December 24, 2014 |
The health-care economic landscape shifted again Monday when Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager, chose sides in the high-priced market for hepatitis C medication. St. Louis-based Express Scripts said it would provide only one brand of hepatitis C medicine to most patients in its employer-sponsored health plans, choosing AbbVie Inc.'s new Viekira Pak after AbbVie gave it an undisclosed but "significant discount" on its list price of $83,000 for a 12-week treatment regimen.
September 25, 2014
KNOW HOW POLITICS can often be predictable? Well, that's what happened at the Two-Toms debate Monday night in Hershey. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf followed their respective scripts. The Republican incumbent - trailing in polls and campaign cash and still regarded the No. 1 vulnerable guv in America - took some sweeping swings at his challenger. When you're behind, that's what you do. In response, the Democratic upstart pulled a Wolf-a-dope, leaning on rhetorical ropes, staying calm, happy just to lay a few jabs on the titleholder's chin.
September 22, 2014 |
The crowd came out to Parx Racing to see a star on Saturday in the 35th running of the Pennsylvania Derby, and California Chrome looked perfect for the role of a Hollywood hero as he walked regally around the paddock, accepted Victor Espinoza onto his back, and stepped onto the track to play his part. And then they ran the race. Someone messed with the script, just as they had in June at the Belmont Stakes, when Chrome wasn't able to parlay wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes into Triple Crown immortality.
July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The moment was staged for TV. Red Sox manager John Farrell instructed White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to wait until Fox returned from a commercial break between the third and fourth innings of Tuesday's 85th All-Star Game. Ramirez stepped onto the field at 8:31 p.m. Central time. A lone cameraman trailed him. Frank Sinatra crooned over the loudspeakers. Derek Jeter, a reluctant participant for this national farewell, acted as if he were surprised. But Major League Baseball, in conjunction with Fox and Jeter, plotted the celebration details before Tuesday's first pitch because the Yankees shortstop loathes gratuitous attention.
May 31, 2014 |
It's not often I get to write an unabashed rave that's also an expression of civic pride, so listen up: The Arden Theatre's revival of Incorruptible is a valentine to and from the Philadelphia theater community. An Arden greatest hit from its 1995-96 season, it's written by Michael Hollinger, a Philadelphia-based playwright, and features an all-Philadelphia cast, director, and designers. But that's not the only reason you should care. You should care because this production, about a medieval French monastery whose saintly miracle-performing relics and income have both flatlined, has a nimble, sharp script matched with performances by a cast that's a natural fit. Proven entities such as Ian Merrill Peakes as Brother Martin, a high-strung, Machiavellian monk, and Marcia Saunders as Agatha, a tyrannical monster (monstress?
May 14, 2014 |
AS IF THE Goffney twins' saga couldn't get any more unusual, their next chapter could pair them with another set of twins - police officers - to tell their story on film. Troy and Trevor Parham, founders of Twin Tone Entertainment, are no strangers to the media spotlight. In 2012, Trevor, a police officer in the tiny Delaware County borough of Colwyn, was criminally charged with assault and oppression for Tasing a teen while he was handcuffed in the borough's holding cell. Trevor was acquitted by a judge and has since returned to the Colwyn Police Department.
March 28, 2014 |
SOMETIMES I think I'd feel better about our nation's future if people worshipped David Ayer the way they do Wes Anderson. Ayer, if you didn't know, is a guy who grew up in South Central L.A., served in the Navy, then started writing and/or directing movies - hard-boiled stuff about mean streets and meaner cops ("Harsh Times," "Dark Blue," "Training Day," "Street Kings," "End of Watch. ") You wouldn't mistake his work for strict realism, but there's an urgency to it - "Harsh Times" remains one of the most interesting, unpredictable movies yet made about a contemporary war vet. Last fall's "End of Watch" was a vivid, patrolman's-eye view of the war on drugs.
March 3, 2014 |
WILLINGBORO A dozen years after local officials persuaded Merck Medco to build the nation's largest pharmaceutical mail-order facility in the township and create more than 1,000 jobs, the company's latest owners are relocating to a neighboring community, a few miles away, where sweeter tax breaks and other incentives beckon. Florence Township officials wooed Express Scripts, the new owner, with an offer that will slash the property taxes on the site by more than 75 percent - from $417,000 to $108,000 in its first year.
August 1, 2013 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - David E. Kelley has a fast car. His name is Robin Williams. From the moment that CBS announced that Williams would star in "The Crazy Ones," a new comedy from Kelley ("The Practice," "Ally McBeal") in which the free-associating comedian and actor plays a wild and, well, crazy advertising genius, I've wondered how that might work. Because Kelley's a writer used to hearing his words delivered pretty much the way he wrote them. And that isn't necessarily what people expect from a Robin Williams comedy.
June 9, 2013 |
BEIJING - The Philadelphia Orchestra was divided but not conquered. The orchestra's 40th anniversary tour of China was moving on to Macau on Friday - its last and glitziest tour stop - when a handful of musicians and orchestra executives on the early-bird flight from Beijing were stuck on the tarmac due to heavy rain. The takeoff was delayed six hours. Nonetheless -. "Our musicians would like to offer you a musical surprise," announced orchestra president Allison Vulgamore to the marooned, disgruntled passengers.