April 12, 2013
Fully two-thirds of the states restrict teens' access to tanning beds, so New Jersey joined the public-health mainstream this month when Gov. Christie signed a welcome ban on indoor tanning for anyone under 17. Pennsylvania officials should follow suit by acting on similar legislation just proposed in Harrisburg. It's long past time for both states to protect teens - especially high-school-age girls - from the well-documented risk of skin cancer from misuse of commercial tanning facilities.
April 3, 2013
Gov. Christie has signed legislation that bars anyone under 17 from using tanning beds in New Jersey and anyone under 14 from getting a spray tan. The measure signed Monday night allows 17-year-olds to use a tanning salon provided their parent or guardian accompanies them on their first visit and gives their consent. The legislation was developed after a North Jersey mother was charged with child endangerment in April 2012 for allegedly bringing her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth.
February 1, 2013 |
LAST WEEK, City Council dealt with zoning issues and discussed looming school closures, but on Thursday the legislative body takes on a new controversial issue: tanning beds. The indoor-tanning industry has come under fire recently after the American Suntanning Association tried to dispute that tanning raises the risk of skin cancer. To make indoor tanning aficionados aware of the risks, Councilman Bill Greenlee will introduce a bill that would require a minor to be accompanied by an adult when tanning at a salon.
December 23, 2012 |
Less than 10 minutes after making a game-winning, three-point play with two seconds remaining in overtime, Josh Borrelli was out the door of the Timber Creek gymnasium. He couldn't stick around to celebrate with his Shawnee teammates. He couldn't savor his role - a game-high 23 points, including all eight of his team's points in overtime - in the Renegades' 47-44 victory on Thursday night. He had to get to the tanning salon. "It's tough sometimes," Borrelli said later on Thursday night.
October 5, 2012 |
Editor's Note: Due to a technical error, a feature story on the MTV program "Jersey Shore" that was written by Yvonne Villarreal of the Los Angeles Times appeared briefly on philly.com as a column written by Chuck Darrow of the Philadelphia Daily News. LOS ANGELES - Like a tan growing pale, "Jersey Shore" is fading into the TV sunset. Thursday marks the beginning of its sixth season - its last. It began as just another low-budget MTV reality show, with lower expectations, that would chronicle the fist-pumping antics of its ultra-bronzed, ultra-average stars cooped up in a house in Seaside Heights, N.J. But when the series aired in December 2009, it quickly and curiously morphed into a surprisingly potent pop force that made "Snooki" a household name and turned an unknown cast into late-night punch lines.
September 25, 2012 |
Pisey Tan, who lost both legs in Iraq, one above the knee, the other below, stands on a corner in Manayunk, trying to clip into his pedal. He is on a 25-mile bike ride. He grabs his left calf, or what would have been his left calf but is now a prosthetic leg, and guides his shoe onto the pedal. He pushes hard on his prosthetic knee, trying to get the shoe to click into the pedal. It slides off. He repeats, then tries again and again. The only sounds are of his own heavy breathing, his curses of frustration and determination under his breath, the traffic on Umbria Street whizzing by, and encouragement from Tyl Sadoff, a fellow rider whom he calls "my drill sergeant.
August 16, 2012 |
Just because you're a woman of color doesn't mean you're blessed with perfect, miniskirt-worthy skin. That's the basis behind Rittenhouse Square makeup artist Ursula Augustine's latest offering - Golden Stockings, a sugar-based airbrush tanning system that gives legs a sheer panty-hose sparkle. Augustine uses the tanning spray on women of all ethnicities, but, she says, her more frequent customers are brown-skinned ladies in search of beautiful, bronze limbs. "My legs had such a nice, even tone," said Chi-Chi Enigwe, a 5-foot-10-inch Mount Airy publicist the color of dark chocolate who tans so she can rock white hot pants with pride.
May 16, 2012 |
TRENTON — New Jersey is looking at tightening restrictions on the use of tanning beds by young people under a bill that would bar anyone under 18 from using them. The Assembly's Women and Children Committee passed the measure Monday by a 5-0 vote, though two members abstained. It now heads to the full Assembly for consideration, but it's not known when a vote will be held. The bill would expand a 2006 state law that bans tanning-bed use by anyone under 14 and requires written parental consent for those 14 to 17. The bill would allow for spray or sunless tanning for children 14 to 17 with parental consent.
January 30, 2012 |
When Jessica Lilley was 15, she made her debut at a tanning salon. The shopkeeper who had sold her the ivory silk gown that she would wear in a beauty pageant insisted that the blue-eyed blonde would look even more fabulous with a good tan. For the next few days, Lilley kept imagining herself bronzed and beautiful. So, despite her mother's vigorous protests, she headed for the nearest salon. "There were more tanning salons in my town of Belmont, Miss., than there were grocery stores," she says, "so it felt totally normal to me. " People at the pageant complimented Lilley on how healthy and glamorous she looked, as though she had just returned from a beach vacation.
December 15, 2011 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Since it started up in April, the San Francisco digital-publishing site www.Byliner.com has specialized in long-form-narrative nonfiction. It has compiled quite an archive - more than 60,000 pieces by more than 4,000 writers. Now, Byliner has broadened its scope to include fiction, and it drafted novelist Amy Tan ( Joy Luck Club ) to write its inaugural offering, her 14,000-word Rules for Virgins . This is the first piece of fiction Tan has published in six years, since Saving Fish From Drowning . Rules is described as "the sensual tale of an aging master courtesan instructing her beautiful young prótegée in the ways of love and business in 1912 Shanghai.