June 16, 2016 |
Arantxa Ochoa, the director of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, is the latest to announce that she is leaving the ballet. Hers has been one of the most-recognizable faces of the company for the last 20 years, and her departure, announced Tuesday in a letter from executive director David Gray, is an exclamation point on a tumultuous year. Ochoa will be moving to Florida in August to work at the Miami City Ballet School. Two others from Pennsylvania Ballet recently joined Miami City Ballet as dancers: former principal dancer Lauren Fadeley and corps de ballet dancer Amir Yogev.
June 15, 2016 |
Parents hoping to treat seriously ill children with medical marijuana cheered when Pennsylvania's new law included a "safe harbor" provision allowing them to import the medicines right away, rather than waiting for the law to take full effect in two years. Legal experts are now saying there may not be much to celebrate. The fact is, the state can't protect residents from federal laws against moving pot across state borders. And in Pennsylvania, where it's not yet legal to sell marijuana products, the only way parents can get such drugs is to bring them in. Still, parents are risking criminal charges and prison sentences if they assume the safe harbor provision shields them, according to marijuana policy experts.
June 10, 2016 |
SANDRA HOLMAN BACOTE worked for 29 years fighting discrimination in Pennsylvania. And she also danced with South African Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a family member said. "She was at some event where she danced with Desmond Tutu," recalled niece Diane Davis, who described a photo of the two. "This was the aunt everybody wanted," Davis said. Mrs. Bacote, 75, who grew up in North Philadelphia and became regional director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, died Saturday, June 4, after an illness.
June 9, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission officials and civil rights advocates called Tuesday for increased state funding at a hearing convened after reports in the Inquirer and the Daily News about major problems at the agency. "Where we are now is kind of sad," said interim Commission Chairman Joel Bolstein, who described the antidiscrimination agency as a "vibrant place" when Gov. Tom Ridge appointed him to the board in 1999. As a result of funding cuts in recent years, Bolstein said, the commission is now run by a skeleton crew of dedicated but overloaded workers.
June 9, 2016 |
Shell Chemical Appalachia announced Tuesday that it will move forward with construction of a long-awaited multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Western Pennsylvania that business and political leaders say will transform the state's shale-gas industry. Construction of the giant polyethylene complex on the site of a former zinc smelter in Beaver County will create up to 6,000 construction jobs and 600 permanent jobs when it is completed in the next decade, the company said. The plant represents the kind of major downstream economic development envisioned when the state welcomed shale gas development.
June 9, 2016
By Stacey Kallem, Barbara H. Chaiyachati, and Irène P. Mathieu One of the most rewarding parts of training to be a pediatrician is caring for a newborn patient and then watching that child grow up into a bright, curious, and engaging toddler. However, all too often, we see those perfect newborns we care for face obstacles beyond their control that hinder healthy development. Adversity in the first few years of life, such as poverty, parental substance abuse, and neighborhood violence, can result in toxic stress, or dangerously high stress over long periods of time.
June 8, 2016 |
Having gone nearly a year without a new contract, union faculty members at Pennsylvania's state universities are considering a possible strike this fall, a move that would be a first in the 107,000-student system's history. Ken Mash, president of the 14-university faculty union, said that if no progress was made over the summer, the union would seek a strike authorization vote in August or September. Such votes are typical during negotiations, and give union leadership authority to call a strike if necessary.
June 6, 2016 |
The state baseball playoffs begin Monday, with 15 area teams seeking to claim gold on June 17 at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. But before the players on the diamond take center stage, let's talk some football. Specifically, the top uncommitted recruits in the Class of 2017 from Southeastern Pennsylvania - and their college possibilities. Here's our top-10 list, which is based on current abilities and potential to exceed at the next level. 1. D'Andre Swift, St. Joseph's Prep, RB. A dynamic and versatile playmaker, the 5-foot-10, 210-pounder is seriously considering scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State.