August 18, 2015 |
IT WAS 2006 - well past the time when Julian Bond could have easily coasted on his laurels as a founding father of the U.S. civil-rights movement who'd fought all the way to the Supreme Court to become one of Georgia's first black lawmakers. But when Bond learned that Pennsylvania was considering a bill to allow interest rates as high as 400 percent on so-called "payday loans," the then-NAACP chairman had to speak up. That's what he always did when he saw a perceived injustice. "Payday lenders prey on poor and working class families, a disproportionate number of whom are African-American, literally stealing money from their victims," Bond wrote to then-Gov.
July 30, 2015 |
In a week, more than 36,000 Philadelphia public housing residents will be asked to take their cigarettes outside, an unprecedented bid to try to improve the health of some of the city's neediest tenants. Officials wondering about the new smoking ban's potential for success can look to the west. Two years ago, Chester County's housing authority started a strict policy to curb smoking among tenants: No tobacco use anywhere on its properties. It was the first housing agency in Southeastern Pennsylvania to go smoke-free.
July 20, 2015 |
MOST PEOPLE recognize pet overpopulation, cruelty and animal fighting as animal-welfare issues, but there's one that many don't think about or may even consider cute. We're talking about extreme physical traits, such as the excessively flat faces seen in many Persian cats, bulldogs, Pekingese, pugs, Boston terriers and other brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds. Snorting and snoring, or the undershot jaw of the bulldog or boxer, are often thought to be endearing characteristics. But when those traits cause animals to gasp for air after minimal exertion, develop heatstroke or even die from exposure to heat and humidity, it's no life for a dog - or cat. It's not great for their humans, either, who pay high veterinary bills to treat their animals or lose them to an early death.
May 4, 2015 |
There's something wonderfully preposterous about Showtime's Penny Dreadful , an exciting nouveau-Gothic series about a group of characters from 19th-century novels who band together to fight evil. Eva Green plays the pivotal role of Vanessa Ives, a luscious Catholic sinner and psychic medium whose best friend, Mina Harker (from Bram Stoker's Dracula ) is taken by a devilish vampire-demon known only as the Master. Vanessa joins forces with Mina's father, renowned explorer and mountain climber Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton at his virile, thunderous best)
April 13, 2015 |
Through an open door came the sound of labored, heavy breathing and groans as President Abraham Lincoln lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head. First lady Mary Todd Lincoln passed from the room into a hallway, moaning with inconsolable grief, "O, my God, and have I given my husband to die?" The long death vigil at the Petersen House in Washington unfolded before James Tanner, who'd been summoned to record the testimony of witnesses to the assassination at Ford's Theatre. Though not widely known, Tanner's shorthand and transcribed cursive from the night of April 14, 1865, and morning of April 15, 1865, survived and are kept in an acid-free box in a vault at the Union League of Philadelphia.
March 27, 2015 |
It was near midnight Tuesday, the election results clear and surprising, when her former college professor sent her a text message: Congratulations Representative White. At 26, an age when many are still living at home with their parents, trying to sort out jobs and careers, Martina White knows exactly where she's headed - to Harrisburg, and a seat in the state House of Representatives. White won a commanding victory in a special election in Northeast Philadelphia's 170th District, becoming the second GOP House member from Philadelphia and the first Republican candidate to win an open seat in 25 years.
March 15, 2015 |
At 21 years of age, Ariana Grande - a four-octave light lyric soprano dubbed the "mini-Mariah" - has the world on a string, a notion she blithely, but solidly, embraced while singing and dancing in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Grande is a Broadway veteran and has long been a staple of Nickelodeon children's television as Cat Valentine, an adored character in two different series inspiring her young girl fans (and their mothers) to wear lit-up cat ears, just as she does on stage.
March 1, 2015 |
A 57-year-old man came to see me complaining of increasingly severe shortness of breath over the last year and a half. It was worse with exertion and got better with rest, although it never went away completely. He did get a bit short of breath when he tried to lie flat in bed. He had never smoked, he wasn't coughing, he had never had symptoms of asthma before. He did have obstructive sleep apnea and was religiously using his CPAP - a machine that exerts slight airway pressure through a face mask to prevent throat obstructions that interrupt breathing at night.
January 11, 2015 |
Radiation is a powerful cancer treatment, but protecting healthy tissue from the scatter of damaging rays is challenging. As a result, women who get radiation for cancer in their left breast - which overlaps the heart - have been found to be at increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer. A new study by Thomas Jefferson University researchers confirms that such women can significantly reduce the incidental radiation dose to their hearts with a simple technique: holding their breath.
January 4, 2015 |
Jack's cry was so weak that Laura wouldn't have heard it if she hadn't already been awake. Earlier that evening, the new mother had noticed that Jack seemed less interested in nursing, but didn't make much of it. But when she heard his soft cry at 2 a.m., she ran to gather him from his crib. There was something different about this cry, and Laura found Jack limp and struggling to breathe. She immediately woke up her husband, Glenn, and rushed their 2-month-old son to the hospital.