Tag: Philadelphia

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Metro

Casey warns of more cuts to medical research funds

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks during a news conference at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said new spending cuts to federally funded medical research will take effect in January if Congress does not stop them, and he blamed an earlier round of funding cuts for massive job losses in Pennsylvania.

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National

Neighboring Pa., NJ spotlight gay marriage efforts

State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, at podium, speaks during a news conference beneath the Robert Indiana sculpture “Love,” Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park, in Philadelphia. Democratic state Reps. Steve McCarter and Brian Sims say they are introducing a bill that would allow same-sex couples to get married legally in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Peter JacksonAssociated Press Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania and New Jersey are on tracks that could lead to the Northeast being the first full region in the country to legalize gay marriage — but the routes are hardly parallel and the horsepower anything but equal. A flurry of recent court decisions has gay couples in New Jersey, where same-sex marriage has long been debated, hurrying to make wedding plans for when they can legally marry starting Monday — even as a moderate Republican governor with apparent presidential aspirations awaits a decision on his appeal. Across the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, advocates are pecking away at a 1996 gay marriage ban by introducing bills in the Legislature, defiantly issuing marriage licenses in localities and taking the issue to court — with few people conceding the tactics will work anytime soon in a big state with a socially conservative spine.

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Metro

Slippery Rock, NCAA sued over sickle cell death

Jack Hill, Jr. by Joe MandakAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The parents of a Slippery Rock University basketball player who died two years ago after collapsing during an intense practice have sued the school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, saying their son wasn’t screened for the sickle cell trait that contributed to his death and school officials didn’t do enough to help him.

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Opinion

Anger, alcohol and the n-word

by Daryl Gale I had already decided not to write about Riley Cooper, the Eagles wideout whose big mouth and beer muscles got him in hot water last week. Cooper, as the entire world knows by now, got hammered at a Kenny Chesney concert in June and got in the face of a Black security guard who had apparently denied him VIP access. “I will jump that fence and fight every [n-word] here,” spat Cooper, as another concertgoer’s cell phone recorded the action.

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Health

Three-year old toddler in desperate need of kidney transplant

Taylor Burden and Jordyn Maddox Jordyn Maddox of Delaware has end-stage kidney failure and is currently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Before Jordyn was born, doctors diagnosed her in-utero with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, a rare and potentially deadly condition that causes low-functioning, cyst-filled kidneys. The doctors did not expect her to make it to birth. Jordyn was very sick when she was born and was not expected to live. “Once she was born, the doctors looked at her and said there was nothing they could do. We were passing her around, saying goodbye to her,” recalled her mother, Taylor Burden.

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Opinion

William H. Gray III, the loss of a leader

WILLIAM H. GRAY III The passing of former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, who rose to influential positions in Congress while remaining pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for over three decades, is a tremendous loss of “transformative leader” of our city and nation. Gray passed away suddenly while in London with one of his sons to attend Wimbledon tennis championship, said a family spokesman. He was 71.His accomplishment in religion, politics, and education was more than most men achieve in a single field. Gray was elected as a Democrat in Congress in 1978 and served as budget committee chairman and majority whip.

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National

Former US Rep. William Gray, first Black majority whip and longtime Philly pastor, dies at 71

WILLIAM HERBERT GRAY, III (1941–2013) by Ron Todt PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, who rose to influential positions in Congress and was the first black to become majority whip, died Monday at 71. Gray passed away suddenly Monday while in London with one of his sons to attend the Wimbledon tennis championships, said William Epstein, a former aide to Gray.

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National

Pa. girl awake and responsive after lung transplant

In this May 30, 2013 file photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, left, lies in her hospital bed next to adopted sister Ella on the 100th day of her stay in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family, File) by Jason Carroll and Chris Welch (CNN) — Sarah Murnaghan, the Philadelphia girl who underwent a lung transplant last week following a court battle, is out of a coma and responsive. The 10-year-old woke up Friday night, said Tracy Simon, a family spokeswoman. Although she remains on a ventilator and is unable to talk, she is nodding and shaking her head in response to questions, Simon said. Prior to her surgery, Sarah, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was put in a medically induced coma to allow her body needed rest prior to the transplant surgery.

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National

Operator in Philly collapse deaths turns self in

Sean Benschop, center, with red jacket over his head, walks with investigators as he arrives at the Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detectives Division, Saturday June 8, 2013, in Center City Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek) by Maryclaire Dale, Michael Rubinkam and Kathy Matheson PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet who is accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, surrendered Saturday to face charges in the deaths, police said.