September 17, 2016
By Katie McGinty Last week, Wells Fargo made history for all the wrong reasons. The bank, one of the largest in Pennsylvania, was hit with the biggest penalty ever - $100 million - issued by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which reported that Wells Fargo had created more than two million unauthorized bank and credit card accounts in its customers' names. It turns out that, for years, Wells Fargo employees have been boosting their sales numbers by signing customers up for bank accounts they didn't want or ask for, according to regulators.
September 12, 2016 |
Tim McAneney is a golf-shirt-and-khakis kind of a football coach, especially on a hot, humid night in early September. Not this night. Not opening night. Not the night when the Lenape High School coach walked on the field for a game for the first time since the death in January of his father, legendary former Pennsauken coach Vince McAneney. "I was thinking to myself, 'How do I honor my father without taking the focus away from the kids?' " McAneney said, looking back at his team's 24-0 victory over Trenton on Friday night.
September 9, 2016 |
IT IS the season of endorsements, but rarely does anyone get behind an unproven candidate with this level of fervor. It's the sort of endorsement that can make or break the endorser. Frank Reich essentially painted rookie quarterback Carson Wentz as a can't-miss prospect. Wentz, who started just 23 FCS (I-AA) games. Wentz, who got just 39 preseason snaps before he broke his ribs. Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick, who was supposed to carry a clipboard for a season or two so Sam Bradford could show him how it's done.
September 1, 2016 |
On the night of Aug. 31, 1996, the Spectrum, the South Philadelphia arena once so proudly hailed as "America's Showplace," suddenly sagged in insignificance. Across the parking lot, looming like a modern jumbo jet alongside an outdated biplane, its 750,000-square-foot replacement was ready to take off. So much larger was the newer arena that some joked it must have bulked up on steroids, a sports topic on no one's radar when the then state-of-the-art Spectrum opened in 1967. The Spectrum is gone now and, two decades and three name changes later, the Wells Fargo Center, the oldest and most active of the three sports structures that make up the South Philadelphia complex, is marking its 20th anniversary on Wednesday.
August 29, 2016 |
2016 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SR CVT Vs. 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Premier: Small sedan shootout. This week: Nissan Sentra. Price: $25,245 as tested. (The SR started at $20,410 and added $1,230 for the technology package and $2,590 for Premium Package. A base S with six-speed manual starts at a tantalizingly low $16,780.) Marketer's pitch: "Your upgrade awaits. " Conventional wisdom: "Oh? You're upgrading me from this Sentra to what kind of car?" Reality: I'd hate to see a downgrade.
August 23, 2016 |
The Air Force said last week that it would stop using the potentially dangerous firefighting foam that over years contaminated some local water supplies, but no other military branch has a public plan to ban the foam at its bases. Since 2014, 16 wells have been closed in Bucks and Montgomery Counties after they were found to be tainted with PFOA and PFOS, chemicals linked to cancer that leached into local water supplies from firefighting foam used at two now-closed naval air bases.
August 22, 2016 |
In 2002, Dr. Murray Schwartz worked very briefly as a radiologist at Valley Hospital in Palmer, Alaska. He was there only from July 1 to 19 and from Sept. 16 to 21, with an August stint at a hospital in Anchorage. But Palmer convinced him that he had made the right decision to work in Alaska, even for only weeks. "He stayed at a little hotel in Palmer," a son, Jason, said. "And he would walk out the front door of the hotel and there were the mountains. He loved it there. " On Thursday, Aug. 18, Dr. Schwartz, 72, of Cherry Hill, a radiologist who from 2000 to 2008 worked brief terms at several hospitals in Kentucky, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, died of complications from pneumonia at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
August 15, 2016
Name: Room Mate Hotels, room-matehotels.com What it does: A hotel group launched by three friends who were looking for hotels they actually wanted to stay in. It began in Madrid and has expanded to 23 hotels in 12 cities in Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. More hotels are planned in 2017 for Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Barcelona, Spain, among other destinations. What's hot: Each property in the hotel group has its own name and distinctive decor. That personal approach extends to hotel guests, whom the staff is encouraged to treat as friends, buddies, or roommates.
August 14, 2016 |
Highland Township, a tiny Elk County town that in 2013 approved an ordinance banning natural-gas wastewater injection wells, overturned the ordinance this week and promptly settled a federal lawsuit with a Marcellus Shale gas producer that wants to build a disposal well in the community. Two new supervisors on the township's three-member governing board voted Wednesday to rescind the ordinance, saying they were unlikely to prevail in a lawsuit with gas producer Seneca Resources Corp.