October 22, 2013 |
BACK IN 1982, the nation was terrorized by the Tylenol poison scare. Although the fatal poisonings of seven people, including a 12-year-old girl, from taking cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules were confined to the Chicago area, repercussions were felt everywhere. Johnson & Johnson, parent company of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the drug's manufacturer, pulled 32 million packages of Tylenol off the shelves of stores throughout the nation, taking a huge nose-dive in profits as a result.
October 16, 2013
DENVER - Wendell and Linda Ramage could give Congress and the Obama administration some lessons on paying off massive debt. As we watch our leaders debate over the federal government's debt ceiling, I can't help but admire the story of these two retired teachers from Georgia, both 71, who sacrificed and went without so they could pay off $50,000 in credit-card debt they had accumulated because of medical expenses and overspending. Certainly their debt situation isn't as complicated or as large relative to the federal government, but it's the couple's resolve to buckle down and pay off their bills and stop living beyond their means that should be a lesson for our government.
September 28, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL The Township Council adopted a $64.7 million budget Thursday night. The seven-member council voted unanimously in favor of the spending plan, which ensures residents no municipal tax increases for the second year in a row, maintains township services, and comes in about a half-million dollars less than last year's budget. "This budget continues to give Cherry Hill taxpayers responsible and efficient government," Mayor Chuck Cahn said just before the 8 p.m. vote at Town Hall.
September 28, 2013 |
Declaring that safety has to be the top priority, a City Council committee on Thursday urged dozens of changes in the way the city oversees demolition projects. "The committee believes these reforms are both workable and essential if the city is to avoid future catastrophes," the Council panel said in a 69-page report spurred by the Center City building collapse that killed six people in June. Its 71 recommendations - all but a handful unanimous - include site-safety plans for every demolition project, safety training requirements for every worker on every demolition site, an independent site-safety manager monitoring the demolition of any building more than three stories high, an expanded inspection force at the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections, and a more prominent role for the city Fire Department, with expanded authority to enforce building and health codes.
August 27, 2013 |
DEVELOPER ORI Feibush has no doubt that whoever shattered the windows of his Point Breeze coffee house Saturday morning was put up to it by the Point Breeze Organizing Committee. "I'm 100 percent certain it is this group," Feibush said. "The idea that it's not is almost laughable. " But committee organizer Mindy Isser said the group had nothing to do with the vandalism. She said it was just "unfortunate and coincidental timing" that the vandal struck on the same day the committee held a march that was, in part, a protest against Feibush's development practices under his company, OCF Realty.
August 9, 2013 |
One of two teenage brothers charged in the killing of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated manslaughter and took "sole responsibility" for her death, Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said at a news conference. Justin Robinson, 16, of Clayton, faces a sentence of 17 years, 85 percent of which must be served before he is eligible for parole. "Autumn's death was senseless, and it shook the community to its core," Faulk said Wednesday.
July 28, 2013
It's summer, and I'm taking a little vacation. I want to reach out before I leave, though, to let you know how much I appreciate your e-mails, and to pass along some thoughts. For more than a year, you have been writing to TravelTalk@phillynews.com to comment on stories, ask questions, and share your adventures. I welcome your interaction, and I have tried to respond to each of you. Earlier this month, when I wrote about my experience on an African safari, compared with the new Safari Adventure at Great Adventure, I asked readers for accounts of their own expeditions.
July 13, 2013 |
BOSTON - The man who once claimed to be the Boston Strangler has been linked to one of the 11 victims by DNA evidence for the first time, leading to the planned exhumation of his remains and perhaps putting to rest some speculation that he wasn't the notorious killer. Albert DeSalvo's remains will be dug up because DNA from the scene of Mary Sullivan's rape and murder produced a "familial match" with him, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said Thursday. Police secretly followed DeSalvo's nephew to collect DNA from a discarded water bottle to help make the connection, officials said.
June 27, 2013 |
Former President Bill Clinton called Tuesday for state governments to use the recent economic crisis as a teachable moment and consider overhauling their budgeting processes. Clinton gave the keynote address at a symposium on federalism at the National Constitution Center on Tuesday afternoon. Drawing on his 12-year tenure as governor of Arkansas, Clinton argued that budget shortfalls in capitals across the country highlight the need to question the fiscal relationship among the federal, state, and local governments.