October 28, 2009 |
The High Line is a Depression-era elevated rail freight line that runs for almost a mile and a half above street-level and along and through buildings in a part of lower Manhattan that once bustled with factories and warehouses. Active for about 50 years, the steel viaduct was abandoned by the 1980s and became an overgrown secret garden for graffiti artists and urban explorers. In the last decade, that heady New York mix of citizens and celebrities came together to raise awareness and cash to save the High Line, which was threatened with demolition.
February 3, 1988 |
Solomon had it easy: He had only to decide which parent the child belonged to. Solomon wasn't stuck figuring out which mother's egg and which father's sperm should determine parenthood, what womb would nurture the developing infant until birth, or whether the dangers of multiple pregnancies justify selective abortion to improve the odds for remaining fetuses. Today, ethicists puzzle over these concerns, while doctors present the hard choices offered by scientific advances to their patients - people who will have to live lifetimes with the choices they make.
May 8, 2008 |
Whether you're moving, remodeling or staying put, planning a retirement home is an opportunity to create a personal environment that takes into account your future accessibility, safety and financial needs. And, experts say, there is no reason to forget style. Accessibility concerns - whether because of aging or physical limitations - are part of Valarie Costanzo's practice as a real estate agent for Prudential Fox & Roach in Rittenhouse Square and Haddonfield. Costanzo, 57, began concentrating on the accessibility niche after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago. She began helping MS Society clients in search of affordable handicapped-modified housing.
September 22, 2000 |
Volvo's press propaganda for its redesigned Cross Country model, or XC, leaves the distinct impression that the Swedish automaker originated the concept of basing a sport-utility vehicle on a conventional station wagon. "In the truest sense, the Volvo Cross Country is a very Swedish vehicle, as Swedish as the the SUV concept is American," Volvo says. "The XC creation is Swedishness at its finest: a hybrid product that takes two unique concepts - the wagon and the SUV - and combines them into one vehicle that offers flexibility to meet many different tasks.
January 10, 2010 |
From the windows of her fourth-floor office at City Hall, redevelopment director Sandy Forosisky can see the front of 99 Cent Dreams, the 38,000-square-foot value store at the center of what has long been a languishing downtown. Starting in March, that view will change. The Landis Avenue dollar store is slated to be converted into a year-round public market, selling local produce, meat, seafood, specialty items, and prepared food. With it, Forosisky is hoping the city's center will change, too. The $5.62 million project, which Forosisky calls a "mini Reading Terminal," is the foundation for a $59 million city makeover.
July 22, 2014 |
Temple University researchers have used state-of-the-art molecular scissors to cut out dormant HIV hiding in human cells, fueling hopes for curing - not just suppressing - the insidious infection that causes AIDS. The HIV removal experiment was conducted in cells in the lab, and the scissors did not work on every cell, so the approach is a long way from use in the clinic. Still, the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows how new genetic editing technologies could be harnessed to conquer the AIDS virus.
July 22, 1990 |
Steve Leber went to the Soviet Union in 1987 in search of rock and roll. He returned with clowns and acrobats. "I never thought any of their rock groups were exciting," said Leber, an entertainment entrepreneur always on the lookout for a new concept to sell. "So I saw what else the Soviets had to offer, and I flipped over the (Moscow) Circus. " Under Leber's direction, the circus is currently on its third U.S. tour in as many years, and today begins its last week of a one-month run at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.
November 5, 2011 |
JACKSON, Miss. - A chorus of "amens" filled the statehouse in Jackson on Halloween night. About 75 people were gathered for a briefing by backers of a ballot initiative that would make the state the first in the nation to ban abortion by declaring that life begins at conception. "Fighting for preservation of the unborn in the state of Mississippi - that's a cause worth our strongest efforts and our most committed prayers," Brad Prewitt told the crowd. The 42-year-old lawyer heads Yes on 26, a political-action committee whose television ads, signs, and fliers argue that a vote against the proposition is a vote for abortion.
November 3, 1991 |
Back in the mid-1980s, when Robert Bynum was working in the import-export business, he spent a couple of years in Togo, Africa. The experience was a kind of cultural shock, but not the way you might think. "I noticed there was a lot more happening there at night than here in Philadelphia," Bynum said. "All the hotels had things going on and there were tons and tons of French restaurants. " When Bynum, now 34, got back to the States, he decided he'd try to do something to reshape Philadelphia's nightlife.
December 6, 1994 |
Americans usually look to Washington for solutions to social problems. On Sunday, Washington looked to Hollywood. Hollywood, 1938. Asked to comment on Hillary Clinton's criticism of his proposal to ship welfare children to "orphanages," Rep. Newt Gingrich (R., Ga.), told the panelists of NBC's Meet the Press that the First Lady should hie on down "to Blockbuster and rent the Mickey Rooney movie about Boys Town. " This advice, from the man who yesterday was elected speaker of the House of Representatives, confounded the nation's movie lovers, not to mention its social-service professionals.