May 22, 2014 |
Two doctors' groups are defending a tissue-cutting device that makes gynecological surgery less invasive but in rare cases spreads a hidden uterine cancer. Electric morcellators, introduced in 1993, are used to dissect the uterus or uterine fibroids so tissue can be removed through small abdominal incisions. They have come under scrutiny in recent months because the motorized blade can disseminate bits of undetected cancer. Many hospitals have halted their use; the Food and Drug Administration last month issued a safety advisory "discouraging" power morcellation; and Johnson & Johnson suspended worldwide sales of its version of the machine.
May 21, 2014 |
When T.J. Dezzi needed something extra on his pitches, he always could reach back to 2013. Or 2012. Dezzi's past helped propel the Clearview senior to the first playoff victory of his four-year varsity career. Dezzi, a lefthander, pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts to lead Clearview to a 7-1 victory over Kingsway on Monday in a first-round game of the South Jersey Group 4 baseball tournament. "This is big for our program," said Dezzi, who reached base three times and scored two runs from the leadoff spot.
May 20, 2014
With abundant reasons to visit and a bottomless need for economic activity, Philadelphia should welcome as many tourists as it can get, even if they insist on spending their time here riding the Ducks and posing with Rocky. And given that the city's reputation hasn't always preceded it (at least not in a good way), it should do as much as it can to promote itself to potential visitors. More, in these respects, is more. The same cannot be said of the city's dueling tourism agencies.
May 19, 2014 |
A white segregationist group that calls itself the Advanced White Society lists its national headquarters as Birmingham, N.J., a woodsy, little-known hamlet on the edge of Pemberton Township. The Burlington County community had 33 residents, including one African American and one Latino, in 2010, according to a U.S. Census report. It has its own post office and is also home to a chemical plant and a cabinetmaking business. The Fort Dix military base is several miles down the road.
May 19, 2014 |
This has to get so old for the competition: Another awards season in Philadelphia's advertising community, another satisfying haul for the Brownstein Group. This year, the 50th anniversary of the city's oldest independent ad agency, Brownstein took home 15 trophies from the Philly Ad Club's March gala, including "Best in Show. " That extended Brownstein's ADDY win years to 19 - or every year of the contest. With the business now in its second generation of Brownstein leadership, the wins were an especially satisfying affirmation that the company of 75 employees and $12.5 million in annual fee income hasn't just survived but remains relevant, said Berny Brownstein, 78, chairman and chief creative officer.
May 18, 2014 |
In a gritty industrial park tucked inside a middle-class Bensalem neighborhood, John F. McGeever III is living his dream. Since he was a teenager working for his father in the firm founded by his grandfather in 1929, McGeever wanted nothing more than to own the Charles Schillinger Co. His father sold the company in 1988. Seven years later, McGeever mortgaged everything and bought back the small metal-spinning and fabrication firm. "I always wanted to have the company," said McGeever, 58, a tall, lean, intense man with close-cropped white hair.
May 18, 2014 |
A coalition of about 20 African American community activists announced plans Friday to develop an agenda for reducing poverty in Philadelphia's black community. Known collectively as the Philadelphia Community of Leaders, the group said during a news conference at Laborers District Council headquarters that it planned to address the difficult issue of poverty by focusing on improving education and economic development and reducing violence. The nonprofit group, which includes developers Kenny Gamble and Rahim Islam, lawyer George Burrell, antiviolence activist Bilal Qayyum, and former School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn, also announced it would host its first community conference at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Universal Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker St. The event, which is open to the public, will allow members to present their issues and goals and engage members of the community, Islam said.
May 12, 2014 |
There's a bitter wind whipping through the streets, and the sun is just starting to creep up behind the mounted bronze George Washington overlooking the intermittent traffic of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Yet Dan Layo and Suzanne Allaire are already running determinedly up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since October, through the polar vertex, and including workouts on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Philadelphia's chapter of the nonprofit fitness group November Project has held a free, open-to-all workout at 6:25 a.m. every Wednesday on the Art Museum steps.
May 6, 2014 |
MOUNT HOLLY Officials from the human rights group Amnesty International are investigating the deaths of two Burlington County Jail inmates, saying a letter they received from the Prosecutor's Office detailing the circumstances only bolstered their suspicions that at least one of the inmates was neglected. Robert Taylor, 75, a homeless man, died Dec. 30 in the jail. Jerome Iozzia, 50, of Browns Mills, died Feb. 25. Both deaths were ruled to be from natural causes, and the Prosecutor's Office ruled out wrongdoing by correctional officers.
May 4, 2014 |
KENNETT SQUARE The Cinco de Mayo festival in Kennett Square started in a parking lot. Behind the library, a few representatives from local nonprofits sat at tables and pushed their good causes to the few hundred who showed up. On Sunday, 13 years later, at least 15,000 are expected to crowd the Chester County borough for this year's festivities, now held on Kennett Square's main street. The festival, which commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, has become a streetscape of colorful costumes, foods, and music, and it is in the throes of a transition, just like the group that organizes it. The members of Casa de las Culturas (House of Cultures)