord was not terribly responsive. The 63-year-old retired teacher's aide feared, however, that she did not have the means to relocate within her beloved neighborhood. "I didn't know what I was going to do," Davis said. The answer was phase two of the Anthony Wayne Senior Housing complex at South 28th and Morris Streets, which was developed by the Altman Group with the backing of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
October 21, 2013 |
Ben and Sharneka Hunter are a fast-food family. The Wilmington husband and wife work at Burger Kings in different cities - Ben, 43, in Wilmington, Sharneka, 30, in New Castle. Both earn hourly minimum-wage salaries of $7.25. And both need food stamps and Medicaid to augment their combined $17,000 yearly salary - $2,500 under the federal poverty line - so that they and their 9-year-old daughter can survive. "I don't think it's fair to be underpaid," Ben said. The Hunters' plight is shared nationwide, according to a report released last week by the University of California Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.
October 11, 2013 |
Frontier Airlines, which is being sold to a Phoenix private-equity firm that wants to bring more low airfares to U.S. travelers, announced Wednesday that it would add nonstop flights from Trenton Mercer Airport to Cincinnati and Charlotte, N.C., in February. That brings to 11 the nonstop destinations that Frontier will fly from Trenton, joining Atlanta; Chicago-Midway; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, and Tampa, Fla.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Frontier will fly to Charlotte four times a week and to Cincinnati three times a week, starting Feb. 12. Tickets booked by midnight Oct. 20 will be offered at introductory fares as low as $39 one way for travel from Feb. 12 through May 20, the airline said.
June 30, 2013 |
Other U.S. airlines have struggled over the last decade with the ups and downs of the economy and the price of jet fuel, but Allegiant Air has been profitable for 10 straight years. The tiny airline focuses on a niche others ignore: It flies only from small cities, including Allentown, Harrisburg, and Scranton in Pennsylvania, to sunny vacation spots. Allegiant entices people with low fares and nonstop flights. Then it aggressively pitches them hotels, rental cars, show tickets, and other entertainment, earning millions in commissions.