April 10, 2015 |
When researchers talk about the new, mostly experimental form of cancer treatment known as immunotherapy, they often use glowing terms like revolutionary and transformative. Last week's PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies was another example of this. The third and final episode told how many scientists believe that the body's innate defense system is the only weapon adaptable enough to conquer the mutating malignant cells. But harnessing the immune system to launch a self-attack can be highly toxic, even deadly.
March 21, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - With all the problems Lafayette had to deal with, stone walls around the inside, that grab bag of Villanova shooters around the perimeter - another one appeared at the scorer's table, making it practically a pile-on. Villanova's eighth player to check in, a guy who played less than all the others in Thursday's first half of their NCAA East Regional opener, was the one who took care of things for good. One moment, Lafayette fans who had filled Section 111 of the Consol Energy Center almost as soon as the doors opened were looking at a best-case scenario, their Leopards practically sticking around.
March 11, 2015 |
TEMPLE WAS sleepwalking through the first half of a late-season contest against lowly Houston in a game the Owls had to win. The Cougars came into the Liacouras Center with a 1-13 league record and a 9-17 mark overall, but they were the hungrier team and took a five-point lead into halftime. Coach Fran Dunphy didn't seem overly concerned. He told the Owls to just stay the course. Dunph can get on his players with the best of them, but coaches can't scream and yell all the time. It will diminish the message and burn the players out. So point guard Will Cummings brought the heat.
March 6, 2015 |
Orlando Matos was already nervous when a customer who was actually a confidential informant pulled up behind his white Ford Crown Victoria in a Camden restaurant parking lot. Matos, not knowing he was selling illegal firearms to an informant, had changed the location of their exchange at the last minute because he was worried about police watching them, authorities said. Despite seeing cameras nearby, Matos pulled a 12-gauge shotgun and .22-caliber pistol from the trunk of his Ford, investigators said.
March 4, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The baseball bounced off home plate and hopped three times down the first-base line. Ben Revere crouched and followed the ball's path. "Hey, hey, hey," he hollered after ending his first hitting session of Monday morning with a perfect bunt. The Phillies' leadoff hitter finished last season with career bests in batting average, hits, and stolen bases. He is working this spring on his ability to bunt for hits, which could result in spikes of all three statistics.
February 13, 2015 |
A GERMANTOWN artist who blew off part of his right hand after a homemade bomb exploded while he was holding it last year was convicted by a jury yesterday of a felony charge of possessing weapons of mass destruction. Douglas Ferrin, 55, was also convicted by the panel of 10 women and two men of a misdemeanor charge of possession of an instrument of crime. The jury deliberated for just 2 1/2 hours. About 4 a.m. on May 7, Ferrin was in the yard of his home, on Queen Lane near Germantown Avenue, when a device he was holding blew up, causing a boom and his neighbor's windows to shake.
February 12, 2015 |
A Germantown artist is on trial facing charges of weapons of mass destruction and possession of an instrument of crime, following his arrest last year after an item exploded in his hand - ripping off three of his fingers. Douglas Ferrin, 55, was in his yard outside his house on Queen Lane near Germantown Avenue about 4 a.m. May 7 when he was fiddling with an "illegal explosive device," according to authorities. Investigators later found three items in his house that they considered to be possible explosives - flash powder in a pill bottle, found in his living room, and flash powder in two small, thin tubes, found in an upstairs drawer.
December 31, 2014 |
"I'M JUST GOING to the gym to work out . . . hopefully there won't be any problems. " Joseph Pacini recorded that statement in a YouTube video railing against police in Delaware County. About 30 minutes after the video was posted online yesterday, Pacini, 52, of Clifton Heights, died in a hail of gunfire at a Drexel Hill intersection after he allegedly tried to mow down a cop with his Nissan sedan, officials said. The deadly shooting was preceded by a pursuit through Delaware County, after law-enforcement officials from Haverford Township and Clifton Heights tried to arrest Pacini on a warrant for terroristic threats and related offenses, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said last night.
December 29, 2014 |
Three months after the investigation into the violent deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan began, key details of the case remain unexplained, and authorities have continued to interview people who knew the couple. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, the lead agency handling the case, has not said who or what led to the deaths 91 days ago of the Sheridans - John, Cooper Health System's chief executive, and Joyce, a retired teacher. Nor has it said who set the fire in the couple's master bedroom, where the pair were found with stab wounds.
December 29, 2014 |
In the absence of official information to the contrary - or, really, of any official information at all - one might have hoped that those investigating the violent death of a New Jersey political insider had a compelling reason for their communications stance, which has been more reminiscent of an international espionage ring than a suburban prosecutor's office. Perhaps officials disclosed so little about the deaths of former cabinet official John Sheridan and his wife because their investigative strategy required absolute obscurity about even the most basic facts.