May 20, 2016 |
WHAT DO PORN stars have in common with mixed martial arts fighters? According to porn star/producer James Deen , the answer is STDs. TheWrap.com reports that Deen, who has been accused of refusing to wear condoms during filming, is battling with California state regulators for unfairly targeting the world of XXX. He has filed a complaint against Bellator MMA (a subsidiary of Sumner Redstone 's Viacom) to prove his point. According to the complaint, Bellator doesn't comply with the state's blood-borne pathogen exposure policies either.
May 16, 2016 |
Hugh Cunningham will tell you he doesn't know much about the new U.S. Department of Labor regulations, introduced in April, that govern retirement investments such as annuities, though he's an investor in annuities. This much he knows firsthand, though: He wasn't happy with some old sales tactics behind the complex products. A few years ago, when the Washington Township resident was on the cusp of retirement, he wanted to put a portion of his assets into something that would generate income after he stopped working.
May 8, 2016 |
First CornerStone Bank of King of Prussia was closed Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. To protect customers, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which was named receiver, has entered into an agreement with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co., of Raleigh, N.C., to assume all deposits at First CornerStone's six branches in suburban Philadelphia, which will reopen as First-Citizens branches. Customers should continue to use their current branch and can continue to access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards.
May 5, 2016 |
A bill making its way through the Pennsylvania legislature could end the war in Philadelphia between legacy cabs and ride-sharing operations such as Lyft and Uber. Senate Bill 984, which passed through the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Wednesday, would create a permanent framework for ride-sharing services statewide, and legalize the practice in Philadelphia, where local authorities have struggled to rein in the unregulated, app-based start-ups. The bill already passed through the state Senate in November.
April 22, 2016 |
Comcast customers annoyed at monthly charges for cable-box rentals may have gotten some good news from an unexpected source Wednesday: Comcast itself. Later this year, Comcast's Xfinity TV programming will be directly tunable on Roku streaming devices (selling for less than $100), as well as Roku software-enabled television sets and 2016 model Samsung Smart TVs, the company said. And that's just the start, suggested Comcast senior vice president Mark Hess. The Xfinity TV Partner Program will "expand the range of retail devices our customers can use to access TV cable service without the need to lease a set-top box," he said.
February 28, 2016 |
Washington, D.C., utility regulators on Friday rejected Exelon Corp.'s $6.8 billion bid to take over Pepco Holdings Inc., but they proposed an alternative plan to combine the companies and gave the parties 14 days to approve. The District of Columbia's Public Service Commission voted, 2-1, to reject a settlement that was approved by the two companies and the city's mayor. In August, the commission voted down the merger plan, and Exelon responded by boosting its financial commitment to District ratepayers from $14 million to $78 million.
February 25, 2016 |
New Jersey gambling regulators on Tuesday published temporary rules for skill-based gaming in Atlantic City casinos. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement defined the genre as any "approved casino game where game outcome is dependent in whole or in part upon the player's physical dexterity and/or mental ability. " Think Angry Birds, X-Box type games, or even old-time Asteroids, a casino executive said last year. Blowing up more asteroids than others would give the player a better chance of winning a jackpot, for example.
February 21, 2016
Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network By Shane Greenstein Princeton University Press. 474 pp. $35. Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler In 1994, Charles Ferguson, a founder of Vermeer, a company aspiring to develop software tools and Internet applications for the newly emerging World Wide Web, had a difficult time attracting investors. In about a year, however, Vermeer auctioned itself off in a bidding war between Microsoft and Netscape, making Ferguson - and the company's investors - immensely wealthy.
February 19, 2016 |
California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health was scheduled to vote on new regulations affecting the porn industry following a hearing last night in Oakland. The issue of course is safer sex, but porn industry officials say the proposed restrictions go too far and could result in actors having to wear not only condoms but also dental dams when engaging in oral sex and safety goggles when engaging in . . . ? Huh? When the sex is explosive it can cause retinal damage or when the sex is performed near a power saw?
February 14, 2016 |
GlaxoSmithKline, with major U.S. operations in the Philadelphia area, was fined $54.5 million, or 37.6 million pounds, Friday by a British competition authority for allegedly preventing less-expensive generic versions of its anti-depressant drug Seroxat from entering the market. GlaxoSmithKline has commercial operations primarily for vaccines and pharmaceuticals at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, and research and development sites in Upper Merion and Upper Providence, Montgomery County.