September 21, 2016
ISSUE | ZIKA VIRUS Health over politics Congress's inability to fund desperately needed Zika testing and research shows that ideological politics has become much more important to the GOP than dealing with critical health needs of U.S. citizens ("For Menendez, the Zika fear is real," Thursday). Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is nearly out of Zika funding, Republicans insist on excluding Planned Parenthood from funding for contraception, which can prevent transmission of the virus.
September 9, 2016 |
JUAN CRUZ was a humble, religious man who was often called upon by people in the Latino community to pray for the sick and dying. Even people who didn't know him personally heard about his kindness and prayers, and asked him to come pray for them, said a granddaughter, Carmen Harris. "He was a living saint," Harris said. "He was a living example of how a Christian life should be led, despite his own struggles. People sought him out for spiritual advice. " On Saturday, Sept.
September 1, 2016 |
When Jon Vega was in eighth grade, he tried football for the first time. "They made me a running back at first," Vega recalled. "But I didn't know how to hold the football. " Vega moved to Hammonton from Puerto Rico as a seventh-grader. The next year, he decided to try out for the youth football team because it seemed like such a popular sport in the town. He was fast. He was athletic. But he was a little short of know-how. "I had no idea how to play," Vega said. "But I liked it. I liked it right away.
August 31, 2016 |
Inovio Pharmaceuticals in Plymouth Meeting said Monday that it has begun a clinical study of its experimental Zika vaccine in 160 healthy adult volunteers in Puerto Rico, where the virus outbreak has been declared a public health emergency. Inovio shares closed up 4.63 percent, or 41 cents, to $9.27, on the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that Zika will infect more than 25 percent of the Puerto Rican population by the end of the year, Inovio said.
August 12, 2016 |
It was 1949 and Julian Nunez-Diaz had recently arrived in New York City. He was 33, with a fourth-grade education, not a word of English, and a family back in Puerto Rico hoping to join him if he found work. A friend suggested he look for a job down in Camden. So that's what he did. "I washed dishes at a restaurant near the Philadelphia [now Ben Franklin] Bridge," recalls Nunez-Diaz, who turns 100 on Friday. "I learned to cook while I worked at Ponzio's in Brooklawn and then I got a job cooking at Kenny's, across from City Hall, in 1956.
August 6, 2016 |
A drug trafficking organization smuggled $23.2 million worth of cocaine from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic into Philadelphia and stored the drugs in a North Philadelphia warehouse, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of six men at a news conference Thursday and said each had been charged with drug distribution, conspiracy, and related offenses. Three of the suspects - Francisco Severino-Ortega, 54, and Juan Rojas, 32, both of New York City, and Argenis Dioscoris Grullon, 37, of Allentown - were arrested after two vehicle stops at Lehigh and Trenton Avenues in Kensington during which authorities seized about 40 kilograms of cocaine, Kane said.
July 28, 2016 |
Like thousands of other delegates to the Democratic National Convention this week, Gendy Tchuda made her way to Philadelphia by plane. Unlike most, the 25-year-old from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, bought a one-way ticket. "There's no jobs in Puerto Rico right now," said Tchuda, who's been searching fruitlessly for work since graduating from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras in May 2015. "If I can get an opportunity, I would stay here. " Tchuda is among 23 Bernie Sanders delegates from Puerto Rico, which sent 67 delegates altogether.
July 24, 2016 |
This week, 4,765 delegates from 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia are arriving in Philadelphia. That's 4,765 life stories, and 4,765 sets of ideologies, priorities, hopes, and attitudes about what the Democratic National Convention should achieve. Delegates range in age from their teens to their 90s. They are gay and straight, and transgender. They span all races and ethnicities. They include members of Congress, governors, and party leaders, but also students, unemployed people, schoolteachers, mechanics, web developers, lawyers, and retirees.
June 17, 2016 |
In a strip mall in Kissimmee, a small city just south of Orlando that is home to a large Hispanic community, flowers and religious candles fill the sidewalk in front of Juan and Luis' beauty salon. "Juan and Luis, two humans of love. You will be in our hearts," reads one of the Magic Marker remembrances taped to the window. Shy Juan Rivera Velasquez, 37, who cut hair and met customers with a kiss and a hug. Outgoing Luis Daniel Conde, 39, who turned the techno up loud and moved to the music as he managed the shop.