July 28, 2014 |
When Maurice Kanbar got headaches from drinking alcohol, he came up with a solution: Skyy Vodka, regular vodka minus the impurities that he said gave him headaches. He also invented the "D-Fuzz-It" sweater comb and a hypodermic needle protector to prevent health-care workers from getting pricked. But the wealthy San Francisco entrepreneur has another claim to fame: He's the godfather of Philadelphia University. He is the biggest donor in the university's history. He gave his alma mater a whopping $21 million during its current capital campaign - more than half the amount the university was aiming to raise.
June 13, 2014 |
When new construction work started Wednesday night on I-95, it added one more obstacle to smooth travel in the Philadelphia region. The $212 million project between Girard and Allegheny Avenues will last until 2018, adding to the woes of I-95 travelers already slowed by major reconstruction at Cottman Avenue. Add a possible strike that could shut down all 13 SEPTA Regional Rail lines at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, the emergency closure until at least Labor Day of an I-495 bridge in Wilmington, summerlong lane restrictions, and a closed PATCO train track on the Ben Franklin Bridge, and you have the makings of regional gridlock.
June 5, 2014 |
Motorists in the Philadelphia region face weeks of traffic headaches following the emergency closure of a bridge on I-495 in Delaware. Delaware transportation officials said the bridge over the Christina River in Wilmington will likely be closed for weeks while crews attempt to find and repair a defect that has caused four of its support columns to tilt. Engineers said Tuesday that subsurface ground movement under the columns appears to be at fault. The bridge carries an average of 90,000 vehicles a day, and the closure of the bridge Monday evening caused traffic snarls up and down the I-95 corridor as traffic was diverted to I-95 and local streets.
March 24, 2014 |
Hannah Thomas, 17, can't pinpoint the day she realized that she would never play soccer again, or when the teenage highs of proms and college acceptances became weighed down by meds, therapy, and running battles with depression, memory loss, and headaches. "I didn't think it was going to be this long, and I sure didn't think it would be this serious," said Thomas, tall and athletic, who got hit in the head with a ball in middle school but finished the season - even though she had daily headaches and nausea.
November 24, 2013 |
She was supposed to be on her way to a neon-lit chapel where an Elvis impersonator waited to officiate at her wedding. Instead, the 27-year-old woman sat in a thin hospital gown on an examining table in a cold emergency room, anxiously waiting for news. A week before, she had gone to see her primary physician. She had been dealing with a series of strange symptoms over the summer. A curious, maddening itch. Achy joints from time to time. Vicious headaches that she supposed were like migraines, although she had never had them before.
October 25, 2013 |
LeSean McCoy said his play in Sunday's loss to Dallas was his worst since his rookie year, but his low point statistically came this season in Week 5 against the New York Giants. Even though the Eagles won, McCoy was limited to 46 yards on 20 carries. He did not gain a yard in the second half. Part of the reason was the absence of Michael Vick, which contributed to the ineffectiveness of the Eagles' zone-running plays. The Giants also used a big, aggressive defensive line on stunts to clog any holes for McCoy.
August 25, 2013 |
It was wintertime, and this new grandmother had packed up and left her home in western Pennsylvania coal country to be with her daughter in Philadelphia. Her daughter had recently had her first child and sorely needed an extra pair of hands. The Philadelphia apartment was a typical 19th-century, Center City townhouse in need of repair. It was also small, and the new grandmother found herself sleeping on an old mattress recently brought up from the the apartment's basement. After a couple of weeks in the city, Ms. S., who had always been in great health, started to feel lousy.
July 2, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My problem is my mother-in-law and her abundant use of perfume. The last time she visited, it was so bad we had to open our windows to air out the rooms. (This was in January in Minnesota.) My husband addressed the problem with her when I was pregnant, but now that the baby is here, she's back to her old habits. We are all sensitive to perfumes and get headaches when exposed to it. When she visits, we can't get away from the smell. What's the proper etiquette here? - The Nose Knows DEAR NOSE: I receive complaints about perfumes almost daily.
April 26, 2013 |
A month after it began, the second Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts ends Saturday with a festive street fair on South Broad Street replete with food, tunesmiths, and animatronic dinos. And, beginning Friday evening, street closures and traffic headaches. Broad Street will close at 7 p.m. Friday from Chestnut Street to South Street. Cross streets will remain open but vehicles will not be able to turn onto Broad Street. The cross streets that will close at 5 a.m. Saturday are Sansom, Moravian, Chancellor, Locust, Bach, and Spruce Streets from 13th to 15th Streets.
March 13, 2013 |
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger should have had a stirring retirement celebration before Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh, saluting a career that will undoubtedly put him into the Hall of Fame. Instead, the charade continued. Pronger attended the game at the Wells Fargo Center, sat in general manager Paul Holmgren's suite and, perhaps because he is in the process of making a comeback (wink, wink), wasn't even acknowledged on the scoreboard. Earlier Thursday, during a news conference at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, Pronger talked about trying to make a return from post-concussion syndrome.