October 18, 2013 |
PENNSBURG The Pennsylvania auditor general on Wednesday criticized the Upper Perkiomen School District for giving its former superintendent $229,000 in unused sick and vacation days and health-care coverage after he retired. "I feel very comfortable calling this an excessive package," Eugene A. DePasquale said. "In these tough economic times, when we're having education cuts all over the state . . . we need to be directing as many available dollars as possible to the classroom. " DePasquale said his office concluded that the benefits to Timothy F. Kirby were excessive based on the Montgomery County district's size, structure, and other factors.
October 3, 2013 |
Diane Marie Turner, 66, of Upper Darby, whose dedication to American troops included sending care packages to those deployed abroad, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, of heart failure at her home. She had not been ill, her family said. Many years ago, the former Diane Marie DiValerio helped form the Upper Darby Marine Corps League Detachment No. 884 of Upper Darby Ladies Auxiliary. She was a past president. In 2003, she started a program in which the auxiliary sent hundreds of cartons filled with comfort items for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
September 30, 2013 |
From romance beneath the waves to your own private island paradise, there are many honeymoon packages available to start your new life together. Here is a sampling from around the globe. Krabi, Thailand Roll your wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable adventure at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Krabi, Thailand. With the three-night "Underwater Romance" package, you can trade your wedding dress for a wetsuit and exchange vows below the teal-blue waters of the Andaman Sea. After all, there aren't many places in the world where you can say "I scuba do" - with an underwater bouquet and a celebratory release of clownfish.
September 12, 2013 |
A fingerprint sensor to provide the ultimate security. A dual-flash camera that reads color temperatures and adapts. A 64-bit processor that adds speed and power. It's easy to shrug off the latest advances from Apple, which largely seemed to confirm Silicon Valley rumors Tuesday when it unveiled two new iPhones, the 5S and the 5C, that will go on sale Sept. 20. Yes, it's true: The top-of-the-line iPhone 5S will boast built-in fingerprint authentication, to add a layer of security that would seem sci-fi spectacular if Disney didn't already use something similar at its theme parks.
August 17, 2013 |
James R. Doherty Jr., 76, of Moorestown, owner and chief executive since 1991 of Weber Display & Packaging in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, of heart failure at home. Raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Doherty graduated in 1955 from Collingswood High School, where he was a center on the varsity football team for three years, his son, James R. III, said. While in high school, he worked as a clerk at a Food Fair store in Runnemede, where his father, James R. Sr., was the manager.
August 16, 2013 |
Dish Network has its Hopper, which records every show in prime time and helps you skip commercials. Microsoft has its Xbox One, which it says will enable you to control your TV with voice or gestures. Apple TV is still reaching for Steve Jobs' goal of an easy-to-use "integrated television. " Comcast hasn't announced its own plans to win the war for the living room. But the Philadelphia cable and broadband giant has a stealth entrant in that contest: the X1, a do-almost-everything device designed to protect and expand its share of the turf.
July 16, 2013 |
THIS TIME, Ben Revere won't lobby his way back into the lineup. That will finally spell the Phillies' demise. Revere missed 2 1/2 weeks when a 95-mph fastball broke his face in 2010. A top prospect for Minnesota, his season was supposed to be over. Still, he managed to convince the Twins' organization to let him return, his fractured orbital bone shielded by a specially configured helmet. That return helped convince the Twins that Revere, a 5-9, 170-pound speed demon, was major league tough.
July 2, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A key piece of the rescue package being negotiated in Harrisburg for Philadelphia's cash-strapped school district may now be in jeopardy. Sen. Anthony Williams (D., Philadelphia) said in an interview Sunday that the proposed $2-per-pack cigarette tax that would have raised roughly $45 million for Philadelphia's schools "is probably not going to be part of the solution. " Williams cited "the complexity of politics in the House," including the chamber's more conservative Republican faction, as one of the reasons the cigarette tax was close to being ruled out altogether.
July 2, 2013 |
IS HALF A LOAF enough to save school programs and thousands of education jobs in Philadelphia? State lawmakers and Gov. Corbett cobbled together a patchwork bailout for the Philadelphia school district that's less than half of its $304 million budget gap for the coming school year, which doesn't fully address its long-term problems. Here's what they did do as darkness fell on Harrisburg: Q. How much money will Philly receive after Gov. Corbett's rescue package? A. The rescue package - including funding in the state budget signed shortly after 10 p.m. by Corbett and other actions - totals more than $140 million for next year.
June 1, 2013 |
TRENTON - New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and they are likely to get tougher still. The state Senate on Thursday gave final passage to a bill banning the sale of .50-caliber rifles, high-powered weapons that are accurate to more than one mile and popular with some firearms enthusiasts. The measure was included in a package of gun measures crafted by Senate Democrats after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. It passed largely along party lines.