April 23, 2016 |
This is how confident Donald Trump's Pennsylvania supporters are that he'll coast to victory Tuesday: Confident enough to spend the final stretch mastering the impenetrable rules that govern the Republican National Convention, lining up hundreds of poll workers, and strategizing about their real challenge - getting voters to cast primary ballots next week for pro-Trump delegates. "He's going to win the popular vote without question," said Phyllis Zemble, a former Lower Merion Township commissioner and Democrat who turned Republican to vote for Trump.
April 13, 2016 |
An organization that defines its mission as serving businesses that believe that business is a force for good said that unless North Carolina changes its law requiring people to use public bathrooms based on the sex on their birth certificates rather than that which with they identify, it will move its annual conference, scheduled for October in North Carolina, out of the state. Founded by Jay Coen Gilbert, Bart Houlahan and Andrew Kassoy, B Lab, with offices in Wayne, certifies companies as "B Corps," based on their meeting environmental, social and other standards.
March 28, 2016 |
This presidential primary season has captured unprecedented attention for fisticuffs at rallies, candidate references to anatomy sizes, and debates over who has the more attractive wife. There have been allegations of affairs and improper use of email. Philadelphia itself will have a high-profile role in the selection of the Democratic nominee as host of the Democratic National Convention in July. Yet none of it generated an enthusiastic outpouring Saturday in North Philadelphia for a "Get Out the Vote" rally organized by the Philadelphia NAACP.
March 17, 2016 |
Hahnemann University Hospital last week became the second transplant center in the nation to receive permission to use organs from HIV-positive donors. The organs would be given only to patients who also are HIV-positive and have agreed to accept them. The transplants will be part of research that will carefully monitor both the transplant and the potentially deadly disease. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore announced last month that it would be the first to offer HIV-positive organs to HIV-positive patients on its waiting list.
March 11, 2016 |
After a heated meeting in Point Breeze last month where anti-Semitic remarks were hurled at a developer, one member of City Council is calling for decorum - and wondering if it can be regulated. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes Point Breeze, wants the city to create "standards of conduct" for registered community organizations, the groups that host neighborhood meetings and provide input on development projects. He said such rules would ensure that the registered groups "operate with a level of decency and order.
March 3, 2016 |
Growing up in West Philly, Joshua Dingle struggled with such a severe stutter he could barely form a sentence. His parents tried speech therapy, but it didn't work. Then an unexpected breakthrough at age 12 changed his life. "My parents introduced me to music and theater," Dingle said. "It wasn't because of my speech impediment, but because I needed something to do at that age. " Dingle said that within six to 12 months, his speech became "near-perfect. " "It was like a miracle," he said.
February 29, 2016 |
MILLVILLE, N.J. - The Espoma Co., a leading producer of organic fertilizer, still uses largely the same natural soil-enriching ingredients it did when it was founded nearly 90 years ago. What's different now is that organic gardening has moved from the obscure corners of garden centers into the mainstream, shifting Espoma into a comfortable position in a thriving niche of the lawn- and garden-supply industry. "It used to be we had to downplay the organics when we were selling it because the organics always had some baggage with it - it smells, it doesn't work, it's too expensive," said Jeremy Brunner, 43, Espoma's vice president, who represents the fourth generation of family ownership.
February 7, 2016
Eagle Creek pioneered those now ubiquitous multiple-size, nylon, zippered organizer bags. Always a step ahead of the pack, the company has introduced expandable bags that unzip to double the space. Made of ultra-lightweight ripstop nylon not much heavier than a self-zip plastic bag, the new Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes (which are actually rectangular) come in sets of two, with one bag about double the dimensions of the other. A 10-inch-by-7-inch-by-1-inch-thick bag expands to triple the thickness - about the size of Eagle Creek's "half cube" organizer bag. The other bag expands from 14 inches by 10 inches by 1 inch thick to triple the thickness, which is what you get with the "full cube" organizer (my favorite size for folded shirts)
January 17, 2016
Name: Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Center City. Business: Markets, books, and facilitates convention, group, international travel. 2015 revenue: $19 million (est.), mostly from hotel room and hospitality taxes. Employees: 62. Big in 2016: Democratic National Convention, 40,000; African Methodist Episcopal Church Bicentennial, 30,000.
January 14, 2016 |
The Philadelphia region has a new crop of accountable-care organizations aiming to reduce the cost of caring for Medicare beneficiaries while improving quality by emphasizing coordination by doctors and other providers. If the accountable-care organizations reduce costs beyond targets while meeting quality criteria, the government shares savings with them. Genesis Healthcare Inc., a major nursing-home owner based in Kennett Square, has formed Genesis Healthcare ACO, which covers nine states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.