May 16, 2016 |
For Cynthia Christopher and Fred Slifer, the cost of long-term care insurance, which they have had since 2002, has been worth it for the peace of mind it brought. "We feel very strongly that until we go into a continuing care retirement community we should have this insurance, should something happen, cognitively, physically," said Christopher. But now the Christopher and Slifer, retirees in Erdenheim, are worried. Since 2014, their insurer, Genworth, has raised their combined premiums 44 percent, to $5,427 from $3,767.
March 14, 2016
Maybe long term, gene therapy might derail a business like the one Paul Perreault leads in King of Prussia and Australia. After all, gene therapy, pursued by Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics and others, involves curing chronic conditions such as the bleeding disorder hemophilia by discovering and replacing the defective gene that causes it. Perreault, 59, is chief executive officer and managing director of CSL Ltd., a $5.5 billion global...
July 4, 2015 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) Zero in on some friends who seem to have the whole Fourth of July routine down. You will witness a lot of fun talk and friends socializing tonight. Toss yourself right in the middle of the whole scene. There is no telling whom you might meet as this party continues until late Sunday, when you need some downtime and vanish ... hopefully not alone. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (*****) The bull is center stage, and wherever you appear, all eyes turn to you. Whether you are the host or hostess of the celebration is not even relevant: Others cannot get their gaze off you. You seem to be very much in touch with others' needs.
April 18, 2015 |
Ron Hextall and Craig Berube were Flyers teammates for five seasons. For the most part, they have been organization lifers. Hextall, the club's first-year general manager, says that doesn't make it more difficult to make a decision on retaining or dismissing Berube, who has been the Flyers coach for nearly two seasons. Human nature says otherwise. Hextall said Wednesday he was still mulling whether to bring back Berube for the final year of his contract. The longer he waits, the longer he allows Berube to twist in the wind.
September 12, 2014 |
To fully comprehend the juggernaut that is Center City District Restaurant Week, on now through Sept. 19, it helps to spend a few minutes plumbing the archive of Philadelphia restaurateurs' stream-of-consciousness - that is, their Twitter accounts. See, for example, @BrauhausSchmitz, the handle of the German beer garden on South Street. In a few years, it went from defiant (Sept. 12, 2011, "Who needs restaurant week? You can always get 3 courses at Brauhaus for $35!") to remorseful (Jan.
August 20, 2014
WHEN I THINK of the controversy over telecommuting at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, I'm reminded of a line from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan": "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. " Except in this case, the disclosure that telecommuting employees weren't putting in as many hours as they had represented on their time reports might cause some managers in the public and private sectors to resist work-from-home arrangements....
December 16, 2013 |
Whenever I get on a treadmill, I feel as if I'm not running quite right - as if I'm running slower, and that my running motion isn't the same as when I'm out on the road. This isn't just a gut feeling brought on by my aversion to running inside without going anywhere. Your stride really does change on a treadmill. In a recent study published in Sports Biomechanics, British researchers had 12 people who ran at least three times a week run on both a treadmill and outside. They used an eight-camera motion-analysis system to record movement of the hips, knees, and ankle joints of those runners.
November 13, 2013 |
For many who spoke up at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's public meeting here last week on limiting carbon pollution from power plants - no matter which side they took - it all came down to this: their children. "It's time to clean up the air for the health of our children," said Gretchen Dahlkemper-Alfonso, a Philadelphia mother of three and a leader of the environmental group Moms Clean Air Force. Bryan Palko was worried about his offspring, too, but for a different reason.
July 15, 2013 |
For runners across the country, it's half- and full-marathon training season. Here in the Philadelphia area, it's also Jersey Shore season, which means we're tossing running shoes and shorts into our duffle bags along with flip-flops and bathing suits. You have a few different running options when you're on a Jersey Shore vacation. Here are the pros and cons of each. Something to keep in mind for all three: The Shore doesn't offer a lot of shade, so make sure to wear sunblock and/or a hat, or get out before or after the sun brings out the sunbathers.
May 2, 2013
DEAR HARRY: I went to a "professional" (a storefront preparer) to prepare my tax return back in 2002. For whatever reason, he did not deduct my real-estate taxes. In subsequent years, I used his work as a guide in preparing the returns myself, so I got no deduction all these years. On April 10, I filed an amended return for 2009, 2010 and 2011, the "open years. " Of course, I did the right thing on my 2012 return. I lost the deduction for the years from 2002 through 2008. Would I gain anything by amending my Pennsylvania returns for these years?