February 5, 2015 |
When Mandy Edwards tells people that she has a 17-year-old son and a 5-month-old daughter, they assume the second baby was an accident. But they have it all wrong. It was the first pregnancy, the one that happened when Mandy was just 19 - a college sophomore, part-time model, and aspiring music writer - that was unplanned. It took five drugstore test kits and an ultrasound to convince her that she was actually pregnant. "When I found out I was going to have this baby, that changed things," she says.
October 24, 2014 |
The gulf was not immediately apparent as Alex Klein spoke Wednesday. The 24-year-old tech entrepreneur was low-key as he chatted up juniors and seniors at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School - casual in a checkered shirt, Nikes with a pink swoosh, and holding a small cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. "Is that cool?" Klein asked before passing around a box containing the $150, build-it-yourself Kano computer he has invented and is turning into a global company with help from Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.
October 21, 2014
L INDSEY SCANNAPIECO, 28, of South Philadelphia, is managing partner and principal of Scout Ltd., which redevelops vacant properties. It recently won a competition to redevelop the vacant, eight-story Edward W. Bok Technical High School, on 9th Street near Mifflin. The daughter of prominent condo/apartment developer Tom Scannapieco, the Philly native moved back in June after five years in London. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Scout? A: I founded a company in London in 2011 and worked on projects to repurpose vacant, unused spaces.
August 19, 2014 |
College season is upon us, so we thought it would be helpful to look at some overlooked advantages of 529 college savings plans. These 529 plans "come with a number of important advantages beyond just tax credits, as compared to other savings vehicles," said Steven D. Brett, president of Marcum Financial Services in New York. "Many people don't realize how much flexibility a 529 plan gives them or the role it can play in planning for future generations, once their own children complete their educations.
June 22, 2014 |
Kamri Staples was determined to let nothing stop her drive to a career in medicine - not the chaos in Chester's struggling public schools, not lack of money, not even a bureaucratic screw-up that evidently robbed her of a chance to transfer to elite Episcopal Academy. Now, by winning a national honor that makes her a rarity in the troubled district, the 17-year-old can laugh at what she calls her one moment of high anxiety: when she got to watch a gall bladder removal during a Lankenau Science Symposium, right around lunchtime.
June 19, 2014 |
Hello there Sean still remembers when Jamie transferred into the sixth-grade class at Nazareth Academy Grade School in Northeast Philadelphia in 1997. With just 27 students, a new girl - especially a cute one - made an impression. Back then, Sean was quiet and shy, Jamie said. They hardly talked at first, but she suspected he had a crush on her. He did, but never acted on it. With so few classmates, "Everyone was friends, and we all hung out together," Sean remembered. After eighth-grade graduation, Jamie, who grew up in Southampton and Horsham, continued at Nazareth Academy High School, and Sean, who grew up in the Northeast, went to Holy Ghost Prep.
June 17, 2014 |
The story of Lincoln University's beginnings routinely highlights the benevolent white Presbyterian minister who founded the first degree-granting institution for African Americans. The Rev. John Miller Dickey started the historically black university in Chester County. James Ralston Amos and his brother, Thomas Henry Amos, were students, among the first to graduate. But in a retelling that shakes up a 160-year history, Cheryl Reneé Gooch, a dean at the school, elevates the Amos brothers' contribution.
May 17, 2014 |
Rowan University Police Sgt. Joseph Barnett and two fellow officers were keeping the peace on a bar-closing detail shortly before 2 a.m. a year ago when a young man on a bicycle clipped a curb, catapulted over the handlebars, and, tangled in his bike, crashed like a torpedo. "When he hit the ground, he hit headfirst," Barnett said. "You could hear him hit. " Blood pumped from his nose and mouth, pooling fast around him. Despite the possibility of a neck injury, the officers moved him. "If we didn't move him, he would have aspirated and drowned," Barnett said.
May 5, 2014 |
DENVER - We were four female independent journalists of a certain age. Let's say circling above and below 50. We were vodka-martini type of women, white wine chilled, maybe in extremis a whiskey on the rocks. We bonded while attending the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Denver, between meetings on the epidemic of allergic reactions among children, the health dangers of fracking, and a seminar on the effort to map the brain. But while we hustled from meeting to meeting, our reporters' instincts drew us to the big story literally at our doorstep: Marijuana was now legal in Colorado.
March 13, 2014 |
The phone call came at dinnertime, and I could tell instantly that the daughter on the other end was uncomfortable. So we talked of the usual stuff - her life, ours, how things were going in graduate school. And then we got to the point. Our daughter wanted us to know that she would be moving in with her then-boyfriend. Soon. She methodically gave me the new address. I methodically wrote it down. But as it was happening, I knew, standing at the kitchen counter more than 25 years ago, that we'd crossed another generational border.