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October 8, 2014 | Michelle Singletary, Washington Post Writers Group
SEEING DECORATIONS popping up everywhere reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the television feature "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town. " A young Kris Kringle is trying to help the mean old Winter Warlock see that he can change his wicked ways. Kringle sings, "Put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor. Put one foot in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door. " The point is that if you want to change direction, start with a small step.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AFTER MONTHS of threats, Bill Green officially declared war on Philadelphia public school teachers. In a bold but unsurprising move, the School Reform Commission, chaired by Green, voted yesterday to unilaterally cancel the teachers union contract and impose health-care-benefits changes - during a hastily called 9:30 a.m. meeting - sparking outrage from union leaders, elected officials and education activists. District officials said the benefits changes will save about $44 million this year and $200 million over the next four years, which will be redirected to schools for key resources, such as counselors and nurses.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Linda Loyd, and Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hospital and public health officials are acutely aware of the public dismay at the poor handling of the first case of Ebola diagnosed - too late - in this country. Thomas E. Duncan, 42, arrived in Dallas from Liberia on Sept. 20. He became sick and went to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 25, but was misdiagnosed and sent home. He returned to the hospital by ambulance on Sunday and is now in isolation, in serious condition. About 50 people who came into contact with him after he developed symptoms - which is when the disease is contagious - are being monitored closely, including four family members who are under quarantine for 21 days at a Dallas apartment complex.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
What caused the deaths of Cooper University Health System's chief executive officer and his wife, found unresponsive in their Somerset County home over the weekend amid a smoky fire, remained a mystery Tuesday, with authorities declining to release any updates on their investigation. Firefighters were called to John and Joyce Sheridan's home in Skillman, N.J., about 6:15 a.m. Sunday. Authorities said that day that the fire was contained mostly to their bedroom. They have released few other details, including whether the fire appeared suspicious or accidental.
NEWS
October 1, 2014
IN THESE DAYS of growing income inequality, the rich get richer and the poor get . . . diabetes. And heart disease. And cancer. A recent study of the eating habits of 29,124 Americans by the Harvard School of Public Health verified a widening "food gap" between the poor and everyone else. While people at higher income levels are eating more healthy foods than they were 12 years ago, low-income Americans are lagging even farther behind. Poor eating habits, and the obesity that often results, are strongly tied to a host of chronic (and expensive to treat)
SPORTS
September 30, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE HOME clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park was littered with boxes yesterday morning. Before taking the field for the final game of the 2014 regular season, Phillies players packed up their things so they could exit quickly and head to their offseason homes before the end of the day. There were handshakes and hugs all around, and even some applause for rookie reliever Ken Giles, who got engaged on Saturday. Despite a season ending with the Phillies in last place for the first time in 14 seasons, the mood was pretty upbeat.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE DEATHS of Cooper University Health System president and CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, in a fire at their central New Jersey home yesterday morning are being investigated by an Arson Task Force, authorities said last night. Police and firefighters in Montgomery Township were called to the couple's house on Meadow Run Drive, in Skillman - about seven miles north of Princeton - at 6:13 a.m., according to a news release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Kathy Boccella, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
Arson and major crimes detectives were investigating a fire at the home of John P. Sheridan Jr., president and CEO of the Cooper University Health System, and his wife - whose bodies were found in their bedroom Sunday morning, authorities said. Firefighters found Sheridan, 72, and his wife, Joyce, 69, when they were called to the couple's home in Skillman, Somerset County, in central New Jersey. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the house but no flames. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said detectives from its arson task force and the major crimes unit assigned to the case had been joined by the crime scene investigation and forensic units.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Health Services Inc., of King of Prussia, paid $335 million for Cygnet Health Care Ltd., which owns 15 behavioral health facilities and two nursing homes in the United Kingdom, UHS said. Alan B. Miller, chairman and chief executive of UHS, called the deal an excellent opportunity. "Over 90 percent of the patients are National Health Service contracts," Miller said of Cygnet's customer base and referring to Britain's system of socialized medicine. "There's more," Miller said.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Abington Health is exploring a "unique" partnership with Center City's Jefferson Health System, Abington told employees in a letter Wednesday from chief executive Larry Merlis and chief of staff John J. Kelly. The Montgomery County health system said the talks were part of a broader effort to find a partner. "We are pleased to inform you that Abington Health is exploring options for aligning with another major health system through a strategic partnership that will ensure Abington will thrive in the future as we care for our patients in the rapidly evolving health-care environment," the letter said.
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