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February 4, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle University, for the first time in its 151-year history, will be led by a lay president rather than a Christian brother - and its new leader might be a woman. "This will be quite a transition," said James Gallagher, interim president of the 6,200-student university in Philadelphia's Logan section. "I believe the university is ready for it. " La Salle has announced two finalists for the post: Colleen M. Hanycz, head of Brescia University College, a Catholic school in London, Ontario, that is Canada's only university-level women's college, and Anthony Joseph Aretz, president of Mount St. Joseph University, a Catholic school in Cincinnati.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler said Friday in Philadelphia that Johnson & Johnson officials were "at best" misleading when they told the FDA in 2005 that there was no correlation between the drug Risperdal and higher levels of breast growth in adolescent boys. It was Kessler's third day testifying for the plaintiffs, a mother and father from Alabama, who sued J&J and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals subsidiary in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court because their severely autistic son developed breasts after taking the antipsychotic drug from 2002 through 2007.
SPORTS
January 31, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly got his man - after Brian Gaine interviewed and decided to stay with the Texans, after Scott Fitterer interviewed and decided to stay with the Seahawks, after Chris Ballard, Jon Robinson, Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutenkunst, and Joe Hortiz declined to interview with the Eagles or their teams declined, and after Chris Polian and Chris Grier interviewed before eventual hire Ed Marynowitz had. And those were only the candidates to be Kelly's second-in-personnel-command...
BUSINESS
January 30, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Kessler, the former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner, testified Wednesday that as a pediatrician, it "certainly is a red flag to me" that a Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. study of the use of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal in young children and adolescents, mainly boys, showed high rates of breast growth. Kessler was FDA commissioner from 1990 to 1997, when Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, received approval in 1993 for the drug to be prescribed to adults with psychosis.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOAN MARKMAN stood in a large, drafty city-owned room in Hunting Park in January 2009, telling 30 Licenses & Inspections workers that the days of tips and freebies were over. Shouting to be heard over blowers from a heating system in the ceiling, Markman was flexing her new muscles as Mayor Nutter's first chief integrity officer. "If you work for the city of Philadelphia, there's no such thing as a tip," she said. "That word shouldn't even be in your vocabulary. " The workers, bundled up for their foray into the cold city streets, applauded her, but it wasn't clear how many actually got the message.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was almost home free. On his 23d birthday in 1967, Marine Lt. Ron Castille was leading a platoon on a search-and-destroy mission in Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was hit in the leg by a Viet Cong machine-gun round and evacuated from the fight. For a moment, it seemed he was on his way to the safety of the rear. But just as the Marine helicopter bearing Castille was clearing the battle zone, a burst of enemy fire raked the thin metal skin of its fuselage, tearing another and much more serious wound in his leg. Military surgeons said they had no choice but to amputate.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A firefighter with close ties to political officials in both parties - and who had little supervisory experience in the last decade - has been named the new fire chief and EMS director in Westampton Township, Burlington County. His salary is $90,000. The appointment of Jason Carty at a hastily scheduled special meeting last month has raised concerns from local residents about how he got the job. Acting Chief Craig Farnsworth, who had been a lieutenant and who has a master's degree in emergency and disaster management, was passed over for the position, which attracted 18 candidates locally and from states as far away as Missouri and North Carolina.
SPORTS
January 9, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took Chip Kelly less than four weeks to hire a coaching staff of 26 after he was named Eagles head coach two years ago, but it could take as long for him to find the one man who will be his second-in-command in personnel. Although he has made many coaching hires, Kelly has never had to hire an NFL senior scout. He will look for someone who checks off the typical requirements in any job - someone who is intelligent, committed, a leader, congenial - but he also has to find someone who fits his vision for the position.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
When Paul Steinke arrived in 2001 to become the new general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, the beloved Philadelphia institution was in need of a delicate update and future vision. To remain relevant, one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the country had to evolve without losing its diversity or historic character. Thirteen years later, the market has been significantly reshaped by expanded hours, a major redesign, and several bright new tenants. Visitors since 2003 have increased by 30 percent, to 6.2 million people a year.
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