July 18, 2014 |
An Alzheimer's disease expert at Drexel University is testing an unusual approach to the disease: giving the brain what may be a more efficient source of energy. In people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the brain loses its ability to properly metabolize glucose early in the course of disease, said Carol Lippa. This is critical because the brain needs a lot of fuel. "The brain uses, like, 30 percent of your oxygen," she said. "Your brain is really active metabolically, so it needs a really good supply of energy.
June 19, 2014 |
Drexel sports-management professor Ellen Staurowsky couldn't have been surprised she'd get some pushback from NCAA attorneys when she testified Monday and Tuesday at the landmark Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust trial. The main area she was asked to address by the plaintiffs' attorneys, she said, is whether the business practices associated with FBS football and men's basketball are consistent with the NCAA's claims about amateurism. Since Staurowsky is coauthor of a book titled College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur's Myth , you can guess where she stands on the issue.
June 18, 2014 |
Drexel University president John Fry's ambitious plan to create a high-rise, work-study-shop-and-hang-out district around his expanding West Philly campus advanced Monday: Drexel and Baltimore developer James R. Berens ' Wexford Science & Technology L.L.C. said they had completed their $25.15 million purchase of the former University City High School campus from Philadelphia's cash-poor school district. The partners plan to replace the school buildings with a billion dollars' worth of "residential, retail and recreational space, as well as laboratory and research office space and parking," and maybe a K-8 school, the university said in a statement.
June 18, 2014 |
DREXEL University closed on the purchase of University City High School yesterday, netting the school district $21.1 million after closing costs and after paying off a few outstanding loans. Drexel's plans for development of the 14-acre parcel, however, are contingent on the passage of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell's zoning bill this week, which would lift restrictions clearing the way for the university's latest venture. In an interview yesterday, Blackwell said she is confident her bill will pass Thursday, City Council's last session before summer break.
June 13, 2014 |
DREXEL UNIVERSITY is now poised to purchase the old University City High School property in West Philly, following an amendment to a zoning bill that was adopted in City Council yesterday. Pressures from the cash-strapped school district and its immediate need to pay its bills before the fiscal year's end pushed Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and her team to negotiate with neighborhood community groups who had expressed concerns over Drexel's proposal. A deal was struck in the hallway outside chambers just minutes before the zoning bill went before Council for approval, clearing the way for the university to purchase the 14-acre parcel from the school district for $25 million.
June 10, 2014
Philadelphia is a great city to live in or visit, but its beauty and tranquility are being spoiled by those who selfishly ride motorcycles without legal, sound-limiting mufflers in Center City. Why doesn't the Police Department enforce the law? The quality of life in our city should not be ruined by the obnoxiously loud sound of motorcycles roaring up and down our streets. |J. Lippincott, Philadelphia Coarseness pervades daily conversations Our vernacular is becoming even more corrupt in the movies, on television, in stand-up entertainers' presentations, and even in the printed press, which often shelters the middle letters of generally undesirable words.
June 9, 2014 |
A Drexel Hill man has been charged with one count of rape, one count of human trafficking, and other violations in a case authorities said could be "a human-trafficking enterprise. " Kevin Cornish, 42, was arrested Friday after he allegedly tricked an 18-year-old woman into filling out an application for an escort service. She helped authorities find the apartment where he had taken her, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood said Saturday. The woman, who lives in Philadelphia, was looking for job possibilities online on Craigslist, Chitwood said, when she came across an ad seeking home-health workers.
June 4, 2014 |
RASHANN LONDON was in a rush. It was a tepid, spring daybreak last April as London scurried down the gray-carpeted stairs of his brick-patterned row home in Mount Airy. He rushed to the door with his gym bag around his body, fully stocked, ready for the road. London met his coach outside his home right off Wadsworth and Michener avenues. He leapt into the black pickup and slammed his passenger door shut. But before he could depart, his cellphone chirped: buzz, buzz. He looked down to see a call from Nate London, his father.
June 2, 2014 |
At the beginning of Saturday, four city schools were among 20 teams vying for the 2014 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester. By the end of the day, none was among the top eight in the Cup Division that will compete for a national title Sunday. Drexel, Penn, St. Joseph's, and Temple combined to go 2-10 against their pools during the first two days of the tournament. One of the victories occurred when two city schools were matched up - Drexel defeated Temple, 12-7, Saturday afternoon.