July 2, 2016 |
University of Pennsylvania researchers have earned acclaim in recent years for using a type of genetic engineering to treat leukemia. Now another Penn team says the tactic may be effective against a debilitating skin disease. That is because the two maladies have something in common: deviant cells of the immune system. The treatment for the skin disease, a rare autoimmune disorder called pemphigus vulgaris, has been demonstrated so far only in mice, the scientists reported online Thursday in the journal Science.
June 22, 2016
ISSUE | TERROR IN ORLANDO Toomey wrong about weapons ban Sen. Patrick Toomey (R., Pa.) contends that bans on entire classes of commonly owned firearms prevent law-abiding Americans from exercising their constitutional rights ("Prevent more senseless deaths," Sunday). Anyone familiar with the history of the 1994 federal assault-weapons ban, however, knows this contention to be inaccurate. Prior to its expiration in 2004, the constitutionality of the ban was challenged in five court proceedings and was rejected in each.
June 15, 2016 |
In Pennsylvania, buying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon is about as easy as buying lunch, experts say. Go to a licensed gun store, sign the papers, complete an instant background check, pop down the money and walk out with the weapon. No waiting period is necessary. "You can buy an AR-15 as quickly as you can buy a cheesesteak," said Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. "It is astonishingly easy," said Bryan Miller, spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
June 9, 2016
Winslow Township Middle School was put on lockdown for a while Tuesday after a student was found to have a kitchen-style steak knife and a spring-loaded pellet gun in a classroom, police said. The student did not threaten anyone, and no students were in danger, police said. Officers responded around 12:40 p.m. to the school after receiving a report of a student with a weapon. Police said the student was charged with possession of weapons for an unlawful purpose. - Michael Boren
June 2, 2016
ISSUE | HIROSHIMA Get serious about abolishing nuclear weapons "We must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without" nuclear weapons, President Obama's said during his moving visit to Hiroshima, site of the world's first use of such a bomb against a city ("Death fell from the sky," Saturday). Those words echoed his Prague declaration, in which he called for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, leading to a Nobel Peace Prize. Obama's visit to Hiroshima was a noble gesture, but the logic of his words - and of our times - demands that we begin the process of serious negotiations to abolish nuclear weapons so that never again can a Hiroshima happen anywhere on Earth.
May 18, 2016 |
At the Arden Theatre, a rich array of local acting talent is cultivating The Secret Garden , the Marsha Norman/Lucy Simon musical, innovatively co-conceived by Jorge Cousineau and company artistic director Terrence J. Nolen. In the show, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel, vocal powerhouses Jeffrey Coon, Alex Keiper, and Steve Pacek sing of illness, loneliness, and neglect in the setting of a gloomy Yorkshire estate in the early years of the 20th century. Each Philadelphia thespian has showstopping moments of Celtic pop song.
May 9, 2016 |
Brandon Moss hacked helplessly at Hector Neris' offering. The swing was so off-balance that the Cardinal's body spun in a circle Tuesday night. Neris made another opponent look foolish. The Phillies pitcher claimed his latest victim by way of his dominant splitter. Neris - the surprise force of the Phillies' surprising bullpen - removed his cap and pointed to the sky as he walked off the mound. His wild season and unlikely baseball journey continued. Neris spent last season between the majors and triple A. He did not play a vital role with the Phillies.
March 13, 2016 |
NEW YORK - There were more than two words on the Villanova defensive game plan against Providence on Friday night in the Big East semifinals, but there really didn't have to be. Dunn and Bentil. That was really what the night would be about for the Wildcats. Point guard Kris Dunn, soon to be an NBA lottery pick, and Ben Bentil, a dominating power forward coming off a 38-point performance in the quarterfinals. If Villanova was going to reach the conference championship game for the second straight year, it would be because the Wildcats didn't let those two get in the way. The only question was how exactly that might happen.
March 11, 2016 |
MAKHMOUR, Iraq - From a fortified Kurdish hilltop bunker I could overlook the frontline town of Gwer and across the Great Zab river to stands of trees and derelict buildings where ISIS fighters are dug in. On Monday night, ISIS rockets whizzed over this bunker. Several kilometers to the rear, framed by dusty hills, sits Black Tiger Camp, the spartan headquarters of Gen. Sirwan Barzani, the Kurdish commander of the Gwer-Makhmour region. The camp gets its name from the 1990s, when the burly, mustachioed Barzani led peshmerga fighters in their rebellion against Saddam Hussein and earned the nickname "Black Tiger.
January 9, 2016
ISSUE | HUMAN RIGHTS End female mutilation Congratulations to Gambia for banning female genital mutilation and setting a $1,250 fine and up to three years in prison for those who practice it ("Bill banning mutilation passes," Jan. 1). The removal of external female genitalia for nonmedical reasons is practiced in countries around the world, though it is banned by the United Nations. The girl is often held down on an unsterile kitchen or coffee table and cut with scissors or shards of glass.