May 12, 2014 |
The Beatles thrilled young America with a landmark television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964. Days later, Donald Sommer, then 20, started as an apprentice tool and die maker at Tottser Tool & Manufacturing, earning $1.50 an hour. At 70, he is still working there - although his pay has gone up considerably. "When you have four kids, every morning they want milk and cereal, so you better have a job and you better stick with it," Sommer said recently, as metal stamping machines in the Huntingdon Valley manufacturing firm thumped in agreement.
May 3, 2014 |
The starting rotation has been the Phillies' greatest strength for quite some time, and it remains so this season. Ruben Amaro Jr. has spent more than $400 million on that position since becoming the team's general manager shortly after the 2008 World Series celebration. Most of his biggest and some of his best transactions have been starting pitchers. Like most general managers, Amaro believes the door to big-league success can be opened only with a quality rotation, and that is a good place to start.
April 12, 2014 |
March 19, 2014 |
The husband of a Berks County woman who died of a rare uterine cancer following a minimally invasive hysterectomy is suing the maker of the device used in her surgery at Reading Hospital. The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Philadelphia, adds to controversy over electric tissue-cutting "morcellators. " The devices let doctors remove tissue through tiny abdominal incisions, shortening patients' hospitalization and recovery. In rare cases, the process can disseminate an aggressive uterine cancer, leiomyosarcoma, that routine diagnostic tests usually miss.
February 17, 2014 |
On April 24, 1995, Marcus Trunk, a 23-year-old construction worker from Upper Dublin, died from treating a sprained wrist with Tylenol, a drug he thought was completely safe This April, the first of two dozen pending cases involving plaintiffs who fell seriously ill or died from the same medication will be heard in a New Jersey court. And 120 more cases are headed for federal court in Philadelphia. They claim that McNeil-PPC Inc., the Fort Washington company that makes Tylenol, and others repeatedly concealed the serious health risks of the painkiller, also known as acetaminophen.
January 27, 2014 |
Among life's more unwelcome turns is a bad back. That is, unless one happens to own shares of Globus Medical. The company, based in Audubon, Montgomery County, has proved to be one of the region's success stories, with its innovative product line of plates, screws, rods, and other devices meant to aid in the successful repair and support of damaged spines. Globus, which went public in 2012, reported this month that 2013 revenue hit $434.5 million, up 12.6 percent over the previous year and $2.5 million more than the company had predicted.
January 7, 2014 |
Tanasia is a soft-spoken, articulate 16-year-old with a captivating smile. Social, playful, and loving, she easily makes friends and enjoys engaging in conversations. She keeps busy with a variety of activities. Musically talented, she loves to play the piano and violin, and sings in her church choir. Tanasia is also interested in technology, including computers and electronics. Tanasia had the opportunity to travel to Paris and still talks about the wonderful, exciting trip. She hopes one day to return.
December 31, 2013 |
Josephine Lorraine Fladger had a lot of fans, as a nurse tending to patients and as a candy maker and cake decorator catering to sweet tooths. To them, the world is a little less sweeter today. Mrs. Fladger, a Philadelphia native and mother of three, died Friday, Dec. 27, in State College, Pa., where she had lived the last three years with her daughter, Theresa Lunsford. Mrs. Fladger was 83 and had been suffering from breast cancer and heart disease, her family said. "She had lots of friends and family - loved by everybody," said granddaughter Sakiyna Fladger of Las Vegas, who shared memories of indulging her sugar cravings with her grandmother's creations.
November 8, 2013 |
MORE and more, venerable loudspeaker makers, like British stalwart KEF, are marching into "personal audio" product territory. And a healthy trend that is. Convincing a consumer to invest in hefty, floor-standing speakers is difficult today, no matter how good they sound. "It used to be, you'd invite a swarm of people over to hear a new album on your big, living-room rig," noted 25-year KEF vet and brand development shepherd Johan Coorg. Nowadays, people mostly listen solo, on headphones and at their computer workstations.
November 2, 2013 |
Crown Holdings, the Philadelphia maker of cans and other metal packaging, said Thursday that it agreed to acquire Mivisa Envases SAU, a Spanish food-can manufacturer, for 1.2 billion euros, or $1.64 billion. The deal builds on Crown's existing European market, chief executive officer John W. Conway said in a company statement. Crown is the world's top producer of food and aerosol cans and has come to specialize in shaped cans, such as the keg-shaped Heineken beer cans sold in some markets.