| Oct 22, 2014
| 2:30 AM
It's National Estate Planning Week, which means it's time for me to nudge you to "do estate planning". I received great feedback when I published estate planning advice last year, soon after my father died. A year later, I have fine-tuned a few things,...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 2:53 PM
With former Gov. John G. Rowland in legal limbo, stuck between conviction in September on campaign fraud charges and a January sentencing date, interest has shifted to his last employer, local radio powerhouse WTIC-AM, where license renewal has been...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 7:51 AM
Most of us aren't fond of even thinking about, let alone discussing, the details of our denouement: aging, frailty, dying ... the inescapable fact that being human means traveling on a journey from dust to dust. "People naturally prefer to avoid the...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 1:09 PM
Merrill Lynch made business page headlines this year by appointing Baltimore County native Cynthia Hutchins to the newly created post of director of financial gerontology.
Ms. Hutchins is charged with teaching the company's nearly 14,000 financial...
| Sep 30, 2014
Thanks to advances in medicine we're living longer, a trend that increases the likelihood that we could end up in a nursing home. For many of us, that's the last place on Earth we would want to be.
Whether it's fate or providence that dictates our paths...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Everything’s more fun with a friend, even if that buddy is a different species – your dog. With their bounding enthusiasm and agreeable nature, most canines are fitting companions to just about any outing. If yours is well trained and social,...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 2:00 PM
There's little room for surprises in James Collins' monthly scramble to manage rent, bills, debts and gas.
The $250 repair bill for his fiancee's engagement ring didn't fit the budget. So he asked the jeweler if he could add the repair cost to his one-...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 1:13 PM
Two local nursing homes are accused of subjecting patients to "medically unnecessary" and unreasonable rehabilitation services in order to boost Medicare reimbursements as part of a $38 million False Claims Act settlement announced Friday by the U.S....
| Oct 10, 2014
| 12:30 PM
By Erinn Hutkin
For 25 years, pharmacy technician John Gargas has worked as a purchasing officer for the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital and Health Sciences System.
Gargas' job requires him to order drugs, vaccines, chemicals and...
| Oct 10, 2014
Three-quarters of the way through "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End," Atul Gawande pulls back his carefully stitched curtain of reporting and research to relate the story of his father's decline and eventual death. Atmaram Gawande was in...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 8:51 PM
Lehigh County commissioners have put forward more than two dozen amendments aimed at reducing or eliminating the county deficit in the 2015 proposed budget and preserving the funds they have used to balance budgets.
All 27 amendments are backed by...