March 3, 2013 |
After suffering two setbacks in federal court, New Jersey officials are pressing ahead with a fight to give the state's struggling gambling industry a boost by introducing betting on sporting events. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp, in a suit brought by the NCAA and the four major pro sports leagues, on Thursday upheld a 21-year-old law barring sports gambling in all but four states where some form of wagering already existed: Delaware, Nevada, Oregon, and Montana. New Jersey had argued that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the state's rights on a variety of constitutional grounds, including state sovereignty and equal protection.
February 8, 2013
TO HELP COMBAT fraud by tax preparers, the IRS created the "Registered Tax Return Preparer" program. Then, just before the tax season got under way, a federal judge told the agency that it doesn't have the authority to regulate the hundreds of thousands of tax preparers covered under the program. Although some tax-return preparers are licensed by their states or enrolled to practice before the IRS, many don't have to pass a government or professionally mandated competency test to prepare a federal return.
February 4, 2013 |
WHAT A difference another week made. Oops, that was last weekend's Villanova lead. But it still applies. Only this time, in reverse. The Wildcats lost to Providence Sunday afternoon at the Pavilion, 55-52. It was their second three-point loss to the undermanned Friars, who aren't making the NCAA Tournament, in 15 days. Last Saturday's win over Syracuse in South Philly, coupled with one over Louisville 5 days earlier, had elevated them from nowhere into the 68-team field, according to bracketologists everywhere.
January 18, 2013 |
U.S. regulators temporarily grounded Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday after an emergency landing by one of the planes in Japan that followed a fire and other incidents last week. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered airlines to prove that lithium-ion batteries in the plane, which went into service in late 2011, "are safe and in compliance," according to an e-mailed statement. Though United Continental Holdings Inc. is the only U.S. carrier operating the 787s, most other countries follow the FAA's lead in aviation safety issues.
January 16, 2013 |
Let others trumpet the 39 new drug approvals by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012 as a 16-year high. Failure occurs far more often. Consider the recent stumbles by two area biopharmaceutical companies. Last week, Morphotek Inc. , of Exton, said results from a Phase III study of its experimental treatment for ovarian cancer failed to meet its "primary end-point. " The study involved 1,100 patients at 274 medical centers. The company, a subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Eisai Co. Ltd. , said additional analysis of the clinical results was needed before Morphotek could decide how to adjust its development strategy for the drug, called farletuzumab.
January 12, 2013 |
There was no water at the well of the Philadelphia Historical Commission for those trying to stop the demolition of the historic, double-spired Church of the Assumption on Spring Garden Street. On Friday, the commission went into executive session and issued an opinion that the demolition permit approved for the previous owner, the nonprofit Siloam, remains valid for the new owners, developers John Wei and Mika He. The Patrick Keeley-designed, 1849 brownstone-and-copper church, where St. Katharine Drexel was baptized, seemed closer than ever to the wrecking ball.
December 27, 2012
HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to the intensive-care unit at a Houston hospital "following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever," but he is alert and talking to medical staff, his spokesman said Wednesday. Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman in Houston, said in a brief email that Bush was admitted to the ICU at Methodist Hospital on Sunday. He said that doctors are cautiously optimistic about his treatment and that the former president "remains in guarded condition.
December 24, 2012 |
DURING MY almost-four decades as an entertainment writer-critic, I have covered every popular-arts beat, from film and TV to theater and pop music, and everything in-between (Disney ice shows, anyone?). And nothing - make that absolutely nothing - I have ever seen has thrilled, delighted and moved me more than the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel, "Les Miserables. " Since the touring version of the worldwide smash first hit Philly in the late 1980s, I have seen "Les Miz" (as it's affectionately and universally known)
December 22, 2012 |
ASHBURN, Va. - Robert Griffin III looks good to go. The Washington Redskins rookie had a full practice Thursday for the second straight day as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Eagles. "I like what I see," coach Mike Shanahan said. "If there is no setback, he should be ready to go. " Griffin missed Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns with a sprained right knee. On Wednesday, he had his first full practice since the injury, and coaches and doctors were eager to see how the knee would respond.