March 9, 2014 |
With surgery and chemotherapy, Roberta Bash, 67, of Downingtown beat advanced-stage ovarian cancer in 2010. Then, it came back. "Cancer can go dormant, and I didn't know that," she said. The second time, Bash wanted to explore all her options - including an experimental treatment at Penn Medicine that manipulates a patient's tumor cells to trigger an immune response. So, during her surgery last March, instead of allowing her tumor to be tossed out or donated for research, she saved it. The company StoreMyTumor, which markets itself as a concierge service for tumors, negotiated the tissue's harvest, processing, and cryopreservation.
March 1, 2014 |
Juanita Abernathy extended her left arm across the lectern, illustrating how white men positioned their rifles as she and fellow activists marched in Chicago in the heat of the civil rights movement. "All you could hear was our feet on the concrete," she recalled. "We didn't allow them to stop us. " In the same ballroom on Rowan University's Glassboro campus where Martin Luther King III channeled his father's message last month, Abernathy instructed students Thursday afternoon to ceaselessly push forward for equality.
February 26, 2014 |
With the possibility that Kimmo Timonen retires after the season and Andrej Meszaros signs a free-agent contract elsewhere this summer, the Flyers' defense could have a lot of changes next year. The good news is that the Flyers have the rights to some talented young defensemen who are with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, or playing for junior, European or college teams. "Everybody has to find their identity or what's going to enable them to make it to the next level," Chris Pryor, the Flyers' ever-traveling director of scouting, said recently.
February 25, 2014 |
A week after Comcast Corp. agreed to pay $45.2 billion for Time Warner Cable Co. and its 11 million paying customers, 50,000 workers, $22 billion in yearly sales and high profits, Facebook pledged Thursday to spend almost half as much for WhatsApp , a tiny Silicon Valley firm that's giving away free smartphone-messaging apps. "It's easy to say that Facebook severely overpaid," but that's the kind of gamble Internet giants make to try and stay on top, writes James M. Meyer , boss at $1 billion asset Tower Bridge Advisors of Conshohocken, in a report to clients of brokerage Boenning & Scattergood . Popular smartphone apps, like cable TV boxes, help consumers find - and advertisers fund - the tech and video flooding the world.
February 24, 2014 |
The tricky thing about the 76ers' moves before Thursday's trade deadline is finding a proper way to define them and assess them. They got rid of Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Lavoy Allen. In exchange, the Sixers received five players - one was Earl Clark, whom they cut hours later - and six second-round picks in a series of moves. But is this a cause for fans to celebrate? Everyone knew the Sixers were looking for first-round picks and expiring contracts for Turner and Hawes.
February 23, 2014 |
Sam Hinkie owned Thursday's trade deadline and the 76ers general manager will likely stake ownership of the June 26 NBA draft. The Sixers made four trades, dealing Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, and Lavoy Allen and acquiring Danny Granger from Indiana, BJ Mullens (L.A. Clippers), Earl Clark, and Henry Sims (Cleveland), and Eric Maynor (Washington). Clark has since been waived. The Sixers acquired the following second-round picks - Cleveland's and Memphis' in 2014, Golden State's (2015)
February 19, 2014 |
Only 20 years ago, La Traviata was nearly unperformable due to a lack of true Verdi sopranos able to meet the vocal and dramatic demands of the central role. Now, a typical night at, say, the Latvian State Opera has a vocally capable, dramatic adept Violetta. And the way the Academy of Vocal Arts turns out Italianate singers, the rosy fortunes of Verdi's most durable opera won't change anytime soon. The new production that opened Saturday had a consistently mighty cast that sometimes seemed on the verge of breaking down the walls of the tiny Helen Corning Warden Theater.
February 14, 2014 |
NEARLY 66 PERCENT of the season is over for the 76ers. That might draw a cheer from some or a groan from others who know that 28 games still remain. So what possibly could there be to look forward to in these final games that will take place once the All-Star break is over? Is there anything we could possibly learn about the future of this organization from here on out? Will the roster change at all before the Feb. 20 trading deadline? What about the coaching staff? Are the players still on board with Brett Brown, despite having lost 39 of their 54 games?
February 10, 2014 |
Here's a characteristic that might not immediately come to mind when you think about the design of the space you're living in: Is it flexible? Change is inevitable, as technology's ever-shifting shapes and swift-moving currents remind us again and again. Consider your television. Chances are pretty good that it looks a whole lot different than it did several years ago - much bigger and much thinner, and maybe mounted on the wall. And it's likely that, in the not-too-distant future, the way programs are delivered will be Internet-based.
February 10, 2014 |
Winter's tedium dispatched Ruben Amaro Jr. to a nondescript banquet room at a Jersey Shore country club, where a day-old snowstorm served as the backdrop for one of the Phillies' many minor-league caravan stops. This sleepy offseason was met with apathy, and Amaro's charge this January day was to peddle a team with few expectations to a dozen tables of fans at a $40-per-plate dinner. Just before facing those fans, the Phillies general manager spoke in the country club's near-empty basement decorated in red and blue and with a portable parquet dance floor.