January 31, 2013 |
A childhood friend and business partner of Democratic State Rep. William F. Keller whose Philadelphia sporting goods shop sold campaign T-shirts, hats, and other products to local and national politicians was indicted Tuesday on federal charges that he underreported his business receipts and personal income by nearly $500,000 over four years. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia also charged Mark C. Olkowski of North Wildwood with 15 counts of wire fraud, saying he allegedly collected $25,000 in improper unemployment benefits while receiving income from K & O Sporting Goods in South Philadelphia.
January 24, 2013 |
Question: For the last two years, I have been seeing a man I care about very much. We've had a tumultuous, on/off relationship due to some mistakes I made early on that he couldn't or wouldn't forgive. Now he says he is ready to give the relationship another shot, with this caveat: I cannot ever spend time with my best friend. He has met her only once, but never liked her due to a bad first impression and because I told him she participated in some illegal activities. While I don't agree with some of her choices, she has been a wonderful friend for my entire life and has cleaned up her act for the most part.
December 25, 2012 |
Imagine a particle 1/10,000 of a cross-section of a human hair. That's the size of a protein, way smaller than a cell. Bernardo Cordovez, 29, and his partners have come up with something they call a NanoTweezer that allows them to pick up and move that kind of teeny-tiny particle using a laser beam of light. There's been a lot of talk about trying to bring high-tech, high-potential businesses to Philadelphia, and the story behind how Cordovez's very small company, Optofluidics Inc., landed here provides an object lesson.
December 23, 2012 |
Question: A few months ago I purchased tickets to Lilongwe, Malawi, for church missionary work through a full-service travel agency. I had two sets of round-trip tickets: One from San Francisco to Cairo by way of Paris on Delta Air Lines and Air France/KLM and one from Cairo to Lilongwe by way of Nairobi on Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways, Delta, and Air France/KLM are all alliance partners. On my return trip, my Kenya Airways flight from Lilongwe arrived late in Nairobi and, even though my connecting flight to Cairo was still at the gate, I was not allowed to board.
December 4, 2012 |
TIANJIN, China - This port city of 13 million on the coast of northern China could really give an American mayor a serious case of investment envy. For Mayor Nutter, that feeling may have started the moment he boarded a bullet train in Beijing's Jetsons -style rail station for the 69-mile, 33-minute journey to Tianjin. Or maybe it was when his police escort here took him past some of the factories of 185 of the world's Fortune 500 companies, including GlaxoSmithKline. Or when he viewed a model of a master plan for an economic development zone rising from salt flats and equal in size to Center City and South Philadelphia combined.
November 30, 2012 |
City Councilman James Kenney is to introduce legislation Thursday that would give a tax credit to employers who provide health-care benefits to same-sex partners, saying his bill would make Philadelphia, already a popular city for gays and lesbians to live, even more so. "A lot of changes we are making will make Philadelphia more attractive to LGBT people and make them want to settle here," Kenney said. "They are good job creators, good taxpayers, and good employees. " His legislation also would guarantee partners of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people the right to visit their loved ones in hospitals and make medical decisions for them.
November 28, 2012
Virtua Health doctors will serve as medical directors at five MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Burlington Camden, and Gloucester Counties, MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corp. said. The move will expand Virtua's coverage of the three-county South Jersey region, where it already has a 32 percent market share, a Virtua official said this month on a conference call with investors. There will be signs in the MinuteClinics in Marlton, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Runnemede, and Sewell noting the clinical affiliation with Virtua.
November 16, 2012 |
U.S. REP. Bob Brady may have a new marquee-name partner in his push for the city to own a casino in South Philadelphia. Penn National Gaming Inc. told the state Gaming Control Board on Thursday that it is talking with Brady about his casino concept for the 27-acre former Food Distribution Center on Packer Avenue at 3rd Street. Penn National, which operates a casino at a horse-racing track in Grantville, outside of Harrisburg, filed a casino-license application Thursday for a 13-acre lot it controls four blocks west on Packer Avenue at 7th Street.
October 26, 2012 |
Two Center City corporate accounting offices that admired each other from across the street are moving in together. BDO USA L.L.P. , a Chicago-based corporate accounting and business consulting firm, says it is acquiring Philadelphia accountants Asher & Co. Ltd. and taking on the firm's 10 partners and more than 100 staffers. The move joins Asher, based at 1801 Market, to BDO's 60-employee branch at 1800 Market. "We want to all be under one roof," but haven't yet worked out which home will house the pair, Asher managing director Joseph Beach told me. He'll remain, under BDO; he said no one will lose a job in the deal.
October 18, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: What do you think I should know before jumping into a relationship with someone who has been the victim of multiple cases of spousal/partner abuse? She is seeing a therapist and working on addressing the tendencies that lead her to choose violent partners. I am not violent at all, but I worry about taking advantage of her without meaning to, now that I realize she is drawn to mistreatment. Answer: That's something to watch for, but I think the higher-percentage risk is that she is starting a relationship with you as a way of escaping the bad feelings that come with "working on addressing the tendencies that lead her to choose violent partners.