March 6, 2014 |
When the hospice nurse called police in the assisted-suicide case of Barbara Mancini, David Casarett knew he had work to do. He feared that the actions of one hospice nurse could discourage Americans from using that model of palliative care for the terminally ill, or inhibit dying people in pain from taking morphine. So Casarett, a University of Pennsylvania physician and chief medical officer of Penn-Wissahickon Hospice, teamed with law professor Thaddeus Pope, formerly of Widener University and an expert in end-of-life law, to develop ethical guidelines for hospice workers nationwide on when to report suspicions of assisted suicide.
March 4, 2014 |
Players don't usually lose a foot when they kick a soccer ball. So Lee Thomas, a senior at Widener University and a graduate of Haddon Heights High School, had some unintentional fun with his coach the first time he played team soccer in elementary school. No one told the coach that Thomas had a prosthetic right foot. "So he was completely oblivious," Thomas said. A pack of kids chased the ball around the field, kicking it one way and then the other. Then Thomas stepped up and gave the ball a boot.
February 6, 2014 |
Stanford Frank, 92, of Bala Cynwyd, the last president of Frank's Beverages, a Philadelphia bottling company known for its black cherry wishniak soda, died Thursday, Jan. 30, of age-related illness at his home. Mr. Frank was the grandson of Jacob Frank, who founded the beverage company in 1895 in South Philadelphia. In its heyday, the last half of the 20th century, Frank's was the largest privately owned beverage bottling company in the Philadelphia area. It prospered under the advertising slogan "If it's Frank's, thanks!"
January 23, 2014 |
A WIDENER University student who was shot on the school's Chester campus Monday night knew his attacker, according to a city official. The victim, whose identity has not been released, remained in critical but stable condition yesterday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The student was ambushed about 8:40 p.m. as he sat in a car near the Schwartz Athletic Center, authorities said. After the shooting, campus officials urged students to "seek shelter and remain indoors" until 6 a.m. yesterday, when the alert was lifted.
January 22, 2014 |
Police are looking for the gunman who shot and critically wounded a Widener University student near an athletic facility on the school's campus in Chester. After the shooting Monday night, students were asked to remain in their dorms until 6 a.m. Tuesday, although police said they believed the assailant had fled. The university reported on its website that the student, whose age was not released, was shot about 8:45 p.m. "in the vicinity" of the Schwartz Athletic Center on the eastern end of the campus.
December 27, 2013 |
Through the wide opening in a rooftop dome on the engineering building at Widener University, the most prominent feature of the view is a brilliantly lit Days Inn billboard. Focus a bit more, and you'll notice a cellphone tower, a patchwork of illuminated city buildings, and an airplane blinking across a grayish night sky. Harry Augensen has made it his mission to show residents of Chester that there are stars there, too. On many Monday and Friday evenings, he invites community members of all ages to the roof of Kirkbride Hall, where he runs Widener's observatory.
November 16, 2013 |
The light snowfall Tuesday reminded Darlene Davis of one of the minor, if inescapable, annoyances of her former job as a school superintendent. Every time it snowed, she would have to make the call: school or no school. And no matter which she choose, people would complain about it. "Some people say, 'I can't believe you closed'; others say, 'I can't believe you opened.' You can't make everyone happy," said Davis, 56, who spent three years as chief of the Cheltenham School District in Montgomery County, a diverse community of high achievers whose two most notable alumni are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
October 21, 2013 |
Life without sex might be safer but it would be unbearably dull. It is the sex instinct which makes women seem beautiful, which they are once in a blue moon, and men seem wise and brave, which they never are at all. Throttle it, denaturalize it, take it away, and human existence would be reduced to the prosaic, laborious, boresome, imbecile level of life in an anthill. - H.L. Mencken It is one of life's little ironies that the idea of our parents having sex makes us cringe, given that most of us owe our existence to their having done so. And the thought of grandparents getting it on?
September 17, 2013
Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, PA, NJ and DE, a professional business network dedicated to furthering business relationships, elected Richard Bendit president. He is senior vice president, assistant general counsel, at Berkadia Commercial Mortgage L.L.C. Other members of its board are: Richard M. Fox , managing partner at Beachhead Partners, vice president; Rivka Kreitman , senior vice president, head of scientific evaluation and alliance management, global R&D, Teva Pharmaceuticals, deputy vice president; Jordan Warshafsky , partner at Ashton Tweed Ltd., deputy vice president; Joel Smith , president and CEO of JF Smith & Associates L.L.C., deputy vice president; David J. Allon , senior financial professional at Firstrust Financial Resources L.L.C., treasurer; Joshua Cline , president and CEO at the Cline Group, secretary; Beth Cohen , director of global emerging growth services at Greenberg Traurig L.L.P., immediate past president, and Marc Tapper , partner at Buchanan Ingersoll P.C., past president.
August 16, 2013 |
Kismet brought the professor and the businessman together. Coffee keeps them there. The two strangers sat next to each other at a local-food lecture last year and hit it off. The result: an unusual partnership between Stephen R. Madigosky, environmental science professor at Widener University, and John Sacharok, chief executive officer of Golden Valley Farms coffee roasters in West Chester, that brought forth WU Brew, an earth-friendly coffee brand...