September 24, 2014 |
Uber, the ride-sharing company that matches riders with drivers by smartphone app, will now provide connections to wheelchair-accessible vehicles in Philadelphia, it said Monday. Uber has contracted with licensed paratransit drivers who have accessible vehicles, and customers can begin using the service immediately, Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said Monday. The announcement came one day before a legislative committee is to meet in Harrisburg to consider legislation that would permit Uber and other ride-share services to operate in Philadelphia and around the state.
September 22, 2014 |
A third of patients who undergo surgery to remove cancerous tumors end up with microscopic pieces left behind. These overlooked remnants can lead to the recurrence of cancer after what was thought to be a successful surgery. Two surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania have joined forces to try to solve this problem. Their solution: making tumors glow. Using a combination of injectable dyes and high-resolution cameras, the surgeons found a way to image tumors during surgery and more easily identify their margins.
September 19, 2014 |
Chesterbrook drugmaker Auxilium Pharmaceuticals responded Wednesday to an unsolicited takeover offer from Endo International P.L.C. by saying it would look at the offer, as required by financial regulations, but also would institute a poison-pill stock-dividend plan to ward off Endo. Endo valued the cash-and-stock offer at $28.10 per share, or $2.2 billion, but it did not specify how much of that total was stock and how much was cash. Endo chief executive officer Rajiv De Silva sent the takeover letter to Auxilium CEO Adrian Adams on Friday night, then went public with the offer Tuesday after the stock market closed in New York.
September 18, 2014 |
Voters who approved injecting politics into Mount Holly elections for the first time in decades will be handed ballots in November that are bereft of a clear choice. Residents in the formerly nonpartisan township will be asked to pick two candidates to fill two open seats on the township council, but the list will have only two names. One is a Democrat and the other a Republican because of a series of seat shuffles. Their running mates dropped out of the race last week, just after the deadline to replace them had passed.
September 18, 2014 |
In a Philadelphia-area pharmaceutical takeover attempt, Endo International P.L.C. Tuesday offered to buy all of the shares of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals for $2.2 billion. After the New York Stock Exchange closed, Endo said in a statement that it "delivered a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Auxilium," for $28.10 per share in a cash and stock transaction that Endo valued at $2.2 billion. There was no immediate comment from Auxilium, whose stock closed Tuesday at $21.52.
September 15, 2014 |
What do striking miners in Margaret Thatcher-era Britain, persecuted journalists in Iran and Nicaragua, a brilliant code-breaker exposed as a homosexual, a brilliant physicist debilitated by Lou Gehrig's disease, a Newtown Square multimillionaire turned killer, a British romantic landscape artist in his sunset years, a reformed addict on a 1,100-mile trek, an Olympic-track-star prisoner of war, and a pair of 1950s kitschmongers with a penchant for...
September 12, 2014 |
MOST OF the questions aimed at LeSean McCoy yesterday concerned Monday night's game in Indianapolis, because the media representatives assembled in the tent adjacent to the practice fields at NovaCare all were assigned to cover the Eagles, not the restaurant or etiquette beats. But there were some questions about the 20-cent tip. Enough questions for the journalists in the tent to walk out feeling they hadn't shirked their duty (whatever that is these days). Not enough questions to make the journalists feel they'd splashed on clown paint and jumped headlong into the click-bait circus that swirls today around social media, celebrities and any hint of controversy.
September 8, 2014 |
A PLAYER'S first game with a new team in a new city can make for a memorable experience. To that end, Malcolm Jenkins envisions his Eagles debut tomorrow as transpiring nothing like his introduction to the NFL 5 years ago. It came during the Saints' season opener at the Superdome after, on the second play from scrimmage in the second half, starting cornerback Tracy Porter went down briefly with an injury. So on third-and-6, New Orleans stacked the box and blitzed Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, leaving the just-inserted Jenkins, a 21-year-old rookie, to attempt to blanket Calvin Johnson all by himself.
September 7, 2014 |
In the second year of a crusade to woo back students who have flocked to charter schools, officials in the Chester Upland School District have upped the ante with free laptops and headphones. The Chromebook laptop and hugely popular Dr. Dre Beats headphones - which retail for hundreds of dollars - were on the table this summer for students willing to abandon rivals such as Chester Community Charter School and return to Chester Upland classrooms or its new cyberschool. "We realize we're in a competitive environment," said Joe Watkins, the state-appointed receiver tasked with developing a recovery plan for the cash-strapped Delaware County district.
September 6, 2014 |
All Philadelphia School District students are now eligible to receive free meals, officials said Thursday. Students must simply show up to receive the free food - applications are no longer required. "Our goal is to provide as many students as possible with access to healthy, nutritious meals," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in a statement. "We want to keep students' focus on learning, not hunger. " A shift in federal policy means that school systems with at least 40 percent of students living in poverty can apply to offer universal free meals.