June 27, 2016 |
It was clear throughout the trial that Chaka Fattah never thought it would happen - never thought it could happen - that he would really lose it all. Through four weeks of damning testimony, the 11-term congressman who had so long dominated the stratosphere of Philly politics came across as all cool confidence and smiles. He smiled after prosecutors explained how he orchestrated an illegal $1 million loan for his floundering 2007 mayoral campaign and then paid it back with stolen money.
June 1, 2016 |
AT A glance, Joey Warchal knew something was very wrong. He loved everything he saw during a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary - Al Capone's cell most of all, but something was very wrong. A tour guide said the Prohibition-era gangster was incarcerated in 1929 and 1930. "The radio featured in the display is historically inaccurate," Warchal politely emailed Eastern State Penitentiary senior vice president Sean Kelley after his tour. "As an antique collector specializing in radios," Warchal said "the radio displayed is a Philco A-361, made in January 1942," after Capone had departed Eastern State.
May 23, 2016 |
One of the biggest challenges for the companies now racing to develop T-cell therapies for cancer is figuring out how to make personalized, living products on an assembly-line scale. Each patient's own T-cells - the soldiers of the immune system - must be siphoned from the blood, coaxed to multiply, genetically engineered to recognize and attack cancer cells, then returned to the patient. Now, Cellectis, a French biotechnology company partnering with Pfizer, says it has used gene-editing technology to achieve a major advance: a "universal" T-cell product, made with healthy donor cells and used "off-the-shelf.
May 12, 2016
One person was airlifted to a hospital after a fire was reported in an inmate's cell Tuesday evening at Graterford prison in Montgomery County, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the reported fire shortly after 6 p.m. at the State Correctional Institution Graterford in Skippack Township. The fire was extinguished and the person, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for burns, authorities said. The cause of the fire was not immediately available.
May 9, 2016 |
Security is an issue no matter where you live or in what, and condominiums are no exception. From Weiser Lock Corp., the lock manufacturer, come some ways to be safe in your condo building. It should go without saying, but be mindful of others even when you're inside your building, says Weiser expert Steve Kolobaric. Pay attention when walking in stairwells, meet your neighbors, and know the general layout of the building, he said. If the front entrance to your condo requires a key pass, don't feel it's rude not to hold the door open for someone just behind you. "Just think - if they're a tenant, they should be happy that you're not letting unknown people into the building," Kolobaric said.
March 24, 2016 |
Temple University researchers used a gene-editing technique to remove HIV DNA from the type of human immune cells where the virus can maintain a simmering reservoir of infection. The experiment, building on the researchers' previous HIV gene-editing work, was conducted in T cells growing in lab dishes. Whether it works in actual patients remains to be seen. Still, the study bolsters the concept that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be cured, not just controlled in a latent stage by antiviral drugs.
March 17, 2016 |
University researchers and biotech firms worldwide are racing to study a powerful new gene-editing technique that holds the promise to treat hereditary diseases. Along with them is Michael Zhang, a senior at Conestoga High School. The 18-year-old from Berwyn just won a $75,000 prize for his work in the field. He was one of nine high school students recognized Tuesday night in Washington in the national Intel Science Talent Search. Asked if he had plans for his prize money, Zhang said it would go toward his tuition at Harvard University.
January 15, 2016
Talking on a cellphone while driving in the Holland Tunnel to Jersey City, N.J., resulted in the arrest of a man wanted on a warrant in West Chester, a Port Authority Police Department spokesman said Wednesday. The arrest happened about 7 p.m. Tuesday night, after police pulled over a U-Haul rental van in the tunnel. A police statement said the driver, Mitchell Neil Thompson, 24, of 1205 Elm St. in Reading, had been driving erratically because he was busy with a cellphone. "The fingers of his right hand were manipulating the screen and his eyes were not on the roadway," the statement said.
January 4, 2016
When traveling abroad, it's rather easy to unwittingly run up huge bills on your cellular phone. Consider the international options provided by your cellular carrier, as well as ways you can use a phone on your trip to minimize unpleasant surprises. Most major cellphone companies offer some type of international plan so U.S.-based phones will work overseas. Coverage is quite good in populated areas, and alliances between carriers in different countries often mean a seamless voice/data/text experience.
January 4, 2016 |
What will 2016 bring in the way of medical advances? As president and CEO of Philadelphia's University City Science Center, an incubator of medical research, Stephen Tang has an uncommon vantage point on that question. He predicts gene therapy, an experimental technique that uses genes to treat or prevent disease, and health information technology will boom this year. He spoke to us recently about the center and what lies ahead. Tell us more about the Science Center.