November 7, 2013 |
U.S. ATTORNEY General Eric Holder, who was in town to observe Philadelphia's Supervision to Aid Re-entry (STAR) program for ex-offenders, learned two new phrases in federal court yesterday: "boo lovin' " and "hugged up. " When U.S. District Judge L. Felipe Restrepo asked STAR participant Rashaan Bates why he had missed a recent probation meeting, Bates' response was: "I was boo lovin.' " When asked to clarify, Bates said: "I was hugged up," making...
July 31, 2013 |
The Philadelphia region is home to some well-respected municipal-bond-investing experts, among them David Kotok, chief investment officer of Cumberland Advisors in Vineland, N.J., and Tom Kozlik, of Janney Montgomery Scott in Center City. We checked in with them to find out the skinny on investing in munis right now, after Detroit's bankruptcy filing sounded a wake-up call across the market. In recent days, Kotok has been advancing a war of words with the Cassandra of muni bonds, Meredith Whitney, who famously appeared on 60 Minutes in 2010 predicting an avalanche of bankruptcies across American cities.
June 29, 2013 |
Federal officials granted an 18-month extension Thursday to a Doylestown program that has earned national attention for its efforts to keep chronically ill seniors out of the hospital. Health Quality Partners, a nonprofit that arranges for nurses to make periodic visits to the homes of 560 seniors in the suburbs and beyond, had been told in December that its federal funding would run out at the end of this month. But officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have changed course, saying the program deserved more time to show whether it had nailed the central challenge of 21st-century U.S. health care: improving quality while cutting costs.
June 19, 2013 |
Updated preliminary flood maps issued Monday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency drastically reduce the area included in high-risk flood zones in three New Jersey Shore counties and one northern county - a move that has some homeowners sighing in relief. "This is wonderful news. . . . I can breathe a little easier now," said Brigantine resident Laurel Haeser, whose property overlooking a golf course had previously been included in the so-called V zone, or High Risk Velocity.
May 10, 2013 |
Eating fish is good for your heart, but taking fish-oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study in Italy found. The work makes clearer who does and does not benefit from taking supplements of the good oils found in fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines. Previous studies have suggested that fish-oil capsules could lower heart risks in people with heart failure or who have already suffered a heart attack.
February 18, 2013 |
More than 500 people from the region joined thousands of protesters in Washington Sunday, calling for strong action on climate change and a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Opponents say it would worsen climate change by encouraging further development of the Tar Sands oil resource. They spent several hours in the bitter cold and a strong wind cheering, waving signs, listening to speakers and marching around the White House, although President Obama was in Florida for a golf game.
January 5, 2013 |
Discovery Laboratories Inc., of Warrington, Bucks County, said Friday that W. Thomas Amick, 70, had resigned as chief executive officer and chairman of the board. John Cooper, 54, who was executive vice president and chief financial officer, will now serve as president, CFO and join the board of directors. After years of work, Discovery Labs got FDA approval in 2012 for Surfaxin, a medication to help prevent respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants who are at high risk of developing RDS. The company will begin selling that in the second quarter of 2013.
December 14, 2012
BACK IN AUGUST, when we sitting around in shorts and sipping cold beers, the two biggest sporting concerns were whether the Phillies were going to make a playoff push and, for fantasy owners, who should be the first running back drafted after Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy or Darren McFadden? Turns out neither the Phils, McCoy nor McFadden deserved our optimism. Oh well. It's fantasy awards time again and we'd like to hear from you. Fill out the ballot on this page or online and either mail, email or fax in your picks.
November 26, 2012 |
DHAKA, Bangladesh - Fire raced through a garment factory that supplies major retailers in the West, killing at least 112 people, many of whom were trapped by the flames because the eight-story building lacked emergency exits, an official said Sunday. The blaze broke out late Saturday at a factory operated just outside Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka by Tazreen Fashions Ltd., a subsidiary of the Tuba Group, which makes products for Wal-Mart and other companies in the United States and Europe.
September 8, 2012 |
LONDON - Mammograms aimed at finding breast cancer might actually raise the chances of developing it in young women whose genes put them at higher risk for the disease, a study by leading European cancer agencies suggests. The added radiation from mammograms and other types of tests with chest radiation might be especially harmful to them, and an MRI is probably a safer method of screening women under 30 who are at high risk because of gene mutations, the authors conclude. The study cannot prove a link between the radiation and breast cancer, but it is one of the biggest ever to look at the issue.