September 1, 2013 |
Amid ongoing ethical debate over the parental tactics that led to a lung transplant for 11-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, many experts are acknowledging a crucial point: Janet and Francis Murnaghan were right. National lung-transplant allocation rules have unfairly denied children under 12 the chance to get lungs from adult donors. In an editorial last month in New England Journal, two such experts credited the parents with calling attention to the inequity - but not before criticizing them for waging a media and legal campaign to save Sarah.
April 5, 2013
By Jim McGovern Included in a really spectacular Easter vigil sermon was this poem by Emily Dickinson. Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune - without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me. Hope.
April 4, 2013 |
Once upon a time a magic kingdom, designed by children and built by volunteers, sprouted almost overnight in Evesham. It had turrets and slides, jiggly stairs, secret passages, sandboxes, and a pirate ship with anchors on the side, all made of wood. Children from around the township and beyond came to Memorial Field to play in it. But 21 years passed. The park grew tired and began to splinter. And so, this month, bulldozers will demolish the Scott Rand Playground, named for the late resident who guided its creation.
March 1, 2013 |
It's like going to a great party with lots of champagne: Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical is so much fun, so spectacular to look at, with so many danceable songs, that we all just bounced out of the Academy of Music on Tuesday night. Based on the 1994 Australian movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert , the musical follows three friends, all drag queens, from Sydney to Alice Springs, where, among other things, they finally climb Ayer's Rock. Priscilla is the name of the jalopy of a bus that takes Tick to see the wife and son nobody knew he had. The show is not only a blinged-up razzle-dazzler full of feathers and sparkles but is also full of heart and important lessons about tolerance and love and friendship.
February 15, 2013 |
Jen Cohan had spent all morning primping her kids for a Christmas card photo shoot. The only thing missing was Elke, the family rat terrier. Elke was 16 and had been ill for months. Before she started looking, Jen knew: Elke was dead. "What do you do when your chickens die?" she texted her friend, an urban farmer. "Beth Beverly," he replied. Beverly is a Philadelphia taxidermist who specializes in a more creative type of mount. "Elke might end up a hat or a Christmas tree topper," Jen's friend warned, but Jen had worked in fashion and needed little convincing.
December 14, 2012 |
THE NINE NOMINEES selected by Mayor Nutter to serve on the Philadelphia Housing Authority board came before City Council on Wednesday to answer questions regarding their plans to help move the troubled agency forward. But one nominee - Joan Markman, the city's chief integrity officer and former prosecutor for both the U.S. Attorney's Office and the District Attorney's Office - caused some Council members to balk. "She has all of this federal background, but none relates to tenants, housing, PHA," said Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.
October 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that's a federal crime. This is a significant religious and cultural issue for many tribes, who were consulted in advance about the policy the department announced Friday. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and other federal wildlife laws criminalize the killing of eagles and possession of feathers and bird parts, but the Constitution and federal laws also give tribes local sovereignty for self-government.
August 9, 2012
Dom Giordano's op-ed regarding Chick-fil-A on Aug. 7 left me confused, since he usually takes a pragmatic view. This time he goes out of his way to misstate facts, leave out facts he's aware of and continue a personal political vendetta, not to mention his grandstanding on an issue that no one else in Philadelphia did, including members of the LGBT community. Only Dom Giordano. First, all sensible people support freedom of speech, even speech that is offensive to us. It's in the Constitution.
May 11, 2012 |
It's a safe bet that rookie Simon Pagenaud will never forget this week's visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Doing the typically insane 200 mph, Pagenaud hit a bird, which caused a sizable dent in the grill protecting the radiator. "I saw the birds, but I didn't know [I hit one]," Pagenaud said. "I didn't even know it was in the car. I just thought they flew away. " It's doubtful the wayward bird, rest his [or her] soul, ever knew what hit him [or her]. Pagenaud's crew needed 20 minutes to fix the damage.
April 5, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The discovery of a giant meat-eating dinosaur sporting a downy coat has some scientists reimagining the look of Tyrannosaurus rex. With a killer jaw and sharp claws, T. rex has long been depicted in movies and popular culture as having scaly skin. But the discovery of an earlier relative suggests the king of dinosaurs may have had a softer side. The evidence comes from the unearthing of a new tyrannosaur species in northeastern China that lived 60 million years before T. rex. The fossil record preserved remains of fluffy down, making it the largest feathered dinosaur ever found.