March 2, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's proposed tax on sugary soft drinks is designed to raise money for several ambitious plans, including universal pre-kindergarten. If the tax is approved by City Council (and survives challenges from the soda industry), reduced consumption might mean not just more money for Philadelphia, but fewer health problems, too, in the following areas: Obesity. Sugary drinks are major culprits in the obesity epidemic. Non-diet soda, sweetened ice teas, and sports and energy drinks can have 16 teaspoons or more in just one 20-ounce serving.
August 23, 2002 |
As X Gamers file out of town, we leave energy drinks and high-protein bars to get back to the things that make summer simmer: junk food and the carbonated, caloric world of soda. There's certainly something mighty and militaristic when a soft drink-maker hooks up with CAA, Creative Artists Agency, the Ninjalike Hollywood uber-management company. Suddenly, Sprite's slate of basketball competitions synergized with BMX bikers and b-boy music seems more like Gladiator, much grander than the X Games, with its musical acts positioning themselves as a Greek (or would that be Roman?
November 18, 2012
"The president brought up that he hadn't always had the best relationship with business, and he didn't think he deserved that, but he understood that's where things were and wanted it to be better. " - David M. Cote, CEO, Honeywell, after a meeting of business executives with President Obama at the White House. "Choices made by Jon Corzine during his tenure as chairman and CEO sealed MF Global's fate. " - Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R., Texas) on results of congressional oversight panel on the fall of MF Global.
February 11, 2013
Winter's cruelest months A recent study has found that more fatal heart attacks and strokes occur in winter than at other times of the year After studying about 1.7 million death certificates filed between 2005 and 2008, cardiologists Bryan Schwartz and Robert A. Kloner found a 26 percent to 36 percent greater death rate from heart attacks in winter than in summer. The worst months are December, January, February, and early March. The doctors analyzed the cause of death for people in seven areas, including Pennsylvania.
May 21, 2016 |
As friction over Mayor Kenney's sugary drinks tax emerged in City Council on Thursday, momentum still seemed to be moving in one direction - toward funding an expansion of prekindergarten. An alternative revenue stream was proposed. Members opposed to Kenney's tax said that option, a beverage container tax, was one they could stomach. And Council President Darrell L. Clarke vowed that the body would reach consensus - while introducing his own competing plan for how pre-K should be implemented.
March 6, 2008
No signs of horse abuse at Valley Forge I was distressed to read the article referencing alleged horse abuse at Valley Forge Military Academy and College ("Horse-abuse charges denied at academy," Feb. 26). I have been riding there on a regular basis for over a year, and my observations and experience are exactly the opposite. I have never seen any signs of abuse, neglect or mistreatment at any time. To the contrary, I have been very impressed by how well the staff cares for and treats the horses.
March 16, 2009 |
No longer the best player without a World Golf Championship, Phil Mickelson won a spirited duel to win the CA Championship in Doral, Fla., yesterday and put himself in position to reach No. 1 in the world. Mickelson, taken to a hospital on the eve of the final round with heat exhaustion and dehydration, survived seven lead changes in 11 holes against Nick Watney before hanging on with seven pars for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory. Mickelson won for the second time in three starts and moved to No. 2 in the world ranking, as close to Tiger Woods as he has ever been.
March 14, 2010
Mayor Nutter's so-called soda tax has focused attention on the city's obesity epidemic. That is a good thing. But his proposed hefty tax on sugary drinks will not have the desired impact on improving the health of city residents. Indeed, the measure is really just a new business tax - something Nutter promised he would not raise. But the mayor is desperate to generate revenue to balance the city's nearly $4 billion annual budget. The 2-cents-per-ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages - including soda, energy drinks, ice tea, and chocolate milk - is projected to generate more than $70 million a year.
March 10, 2011 |
The price of being competitive Zack Greinke never heard John Kruk's famous quip: "I'm not an athlete; I'm a baseball player. " Unfortunately, the ultra-competitive former AL Cy Young Award winner and spotlight acquisition of Milwaukee's offseason suffered hairline fractures in a couple of ribs while playing basketball at the Brewers camp in Maryvale, Ariz. "I've been doing this for a couple of years now, and people are always saying, 'You're going to get hurt.' It finally caught up to me," Greinke told reporters.
March 20, 2012 |
Why are 70 million Americans having trouble getting a good night's sleep? Let us count the ways: We are over-caffeinated (coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks, snacks) and over-medicated (prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including alcohol), wreaking havoc with slumber patterns. We are over-wired (video games, Web browsing, social media, texting) and overstressed (money, work, relationships, overloaded schedules), making us too restless to doze off when we should. We are overworked (longer hours, night shifts incompatible with our biological clocks)