February 15, 2012
Any trial in the case of the Delaware County teenager who has sued the Milton Hershey School for denying him admission because he is HIV-positive should be held in Philadelphia, his attorney contends. The school has asked U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, where the suit was filed, to move the trial to Harrisburg, about 15 miles from the boarding school founded by the famous chocolate merchant, and thus closer to key witnesses involved in the operation of the school. But in an opposing petition filed Monday, lawyer Ronda Goldfein said the move "would simply shift the inconvenience of a two-hour commute" to "a low-income family.
February 11, 2012 |
Robert E. Colcher, 84, of Center City, medical director of Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital, died Monday, Feb. 6, of heart failure at Hahnemann University Hospital. In 1958, Dr. Colcher joined what was then Valley Forge Medical Center & Heart Hospital as chief of surgery. He became medical director in 1966 after the death of his father-in-law, Joseph Wolffe, the hospital's medical director and founder. In 1973, Valley Forge Medical Center changed its mission to providing treatment to adults with substance abuse and associated physical, social, and psychological disorders.
February 8, 2012 |
The Milton Hershey School said it was well aware that people with AIDS have been victims of "discrimination arising from ignorance. " But the boarding school founded by the nation's most-famous chocolate merchant insisted it nonetheless acted properly in denying admission to an HIV-positive Delaware County teenager. In its recently filed response to a lawsuit, the school said the case "requires a realistic examination of teen sexuality" and the "inability to control consensual sexual activity . . . in the unique residential setting.
December 11, 2011
Bob Ray Sanders is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, was truly remarkable this year for several reasons - mostly good, but at least one bad thing. It was the day George W. Bush returned to Africa, a continent that benefited greatly from his unprecedented HIV/AIDS initiative; President Obama committed to a major increase in funding for treatment of HIV here at home. That's the good news. Also on that day, in a bizarre act that had nothing to do with HIV/AIDS, the world's largest human-rights organization made a complete fool of itself by calling for Bush's arrest.
December 8, 2011 |
He was smart, ambitious, and poor. Thus, on paper, the 13-year-old applicant appeared to meet the basic criteria for admission to the well-regarded Milton Hershey High School for disadvantaged children. But he also happened to be HIV-positive, and on that basis the unidentified Delaware County teenager was denied entry into the boarding school founded by the nation's most-famous chocolate merchant. In a case that has generated national attention, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania has filed suit in federal court, saying the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and "multiple antidiscrimination laws.
December 2, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama set an ambitious goal Thursday for significantly increasing access to lifesaving AIDS drugs for people in the United States and around the world, as he announced a renewed American commitment to ending a pandemic that has killed 30 million people. "We can beat this disease," Obama declared during a World AIDS Day event in Washington. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton participated via satellite. Obama pledged U.S. support to help six million people in countries hardest hit by the virus get access to antiretroviral drugs by the end of 2013, increasing the original U.S. goal by two million.
December 1, 2011 |
A 13-YEAR-OLD Delaware County honor-roll student was denied admission to the Milton Hershey School, which serves low-income students, because he's HIV positive, a federal discrimination lawsuit filed yesterday in Philadelphia alleges. The complaint came the day before World AIDS Day, noted Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, which filed the suit. The boy was told that his application would not be considered because "[the student's]
October 19, 2011
An article about the band Wild Flag in Tuesday's Magazine gave the wrong date for its performance this week at Union Transfer. The performance is at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. A story Monday cited old data for the number of people infected with HIV who are not aware of it. The most recent estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 20 percent. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)