March 6, 2015 |
A witness testifying Wednesday for defense lawyer Nancy Raynor - hit with nearly $1 million in court-imposed sanctions last Oct. 31 because one of her experts offered banned testimony in a medical-malpractice trial - said Raynor had taken steps to ensure that the information was not heard by the jury. The witness, a trial technician who had been working for the defense team, said he heard Raynor tell the expert witness, Dr. John Kelly, that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto had banned any mention that a woman at the center of the trial was a smoker.
February 25, 2015 |
Emergency crews remain at the highway ramp where an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames in Pennsauken Monday morning, authorities said. The accident occurred on Route 130 northbound at the ramp to Route 90. Some news outlets reported that the driver of the tanker was accounted for, and there did not appear to be any other vehicles involved. The fire sent thick black smoke billowing into the sky that could be seen for miles around, including in Northeast Philadelphia. Authorities said a crash team would try to determine the cause of the accident and whether ice or snow was a contributing factor.
February 22, 2015 |
Where there's smoke, there's ire. High-rise condo buildings such as the Dorchester and Society Hill Towers and luxury buildings such as the St. James are starting to ban resident smoking - even in residents' own units. "There is now a growing trend in condominiums nationwide, and especially in urban high-rises, to impose a total ban on smoking anywhere on the property - common areas, indoor and out, and even in the individual residences and on their balconies and patios," said Gary Krimstock, a lawyer specializing in condo-association law with Fineman Krekstein and Harris in Center City.
December 11, 2014 |
As intense heat and smoke poured from the blazing basement of a house in West Oak Lane early Tuesday, the firefighters attacking the flames with a hose were ordered to get out. The woman who lived there had been rescued. Another company was poised to go in through a back entrance to fight the flames. With conditions deteriorating, a commanding officer had said over the radio around 2:30 a.m. that that would be safer. The firefighters began to retreat as directed, battling disorienting heat and blinding smoke.
December 5, 2014 |
Two strip clubs, a bar, and a fraternal organization are seeking indoor smoking permits - a request health and tourism officials have implored City Council to deny. Smoking at bars and restaurants has not been allowed in Philadelphia since 2007, when the city passed the Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law. At that time, several bars applied for and received exemptions during a 90-day waiver period. On Wednesday, Council members held a hearing on whether to grant waivers to four establishments that either missed the deadline or did not qualify at the time due to tax issues.
October 25, 2014 |
Looking to better manage health-care costs, the Nutter administration is taking two big swings at tobacco. Come Jan. 1, Philadelphia will add a $500 annual premium to benefits costs for nonunion employees who use tobacco products, and a $15 surcharge for prescriptions filled at pharmacies that sell tobacco products. The charge on prescription co-pays is part of a plan being launched by the city in partnership with CVS Caremark, a pharmacy benefits provider owned by the parent company of CVS drug stores.
October 20, 2014 |
The signs went up a bit over a week ago on the little stretch that is the Monmouth Street Business District in proudly blue-collar Gloucester City. They took most folks by surprise: The no-smoking symbol and the "100% Smoke Free Public Property" sign. By late last week, the police had yet to issue a ticket, but on sidewalks known for a fair yield of butts, the stubs were few and far between. But if the smokes have been extinguished at least on those few blocks, the furor smolders on. Mayor William James says the ban is part of an effort to clean up and revitalize the three-block commercial strip - an endeavor that has included acquiring three properties with about $540,000 in state and federal funds.
October 17, 2014 |
THE KEYSTONED State struck close to home for Gov. Corbett. In fact, it was the Governor's Residence, the Harrisburg mansion in which he has lived since 2011. Corbett, speaking yesterday to the PennLive editorial board in Harrisburg, repeated his oft-maligned claim that Pennsylvania companies can't fill jobs because they can't find applicants willing or able to pass drug tests. One big problem: The business group Corbett cites when making that claim released an employer survey this summer that raised serious questions about his facts.
October 3, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOLS Shoulder to shoulder but learning well The article on Philadelphia school crowding might have mentioned that in 1840, when America and Scotland were the two most literate nations on earth, the average one-room schoolhouse consisted of 250 kids headed up by one teacher and two assistants, who taught the oldest, who taught the younger, and so on down the line ("Rotating teachers and oversize classes," Sept. 26). But then we decided to prepare scared, passive, and obedient children to man the assembly lines of the industrial revolution.
September 15, 2014 |
The seven patients all had had successful surgery to prop open a blocked coronary artery with a stent. Yet more than five years later, all seven developed dangerous blood clots and came to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with heart attacks. The common thread? All of them either had stopped taking aspirin, were actively smoking, or both, according to a new report by Jefferson physicians. Not a good idea, the doctors wrote in September's Journal of Invasive Cardiology.