August 15, 2016 |
Just two years ago, Shreyas Parab was such a shy, unassuming teenager that it pained him to make eye contact. Now the 15-year-old from Aston, Delaware County, wears ties declaring himself a chick magnet and a stud muffin. And he's running a company that has sold nearly 600 of those novelty ties for close to $17,000 in its first 14 months of business, tapping into a market where whimsy is popular. Parab also makes pitches to investor panels, and has met with Sam's Club executives in Bentonville, Ark., hoping to get his Novel Tie line in their stores.
August 1, 2016 |
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has an interesting analysis of why President Obama has had trouble moving his agenda. Sanders says an inspired grassroots coalition swept Obama to victory. But after his election, the president devoted himself to the work of being a president without tending enough to the grassroots activists who had helped elect him. "Obama got elected and said: 'Hey, thank you so much for your help. I'll take it from here.' And I think that was a tactical mistake," Sanders noted when he spoke to the editorial boards of the Inquirer and Daily News in April.
July 29, 2016 |
On the floor of the Democratic National Convention , Gov. Wolf took the microphone Tuesday and played a small part in writing the history books for the first woman to cinch a major party nomination for president. Breaking into a smile during the delegate roll call, Wolf told the crowd: "I am honored to announce that Pennsylvania awards 126 votes to the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton. " The question now becomes: Can he help deliver the state for Clinton in November?
July 24, 2016 |
It's a hairy moment for Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: The crew of the Starship Enterprise has crashed on an unknown, unfriendly planet, and the spacecraft's chief engineer, separated from Kirk and Spock and the rest of the gang, is dangling from a cliff, an abyss below. We never get to see how Scotty extricates himself from the situation, but - no spoiler here - he does. "Sheer forearm strength," says Simon Pegg, explaining how the Starfleet engineer from Aberdeen hoists himself from the precipice.
July 23, 2016 |
In an afternoon protest outside Hillary Clinton's Center City campaign headquarters, a familiar message - stop police violence against minorities - was delivered by an unexpected messenger: ACT UP. Anyone who lived through the 1980s and '90s remembers how in-your-face AIDS activists around the country forced the government, pharmaceutical companies, and much of America to confront an epidemic that was devastating gay communities. But chapter after chapter gradually closed as early victims of the disease died off and later ones, mostly gay white men, got the new drugs that turned AIDS into a chronic disease from a death sentence.
June 25, 2016 |
Tucked between sleek urban office buildings and the historic red brick of Center City is now a taste of wildlife. On Wednesday, a team of high school students with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service planted flowers in a plot they have been working on since March. The area, several feet of dirt between a stone wall and benches just outside the Free Quaker Meeting House at Fifth and Arch Streets, was once just fallen leaves and soil riddled with English ivy. Now, this strip of Independence National Historical Park is blooming with bee balm, a stringy red petal flower that hummingbirds like to poke their beaks into, and purple coneflowers, a favorite of bees.
June 24, 2016 |
The Rev. Joseph Capella has gotten to know the people of Lindenwold during the last 13 years - and many of them aren't even part of his church. "I go to the diner, Wawa, I hang out at the Dunkin' Donuts - that's where I do so much ministry," said Capella, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Shrine at St. Lawrence Church in Lindenwold. "Some days I'll park my car and just walk. That's where you meet a lot of people. " He's heard confession in parking lots, has baptized people he has met, and goes to Little League games in addition to serving at his church.
June 20, 2016 |
The continuing conversation on Campbell Soup Co. turns on how this classic food company, built on canned condensed soup, can respond to the trend toward fresh and organic. "I've bought companies in response to the seismic shifts - the consumer preference for food and health and well-being, and a gravitation toward more fresh and natural and organic," said Denise Morrison, 62, Campbell Soup's chief executive. They were "Bolthouse Farms, which got me into the fresh juice and carrots and salad dressing; Garden Fresh Gourmet, which got me fresh salsa and hummus.
June 15, 2016 |
The young woman became a U.S. citizen 15 years ago. But her husband, the father of her two children, is undocumented. During a visit to the Mexican consulate in Philadelphia, the Delaware couple share their story with Jeffrey S. DeCristofaro and Evelyn Sabando, who are making a presentation about the services of the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. At the center's downtown Camden office, meanwhile, Lisa M. Incollingo handles cases like those of a Gloucester Township senior citizen and a Camden mother of five, both of whom recently got protection from an abusive family member.
June 15, 2016 |
Thirty years ago, when medicine could do little for people with HIV, Kevin J. Burns was a volunteer in a buddy system where buddies never came back. "By and large, we did hospice care, helping people die with dignity," Burns said in recalling the early days of ActionAIDS, which grew into one of the largest and best recognized HIV services organizations in Philadelphia. When lifesaving drugs became available, a priority became getting them to clients. Gradually, as people lived longer, the organization provided more services to manage a range of chronic diseases - HIV being a key one, but not the only one - that afflicted its patients.