June 6, 2014 |
A CITY COUNCILMAN may be in hot water if he accepted charitable donations for a worthy cause but failed to alert the federal government of his philanthropic efforts. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose 2nd District includes parts of Center City, Southwest and South Philadelphia, runs a group called Peace Not Guns, which aims to foster a partnership among youth, city agencies and community groups to stem gun violence. Even before he became a state representative, Johnson had a history of community service and advocacy, but a recent discovery about his self-proclaimed nonprofit organization has gotten him into some controversy.
May 29, 2014 |
MORE THAN once yesterday, Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest seemed more than a little surprised to still own the two newspapers and website they bought two years ago. An acrimonious ownership feud ended when Katz and Lenfest bid $88 million yesterday to buy out three other investors in the company that owns the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com. "I would have bet anything I was cashing a big check today," Katz joked to employees after the auction. He then turned serious, adding, "I apologize to each and every one of you for being part of creating some of the chaos.
May 20, 2014 |
Have a complaint about L&I? A new website wants to hear from you. The Special Independent Advisory Commission, which is studying the way the city Department of Licenses and Inspections does business, seeks information from the public as it prepares a comprehensive report. Mayor Nutter appointed 17 people to the commission in October at the urging of city treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter Anne Bryan was killed in the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets on June 5, when the building next door collapsed on it during demolition.
April 28, 2014 |
Moving is on a lot of people's to-do lists as the economy improves, jobs change, schools let out, and older people look to downsize. Make it a little simpler with some planning advice. Lifehacker.com has a "start-to-finish guide for moving to a new place. " By Adam Dachis, this post is for do-it-yourselfers who want to - or must - take on the challenge of moving without professional help. Unless you're relocating from a dorm room, it's usually a really big job. But Dachis breaks it down into simple parts: preparation, packing, labeling, and moving in. Along the way, there are myriad issues, such as how to find cheap packing material, how to know if your stuff will fit in the new place, and how to talk a few, but not too many, friends into helping.
April 18, 2014 |
HE'S BAAAACK! Raymond Perelman, the wealthy Philadelphia philanthropist, is interested in making a third attempt at buying the Daily News , the Inquirer , their websites and Philly.com by providing financial backing to the Newspaper Guild during an upcoming auction of the papers' parent company, Interstate General Media. Bill Ross, executive director of the Guild - which represents reporters, photographers and advertising and circulation employees - revealed Perelman's potential involvement yesterday in Delaware Chancery Court, as Judge Donald F. Parsons Jr. heard another round of arguments about how the auction should unfold.
April 2, 2014 |
For anyone who hadn't heard, Lady B was shouting it over the air Monday afternoon. "I want to tell people one more time that today is the deadline, the deadline, the deadline to get your health coverage," Lady B, who is known as Wendy Clark in real life, told her listeners at Philadelphia's WRNB (100.3-FM). They heard. With triple the traffic of the previous record on Healthcare.gov, Monday had the potential to confirm wildly divergent points of view - that new glitches on the Obamacare website showcased the administration's ineptness or that the clamor for coverage proved that the president's signature initiative was on target.
March 30, 2014 |
The financial reality that the Mitchell family faced in 2010 was this: Their perfect home in West Chester had to be sold. Josh Mitchell, now 38, a self-employed contractor, had worked on the fieldstone rancher for 10 years. But a crisis involving wife Dawn's stationery shop - her partner suddenly pulled out - created debt, and when she became pregnant with the couple's third child, she closed the store. So they decided to create a new reality: They'd buy and restore a cheap house in a good neighborhood - luckily, just five minutes away, on the street where Dawn Mitchell's parents lived - and they would nearly double its 1,110-square-foot size.
March 23, 2014 |
A Missouri man was charged Friday with a computer-driven effort to shut down the City of Philadelphia's website by flooding it with more traffic than it could handle. The alleged attack, outlined in charges filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office against Michael Crockett, 29, of Kansas City, occurred in September 2012, prosecutors said. They gave no explanation of Crockett's motive. The charges were included in a document known as an information - typically a sign that the individual is cooperating with authorities and intends to plead guilty.
March 23, 2014 |
While the rest of us were shoveling winter's snow and slipping on ice, the survey-takers were hard at work, often coming up with residential real estate information that has little bearing on this market. OK, repeat after me: "All real estate is local. " Sometimes, however, there are nuggets to be gleaned from the volume of "breaking news" I get e-mailed to me around the clock. One, from the venerable Keith Gumbinger at HSH.com, whom I remember before he was a website, talked about affordability levels based on fourth-quarter 2013 data.