September 22, 2000 |
Volvo's press propaganda for its redesigned Cross Country model, or XC, leaves the distinct impression that the Swedish automaker originated the concept of basing a sport-utility vehicle on a conventional station wagon. "In the truest sense, the Volvo Cross Country is a very Swedish vehicle, as Swedish as the the SUV concept is American," Volvo says. "The XC creation is Swedishness at its finest: a hybrid product that takes two unique concepts - the wagon and the SUV - and combines them into one vehicle that offers flexibility to meet many different tasks.
November 24, 1986 |
Life is short, fame is fleeting, but your homeowners insurance, at least, can be perpetual. Put down a single deposit today on a perpetual homeowners policy, and in theory you buy a policy that could last through the centuries, much like the insurance companies that offer it. In practice, perpetual policies tend to have a life of about 10 years, often being terminated when the property changes hands. The perpetual aspect is that once the deposit has been paid, the policy continues in effect without any additional payment.
October 22, 2014 |
Vince Gennaro is a smart man. He's a consultant to several franchises around Major League Baseball, advising them on how to remain relevant and competitive and financially responsible. He wrote a book years ago called Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball , and in the late 1970s, before the acronyms WAR and FIP had become part of mainstream baseball lexicon, he created his own player-valuation system. Again, Gennaro's sharp. He answered his phone Monday, on the eve of the World Series, to field a couple of seemingly simple questions: What can the Phillies learn from the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals?
April 9, 2011 |
Something was out of sorts with "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the gala opening of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on Thursday. Odd, foreign notes played like unwanted grit amid the inner working of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Harmonies imposed themselves not from the bottom up but from the top down. A musical flu bug? In fact, this was the Igor Stravinsky version - appropriate, since he's one of the festival focal points - that supposedly upset a 1944 Boston audience so much that the composer was arrested (In truth, he was only warned.)
October 23, 2014 |
If art comes from pain, then James Webster is Michelangelo. He's suffered from depression, alcoholism, and stroke. He's been arrested for assault, divorced by two women, and beaten with bats by gangs, and he lived homeless in North Philadelphia for a year. Through it all, he's painted, taken photographs, and created collages, always understanding that making art was an answer to smoothing out an unruly life. Troubles "have been fuel for art," said Webster, 63, sounding like a blues musician who is alchemist enough to turn misery into music.
May 17, 2009 |
Cindy Ortega needed a break. "I'm with children all day long," says Ortega, who owns Kids Learning Adventure, a Miami preschool. So she and her husband, Roberto, booked a four-night stay at a luxury, adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Mexico over Valentine's Day weekend. "It was amazing," she says. "I've been to all-inclusives before, but this was completely different. From the minute we entered, there were people tending to us. " The Ortegas stayed at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, an upscale resort that offers more perks than conventional all-inclusives, which are known more for value than for individualized services.
November 7, 2005
THE Daily News reports that "health-care co-pays" are one of three major stumbling blocks in the SEPTA negotiations. This terminology is very confusing, and I fear that SEPTA and the union may be misunderstanding the issue and its real impact. "Co-pays" is not the correct term here. Co-pays are the out-of-pocket payments made by patients when they visit the doctor or have a procedure. Along with "deductibles," "co-pays" represent out-of-pocket costs for specific medical services.
October 28, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Good news for seniors: The government says Medicare's basic monthly premium will rise less than expected next year, by $3.50 for most. It could be good, too, for President Obama and Democrats struggling for older Americans' votes in a close election. At $99.90 per month, the 2012 Part B premium for outpatient care will be about $7 less than projected as recently as May. The additional money that most seniors will pay works out to about 10 percent of the average Social Security cost-of-living increase they will also be due. Some recently enrolled younger retirees will actually pay less: $99.90 a month, down from $115.40 this year.
April 4, 1988
Despite public outcries over grand-theft-level premium costs, automobile insurance companies in Pennsylvania want rate increases - even though as many as 50 percent of Philadelphia drivers choose to be uninsured because the rates are so high. The insurance industry will probably get what it wants because its lobbyists in Harrisburg spend big, pressure hard, and get their way with legislators who care more about campaign funding than ripoffs of their constituents. Allstate wants an average increase of 6.4 percent, which will translate into as much as 23.1 percent in Philadelphia.
September 24, 1987 |
Suspecting that some people buying private Medicare supplemental insurance are being overcharged, the state Insurance Department is asking five companies to justify their premium rates. The Insurance Department sent letters to the insurance companies last month giving them until mid-October to present statistics showing their policies pay at least 60 percent of their annual premium dollars back out in claims. Medicare supplemental insurance, commonly referred to as medigap, is designed by private insurers to cover gaps in the federally-funded Medicare policies for people over 65. Federal officials and state insurance regulators nationwide have given medigap increased attention because of the growing market for supplemental coverage as the federal deductible limits increase and the senior population grows.