May 2, 2015 |
Even though his father, Dave, flourished as a competitive swimmer and his 13-year sister, Colleen, is now doing the same, Sean Phelan only enjoys leisurely dips in the pool. "It just isn't my thing," the Devon Prep first baseman and pitcher said. "I've always liked sports that use a ball. " As he showed in Thursday afternoon's Bicentennial Athletic League Independence clash against archrival Holy Ghost Prep, Phelan is most comfortable on the diamond. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior doubled twice and earned a save as the host Tide, ranked No. 7 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, posted an 8-6 triumph over the previously undefeated and No. 1 Firebirds.
March 14, 2015 |
SolarCity Corp., the nation's largest rooftop photovoltaic developer, is hoping a new day is dawning for solar in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The San Mateo, Calif., company announced Thursday a bundle of new financing options aimed at customers in the Peco Energy Co. service territory. SolarCity and its competitors typically install their systems on customers' roofs for no money down. The campaign is aimed at reversing the shrinkage in the Pennsylvania solar market, which went into hibernation after 2011, when federal and state incentives dwindled.
March 8, 2015 |
Ted Dallas knew he was walking into a crisis the late-January day he accepted the job as Pennsylvania's acting secretary of the Department of Human Services. He knew that, since early December, thousands of Pennsylvanians with alcohol and drug addictions had been locked out of treatment centers. And he understood the seriousness of their situation. "For folks in the drug and alcohol world, that continuity of care and the wraparound services and keeping it consistent is particularly important," Dallas said.
February 25, 2015 |
Ruth E. Brown, 94, a librarian and archivist at several institutions in Philadelphia, died Saturday, Feb. 14, of cardiac disease at Cathedral Village in Roxborough, where she had lived since 1997. She was a longtime resident of Center City. An Allentown native, Ms. Brown came to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania, and liked the city so much that she stayed. "By the time I came along in the 1950s, she had already given up her car and her driver's license," said nephew Geoffrey Brown.
February 13, 2015
PRESIDENT Obama's interior secretary, Sally Jewel, recently noted that "there is a lot of misinformation about fracking. " She's absolutely right, and a Daily News editorial ("Tracking fracking") is a classic display of this ignorance. First, according to any number of regulatory experts - including top Obama administration officials - hydraulic fracturing is well-regulated and safe. Indeed, former Energy Secretary Steven Chu has stated that shale development "is something you can do in a safe way. " Second, Pennsylvania has some of the nation's strongest environmental regulations.
January 26, 2015 |
A year before Healthy Pennsylvania's rollout, Michael Harle, president and CEO of Gaudenzia, the drug and alcohol treatment center, was assured by top state Medicaid officials his clients would not see their health insurance change. Harle has been around. So he asked for that guarantee in writing. He didn't get it. A high-placed executive "promised me that they would get it right," he said. But "they" didn't. After Medicaid recipients began shifting to the new program on Dec. 1, "all hell broke loose," Harle said.
January 22, 2015 |
In a paper that is bound to generate controversy, three University of Pennsylvania bioethicists argue in a medical journal this week for the return of the mental asylum. The nation, they say, has too few inpatient beds for people with serious mental illnesses. As a result, very sick people are winding up homeless or in prison, nursing homes, and hospital emergency departments. Dominic Sisti, director of Penn's Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare and lead author of the new paper, used words like appalling and shocking to describe the current state of affairs, which he sees as both morally wrong and financially shortsighted.
January 21, 2015 |
Robert J. Lerner, 83, of Philadelphia, a retired mental health association leader, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, of anaplastic thyroid cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Anaplastic is a rare, aggressive form of thyroid cancer. Mr. Lerner graduated from Philadelphia public schools, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, and served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed in Germany. After earning his master's degree, Mr. Lerner became executive director of the Mental Health Association of Camden, and then of the Mental Health Association of Rochester, N.Y. In 1977, he made a final move to become executive director of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
December 1, 2014
The college choice of Agnes Irwin senior Sophia Tornetta, The Inquirer's field hockey player of the year in Southeastern Pennsylvania, was incorrect in Saturday's editions. Tornetta will attend Princeton.
November 16, 2014 |
After five days of window-shopping, the Affordable Care Act marketplace went live Saturday for its second year, sporting a shorter application form and new players, plans, and premium rates. Competition for business is keener this year with UnitedHealthcare and Assurant Health joining ACA veterans Independence Blue Cross and Aetna in the five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania marketplace. UnitedHealthcare also opened for business in New Jersey along with Oscar Health Insurance.