February 9, 2014 |
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is like a classic gray suit. It's a safe, conservative choice that looks good no matter where you travel. That might explain not just its popularity but also why Mercedes-Benz offers a full range of body styles including a coupe, cabriolet, sedan, and wagon with all-wheel drive. And the variety doesn't stop there. There's a sizable choice of power trains, as well. In an unusual move, the least expensive E-Class sedan, the E250 BlueTEC - with a $51,400 base price - has a 195-horsepower 2.1-liter four-cylinder twin-turbocharged diesel engine.
February 6, 2014
WHAT TO DO when facing a re-election fight that (at this stage) makes challenges faced by Gen. George Armstrong Custer seem small? Well, if you're Gov. Corbett, you offer a peace pipe. He did that yesterday by proposing to put his money (actually yours) where his political problems are. Under fire for education cuts? How about a few hundred million in new funding, including $29 million more for Philly schools? Not polling well with women? Here come spending increases for child care, pre-K and programs aiding victims of domestic and sexual violence.
February 2, 2014 |
Bob Gumpert tried for years to get into jail. But it's hard if you don't commit a crime - and you want to bring a camera and recorder with you. "They don't like photographers to come in, especially those who come in and say, 'I just want you to let me in and not have any editorial control over what I'm doing,' " said the San Francisco-based photographer. After years of documenting the lives of detectives, prosecutors, and police, Gumpert persuaded a local sheriff to open the jails to him and his camera.
January 30, 2014 |
Penn National Gaming Inc. and developer Bart Blatstein's Tower Entertainment L.L.C. provided starkly different visions of what a second Philadelphia casino could offer at hearings Tuesday. Penn National, one of the nation's largest casino operators, presented a relatively no-frills gambling hall whose great advantage was convenience for customers arriving by car. Representatives for Blatstein, whose best-known project is the Piazza at Schmidts, touted their proposal as "an integrated urban entertainment destination" that would attract millions of visits from people who don't go to existing casinos in the region because they don't suit their style.
January 25, 2014 |
Pennsylvania state officials said Thursday that 13 area school districts and police departments and one charter school in Philadelphia were awarded grants for school resource officers and school police officers. In all, Gov. Corbett and State Sen. Joe Scarnati (R., Jefferson) said, the state would distribute 81 grants to schools, towns, and police departments totaling $3.9 million to improve safety and security in schools. Scarnati, the president pro tempore of the Senate, sponsored the legislation expanding the state's Safe Schools grant program.
January 21, 2014 |
A few weeks ago, just after the Federal Reserve let him back onto its policy-setting Open Market Committee (he rotates on and off), Philadelphia's Federal Reserve Bank president, Charles I. Plosser , got investors' attention when he told a crowd of economists that the Fed might be forced to raise interest rates rapidly to unwind lame-duck chairman Ben Bernanke's cheap-money policy. "Plosser rattled the stock markets a bit," Steve Goldstein told readers of the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch that day. Any Plosser plunge was quickly reversed by more soothing statements by other Fed figures.
January 18, 2014 |
Is your cat breathing normally? There's an app for that - for knowing what's normal, that is. Is your dog not breathing? Then it's hoped you will have watched the dog CPR video on the American Red Cross' new mobile app called "Pet First Aid. " The app, available for 99 cents on Apple and Android mobile devices, went on sale in December, but the Red Cross launched its awareness campaign Thursday in Philadelphia. The Philadephia connection comes from the humanitarian agency's collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine.
January 17, 2014 |
THE FREE LIBRARY of Philadelphia is providing some TLC to help city residents navigate the ACA. That's the Affordable Care Act, the country's new health-insurance system, which many users nationwide have reported is difficult to navigate. "The library is here to help customers in nearly every aspect of their life," said Siobhan A. Reardon, president and director of the Free Library. "And that now includes navigating the Affordable Care Act. " To help meet that need, 33 of the Free Library's staff members were trained as certified application counselors by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
January 16, 2014 |
TRENTON The leaders of the Democratic-controlled Legislature laid out in broad terms Tuesday their priorities for the new session, pledging to slow the rise of property taxes and renew fights with Gov. Christie on issues such as funding for women's health. Republicans, too, placed an emphasis on reducing the property-tax burden. But neither party proposed specific changes Tuesday, though Christie addressed the issue at greater length in his State of the State address. Democrats retained the same majorities in each chamber of the Legislature - 24-16 in the Senate, 48-32 in the Assembly - that they had heading into the November elections.