April 3, 2015 |
It's a good thing that the talks on curbing Iran's nuclear program failed to produce a framework accord by their March 31 deadline. The race to reach an accord before April Fools' Day was foolish because it was artificial. The real deadline for a comprehensive deal is June 30, but President Obama felt he had to get some concrete results much sooner, lest Congress impose harsh new sanctions on Iran that would scuttle negotiations. So U.S. negotiators devised a two-step process to produce a framework by March 31 that was supposed to be fleshed out later.
March 9, 2015 |
Becoming widowed: It could bring some of the most important financial changes in our lives. How do we prepare for - or pick up the pieces after - losing a spouse? First off, consider a "family playbook" with names of important contacts, account and policy numbers, locations of the wills, and other key documents. (Details in a moment.) Then decide who's on your team. A white paper, "Women in Transition," by strategic consulting firm Spectrem Group found that, in wealth management, widows are most likely to be entirely adviser-dependent - relying on an investment professional or adviser to make most or all investment decisions.
February 4, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Hundreds of New Jersey Republicans convened at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa here Monday, in what party officials called the largest state GOP gathering in two decades, to begin a campaign to win control of the Assembly in November. Absent from the event, in a ballroom above the casino, was the state's highest-profile Republican, Gov. Christie, who was in England on a trade mission. He did say in a video message that he would help Republicans' efforts in November and that he was "committed to the furthering of our party's principles and goals in our state.
January 15, 2015 |
Defending himself in his fraud trial Tuesday, Don Tollefson offered a new layer to his legal strategy: blaming other people. Accused of selling $340,000 in bogus travel packages to sporting events, the former sportscaster has faulted his addictions, lack of business acumen, and desire to help poor children through his charity. But while sitting on the witness stand, Tollefson named seven people who bought travel packages for a 2013 Super Bowl trip, claiming they contributed to his financial undoing.
November 4, 2014 |
I SUPPOSE I could start this and all columns about the Sixers for the foreseeable future with this disclaimer: "Don't worry; it'll all be worth it in two, three or four more seasons when the plan comes together. " After all, I've been told that the Sixers deserve credit for being transparent about their decision to sacrifice the present in an effort to build long-term success. None of this bad basketball should be a surprise. If you can't stomach the growing pains of "building together" then come back in 2016-17, when hopefully things will begin to kick into gear.
November 1, 2014 |
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Thursday its third-quarter profit rose compared with the same period last year in large part because it stopped trying to sell generic medicine in markets where the profit was too small, cut expenses, and converted patients to a new version of its multiple sclerosis medication. Teva's net income rose from $711 million in the third quarter of 2013 to $876 million in the same period this year. Sales for the third quarter were almost flat, decreasing from $5.059 billion in 2013 to $5.058 billion in the third quarter this year.
October 25, 2014 |
In the 1990s, when the population of Ocean County's Juvenile Detention Center swelled past 45 - well over the recommended capacity of 30 - some youths slept on mattresses on the floor until a bed opened, usually in a day or two. "There was always a fight just about every night," said Walter Hopson, the center's superintendent. Now, with only 13 occupants, some beds sit empty. The halls are a little quieter, too. A dozen workers have retired or left in recent years, their positions unfilled.
October 10, 2014 |
WHEN LESEAN MCCOY ran away with the NFL rushing title last season, nearly three-quarters of his rushing yards came out of what generally is considered a passing formation. McCoy gained 1,155 of his 1,607 rushing yards in 11 personnel - three-wide receiver formations with one tight end and one running back. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry as the Eagles spread defenses out, forced them into nickel with their passing prowess and then let McCoy do his thing behind the league's most athletic offensive line.
October 8, 2014 |
The majority owner of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and American Shipping Co. is exploring "strategic initiatives" for the companies that might include a U.S. listing of stock, a merger or acquisition, or a financial restructuring. Converto Capital Fund, an investment fund owned by the Norwegian parent company Aker ASA, has a 57 percent stake in Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and a 20 percent stake in American Shipping Co. "These two companies have performed well, and Converto is always looking to create values," said Atle Kigen, Aker ASA spokesman.
September 29, 2014 |
"Where's the beef?" That was the question underdog candidate Walter Mondale borrowed from a Wendy's ad to skewer front-runner Gary Hart and his airy "new ideas" in a 1984 presidential debate. In the same vein, underdog Tom Corbett paced the stage in last week's first debate of the Pennsylvania governor's race, demanding that Democrat Tom Wolf provide details of his promises to make the state's personal income tax fairer to the middle class and to increase state funding on education.