August 22, 2015 |
Human-service providers across Delaware County called on Gov. Wolf on Thursday to release funding for their programs amid the continuing budget standoff in Harrisburg. It has been more than 50 days since a budget was due, and county service providers that rely on state funding are feeling the pinch, they said at a news conference Thursday. Though some services are receiving funding during the impasse - such as intellectual disability services and public benefit programs administered by the state - others are not. In Delaware County, the providers said, these include domestic violence centers, antipoverty agencies, and the new center for child victims of sexual abuse.
August 16, 2015 |
Pope Francis' visit in September is doing a lot of things to the city: closing highways, shutting down a bridge, prompting residents to talk about escape. It has also put the region's race schedule on a Tilt-a-Whirl. Some September races have moved. For example, the Philly 10K, which last year was in September, has been moved up to August 30. The Sloppy Cuckoo Trail Run, a 500-person trail event with quarter marathon, half marathon, and full marathon, was supposed to be held on the day of the pope's Mass.
July 22, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My fiance likes to touch me in certain ways that I'm not a big fan of. Nothing superintrusive; more like where the hands go when we spoon. He says it makes him feel bonded and close to me. And I get that. Except I don't like the physical feeling, and at times, I feel objectified. Sometimes, I can appreciate it as a reaching out for an intimate connection. Sometimes, I resent that he's ignoring my preferences, and so the same act that makes him feels close to me makes me feel distant from him. I know you're going to ask if he has a habit of ignoring my preferences; he doesn't.
July 13, 2015 |
Once the news came down like a hammer early Saturday afternoon - a second surgery, a second lost season, and maybe a lost career for 76ers center Joel Embiid - the only thing to do was to start making phone calls. The phone calls were not about the Sixers' future or the wisdom of their decision to take Embiid with the No. 3 selection in last year's NBA draft. The former is unknowable, and the latter is immaterial. People have dug in on the Embiid pick. Either you recognize that the Sixers took a calculated risk in drafting Embiid - that the potential reward of his talent was worth the chance that a 7-foot, 250-pound man who already had broken the navicular bone in his right foot might have additional foot problems - or you believe that general manager Sam Hinkie should have been more conservative, that he should have drafted a lesser, healthier player or traded out of the No. 3 slot altogether.
June 10, 2015 |
In the great debate over why health care costs so much, some have pointed to inflated hospital charges, while others say those sticker prices don't really matter. What is clear, however, is that Southeastern Pennsylvania has a significant cluster of high-price-tag hospitals. Of the 50 hospitals in the nation with the highest markups over cost, six are in the city and its surrounding counties, according to an analysis published Monday; a seventh is 50 miles north. Only Florida, with 20 hospitals on the list scattered around the state, had more than Pennsylvania.
June 2, 2015 |
BEFORE HIS ASCENT to attorney general of Delaware and the status of a front-runner for the state's governorship in 2016, Beau Biden was the "moral compass" of his University of Pennsylvania fraternity, a frat brother said yesterday. Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, the vice president's son and a rising political star who died Saturday from brain cancer, was beloved among his fellow members of Psi Upsilon, a fraternity that was embroiled in controversy while he was there. In interviews yesterday, his friends in the fraternity - known on campus as "Castle"- recalled a humble, compassionate man who used his sense of humor and sharp intellect to build friendships.
May 24, 2015 |
When Mercedes Stephens recently hit a jackpot at SugarHouse Casino, her slot machine flashed the faces of 12 cartoon buffaloes - and then it locked up. Stephens, 47, had won more than $1,200, which meant she had to stop playing and sign an IRS tax form that reports her winnings. The process took about five minutes, she said. But the gaming industry warns that the interruption could soon eat away at casino profits and - ironically - billions in gambling tax revenue that flow into Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
April 30, 2015 |
A judge's medical leave is unlikely to delay the criminal case against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators charged with covering up child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Judge Todd Hoover was placed on medical leave as of April 10, according to an announcement by the state Administrative Office of the Courts. His illness was not specified. The release said his leave was open-ended. Hoover, a Dauphin County Court judge, has presided over the prosecution of former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley.
April 26, 2015 |
For first-year Temple nursing students, a recent classroom session on how to cover rent, child care, food, medicine, and transportation on a bare-bones budget was an academic exercise. But for many of their patients, that simulation symbolizes brutal reality. In Philadelphia, a staggering 28 percent of residents live in poverty. For many, deprivation also means a life of poor health. Without decent housing, access to medical care, healthful food, and safe exercise outlets - and with the stress that comes with deprivation - the poor face major hurdles to getting and staying well.