September 13, 1995
Did we miss the news? Has someone invented a billboard that wouldn't be a blight on parkway-style interstates such as the Blue Route (Interstate 476)? Didn't think so. That's why it's still a bad idea to tinker with the protections that have kept the Blue Route - and 15,000 miles of other federally designated scenic byways - blessedly free of such ugly clutter. Two years ago, the well-financed billboard industry made a run at the scenic-byways program, seeking to strip the sign ban enacted in 1991.
May 23, 1995 |
As the philanthropic community and the public struggle to determine what went wrong amid the rubble of the collapse of the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy, two questions come up repeatedly: First, how did New Era escape the scrutiny of state charity regulators and the IRS for so long? And second, why did the individuals and organizations associated with the charity not recognize the scheme for what it was? Some warning signs certainly were there. New Era existed for six years and published only one annual report.
July 15, 1987 |
The Goode administration may have ignored yet another early warning sign that all was not well with the MOVE reconstruction project. After four separate insurance-bond brokers turned down MOVE builder Ernest A. Edwards Jr.'s Premier Construction Co., Goode asked George Holbrook, president of Reliance Surety Co., to give Edwards a bond, Holbrook testified at Edwards' preliminary hearing yesterday. Edwards needed a bond that would guarantee his work in rebuilding the 61 West Philadelphia houses destroyed in a fire after the city dropped a bomb on MOVE's Osage Avenue headquarters May 13, 1985, killing 11 people.
June 24, 1999 |
Residents living near the sinking homes in Wissinoming say the rowhouses showed visible signs of settling long before the rapid deterioration of the past three years. Yet, families who bought the homes in that period were able to obtain mortgages. Something that should not have happened if an alert appraiser had noted the settlement and recommended further investigation before the loans were approved. According to Harry Marder, president of the American Society of Appraisers, such vigilance is not always rewarded.
May 23, 2011 |
WHEN school-district bigwigs appear before City Council tomorrow with cup in hand to present their $629 million-gap budget that threatens to put thousands of teachers and staff on unemployment, cancel full-day kindergarten, eliminate transportation and cut a host of other programs, I have no doubt the theme will be district as victim. It's not our fault, officials will say. The federal stimulus program has ended, and Gov. Corbett has slashed funding for education. In short, the devil made us do it. But let's remember that district officials knew for three years that the stimulus money was coming to an end, and they've known the new governor would have a mounting state deficit to deal with.
September 19, 1995 |
The only good news about violence in the workplace may be that you can usually see it coming. Psychologists and crisis specialists say more than 99 percent of the workplace homicides last year that involved coworkers or estranged personal relationships had telltale signs that could have tipped off alert observers. "The perpetrator always gives you an indicator," said John Nicoletti, a police psychologist and crisis consultant in Lakewood, Colo. "The typical public belief is that these people just snap; that just isn't true.
January 12, 2015 |
With the onset of the 2015 tax-filing season, here are cautionary tales of a man and a woman whom you don't want preparing your taxes. The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service highlight some of the brightest red flags among fraudulent tax preparers. These two local folks were doozies. In 2013, "Archie" - full name, Adekunle Adetayo Adeolu - was sentenced to prison and $135,519 in restitution after filing false tax returns. He operated Adeolu & Okojie, a tax-service business in Philadelphia.
December 25, 1987 |
For the nation's nonprofit institutions that depend on charitable donations, this could have been the year that Scrooge put a squeeze on the spirit of giving. First, on Jan. 1, came the new federal tax law, which whacked away at tax incentives for charitable donations. Then on Oct. 19 came the stock market crash. Although fund-raisers are still nervously awaiting the final tally after Dec. 31, so far their worst fears have gone unfounded. "We have a pretty good indication that tax reform didn't have a great impact on giving," said John N. Bailey, president of the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel in New York.
July 21, 2013
Q: I'm a teen and while playing basketball I felt sharp pains in my scrotum that wouldn't go away. What could it be? A: Spermatic cord torsion is usually an abrupt event. The key warning sign is sudden, severe testicular pain, followed by swelling and hardening of the testicle. Many patients also have groin or abdominal pain, nausea, and even vomiting. The risk is greatest in the 10-to-18- year age group, but it can occur at any age. In this dangerous condition, the spermatic cord, or the tissue carrying the blood supply to the testicle, twists, cutting off the blood supply and causing severe damage or death of the testicle.
July 8, 2003 |
New Jersey requires all public school districts to have plans to deal with troubled students who pose a threat of violence. "This is not just reactionary," said Susan Martz, director of the state Education Department's office of program support services. "We are proposing they have a comprehensive program that includes intervention and referral. " Such policies have been put in place in states across the nation since 15 people died in the attack at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.