September 19, 2016 |
Every morning, my iPhone reminds me to log in my food choices for the day, courtesy of a weight-loss app. The messages are pretty innocuous: "Don't let hump day get you down! Log in now!" "Eat your veggies!" And depending on my mood, I see them as encouraging or annoying. But the real stumper is whether or not they change my behavior, a question also posed by researchers who are trying to harness cellphone technology to improve diabetes care. "With 92 percent of the population in the U.S. carrying cellphones, the technology is ubiquitous," said Janice Miller, a diabetes educator and assistant professor at the College of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University.
September 14, 2016 |
Philadelphia Gas Works has notified 500,000 customers that it is open to competition. But it's the public-utility version of setting a table, inviting guests for a banquet, then offering them nothing to eat. Despite years of preparation and millions spent to remove obstacles to competition, no other gas suppliers have extended offers to PGW's residential customers. "Residential-market conditions are not ideal for competitive suppliers in PGW territory," said Bernie Tylor, a spokesman for WGL Energy Services, a District of Columbia supplier active in other parts of Pennsylvania.
September 11, 2016 |
The jerseys have been printed and the players have dusted off their cleats. It's play time. More than 800 amateur soccer players will compete in the city's first International Unity Cup this fall, starting Friday. Thirty-two teams have signed up, composed of immigrants or descendants of each team's country. The idea for the tournament came from Mayor Kenney, who wanted to imitate the World Cup as a way to bring people of all backgrounds and races together in Philadelphia. "This tournament is just one way we are working to make sure newcomers feel that they are a part of the social, cultural, and civic fabric of our city," Kenney said at Friday's kickoff announcement.
September 10, 2016 |
Jordan Matthews never missed a football game in his life until he sat the entire preseason with a knee injury. All along, he was confident he would return for the season opener. And in the days before the Eagles host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the coaches can comfortably prepare knowing they will have their No. 1 wide receiver back on the field. Matthews' return bolsters a wide receiving corps that lacks experience - and production - outside of Matthews, who fell three yards shy of 1,000 yards last season, when he led the Eagles in receiving.
September 10, 2016 |
The Federal Communications Commission will vote later this month on changes that would eliminate the need for pay-TV consumers to rent set-top boxes, potentially saving millions of American households about $230 a year each, agency officials said. An FCC proposal that was circulated Thursday to top agency officials would force pay-TV operators to make available free apps that grant consumers access to their entertainment offerings and channels. The apps would be loaded onto Roku boxes, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, Apple Inc. devices, or other platforms, including gaming consoles and smartphones, FCC officials said Thursday.
September 7, 2016 |
THEY GOT the news in different ways. Zach Ertz got an 8 a.m. call from Sam Bradford. Rodney McLeod was watching the college football pregame show when the crawl across the bottom of the screen informed him that his team's starting quarterback had been traded. Bryan Braman saw it on Twitter. Wentz himself, memorably, told reporters Monday he'd been lying "in a cornfield . . . somewhere in Jersey," early Saturday morning, hunting geese, when Eagles coach Doug Pederson called to tell him Bradford had been traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
September 4, 2016
Services have been set for Albert John Snite Jr., 68, of East Falls, a retired Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge, who died Wednesday, Aug. 31, of complications from lung cancer at his home. A visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, will be followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m., both at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Ave. Burial is private. From January 1992 to January 2015, Judge Snite presided over cases from the state court's First Judicial District bench in Philadelphia.
September 3, 2016 |
The organs of an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot while playing across the street from her Camden home last week have been donated, including her liver, which went to a cousin. Also, Gabrielle Hill Carter's mother, Meresa Carter Phillips, gave birth to another child Tuesday, and named him King Gabriel. Gabrielle was playing on the sidewalk just before 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 across from her house on the 900 block of South Eighth Street when several men opened fire on another man. One of the bullets struck her in the head.
August 31, 2016 |
Penn State coach James Franklin was listing the attributes of what makes Saquon Barkley a special running back before summing it up this way: "The good Lord doesn't give you everything. For whatever reason, he's been given more than most. " It didn't take Barkley very long - the second game of his collegiate career, to be exact - before he exhibited one of those special gifts. With the Nittany Lions driving deep into Buffalo territory, he took a handoff and hurdled free safety Ryan Williamson on his way to a 17-yard gain.
August 25, 2016 |
Downingtown East coach Mike Matta lost a number of key offensive starters to graduation, including a pair of Division I recruits, a 1,000-yard rusher and a savvy quarterback. But a stalwart defensive line, possibly the best since the program started in 2003, has Matta optimistic about continued success for the Cougars. "We're big up front. We have guys who are really quick off the ball, and there's a good amount of experience there," he said. Coaches realize that defensive line play is often the difference between winning and losing.