If At First You Don't Succeed ... You May Ruin Your Lawn

Jun 26, 2019
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It is said that practice makes perfect. In the case of retired physician Demetrius Ellis, it also produces some divots in the backyard. After a neighbor introduced him to golf, Ellis spent hours practicing at home before he dared showing his face at a real golf course. In his retirement, Ellis has worked to find ways to stay in shape, both physically and mentally. Golf requires a lot of decisions — related to club choice, weather, terrain — to get the ball to the pin. “All those decisions … keep your mind somewhat more alert,” he says.

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An Oxford University professor tasked with tracking spending in Pennsylvania’s pension system has concluded that the commonwealth’s two largest public funds have underreported billions of dollars they paid to private investors.

The review was undertaken at the behest of a commission of lawmakers and state officials, who are trying to find ways to ease the massive debt these funds are carrying.

Between them, the State Employees Retirement System and Public School Employees Retirement System manage about $80 billion.

‘Critical Moment’ For Firms Amid Retirements, Opioid Crisis

Jun 4, 2018
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For the first time since the recession hit a decade ago, the demand for workers is steady.

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A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a teacher who retired before same-sex marriage was legalized is entitled to health care benefits for his husband. reports that Gateway School District in suburban Pittsburgh denied the man's request to retroactively sign up for spousal benefits when he married his longtime partner in 2014. He had retired in 2013, before same-sex marriage was legally recognized in Pennsylvania.

New Congressional Districts In Philly Suburbs Could Help Democrats Win In DC

Feb 27, 2018
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Pennsylvania’s new court-ordered congressional map has thrust the commonwealth into the national spotlight, and the readjusted political calculus in the Philadelphia suburbs is a big reason why.

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Two top Democrats are retiring from the state House this year—and have more in common than just their high-ranking positions.

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*Updated at 5:26 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2.

With at least 18 state House republicans and four GOP senators likely leaving their seats this year, Pennsylvania's legislative races could be a goldmine for democrats.

Republicans Seeing Lion’s Share Of Turnover In Legislature

Jan 29, 2018
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Retirements and other departures are poised to hit Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature particularly hard this year, as most of those who have already announced they are leaving belong to the GOP.

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 A bill to expand Pennsylvania's pension forfeiture laws is gaining traction after stalling out last legislative session.

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A retired Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission worker says executive-level managers are "out of touch" and that "jobs/promotions are filled by the politicians" — including positions created for unqualified workers.

Oh, yeah, Michael Stuban — the middle manager who filled out the scathing exit interview before he retired on Thanksgiving — hit "reply all," sending the emailed document to all of his more than 2,000 former co-workers.

At Age 73, PA Mailman Says 'Retirement Is Not For Everyone'

Jun 20, 2016
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It took a few jobs before Charles Bartholomew found the one he would be doing for the last 50 years.

"I even tried being a milkman once," the Pottsville man said Thursday before starting his mail route.

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A funny thing happened on the way to the referendum.

A year and a half ago, it seemed that getting a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot would be the hard part. This week, the state Senate cast the final vote in the years-long process to put the question to voters: should the age limit for state judges be changed from 70 to 75 years?