October 1, 2013
A LONE WOMAN stood in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge one frigid January day, looking down at the Delaware River. Something seemed off to a police officer bicycling past, so he followed the woman. But this wasn't some troubled soul looking for a quick way out. It was NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn. And although Cahn, then 53, was all too familiar with feelings of despair, she wasn't suicidal. In fact, she was outside on that cold afternoon because she had been in a funk and had come up with a clever way to get herself out of it: She would do something new every day during the year 2010.
June 9, 2013 |
Big pharmaceutical companies strike licensing deals with small companies in hopes of finding new, highly profitable medicine without the cost of buying a whole company. Small companies get funding other ways, such as venture capital firms, but the money from licensing arrangements can mean the difference between continuing operations and closing shop. Sometimes these deals work, sometimes not. Last week presented four examples, three starting and one ending (badly), involving the drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca, all of which have significant Philadelphia-area operations.
August 3, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. - Jurors have awarded more than $1 million to a New Jersey state trooper who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit. The lawyer for retired Detective Sgt. 1st Class Brian Royster says that jurors in Essex County on Wednesday found that the State Police and Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes violated the act, which aims to protect those who speak out. Royster, who is black, filed suit in 2005. The 48-year-old claimed that cases pending with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action unit were stalled without reason and troopers accused of misconduct had been allowed to retire instead of being disciplined.
April 27, 2012
Special Events A Night of Urban Farming and Astronomy Tour the Teens 4 Good Farm & learn about the night sky. Teens 4 Good Farm, 800 Poplar St. 4/27. 6 pm. Annual Spring IBD Education Day Health specialists will explore aspects of living with Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 111 S. 11th St. 4/29. 9 am-1 pm. Annual Wissahickon Creek Clean Up Help clean the Creek, enjoy a picnic afterward.
September 24, 2011
In the Region Giant to shut 2 area stores Two Philadelphia-area supermarkets acquired in 2006 by Giant Food Stores in a sell-off by Clemens Markets will shut down in the next several weeks. The Abington Giant on York Road will close on Oct. 8, and Foodsource on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr is to shut on Oct. 22, Giant Food Stores announced. The Carlisle, Pa.-based chain called the formats of the soon-to-be-decommissioned stores "outmoded" and said employees would be offered positions in nearby newer and brighter stores.
September 23, 2011
Horsham-based Janssen Biotech Inc., received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sell Remicade for the treatment of children over age six who suffer from moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis and haven't responded to other medicine. Remicade is made at a plant in Malvern. Between 50,000 and 100,000 U.S. children have inflammatory bowel disease, of which 40 percent have ulcerative colitis. - David Sell
December 7, 2010
Henry G. "Buddy" Herling, 83, of Somerton, former commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, died of heart failure Thursday, Dec. 2, at Lafayette-Redeemer Hospice. Mr. Herling spent much of his career serving the city, first as an electrician, then as a firefighter for four years, before becoming a civil engineer and fire-code specialist. In 1980, he was appointed deputy commissioner of L&I, and became commissioner in 1985. After leaving the department in 1988, he was a consultant for 20 years for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
August 7, 2007 |
Myra Morton told police investigating her husband's shooting death early Sunday in Whitpain Township that he had recently taken a second wife in Morocco and was to have traveled there that very day, according to court papers released yesterday. In documents that painted a sad portrait of their marriage, Myra Morton said her husband, Jereleigh Morton, had persuaded her to approve the marriage, as required by her Muslim religion. "I go give him the permission because he argues with me when I protest this marriage," read a handwritten note found by detectives at the Morton home.
June 25, 2007 |
WHEN THE U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development told the city in 2005 that it had violated federal relocation law in dealing with Ed and Debbie Munoz, the city told the feds to take a hike. The Munozes, whose Juniata Park business was in the path of a planned housing development, complained that they'd lost their business, home and savings in part because the city had kept them in the dark for two years about plans to take their property. And they said the city had failed to apprise them of their legal rights to relocation expenses and business counseling at a time when it would have made a difference.
May 18, 2006 |
A Spring House start-up that is developing nonantibiotic therapies for gastrointestinal diseases has received a $500,000 investment from BioAdvance, the Philadelphia region's life-sciences "greenhouse. " Midway Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical firm focusing on drugs for GI diseases, including Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and irritable-bowel syndrome. Midway's experimental compound, the polymer MDY-1001, inhibits bacteria in the GI tract and potentially could create nonantibiotic, nonimmunosuppressive therapies to treat a variety of GI disorders.