May 8, 2013
A few weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, it was time for another major Northeastern city known for its history, toughness, and distinctive regional pride (not to mention accents) to hold its signature long-distance run. And Philadelphia's Broad Street Run could have been cowed, dampened, or restrained by fresh memories of the Patriots' Day violence. But it wasn't. Runners showed up at North Broad Street and West Fisher Avenue on Sunday in the same impressive numbers that prompted the popular race to introduce a lottery system for the first time this year.
May 5, 2013 |
With a profound sense of patriotism and a sea of red socks to prove it, up to 40,000 runners will participate Sunday in the 34th annual Broad Street Run . Less than a month after the Boston Marathon bombings, Philadelphia's signature foot race, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, also will be marked by heightened security and a sense of apprehension. Most runners interviewed said they would not be deterred by terror, and many planned to wear red socks - trademark of the Boston baseball team - as a symbol of their support.
May 4, 2013 |
Five girls met as freshmen at their first cross-country practice at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown in 2003. They were all from different towns, new to the school and nervous, just looking to fit in. What happened to them has happened many times in many places. A bond was formed, friendships that may last a lifetime. "Back in our high school days, we bonded over Coach [Karen] Orr's merciless workouts and on long runs at Valley Green," said Genevieve O'Mara, now of Boston, "and that bond has remained strong ever since!"
May 3, 2013 |
The Inquirer each day is profiling participants in Sunday's Broad Street Run. Andrew Kessler, 18, is a sweet boy, but because of autism and his inability to communicate, he lives an isolated life. He can't play team sports. He had no friends. "He can pogo-stick and hula-hoop like nobody's business," said his mother, Cindy, but connecting with the world, being active, is hard. When Luke, his younger brother, joined Haddon Township High School's state championship cross-country team, the whole family was transformed.
May 1, 2013 |
Cooper Health System agreed to pay at least $7.5 million for a 20 percent stake in AmeriHealth New Jersey, according to the Camden system's consolidated financial statement for 2012, released Tuesday. Cooper and Amerihealth's parent, Independence Blue Cross, announced the deal April 10, but the price was not disclosed at that time. Cooper said its investment could increase if the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance requires a higher level of capital in the joint venture, which will be set up as a limited liability company.
April 26, 2013 |
The Inquirer is presenting a daily profile of participants in the May 5 Broad Street Run, considered the country's most popular 10-miler, with 40,000 participants. See full coverage at www.inquirer.com/health_science/ and www.philly.com/broadstreetrun When Rocco Maiorano was 3, his parents divorced. He was raised by his grandmother Livia Colavito, whom he loved more than anyone. She made him bathe and brush his teeth when 10-year-old boys would rather not. When he was home sick, she cared for him and they watched her favorite show, The Price Is Right.
April 25, 2013 |
Nine days after twin bombings killed three people and injured nearly 300 at the Boston Marathon, Philadelphia officials said Wednesday that the Broad Street Run on May 5 will have an increased security presence and that every runner will wear a symbol supporting Boston. As hundreds of residents and employees gathered at Rittenhouse Square for an annual walk, Mayor Nutter announced that the 40,000 runners in this year's run will be given a sticker with the phrase "From Philly to Boston With Love.
April 16, 2013
In the Region Pep Boys' quarterly loss widens Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack reported a bigger loss for its fourth quarter, largely attributable to a $17.8 million pension settlement charge. Net loss for the Philadelphia-based chain of 758 auto parts and service centers widened to $14.5 million, or 27 cents per share, for the 14-week period that ended Feb. 2. For a 13-week period a year ago, Pep Boys lost $4.4 million, or 8 cents per share. Revenues for the fourth quarter rose 5 percent to $530.8 million from $505.3 million a year ago. However, excluding that 14th week, comparable sales were down 2.6 percent.
April 16, 2013
The AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., a Philadelphia-based manager of Medicaid and other government-sponsored health benefits in 13 states, changed its name to AmeriHealth Caritas, the company announced. The name change was a condition of Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania's 2011 sale of its stake in AmeriHealth Mercy to Independence Blue Cross and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan for $194 million, plus a $43 million pledge to be paid over seven years to the Mercy Health System Foundation.