September 7, 2012
DEAR HARRY: I'm a 44-year-old married father of two. I make $65,000 a year, and my job is secure. My wife is a homemaker as we have a sick child. We are under a huge mountain of debt. Besides our first mortgage, we are maxed out on our home-equity loan at $40,000 and we owe $35,000 on credit cards. Our total monthly minimum payments are $950. There's no available equity in our home to refinance, and the debt load is just too much to carry. Our only available asset is my 401(k) plan that has about $165,000 in it. I see no other option but withdraw enough from this account to put us on a better playing field.
August 26, 2012 |
A herd of deer and a hound named Smoke showed John Tannock the way. The Cherry Hill photographer was walking his dog in 2008 when he realized the township-owned woodlands across from his Kresson Road home could be great for mountain biking. So Tannock started to cut brush and rake soil to create trails through the 50-acre site, basically following the "little deer highways. " "Deer are pretty smart about the best way to go," notes Tannock, whose one-man project has long since been embraced by others, including the township.
August 9, 2012 |
With a father who is a neonatologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, it isn't difficult to understand why Lauren Fox wants to go into medicine. But her father is also an adventurer who climbed the tallest mountains in Bolivia, first in the Peace Corps in the '60s and then with her two older brothers, so it was inevitable that the 17-year-old would one day follow in his crampon-print footsteps. That day came in June when Lauren Fox, 17, and her brother, James, 29, climbed Huayna Potosi in Bolivia's Cordillera Real, becoming, she believes, the second youngest woman - and youngest non-Bolivian female - to ascend the 20,000-foot peak near La Paz, a city surrounded by mountains.
June 22, 2012 |
KEMPTON, Pa. - Exhausted but joyful, a bleary-eyed Elizabeth Christman stood in front of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary visitor center in Berks County at 1 a.m. Thursday. "We're ecstatic," the 38-year-old Allentown occupational therapist said, speaking for her husband, Scott. "We feel joy and thankfulness. " Her father, Robert Durn, 74, of Allentown, and her two sons, Garrod, 9, and Griffen, 5, had been missing in a remote section of Hawk Mountain for more than eight hours before being found shortly before 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
June 3, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - It was a risky but successful operation: British and other NATO forces stormed a cave tucked in the mountains before dawn Saturday and rescued two foreign female aid workers and their two Afghan colleagues being held hostage by Taliban-linked militants. Helicopters, flying under the cover of darkness, ferried the rescue team to extreme northeastern Afghanistan where they suspected the hostages were being held. After confirming the workers were there, they raided the site, killed several militants, and freed the hostages, ending their nearly two-week ordeal.
April 29, 2012 |
DEER LODGE, Mont. - Montana officials on Friday rejected parole for a notorious "mountain man" who abducted a world-class athlete in 1984 to keep as a wife for his son, and then shot her and left her to die during a rescue attempt. The state Board of Pardons and Parole held its third parole hearing for Don Nichols as federal authorities search for his son Dan, accused this month of new drug and gun crimes. During his 20-minute hearing, Nichols, 81, expressed contempt for the board.
April 28, 2012 |
Surveying a battery of Tibetan percussion that had been transported down Himalayan mountains on horseback, Mendelssohn Club music director Alan Harler had to admit he could not really predict what he was about to hear as 200 singers assembled onstage for rehearsal with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Yet any apprehension about Andrea Clearfield's new choral work, Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life), to be premiered Sunday at Church of the Holy Trinity, was short-lived. The warm, direct music Philadelphians have come to expect from Clearfield, who teaches composing at University of the Arts, has become all the more distilled as it is increasingly influenced by travels to the loftiest regions of Tibet, where she collected folk music and Buddhist songs in 2008 and 2010.
March 20, 2012 |
DENVER - So much for Tebowmania. Pending final contract negotiations, Peyton Manning will join John Elway's Denver Broncos with hopes of winning another Super Bowl. Still to be decided is what happens to last season's quarterback sensation, Tim Tebow. The Broncos and Manning's agent Tom Condon spent Monday working out parameters of a deal expected to be worth about $95 million over five years after the NFL's only four-time MVP called Elway, the Broncos' revered QB-turned-executive, and told him he had decided to come to Denver.
March 19, 2012 |
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Xavier, a March Madness mainstay, defeated upstart Lehigh, 70-58, on Sunday night at the Greensboro Coliseum to reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in five years. The 10th-seeded Musketeers (23-12) will face No. 3 Baylor (29-7) on Friday in Atlanta. Hulking Xavier center Kenny Frease scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field, and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Musketeers. Xavier senior all-American guard Tu Holloway scored 21 points.