October 6, 2015
GOOD NEWS, I've figured out how to solve Pennsylvania's budget mess. In a nutshell - and, trust me, there are lots of nuts involved - it's big new spending without big new taxes. Democratic Gov. Wolf gets to keep his promise of more money for schools and such. Republicans running the Legislature get to keep their fiscal fidelity. It's a win-win. How, you might ask? Concede Republicans have the votes to stop new broad-based taxes; then grab money that's already there and pick up some that should be. For example, a little known fact.
April 24, 2015 |
Vivian Tan was a clarinet player for what is now the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. She earned a bachelor's degree from the Royal College of Music in London. From 1982 to 1984, Ms. Tan studied clarinet at the former Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. But, said her friend Brenda Hallahan, Ms. Tan gave up her musical career because "she just saw the needs of the children in the inner city in Philadelphia, and just developed a love and a passion for the children. " On Sunday, April 5, Ms. Tan, 53, of Mickleton, founder of the children's program in Haddon Heights known as Kids Alley, died of complications from cancer at CareOne at Evesham, an assisted living center in Marlton.
March 25, 2015 |
In the eight months since Pennsylvania's indoor tanning law took effect, the state health department has sent letters informing nearly 2,800 facilities that they must register, pay annual fees, and comply with new rules designed to protect consumers, especially teens. So far, only 133 facilities, less than 5 percent, have signed up. That may not be surprising, since the state won't start annual inspections and enforcement until next year. But two medical groups that lobbied for the law are calling attention to the apparent recalcitrance.
March 16, 2015 |
A 25-YEAR-OLD woman was raped at the Montgomery Township tanning salon where she worked in late February, according to police. The victim was at the salon, the name of which the Daily News is withholding to protect her identity, when Marshall Gibson, 19, entered and asked to use the bathroom around 8:45 p.m. Feb. 25, according to police. He was given permission to use the restroom after which, he and the victim entered one of the tanning rooms together, police said. While in the room, Gibson made unwanted sexual advances toward the woman and then pulled out a knife, placed it to her throat and threatened to hurt her if she did not comply with his demands, according to the arrest affidavit.
August 8, 2014 |
Katie Hayek had rushed from Philadelphia to New York, and made it to the set just in time to prepare for the day's shooting of The Following. It was February 2013 and Hayek, an aspiring actress, had scored a small role in the television series about an uber-violent, but highly, literate cult. "Too many tanning beds?" the hair and makeup artist asked, noticing the pocked trail of blisters across Hayek's scorched chest. Hayek laughed. "Let me tell you about that tanning bed. " Hayek (pronounced HAY-eck)
June 5, 2014 |
Before her senior prom at Germantown Academy in April, Allison Moise had a fairly typical to-do list: Find the perfect dress, figure out what to do with her hair, and hit the tanning salon for some unseasonable bronze color - a school-dance ritual she has stuck to since she was 15 or 16 years old. But while nervous dates and inedible catered meals may never go away, pre-prom tanning is one tradition that could be on its way out in Pennsylvania....
April 13, 2014
Turned away, so they won't burn The legislative momentum building in Harrisburg behind new rules to prohibit teens under 17 from using tanning beds and booths, and to require parental consent for 17-year-olds, is encouraging. In addition, lawmakers would require operator training, posted health warnings, and that new customers sign forms acknowledging the risks. Indoor tanning increases by 75 percent the risk of melanoma, a potentially deadly skin cancer. Dr. Bruce Brod of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, cochair of Melanoma International's Scientific Board, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, calls indoor tanning both dangerous and unhealthy, especially for young women.
April 9, 2014 |
TAN MOM has not yet burnt to a crisp, and now she wants to get in the ring. Patricia Krentcil gained national notoriety and became a favorite of Howard Stern after taking her 5-year-old daughter to the tanning salon. Because our society is such that it is, Krentcil is still on the publicity-hound circuit, this time hooking up with celebrity-boxing promoter Damon Feldman . But Feldman is looking for an opponent for the leathery lady. Want a chance to win $5,000 on a Tan Mom TKO (take home $1,000 for a win, $500 for just stepping into the ring)
May 24, 2013 |
SOON, IT MAY not be so easy for teenagers to use tanning salons in Philadelphia. City Council approved a bill yesterday that would require minors to be accompanied by adults at the salons and ban those younger than 14 from indoor tanning unless they have a doctor's note. Mayor Nutter is expected to sign off on the bill, sponsored by Councilman Bill Greenlee. At Council's session, Kelly Andrews, a representative for the American Cancer Society, called for a stronger bill. "Parental consent is not an effective or reliable barrier to tanning," Andrews said.
May 21, 2013 |
Councilman William Greenlee hopes not to get burnt Thursday when his indoor-tanning bill comes up for a vote. Citing what he called "a preponderance of evidence" that indoor tanning greatly raises one's risk of developing skin cancer, Greenlee has introduced a bill that would restrict minors from using indoor-tanning facilities in Philadelphia without parental permission. The measure would also prohibit those younger than 14 from using commercial tanning beds and other ultraviolet-emitting equipment without a doctor's permission.