July 20, 2015 |
The path to David Casarett's new book began when one of his patients at Penn Medicine's Wissahickon Hospice asked him if medical marijuana could help her. As usual with such questions, he scoffed, telling her the drug was still illegal and there was no evidence to support its use. His patient, a retired English professor, pushed him for more information. He discovered that there was indeed research, and she knew more about it than he did. "She was tough," he said. He promised he would look into it for her. That was about a year and a half ago. The result of his quest - Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana - was published last week.
May 25, 2014 |
People were talking about a little black-and-white Polish movie at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. People like Alfonso Cuarón , who would go on to win the Oscar for directing Gravity , and who couldn't say enough about Ida , the story of a quiet, sheltered 18-year-old preparing to become a nun. Cuarón called it the best thing he'd seen in years. At the Philadelphia Film Festival a month later, Alexander Payne , who came to town to premiere his not-yet-Oscar-nominated-best-picture Nebraska , likewise praised Ida to the skies.
December 24, 2013 |
MARJORIE JOY Nemarow Katz, 70, of Cherry Hill, who died Friday from complications following a stroke, was "a remarkable person," said her husband of 47 years, Lewis Katz, a co-owner of the Daily News and Inquirer . "She was a remarkable lady," Katz said after yesterday's funeral services at Congregation Beth El in Voorhees and interment at Crescent Memorial Park in Pennsauken. "I don't think she had an enemy in the world," Katz said. "She was sweet, kind, smart, fun-loving and the best mother that any two children could want.
May 19, 2013 |
Las Vegas has casinos in a desert. Atlantic City has casinos by the ocean. But the operators of Maryland's spectacularly successful casino about 15 miles south of Baltimore, Maryland Live, knew where they wanted to put theirs - in a shopping mall parking lot. So far, the move has paid off huge for both the casino and the adjacent Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Md., as the two have combined to form arguably Maryland's single biggest-drawing destination....
May 6, 2013 |
BEACH HAVEN WEST, N.J. - The full consequences of Hurricane Sandy will be played out in a thousand personal decisions, and for families like the Wosceks, owners of a tiny yellow bungalow on a lagoon, that meant one thing: For Sale. As Is. (Wrecked by Sandy.) And just like that, things will never be as they were for the Wosceks, undisturbed through 39 years, six boats, 40 weekends a year in Beach Haven West, kids crabbing off the dock. "Ugh, you have no idea," said Steven Woscek, 61, of Phillipsburg, N.J., whose getaway house at 35 Nancy Dr. now commands a Sandy-deflated asking price of $174,900.
March 8, 2013 |
Federal officials warned this week that "nightmare bacteria" - including the deadly superbug that struck a National Institutes of Health facility two years ago - are increasingly resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, posing a growing threat to hospitals and nursing homes nationwide. "It's not often that our scientists come to me and say we have a very serious problem and we need to sound an alarm," Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news conference Tuesday.
February 14, 2013 |
POSTELECTION pollsters with excess time on their hands sampled moviegoers to see which film they'd prefer to attend on Valentine's Day. "A Good Day to Die Hard" was the clear winner, capturing a 68 percent share, although "Safe Haven" with Josh Duhamel was the clear favorite among women. Date night may be problematic. Women might argue that "Die Hard" is not suited to Valentine's Day, men might counter that "Die Hard" started out as a holiday affair - the original was very much a Christmas movie.
November 3, 2012 |
Five to six times each week, during a scene in the play A Stoop on Orchard Street , Jake Faragalli and his father, Scott, contemptuously brush past each other on stage while singing opposing views of immigrant life in 1910. Jake plays Benny, a young boy in a Jewish immigrant family, and sings about the melting pot of New York and the optimistic thoughts of the newcomers to the Lower East Side. Scott, playing a police officer and enemy of the neighborhood, sings to the city's new residents: "Why don't they go back?"
August 20, 2012 |
Businessman Thomas Bennett did not relish taking a shuttle bus from Terminal C, where he flew in from Pittsburgh, to connect to a flight in Terminal F, at the other end of Philadelphia International Airport. Especially in the rain. "I would put a cover where the bus drop is here," Bennett said the other day, as he waited in busy Terminal F to board a commuter jet to Manchester, N.H. Bennett, who clocks 100 to 150 flights a year, gives the Philadelphia airport a general thumbs-up.
August 13, 2012 |
CHICAGO - President Obama on Sunday criticized the newly minted Republican team of Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, telling a hometown crowd the pair were trying to sell an economic plan of "trickle-down fairy dust" that does not work. Appearing at one of five fund-raisers scheduled for the day in which he is expected to collect at least $6.5 million, Obama congratulated Ryan for entering the race. He called the Wisconsin lawmaker the "ideological leader of the Republicans in Congress.