April 1, 2015 |
The body-shop owner allegedly drove cars into poles and damaged them with forklifts - right across the street from the Darby Borough police station - in a scam to collect inflated claims from insurance companies. On Monday, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced charges in a four-year investigation into the elaborate scheme that cost companies at least $85,000 and involved 11 individuals. Whelan said he expected to uncover further instances in the fraud scheme, adding, "We'd be naive to think this is the only amount of activity.
January 20, 2014 |
Mike Gambardello, a construction worker from Pennsauken, has been hunting for 17 of his 25 years. He recalls clearly and with pride taking down his first deer, a four-point buck, in the Pine Barrens at age 15. His father was there to see it. "It's the biggest high you can ever get in your life," he said. But in the last several years, Gambardello has become increasingly aware of other hunters in the woods: Coyotes. "Eight years ago, it was very, very rare," he said. "Now walk down the road, and you see more coyote tracks than deer tracks.
January 6, 2014 |
You may or may not think it's fair that your credit history could play a key role in setting your auto-insurance premiums - a long-running debate in insurance regulation, though a battle that insurers so far appear to have won. Only a handful of states - California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii - have limited credit scores' use in insurance pricing. If you pay bills promptly and have a top credit score, you likely benefit. But you suffer if you occasionally fall short, which is why groups such as the Consumer Federation of America contend that the practice discriminates against low- and middle-income drivers.
July 29, 2013 |
DAVID NAYLOR HAS the weirdest problem I've ever heard. He wants to save an insurance company some money, but they won't let him. Told ya it was weird. Naylor was driving his 2002 GMC Savana up 2nd Street when a car darted out of a parking spot and hit Naylor's seven-passenger van on the right side. "It was no big deal," says Naylor, who lives in a pretty rowhouse in the Morrell Park section of Northeast Philly with his wife and two sons (a married daughter lives around the corner)
April 26, 2013 |
WHEN ED WHITE'S family would drive past Northeast Catholic High School for Boys on Torresdale Avenue, they could easily envision a halo around the building. The image came to mind because of the near-holy reverence Ed had for his alma mater. What was it about that school that Ed White held in such deference? A quiet man of few words, Ed might have had trouble putting his feelings into words, but his family attributed it to the gratitude he had for the education he received there, and his deep respect for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who run it. Whatever it was, Ed continued to serve the school long after he graduated in 1955.
February 15, 2012 |
When Regis Philbin stepped away from Live With Regis and Kelly last year, it was widely assumed that his record of 17,000 hours of airtime amassed over a career was unassailable. Instead it's being pecked away at in innumerable 30-second increments by a perky lady in white overalls and a little walking, talking lizard. You're not imagining it - commercials for car insurance, many of them featuring the aforementioned Flo or the Gecko, have overrun TV. Why the tsunami?
July 7, 2011 |
Imagine a farmer's market within walking distance where the prices are low, the crates are stocked with cultural favorites, food stamps are accepted, and local agencies are on hand for vision screening, blood-pressure testing, even needle exchanges. That's what got under way June 30 in Camden, thanks to a $100,000 investment from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and a partnership with Philadelphia's famed Greensgrow Farms. This new mobile market, run from a used van that Greensgrow bought with a donation from Subaru, has side windows for ventilation, awnings for shade, and racks outside for self-service shopping.
January 27, 2011 |
Corporate America has gotten President Obama's attention. His State of the Union message Tuesday night called for lower business taxes, free-trade deals with foreign countries, and subsidies for science education, road and rail, and wireless phone projects. Business leaders are "heartened by President Obama's focus on American competitiveness" and his willingness "to change direction and focus on what is necessary to drive a vigorous recovery," replied John Engler , head of the Business Roundtable , which counts the bosses of ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Boeing, General Electric, Wal-Mart, Verizon, State Farm , and JPMorgan , among others, on its executive committee.
May 1, 2008 |
State Farm officials began sending notices to customers last month, saying they would not be renewing some homeowners' policies at the Jersey Shore. The company wants to reduce the number of its policyholders along the coast by 2 percent over the next five years, said State Farm spokesman John Baldino. With those letters, State Farm became the latest company to target coastal areas after Hurricane Katrina - and a variety of lesser weather events - cost the insurance industry billions of dollars in claims.
January 21, 2007 |
When Douglas Howe competed at the Pennsylvania Farm Show for seven years as a youth, he won no better than third- and fourth-place prizes. His wife, Jenny, never competed because she was not raised in a farm family. But five of their six children are old enough to compete at the annual state show in Harrisburg. And so they competed this year. Did they ever. Showing their Hereford heifers - young cows - Howe children Austin, 16, Andre, 14, Aleesha, 12, Nigel, 10, and Ethan, 8, walked away with 17 first-place prizes.