July 20, 2015 |
The path to David Casarett's new book began when one of his patients at Penn Medicine's Wissahickon Hospice asked him if medical marijuana could help her. As usual with such questions, he scoffed, telling her the drug was still illegal and there was no evidence to support its use. His patient, a retired English professor, pushed him for more information. He discovered that there was indeed research, and she knew more about it than he did. "She was tough," he said. He promised he would look into it for her. That was about a year and a half ago. The result of his quest - Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana - was published last week.
July 8, 2015 |
Don't look for light cinematic fare for the opening Tuesday of the Philadelphia gay film festival qFLIX. Its second annual iteration, which runs through Sunday, will lead with a moody romantic drama, Beautiful Something , set here and shot by local director Joseph Graham. And the weighty stuff continues, with documentaries whose titles speak to global LGBT struggles, among them A Sinner in Mecca andthe savage, Ugandan-made Outed: The Painful Reality . One film being buzzed about in Philadelphia's gay community, however, has a comic streak as wide as the United States: Be Who You Are , a deceptively simple, charming, buoyant documentary to premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday at Prince Music Theater.
June 23, 2015 |
They've found musket balls and shell fragments, the expected refuse of battle. Archaeologists and volunteers combing the grounds of the Red Bank Battlefield this month have unearthed at least 150 artifacts, about 50 of them tied to the crucial Revolutionary War fight 238 years ago. But they have also discovered objects with a more personal, human connection, said Wade Catts, regional cultural director of JMA, a division of Commonwealth Cultural...
March 13, 2015 |
AS A YOUNGSTER growing up in King of Prussia with a fascination for science and math, Jayatri Das enjoyed spending time at the Franklin Institute. As with many Philadelphia-area students, walking through the giant heart made an impression on her. Today, Jayatri Das, Ph.D., is chief bioscientist at the institute, where she led the team that created the museum's largest exhibit, Your Brain, which opened last June. Tonight, Das will be among four women scientists to be spotlighted in the fifth annual "Color of Science" program at the Franklin Institute.
March 12, 2015 |
Commonwealth Court ruled Tuesday that Discovery Charter School in West Philadelphia can appeal to the state its case for adding students because the Philadelphia School Reform Commission refused to vote on the school's expansion request. The three-judge panel sent the case back to the state Charter Appeal Board, which said in April 2014 that it had no jurisdiction because the SRC had never acted on the school's request for an amendment. Commonwealth Court said that the SRC's inaction constituted a denial and that Discovery had the right to present its case to the appeals board.
February 26, 2015 |
RENNARD EAST was looking for some family history. What he found was American history. For years, East (whose first name is pronounced reh-NARD) had known that his forebears settled in Philadelphia after leaving South Carolina in the 1920s. But he couldn't figure out why they migrated north. Thanks to Kenyatta Berry, one of the sleuths from the PBS series "Genealogy Roadshow," East has learned that the reason for the family's move was, as she put it, "something that changed American history and African-American history.
November 8, 2014 |
HARD TO BELIEVE that an item about an anaconda is leading Tattle and Nicki Minaj is nowhere to be found. But on Dec. 7, Discovery will air a show called "Eaten Alive," in which Paul Rosolie will be, uh, eaten alive by a snake. Well, he won't actually be eaten alive, since (spoiler alert) he will still be alive at the end of the show. Talk about a manwich. The Washington Post , which regularly deals with more snakes than perhaps any newspaper, reports that Rosolie accomplished the feat wearing a "custom-built snake-proof suit," covering himself in pig's blood to make himself appetizing.
October 30, 2014 |
Construction of a built-in pool in a charming section of Riverton came to a "screaming" stop when a worker discovered a human skull Monday afternoon. Tuesday, the normally quiet riverfront neighborhood with turn-of-the century mansions was transformed into a crime scene with police, detectives, and an anthropologist studying what appeared to be particularly old remains. How old? Joel Bewley, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, could only say "very" old until experts do a thorough analysis to determine the age, gender, identity, and cause of death, and how the skeletal remains got to the spot about six feet deep in the 600 block of Bank Avenue.
June 7, 2014 |
Jacquelyn Y. Kelley, 60, of Philadelphia, founder and CEO of Discovery Charter School, died Sunday, June 1, of an infection at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mrs. Kelley was a gifted educator and entrepreneur who devoted her life to the city's schoolchildren. "She had a vision, and she made sure she saw it all the way through," said her daughter, Kimberly S. Kelley. Mrs. Kelley rose through the ranks in the Philadelphia School District before becoming chief instructional officer for a start-up charter school.
February 2, 2014 |
We'd been planning the trip since Lauren was 7, soon after I heard about the Sweet 16 parties South Jersey parents threw for their girls. Elaborate occasions with multi-course meals, tributes, and even a first dance with Dad seemed more fitting for a bride than for an adolescent's coming-of-age. Soon after my own 16th birthday, I'd left home for a summer tour of Europe. I couldn't re-create that life-altering trip for Lauren, but I wanted to at least give her a taste of it. The idea came when I'd married her father 10 months after relocating from the West Coast to join his family.