August 13, 2015 |
Planned Parenthood is under attack by antiabortion activists over secretly recorded videos showing its executives candidly talking about supplying fetal tissue for medical research. This abortion-related controversy is providing grist for the many Republican presidential candidates hitting the trail. But it is also reviving public interest in fetal tissue research, which has yielded advances that have saved the lives of countless babies. Consider rubella. During a U.S. epidemic in the mid-1960s, an estimated 31,000 pregnant women infected with the virus suffered stillbirths, gave birth to severely disabled infants, or decided to end their pregnancies.
August 4, 2015 |
Although he is only 13, Michael has a career in mind - actually, a few of them. He'd like to be on a professional basketball team, although football would suit him fine, too. He also dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Michael, however, is used to juggling activities. He loves playing basketball with his friends and visiting amusement and water parks. He enjoys listening to rap and gospel music, and watching television. He likes receiving presents, so, of course, his favorite holiday is Christmas.
August 2, 2015 |
Comcast Corp. isn't commenting, nor is its news and entertainment subsidiary, NBCUniversal. But industry observers cast few doubts on reports that NBCUniversal plans to buy into BuzzFeed, one of the iconic names in new media, and raise its stake in Vox Media, owner of familiar online brands such as Verge and SB Nation. The plans were first reported by Re/code, a Vox property. Quoting unnamed sources Friday, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times both said NBCUniversal was poised to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed - about a one-sixth stake at a $1.5 billion valuation - and raise its 14 percent ownership share in Vox. Industry analyst Jeff Kagan said Comcast's interest in new media was likely fueled when federal regulators blocked its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
July 23, 2015 |
The criminal conflict-of-interest trial of former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. will likely go to the jury Wednesday after a full day of testimony in which a state prosecutor ended his case and Berry's lawyers began their defense. Berry, 72, ended Tuesday's session outside the presence of the jury of six men and six women, telling a specially assigned outside judge, Montgomery County Senior Judge S. Gerald Corso, that he would not testify in his defense. "I've decided to follow the advice of my counsel and not testify," Berry said.
July 20, 2015 |
Philadelphia police said Saturday that a man was being questioned by investigators as a person of interest in connection with the death of a recent Drexel University graduate. Jasmine Wright, 27, was strangled inside her West Philadelphia apartment last week, police said. After she was not heard from, Wright's family asked police to check the apartment. Police found no signs of forced entry when they entered the unit Thursday and discovered her body. Evidence has led investigators to believe that Wright may have known her assailant.
July 17, 2015 |
Philly will be representing at the 67th annual Emmy awards. Upper Darby's Tina Fey, who between "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" already owns eight of the gold-ish statuettes, is up for four more. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the Netflix series that Fey and "30 Rock" veteran Robert Carlock originally created for NBC, received seven nominations yesterday, including one for outstanding comedy and another for Fey's guest turn as attorney Marcia Cross. Fey's also nominated for her writing on the Golden Globe awards, which she co-hosted, and, in the same category, for writing on the "SNL" 40th anniversary special.
June 25, 2015 |
HOW "THE LIST" shakes out is what makes drafts so interesting. Defenseman Ivan Provorov is believed to be the Flyers' No. 1 target. If he is unavailable by the time the Flyers select at No. 7, here are six options to help Ron Hextall restock his cupboard at forward (in no particular order): KYLE CONNOR Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left Born: Dec. 9, 1996 (18 years old) Height: 6-1 Weight: 183 Hometown: Clinton Twp., Mich. 2014-15 Team: Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)
June 17, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Citing club policy, the Phillies declined to comment Monday on a CSNPhilly.com report that the organization is targeting longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail for a front-office position. The report indicated it is unclear what role MacPhail would assume if he joined the team. Pat Gillick became the Phillies' president on a permanent basis in January but has said he doesn't envision himself in the role in two or three years. Gillick, 77, is in charge of baseball operations.
June 8, 2015 |
BUFFALO - Two players from the Czech Republic - center Pavel Zacha and goalie Daniel "Darth" Vladar - are high on the Flyers' radar and will be given strong consideration during the June 26-27 NHL draft. After finishing the grueling fitness testing at the NHL scouting combine Saturday in Buffalo, both confirmed they were interviewed by the Flyers. Zacha, a speedy and physical 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, could be available when the Flyers pick at No. 7, but he will certainly be gone by the time they make their second pick, which will be at 29th or 30th, depending on Tampa Bay's finish in the Stanley Cup Finals.
June 6, 2015 |
Brendon Little has been dreaming about playing professional baseball since he was a multi-position performer in the Berwyn-Paoli Little League. "I think it was last summer, when I was playing in front of major-league scouts and getting feedback from them, when I realized it could become a reality," the Conestoga senior said. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthander with a fastball that has been clocked at 95 m.p.h., Little was closely watched by 15 to 30 scouts at games this year. With a huge upside, he could be picked next week in the Major League Baseball first-year draft.