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.
October 17, 2012
NEW YORK - Johnny Depp is bringing a dash of cool to the book world. Depp will help run a publishing imprint with the same name as his production company, Infinitum Nihil, meaning "Nothing is forever. " Already on the list of books is The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan , which aims to set the record straight on the songwriter's enigmatic life and career and will be based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley. The imprint will be part of HarperCollins Publishers, which announced Monday that Depp will seek "authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices.
October 17, 2012
DEAR ABBY : My 15-year-old stepson, "Justin," doesn't drink or do drugs. For the most part, he stays out of trouble. The problem is, he has been caught for the third time having unprotected sex. Justin has lied repeatedly about this. His father lets him get away with many things. But this is different. A 15-year-old boy can't take care of a baby, and having sex with multiple partners means exposing everyone involved to STDs. My husband and his ex have dealt with this by trying to ignore it. But the more I think about it, the more I see the danger of Justin's life being changed forever because his parents don't want to make him unhappy for a minute.
October 6, 2012 |
WILMINGTON - If Philadelphia has a second casino built, SugarHouse Casino could see its revenue drop by 24 percent, a gaming consultant testified in Chancery Court on Thursday. Because of shifts in the competitive local market for gaming, the owners of SugarHouse would be prudent to scale back their expansion plans, said Steven Rittvo, president of Innovation Group, a casino advisory firm. In 2009, when SugarHouse broke ground on Delaware Avenue in Fishtown, the goal was to have expanded the size and scope of the casino by now, including doubling the number of slots to 3,000 and adding a 10-story parking garage.
October 2, 2012 |
PVR Partners L.P., of Radnor, on Monday announced it has begun full commercial operation of its newest natural gas trunkline serving Marcellus Shale producers in north-central Pennsylvania. The 30-mile long, 24-inch diameter Wyoming Pipeline can carry 750 million cubic feet of natural gas a day from from northern Wyoming County southward to a new interconnection in Luzerne County with Transco's interstate pipeline system. PVR has agreements with five gas producers for firm and interruptible service, said Bill Shea, president and chief executive of PVR's general partner.
September 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Most U.S. and coalition combat units in Afghanistan have returned to their practice of partnering with Afghan forces, nearly two weeks after the top U.S. commander put restrictions on such arrangements, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. Speaking at a Pentagon news conference, Panetta provided no statistics on the change or any details on why partnering has returned to normal in most cases. The limitations had been set by Gen. John Allen on Sept. 16 after a string of deadly insider attacks against coalition forces, and amid concern about Afghan backlash over an anti-Islam video.