June 19, 2013
BAD NEWS for Pennsylvania: The payday-lending industry, which we warned early this spring was making a return to the halls of Harrisburg, trying to gain entry into the state and thus the bank accounts of residents, is making progress. Predatory loans - characterized by high fees and interest rates, as well as a tendency for lenders to ensure repayment by gaining access to a borrower's bank account, rather than considering his ability to repay - are not currently allowed in Pennsylvania.
March 4, 2013 |
Without fanfare, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has opened its new two-floor art-handling facility - 62,000 square feet hewn from schist and granite deep beneath the museum's Fairmount knoll. Begun in November 2010 at the base of the facade facing the Schuylkill, the $81 million facility was substantially completed by October 2012, about $5 million below budget. Though not everything is quite finished, it has been increasingly busy in recent months. This bit of practical engineering - the workaday heart that pumps life through the museum's public spaces - represents the complicated, all but invisible answer to a difficult question: How to add to the existing 600,000 square feet of self-contained neoclassical stone set atop a hill?
September 3, 2012 |
Dylan Feldscher will be one of the new kids when he starts high school this week, but he's OK with that. Like a lot of prospective freshmen, the Philadelphia teenager shadowed at his new school last spring. "Most of the kids seemed friendly," he said. His commute to school, however, is going to be a little different. Instead of walking, taking a school bus, or boarding SEPTA, Dylan will be hopping on the PATCO High-Speed Line near his Center City home and taking it to suburban New Jersey and a public high school.
April 18, 2012
Child opens door to trio of intruders * Jamison Avenue near Scotchbrook Drive, Bustleton A 6-year-old answered the door to three thugs who forced their way into a home at gunpoint in Northeast Philadelphia shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The intruders then struggled with a 27-year-old man, who was pistol-whipped but managed to get the gun from one of the men, police said. The man then fired at the intruders, police said, but cops were unsure if anyone was hit. The victim was taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital and was listed in stable condition.
April 11, 2012 |
On Saturday mornings for the last few months, Wharton professor Keith Weigelt has taught West Philadelphia residents - they call him Mr. Keith - about money, earning, saving, investing. For many students, this was the first time they learned about mutual funds. "White households have 20 times the amount of median wealth as black households," says Weigelt, 61. "We're trying to reduce the wealth gap by teaching financial literacy. I had this woman in tears telling me that, for the first time, she feels she can get out of poverty.
March 30, 2012 |
Less than a year after more than 300 residents of Northgate II, a large subsidized-housing high-rise in North Camden, were given an on-site health-care clinic, their neighbors have been promised access to the same medical staff. Local health-care officials and community leaders met with residents of Northgate I on Thursday and vowed to provide them preventive services and coordinate their hospital aftercare. The first step, authorities said, would be to give residents access to the Reliance Medical Group clinic across the street at Northgate II. Since its summer opening, the facility - which is open Monday through Friday and has a physician who treats patients two days a week - has only seen about 100 residents.
November 3, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Breaking with party orthodoxy, 40 House Republicans urged Congress' supercommittee Wednesday to consider all options for raising revenue as they hunt for ways to trim the $14.8 trillion national debt. In a letter to the special debt-reduction panel, the GOP lawmakers avoided specific proposals that the signees acknowledged could shatter the group's unanimity. But it seemed to at least crack the door open to the potential consideration of tax increases. That seemed to separate the 40 Republicans from many of their GOP colleagues, who have said they would consider only new revenue generated by a stronger economy.
September 22, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The developer of an Islamic cultural center that opened Wednesday evening near the site of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center says the biggest error on the project was not involving the families of 9/11 victims from the start. People crowded into the center, where a small orchestra played traditional Middle Eastern instruments and a photo exhibit of New York children of different ethnicities lined the walls. The enthusiasm at the opening belied its troubled beginnings.
September 12, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - Wilson Valdez had never experienced hamstring problems before. So that's why he attempted to stay in Saturday's game after injuring his left leg. "I was trying to," Valdez said. "But if I hit, I don't think I would have been able to run to first base. If I tried to run hard, I would pull it. " Valdez was ultimately removed and sat on the bench Sunday. It's notable only because Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins were already out of the lineup. So Charlie Manuel fielded a double-play combo of Pete Orr and Michael Martinez in Sunday's series finale against Milwaukee.
September 2, 2011 |
NEW YORK - It was meant to be a strictly managed release, carefully censored to avoid putting innocents at risk and tailored for maximum media exposure. But by Thursday, WikiLeaks' release of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables had turned into a massive online document dump. The full set of unredacted cables is now widely available online to anyone who wants it, even though it doesn't appear that WikiLeaks intended to release the documents this way. Instead, they became public through a complex series of events involving an encrypted archive and a password thought to be harmless.