September 12, 2014 |
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Chesterbrook-based drugmaker that sells testosterone-replacement and other treatments for men with erectile-dysfunction issues, says it has cut 30 percent of its staff and consolidated its three sales forces into two. The company said it hopes the cuts will save $75 million a year so it can speed development of therapies for other conditions. "Auxilium has faced significant challenges this year, in particular a dramatic decline in the testosterone-replacement therapy market," chief executive officer Adrian Adams said in a statement.
September 12, 2014 |
On Saturday, Tara Toocheck hurried to log onto Skype and talk to her son, Nikolas, halfway around the world. "Mommy, I feel so great. I feel fresh," the boy, 11, told his mother back in Pocopson Township, Chester County. "Now, I want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. " An hour earlier, Nikolas had crossed the finish line of a 26.2-mile race in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. Nikolas isn't old enough to join the cross-country team at his school. But when the preteen finished the Kazbegi Marathon, he accomplished in less than two years a feat most people don't in a lifetime: He had run a marathon on every continent.
August 31, 2014 |
When Lawrence Davidson was coordinator of West Chester University's veterans center, he called the Phillies for free tickets - even though the Iraq war veteran is a Yankees fan from outside Syracuse, N.Y. Call it an act of devotion to his fellow veterans. Davidson, who started as the new director of the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs early this month, said he planned to focus on strengthening a sense of community among the county's veterans, who numbered about 32,650 in 2012.
August 26, 2014 |
During a preseason soccer scrimmage at Downingtown High School East, an incoming freshman going for a header collided with another player and fell to the ground in tears. After that, her coach did something that used to be routine, but has increasingly come under scrutiny: He put her back in the game, according to a lawsuit filed by her family last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against the district, the coach, and others. The suit says the girl, now 16 and identified as M.U., suffered a traumatic brain injury that made her miss most of freshman year and that continues to cause headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and other symptoms two years after the collision on Aug. 20, 2012.
August 22, 2014 |
Anticipation. Excitement. A little bit of fear. These emotions run through Heidi Brett each time she puts her clay art pieces into a wood kiln. There's no way to control patterns the flames and ash make as they brush against the artwork inside. All Brett can do is hope for the best when the kiln's door opens. "And then it's Christmas," said Brett, arts program manager at the nonprofit Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs. The West Chester resident sometimes travels to Baltimore to use a community wood kiln there.
August 15, 2014 |
A longtime West Goshen Township supervisor was killed Wednesday when he was hit by a pickup truck on his way out of a West Chester supermarket. Robert White, 77, was struck as the driver backed up and hit both him and the front entrance to the ShopRite on West Chester Pike, said his wife of 52 years. "I always yelled at him, 'Pay attention to your surroundings,' " Judith White said a few hours after the crash. "Maybe if he had looked up and seen her coming he could have jumped out of the way?"
August 9, 2014 |
Responding to a subpoena, the Coatesville Area School District has turned over its internal investigative report about district management to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. "The district has and will continue to comply directly with any grand jury subpoena we receive," said the district's attorney, Matt Haverstick, who conducted the internal investigation into district finances and the conduct of administrators and school board members. This comes two weeks after District Attorney Thomas Hogan publicly told Coatesville's school district to hand over the taxpayer-funded report.
July 30, 2014 |
A Kennett Square massage therapist who sexually assaulted four female patients was sentenced Monday to seven to 14 years in prison. The incidents occurred while William Eric Webb, 44, was giving them myofascial-release treatments between 2011 and 2012, according to Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan. "I remember talking about it with my wife, and she just said, this is every woman's worst nightmare," Hogan said after the sentencing in County Court. "You trust your doctor.
July 27, 2014 |
Chester County contractor Jeff Morrison looked at the forgettable facade of Jennifer and Michael Mankowski's home, a stuccoed, farmhouse-style exterior. But what he actually saw was a circa-1900 house begging to emerge. His partner, designer Courtney Kish, saw it, too. They envisioned using different textures (stone, cedar shake, faux-wood siding, and some stucco) to delineate the house's existing separate sections - a style that defined the classic Chester County farmhouse look.
July 16, 2014 |
Members of a Coatesville family seeking to learn how their son's heart disappeared after his death in Greece two years ago will have to find answers outside of a courtroom, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell tossed out the family's claims against Greece and an Athens hospital, saying they had not met the high burden required to sue a foreign government in U.S. courts. In a ruling Thursday, the judge did, however, clear the way for the parents of Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup to pursue a claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress against the U.S. government, which the family says withheld information about his incomplete remains.