August 9, 2013
THIS WEEK, I came to understand the many employees who've experienced dread when their companies are sold. The Washington Post , where I work, is being taken over by Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos. After hearing the news during a company meeting, the first thing I did was call my husband. "Honey, you won't believe . . . ," I started. I didn't get a chance to finish my sentence. He already knew about the sale because the Post app on his iPhone had sent him a news alert.
August 7, 2013 |
Haddonfield resident Bill Brown arranged his first trans-Pacific expedition for students in 1977. On and off in the years since, hundreds of Philadelphia and South Jersey youngsters have spent two or three weeks with families in Japan - and hundreds of young Japanese have experienced American hospitality. "Certainly, Japanese culture is different," says Brown, 80, who has three children and three grandchildren. "But the family lifestyle is basically the same. " Promoting international understanding is a labor of love for the retired teacher, whose Haddonfield Japan Exchange brought 17 Kasukabe Girls Senior High School students to the borough July 27. The visitors, whose itinerary has included the Shore, the Cowtown Rodeo, and Cherry Hill Mall, are set to return to Kasukabe on Thursday.
August 5, 2013 |
Knowing yourself may top the list of skills you'll need in order to recognize bad financial advice. Even guidance that is generally good may be ruinous in your particular life circumstances. Popular, but wrong, is how Reuters columnist Linda Stern describes such advice as "Don't take a mortgage into retirement with you" and "Never borrow against your 401(k). " In the case of the mortgage, recent low interest rates mean a refinanced mortgage could be an inexpensive source of cash for retirement expenses or for an investment that would earn more interest than the mortgage costs.
August 2, 2013 |
With a Phillies alumni logo stitched onto the right sleeve of his pinstriped jersey, Brad Lidge signed a one-day contract Thursday afternoon to retire with the team. He spent just four of his 11 major-league seasons with the Phillies, but said he knew he would retire with the club after it won the 2008 World Series. Thursday marked the official end for the closer who dropped to his knees on that cold October night, ending a city's title drought and forever endearing him to a fan base.
August 1, 2013 |
This is a time of widespread experimentation in ways of organizing and paying for health care, all in an effort to get better results for less money. Jeff Petty, chief executive of Wesley Enhanced Living, an operator of continuing-care retirement communities in the Philadelphia region, hopes there is room for at least one more experiment. At the core of Petty's idea is the ability of retirement communities, such as those he operates, to use Medicaid to finance the care of seniors before they get so sick that they need to be in a nursing home.
July 31, 2013 |
DONOVAN McNABB will forever be a Philadelphia Eagle, and will have his name join the team's greats when his No. 5 is retired on Sept. 19, when Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs visit Lincoln Financial Field. The franchise leader in passing yards and touchdown passes will be the ninth Eagle to have his number retired, and some of his former teammates believe it is well-deserved. "It is a blessing to see that this is now being done for Donovan," Brian Dawkins, whose No. 20 was retired last year, said in his remarks at yesterday's news conference.
July 31, 2013 |
Donovan McNabb knew what was coming. He had unofficially retired from football a year ago, had arranged with owner Jeffrey Lurie that he would retire as an Eagle, and even knew that the organization had planned to announce that his No. 5 would be retired as well. But on Monday he watched a stirring five-minute video that highlighted his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. After he heard Lurie and former teammates Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook recount how much he had meant to the Eagles and to them, McNabb started to cry. "I'm not one for emotion," McNabb said, pausing frequently, "but this is pretty tough.
July 30, 2013
DONOVAN McNABB, who was cheered heartily when introduced to the Lincoln Financial Field crowd yesterday as part of an alumni recognition event before the first public practice of training camp, today will officially retire as an Eagle at a 10 a.m. NovaCare ceremony, the team announced. McNabb holds virtually all franchise passing records - attempts (4,746), completions (2,801), yards (32,873) and touchdowns (216). Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie will preside at today's event, at which Lurie is expected to officially announce that McNabb will be honored at the Sept.
July 30, 2013 |
Donovan McNabb will formally retire as an Eagle on Monday. The former Eagles quarterback will be honored at a news conference with owner Jeffrey Lurie. McNabb, 36, appeared at the Eagles' Alumni Day during Sunday's open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. McNabb was introduced to the 30,000 fans in attendance and received a standing ovation. His relationship with the team and the fans in Philadelphia was at times acrimonious, but the retirement ceremony should offer positive closure.
July 28, 2013 |
Warren McElroy Ballard, 102, a professor emeritus at Temple University's School of Law, died Thursday, July 18, of natural causes at his home in Catonsville, Md. A native of St. Louis, Dr. Ballard lived in the same house in Wyndmoor for 51 years before moving in 2002 to a retirement community in Catonsville. As a young man, he was a precocious student. He completed high school in Maplewood, Mo., and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 1932 and a master's degree in 1933, both in political science with honors.