Research says: Beware of CFOs with large ‘John Hancocks’

John Hancock rallied a nation with his large autograph on the Declaration of Independence, but new research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business shows that signature size on corporate financial statements can signal less noble intentions. The working paper, led by Smith accounting professor Nicholas Seybert and Smith PhD alumnus Charles Ham — along with two coauthors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — finds that chief financial officers with large signatures are more willing to exploit others and bend the truth in their favor. (read more)

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Japhy Creative

Two friends and a life-long dream to work in a creative field sparked the creation of Japhy Creative. Tim McDermott and Brad Barry launched the business in 2014 and haven’t looked back since. Japhy Creative specializes in video production with a focus on


Yaw announces district’s impact fee’ disbursements

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) on June 9 announced that his Senatorial District, consisting of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, will once again receive millions of dollars from the latest round of natural gas Impact Fee disburs

PUC posts details on $223.5 million in gas drilling impact fee disbursements

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on June 10 published information on the PUC website regarding the final approved distribution of $223.5 million in disbursements under Act 13 of 2012 (Act 13), which imposed an Impact Fee on natural gas pro


DCED announces new low-interest loans approved by Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority

Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin on July 1 announced that new state investments approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will support the continued growth of Pennsylvania businesses that a


Opinion: EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ will have far reaching negative impacts on the economy and the middle class

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Early learning can help contain, reduce health-care costs

By David W. Hawk As owner and chair of the board at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, and as a member of Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Investment Commission (ELIC), I write to express my strong support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed increased investment in high-qua

Prevention a core tenet of Head Start

Woody Allen summed up one of the most crucial rules of successful parenting when he said, “80 percent of success is showing up.” Talking to the Head Start mothers (page 38-39) made me conscious of the fact that all the baby books and parenting blogs are u

TIGER grant would allow completion of trail, more

By Natalie Gelb This summer, thousands of people will utilize the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT), enjoying its connection to 30 communities between Pittston and the New York state border, as they walk, run, jog, hike and bike their way along paved

Mistakes in deciding who qualifies for overtime can be costly

By Atty. Schaun Henry Deciding which employees are exempt from overtime regulations can be one of the more challenging questions companies face. Do a quick Google search for “wage violations’’ and you’ll find plenty of articles about businesses facing emp

Op-ed: Zero votes for Wolf tax hikes

By Nathan Benefield On June 1, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted on Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed tax increase — the largest in Pennsylvania’s history. The tax proposal failed by a 0-193 vote. That’s right, not a single state lawmaker voted in su

This June, focus on men’s health

By Q. Thomas Novinger, M.D., MBA Each June we celebrate Father’s Day, but did you know that June is also recognized as Men’s Health Month? According to the Men’s Health Network, the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness of preventable health

Who needs an estate plan?

By Atty. Michele P. Conti For many people, their attitude about estate planning matches their attitude about fixing a squeaky hinge or submitting the warranty registration form that came with the refrigerator: You know you should probably get around to do

My opinion: PNC Park in Pittsburgh likely has no liability for fan hit in the head by foul ball

By Joshua D. Winneker Recently, during a Pittsburgh Pirates’ home game at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs, a fan was hit in the head by a foul ball while walking through the stadium seating area behind home plate. The force of the blow was so hard that

Misericordia University hosts high schools students for Nursing Pre-College Career Exploration Camp

Misericordia University recently hosted rising high school juniors and seniors on campus for a series of seven Career Exploration Camps in order to provide them an opportunity to experience and learn more about exciting professions and residential life on


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