April 15, 2016 |
New Jersey lawmakers pushing for a state takeover of Atlantic City's government now say they will give the cash-strapped resort town until the end of summer to enact substantial budget cuts before intervening. If the city doesn't adopt a "legally binding" plan to sustainably reduce per capita spending by nearly half within 130 days, state government would intervene, lawmakers said. They also said in a statement that if Atlantic City accepted this proposal, they would petition Gov. Christie for a loan "that is fully secured to protect New Jersey taxpayers" and that would allow the city "to maintain its operational budget while the municipal government makes the necessary cuts to remain solvent.
April 11, 2016 |
Nineteen years ago, Elyce Cardonick got a call about a newly diagnosed lymphoma patient whose fast-growing chest tumor was causing severe breathing problems. The cancer patient was 13 weeks pregnant and had rejected her oncologist's advice to abort before starting toxic chemotherapy. Cardonick, a young maternal-fetal medicine specialist then at Jefferson University Hospital , discovered that little was known about treating cancer during pregnancy. The issue became her calling, inspiring her to create the Pregnancy and Cancer Registry to collect data about treatment and long-term results for both mothers and children.
April 11, 2016 |
Junior has only a few months to live, but the spunky 8-year-old tuxedo cat will die at home, surrounded by his humans and his favorite blankets, bowls and catnip toys. Junior's aggressive cancerous tumors were treatable, but traditional veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania and VRC in Malvern priced the treatment at well over $10,000. Cancer treatment would extend Junior's life by a year, perhaps, and he'd suffer the pain of chemotherapy and radiation. So, instead, his humans brought in veterinarian Brad Bates, who operates a Center City franchise of Lap of Love, a palliative care and hospice service offering "comfort medicine" so animals can die at home, amid loved ones.
April 10, 2016
Pat Bartlett, Council Rock North football, junior offensive lineman. Offers: Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Monmouth and Syracuse. J.D. Carroll, West Chester East football, junior tight end. Offers: Bryant and Lafayette. Interest: Temple. Iverson Clement, Rancocas Valley football, sophomore all-purpose. Offers: Florida, Maryland and Rutgers, among others. Rob King, Father Judge football, junior all-purpose. Offers: Army, Connecticut and Temple. Edwin Lopez, Woodrow Wilson football, junior defensive back.
April 10, 2016 |
University scholars who work under threat in countries that suppress academic freedom will be offered "safe haven" through a new endowment established in honor of Beau Biden, late son of the vice president. The $1 million gift, from an anonymous donor, will pay for one scholar each year to move to an American university and work free from danger. The Institute of International Education announced the gift Friday afternoon at a news conference at the University of Delaware's campus in Wilmington.
April 8, 2016 |
WHEN ANSWERING questions about race, religion or gender, a little perspective is always a good thing. In an interview with Cosmopolitan , Scarlett Johansson talked about why she doesn't like to discuss the gender pay gap in Hollywood. "There's something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole," Johansson said. "I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I'm proud to be an actress who's making as much as many of my male peers at this stage . . . I think every woman has [been underpaid]
April 7, 2016 |
Even before James Yoakum opened his distillery in a former garage in downtown Camden, he knew he wanted to offer tastings and sell cocktails. It just took some time for his product line to catch up with his vision. "For the longest time, we only had rum drinks," he said. But after the rum - and spiced rum - came rye, and whiskey produced in small batches as Yoakum and his colleagues at Cooper River Distillers experimented with flavors and recipes. Two years after Yoakum first opened his doors in the converted Fourth Street garage, he has hired three employees and the company has established itself as a favorite happy-hour spot for Camden's daytime workers.
April 6, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Last week, one of my associates asked me out for drinks. I have been working with him for the same length of time that I have been married. I know he's interested because he has been texting me about unrelated work things and is always flirting. I am very much in love with my husband, but my coworker is very tempting. I'm worried about hurting my husband, but at the same time, I'm excited about what this new man can offer me. Did I mention that he's the top lawyer of the firm?
April 4, 2016
Kevin R. Johnson is president and CEO of the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center When it comes to addressing Philadelphia's persistently high poverty rate, what many people fail to understand is that creating jobs is simply not enough. There must be educational investment in the very neighborhoods struggling the most. In a city where an estimated two-thirds of its residents read at an eighth-grade level, or below, we must build creative pathways to employment.
April 2, 2016 |
After two commercial bakeries recently moved out of Philadelphia, a member of City Council wants to entice new food manufacturers to town with a tax break. Councilman Bobby Henon on Thursday introduced a bill that would give new bakeries or other food manufacturers a 10-year abatement of the city's use and occupancy (U&O) tax on businesses. "We're just tired of people leaving," Henon said. "We want people to come to the city of Philadelphia. " About 550 bakery workers in Philadelphia recently lost their jobs.