Seven simple questions about the week’s biggest news. Are you a newser … or a loser?
Hey Allyson Schwartz, if you want to break through and guarantee that you win the Democratic nomination to run for governor, have I got an idea for you. It’s loosely based on the philosophy of Sarah Palin, but don’t let that stop you.
You ready? Here goes. Pennsylvania is sitting on a mother lode of cash, right? The natural gas in the Marcellus Shale reserve is worth at least $2 trillion dollars.
When you’ve got one hundred or more pounds to lose, it can be difficult to believe it will ever be possible. These amazing before-and-after transformations prove that it can be done successfully and safely, with bariatric surgery.
There’s a decent chance you’ve never heard of Dave Ramsey, and the reason should be familiar: In an era when our Red State-Blue State bifurcation means we can’t agree about anything, we don’t even have pop culture in common anymore. So maybe the easiest way to introduce Ramsey is explain that he’s the finance guru to the Duck Dynasty set, an evangelical version of Suze Orman.
He is also Philly.com’s “business columnist” — though really, more of a personal finance advice columnist.
The Daily News reports that Councilman David Oh and the Philly GOP are at odds over Oh’s proposal — on the primary ballot next month — to end the “resign to run” rule that forces elected officials to give up their seat if they want to campaign for a different office. What’s odd about the dispute: Oh is a Republican.
Of the 596,121 residents of Philadelphia summoned to jury duty last year, 78,756 actually showed up. The 13.8 percent yield has pushed Judge John Herron to bring back scofflaw court. Those who skip jury duty could get community service or jail time.
According to The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia eliminated scofflaw court in the early 2000s.
The City of Philadelphia shut down Blasius Chocolate Factory on Wednesday over a tax dispute. The 88-year-old candy company’s owner, Philip Kerwick, says he has a $12,000 delinquent tax bill.
Blasius is a popular place to buy Easter candy. “These last four days make or break me,” Kerwick told Action News. “I don’t think I will be able to survive this year.” Last year, Kerwick said Easter candy made up half of his sales. The shop is only open from late November to Mother’s Day.
Kerwick is disputing the tax bill, and says city officials didn’t appear at a hearing to negotiate a payment. He’s (quite understandably) angry. And he ranted on the Chris Stigall show on 1210 this morning.
Heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach . . . the catchy Pepto-Bismol jingle that you can’t get out of your head lists a host of symptoms that many of us have experienced. Whereas heartburn is considered a fairly commonplace affliction—according to the U. S. National Library of Medicine, heartburn affects as many as 20 of every 100 people in Western countries—and is often little more than a temporary nuisance, its more severe cousin, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a serious medical condition with serious potential consequences . . . including some that may surprise you.