May 19, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The engineer who derailed an Amtrak train lost his bearings shortly before he accelerated into a dangerous Philadelphia curve last year, likely because he was distracted by radio talk about a SEPTA train struck by rocks, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Their report offered the clearest explanation yet for the May 12 crash of a New York City-bound train that killed eight people and injured about 200. "The engineer's world is one of fallible human decisions and actions in an imperfect environment," said Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
April 19, 2016 |
Thirty years ago, a safety test at a nuclear power plant in the small city of Pripyat, Ukraine, turned into a disaster that the world, and the Ukrainian people, would not forget. Cooling pumps failed. The reactor cores surged and exploded, blowing off the building's roof. For nine days the ensuing meltdown at the power plant called Chernobyl spewed radioactive gases for miles around, forcing the eventual relocation of 120,000 residents. On Sunday the Philadelphia region's Ukrainian community gathered in prayer to remember the catastrophe at the Soviet-built plant, and to mourn Russia's recent war on their nation of origin.
March 20, 2016 |
One paradox of modern health care is as disturbing as it is baffling: Even though almost every 20th-century law aimed at improving drug safety was enacted in response to a pediatric drug disaster, the systems we put in place to improve safety ultimately proved problematic. Cynthia A. Connolly, who has spent decades as a pediatric nurse and is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has been trying to understand why. Recently, she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to finish her book, Children, Drug Therapy, and Pharmaceuticals in the United States, 1906-1979 . Connolly, one of four faculty directors at Penn's Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice, and Research, and fellow at Penn Nursing's Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, spoke to us recently about her work.
December 13, 2015 |
Tucked into a late-night school-code bill passed by the Pennsylvania Senate this week are details that some education-watchers - including the Philadelphia superintendent - say could cripple city schools. Aimed squarely at the Philadelphia School District, the "opportunity schools" language would remove from local control up to five low-performing schools per year. The state Department of Education would seize the struggling schools for at least three years, with the option to either turn them over to a charter or outside manager, or close them.
October 23, 2015
LOVE HIM, hate him or simply be appalled, Donald Trump knows how to goose his fellow Republicans running for president. His latest sound bite to go viral - a criticism of President George W. Bush because the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened on his White House watch - was clearly intended to get a rise out of Gov. Jeb Bush, and it did. As with most criticisms of his brother, Gov. Bush has struggled to project independence without distancing himself from...
September 24, 2015 |
IF PAST IS indeed prologue - I think Bronko Nagurski said that first - then there is indeed a lot at stake on Sunday when the Eagles play the Jets. The number has been quoted often in recent days, that an NFL team that starts 0-2 has a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs. That's based on this math: Since 1990, when the NFL expanded the playoffs to 12 teams, 24 teams that started 0-2 made the playoffs out of 199 teams that started 0-2. So, there's that. But this is the week where the numbers really get serious.
September 22, 2015 |
1. There are a lot of ways to accurately describe the Eagles' running game at this point, but most are not appropriate for a news organization that will be full of Pope Francis coverage this week. We'll just go with abysmal and call it a day. There are all kinds of issues, but the Eagles' inability to get plays blocked up front is killing them They had minus-3 yards on seven carries in the first half, and 7 yards on 17 carries for the game, and looked every bit that bad. It is their worst rushing total since 1961.
August 30, 2015 |
Larry and Kim Glanz were heartbroken when they returned to their house in Ventnor five days after Hurricane Sandy pummeled New Jersey's coastline. On the first floor of their three-bedroom Colonial, furniture and personal belongings were floating in 3 feet of water. Then lightning struck again three months later. While the couple waited for their insurance settlement, water pipes on the second floor froze during a cold snap, soaking the entire property. "The only things that were left post-Sandy were our memories," says Larry Glanz, 63, owner of Natural Sales and Marketing Association in Cherry Hill, where the couple live year-round.
August 26, 2015
A DECADE ago, when Hurricane Katrina poured her wrath on the Gulf Coast, America wasn't prepared for the kind of wholesale destruction we witnessed. The Category 3 storm killed nearly 2,000 people, destroying more than 100,000 homes. But it wasn't just the physical destruction that alarmed us. It was the emotional toll of watching a disaster that could have hit any of us. In the wake of the deluge that tore through levees and destroyed a city, portraits of devastation filled our television screens, and disbelief filled our minds.
July 20, 2015 |
As he runs for president, Gov. Christie is trumpeting rehabilitation for addicts and condemning the war on drugs as a "decades-long disaster. " It's not an approach typically associated with the Republican Party, but Christie balances it by maintaining that dangerous offenders must be locked up. His call last week to replicate New Jersey policy nationally and make treatment programs mandatory for drug-addicted, nonviolent offenders offered voters...