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June 24, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The cardboard box outside the Flying Fish Brewing Co. seemed to suggest there's nothing at all to making beer. "Barley. Yeast. Water. Hops," it read. But step through the doors of South Jersey's first gathering of the American Homebrewers Association - as about 100 people did Sunday afternoon - and you are reminded how differently those four ingredients can be combined. "I took first place for a Flanders Red last Saturday," 57-year-old Jim Fish of Brooklawn was telling Mike Nurthen of Westmont.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The drugmaker Merck & Co. said Monday that it would buy Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. for about $3.85 billion to keep pace in the competitive and lucrative market for medicine to treat hepatitis C, which afflicts about 150 million people worldwide. Merck will pay $24.50 for each share of Idenix, which closed Friday at $7.23. The large premium reflects Merck's internal reorganization, external views of the market for liver diseases such as hepatitis, and the plans of drug rivals. Based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., but with a huge operation in Montgomery County, Merck is reorganizing.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 3, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
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.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a settlement that requires the company behind an Android smartphone app called Brightest Flashlight Free to delete personal information the app has collected from consumers. The FTC said the company, Goldenshores Technologies L.L.C., of Moscow, Idaho, "deceived consumers with a privacy policy that did not reflect the app's use of personal data and presented consumers with a false choice on whether to share their information. " The app, introduced in 2011, has been downloaded at least 50 million times, according to the Google Play website.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 31, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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