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2008-07-23 06:00:25

By Harold Brubaker, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 23--Don't expect the sign at your local Wachovia Bank branch to change anytime soon, executives said yesterday after reporting an $8.86 billion second-quarter loss. "We think the future for Wachovia as an independent company is an exciting one," the Charlotte, N.C., company's president and chief executive officer, Robert K. Steel, said in a conference call with reporters. Steel said slashing the bank's dividend 87 percent to 5 cents...

2008-07-23 06:00:12

By Todd Zolecki, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 23--NEW YORK -- So, chew on this one for a moment: So Taguchi. Yeah, So Taguchi. The guy who has been buried so deep on the Phillies' bench that he might as well be the 26th man on a 25-man roster. Taguchi came up with a clutch double in the top of the ninth inning last night that helped the Phillies record an improbable 8-6 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium and gave them a one-game lead over their rival in the National...

2008-07-22 12:00:49

By Linda Loyd, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--US Airways reported a second-quarter loss of $567 million, reversing a profit of $263 million in the same period last year, because of soaring fuel prices. The region's dominant airline said the second-quarter loss amounted to $6.16 per share compared to a profit of $2.77 a share a year earlier. Excluding onetime charges, US Airways said it posted a loss of $101 million, or $1.11 per share. On that basis, the airline, which carries...

2008-07-22 12:00:21

By Josh Goldstein, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--This year an estimated 59,180 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the stomach and pancreas. More than 45,000 patients with the two cancers are expected to die, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite the often poor prognoses, the kind of hospital where a patient is treated for these cancers could affect survival odds, according to a study by researchers at Northwestern University and UCLA. The study, in the current...

2008-07-22 12:00:14

By Stacey Burling, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--European researchers yesterday reported disappointing results for Vytorin, a costly, heavily advertised cholesterol drug, when it came to treating heart-valve disease. Shares of the pharmaceutical companies that market the drug together -- Merck & Co. Inc. and Schering-Plough Corp. -- fell after a preliminary analysis of study results was released. The study found Vytorin did not prevent complications from aortic stenosis,...

2008-07-22 09:01:04

The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, July 20: ___ The next president faces a daunting challenge: to keep this country going without wrecking the environment. In energy and environmental policy, there's much overlap between John McCain and Barack Obama. Each has some fine ideas, though neither's plan is sufficient. Both _ unlike President Bush _ rightly endorse federal laws to limit greenhouse gas emissions (McCain a 60-percent cut in 1990 emissions...

2008-07-22 03:00:00

By Dan Hardy, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--WASHINGTON -- A program created by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah to help low-income students get into college will soon be expanded to help students make it through their first year. Fattah announced the expansion of Gear Up, a federally funded college preparation and scholarship program yesterday at a conference in Washington marking its 10th anniversary. "One of the big ugly secrets of higher education is that the majority of kids that start...

2008-07-22 03:00:34

By Troy Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--Cherry Hill police yesterday recovered the remnants of a bronze statue that thieves stole from the former Garden State Park racetrack and sold for scrap. Primitive, the 12-foot statue of an American Indian riding a galloping horse, had been reduced to more than 1,000 pounds of pieces. "You can't put Humpty-Dumpty back together again," said Cherry Hill Detective Sgt. Joseph W. Vitarelli. "The value is gone. It's like . . . if you cut up...

2008-07-22 03:00:00

By Howard Shapiro, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--The only thing more outstanding than the ungainly nose on the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac is the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's impressive production itself. The festival's final offering this summer, Edmund Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, is gorgeous in many ways: its melodic translation by Anthony Burgess, the one used on Broadway last season in a production with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner; an inspired portrait of...

2008-07-22 03:00:29

By Chris Mondics, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 22--CBS did not breach the federal government's decency rules when Janet Jackson's breast was briefly exposed in a dance routine during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, a federal appeals court sitting in Philadelphia ruled yesterday. The court found that the Federal Communications Commission had unevenly applied its standards for judging whether broadcast content was indecent when it fined CBS $550,000 for the notorious "wardrobe...


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