August 23, 2016 |
The Air Force said last week that it would stop using the potentially dangerous firefighting foam that over years contaminated some local water supplies, but no other military branch has a public plan to ban the foam at its bases. Since 2014, 16 wells have been closed in Bucks and Montgomery Counties after they were found to be tainted with PFOA and PFOS, chemicals linked to cancer that leached into local water supplies from firefighting foam used at two now-closed naval air bases.
August 22, 2016 |
In 2002, Dr. Murray Schwartz worked very briefly as a radiologist at Valley Hospital in Palmer, Alaska. He was there only from July 1 to 19 and from Sept. 16 to 21, with an August stint at a hospital in Anchorage. But Palmer convinced him that he had made the right decision to work in Alaska, even for only weeks. "He stayed at a little hotel in Palmer," a son, Jason, said. "And he would walk out the front door of the hotel and there were the mountains. He loved it there. " On Thursday, Aug. 18, Dr. Schwartz, 72, of Cherry Hill, a radiologist who from 2000 to 2008 worked brief terms at several hospitals in Kentucky, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, died of complications from pneumonia at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
August 15, 2016
Name: Room Mate Hotels, room-matehotels.com What it does: A hotel group launched by three friends who were looking for hotels they actually wanted to stay in. It began in Madrid and has expanded to 23 hotels in 12 cities in Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. More hotels are planned in 2017 for Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Barcelona, Spain, among other destinations. What's hot: Each property in the hotel group has its own name and distinctive decor. That personal approach extends to hotel guests, whom the staff is encouraged to treat as friends, buddies, or roommates.
August 14, 2016 |
Highland Township, a tiny Elk County town that in 2013 approved an ordinance banning natural-gas wastewater injection wells, overturned the ordinance this week and promptly settled a federal lawsuit with a Marcellus Shale gas producer that wants to build a disposal well in the community. Two new supervisors on the township's three-member governing board voted Wednesday to rescind the ordinance, saying they were unlikely to prevail in a lawsuit with gas producer Seneca Resources Corp.
August 8, 2016
FOR PHILLIES third base coach Juan Samuel, there is one way for big-leaguers to do things: the right way. There's a right way to run bases, a right way to anticipate a flyball in the outfield, a right way to focus when you play infield. It has always been this way for Samuel, ever since the Phillies in 1980 signed the 19-year-old five-tool talent, discovered playing softball in the Dominican Republic. Samuel broke into the majors just in time to help the 1983 Phillies reach the World Series and played 16 years in the majors.
August 7, 2016 |
SAN DIEGO - The moment was just as Jake Thompson had envisioned it, even though he first imagined his major-league debut would come with the Detroit Tigers, then the Texas Rangers, and finally, the Phillies. The 22-year-old righthander was traded two times before he reached the majors, where he will debut Saturday as one of the Phillies' top pitching prospects. He considers it good preparation. "I've had a lot of different opinions," said Thompson, who stood in front of a No. 44 Phillies jersey that hung from his locker at Petco Park.
August 3, 2016 |
JORDAN HICKS goes through defensive coordinators like Taylor Swift goes through boyfriends. Though, unlike Swift, Hicks has been an innocent bystander in the parade of coaches who have come and gone in his football life since he enrolled at the University of Texas in 2010. He had four different defensive coordinators in five years at Texas, and already is on his second defensive boss with the Eagles since they selected the 6-1, 236-pound linebacker in the third round of the 2015 draft.
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | PREGNANCY Fighting nausea Thank you, Anndee Hochman, for reassuring pregnant women that there is a safe and effective treatment for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (" A pregnant question ," Sunday). This new and very expensive drug, Diclegis, actually is a resurrection of a treatment that was available from 1956 to 1983. The prescription medication Bendectin combined the same two ingredients - vitamin B6 and doxylamine - that are in Diclegis. Bendectin was remarkably effective, but the enormous costs of defending lawsuits blaming the drug for birth defects forced the company to stop producing it. There was never a proven risk.
July 31, 2016 |
Patriotic flurries of straggler confetti drifted from the high altitudes at the Wells Fargo Center throughout the morning Friday, adding to the piles of confetti blanketing the arena floor long after thousands of exuberant Democratic National Convention attendees had left the city. While the party celebrated into the night, Wells Fargo workers using "spikes on a stick" began popping the thousands of balloons released after Hillary Clinton's speech accepting her party's presidential nomination.
July 29, 2016 |
What happens when some of Hollywood's sculpted, professionally toned bodies come to town? Over plates of grilled chicken, quinoa, and haricots verts, they talk about the obesity epidemic. Along with policy makers, physicians, and health advocates, a half-dozen screen stars attended an anti-obesity luncheon in Old City Wednesday, funded by drug company Novo Nordisk. The company, which has U.S. operations in Plainsboro, N.J., makes an injectable medication to treat obesity.