November 4, 2014 |
I SUPPOSE I could start this and all columns about the Sixers for the foreseeable future with this disclaimer: "Don't worry; it'll all be worth it in two, three or four more seasons when the plan comes together. " After all, I've been told that the Sixers deserve credit for being transparent about their decision to sacrifice the present in an effort to build long-term success. None of this bad basketball should be a surprise. If you can't stomach the growing pains of "building together" then come back in 2016-17, when hopefully things will begin to kick into gear.
November 1, 2014 |
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Thursday its third-quarter profit rose compared with the same period last year in large part because it stopped trying to sell generic medicine in markets where the profit was too small, cut expenses, and converted patients to a new version of its multiple sclerosis medication. Teva's net income rose from $711 million in the third quarter of 2013 to $876 million in the same period this year. Sales for the third quarter were almost flat, decreasing from $5.059 billion in 2013 to $5.058 billion in the third quarter this year.
October 25, 2014 |
In the 1990s, when the population of Ocean County's Juvenile Detention Center swelled past 45 - well over the recommended capacity of 30 - some youths slept on mattresses on the floor until a bed opened, usually in a day or two. "There was always a fight just about every night," said Walter Hopson, the center's superintendent. Now, with only 13 occupants, some beds sit empty. The halls are a little quieter, too. A dozen workers have retired or left in recent years, their positions unfilled.
October 10, 2014 |
WHEN LESEAN MCCOY ran away with the NFL rushing title last season, nearly three-quarters of his rushing yards came out of what generally is considered a passing formation. McCoy gained 1,155 of his 1,607 rushing yards in 11 personnel - three-wide receiver formations with one tight end and one running back. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry as the Eagles spread defenses out, forced them into nickel with their passing prowess and then let McCoy do his thing behind the league's most athletic offensive line.
October 8, 2014 |
The majority owner of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and American Shipping Co. is exploring "strategic initiatives" for the companies that might include a U.S. listing of stock, a merger or acquisition, or a financial restructuring. Converto Capital Fund, an investment fund owned by the Norwegian parent company Aker ASA, has a 57 percent stake in Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and a 20 percent stake in American Shipping Co. "These two companies have performed well, and Converto is always looking to create values," said Atle Kigen, Aker ASA spokesman.
September 29, 2014 |
"Where's the beef?" That was the question underdog candidate Walter Mondale borrowed from a Wendy's ad to skewer front-runner Gary Hart and his airy "new ideas" in a 1984 presidential debate. In the same vein, underdog Tom Corbett paced the stage in last week's first debate of the Pennsylvania governor's race, demanding that Democrat Tom Wolf provide details of his promises to make the state's personal income tax fairer to the middle class and to increase state funding on education.
August 20, 2014
M ICHAEL PRIFTI, 60, of Wynnewood; Eric Rahe, 56, of Phoenixville; and Michael Ytterberg, 60, of East Falls, are principals in BLT Architects. The second-generation Center City firm works in mixed-use, multifamily, education and hospitality spaces. I spoke with Prifti, who's managing principal. Q: What sets BLT Architects apart from other firms? A: We don't bring preconceived notions to any opportunity. Our higher-education work has informed our hotel work. Similarly, the hotel work is showing up in residential where there's lots of interplay in the amenity space.
August 6, 2014 |
Eric Ulken, director of product management for SeattleTimes.com, has been named executive director of digital strategy for Philly.com and Interstate General Media's other digital news properties, owner and publisher H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said Monday. Ulken will also oversee Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com. Ulken, who will report to Stan Wischnowski, vice president of news operations, has extensive experience in content, product development, and digital journalism education. Before his current job, Ulken was the Seattle Times' assistant managing editor for digital.
July 27, 2014 |
Patients with heart failure engage in a delicate balancing act all year round, taking care not to drink too much liquid because the weakened heart muscle cannot cope with excess fluid. But what is a person supposed to do during those blast-furnace days of July and August? Perspiration depletes the body of fluids and electrolytes, such as potassium, that are needed for proper heart function. The patient, who is typically also taking a diuretic to excrete excess fluid, then feels the need to drink more water.
July 13, 2014 |
Just seven years from now, pancreatic cancer is projected to become this country's second-leading cancer killer, surpassed only by lung cancer and claiming 48,000 lives a year - nearly the population of Harrisburg. Now No. 4, pancreas cancer will climb in the ranking partly by becoming more common, but mostly because it is ferociously difficult to detect and treat, according to an analysis by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "The dramatic increase in the anticipated number of deaths . . . is a wake-up call to the research and health-care systems in the United States," senior author Lynn M. Matrisian, a molecular biologist, wrote last month in the journal Cancer Research.