October 29, 2014 |
SOME years ago, somebody in Hollywood figured out that you could get a near-certain Oscar nomination by making movies that flattered the creative process. Every year at this time they arrive, timed for awards consideration, and every year I get ready to complain about their craven statue-sniffing. How inconvenient, then, that "Birdman," an act-a-thon about acting and stardom and Hollywood - and a dead-certain Oscar nom for star Michael Keaton - turns out to be such great fun. It features Keaton as washed-up film star Riggan Thompson, famous once in the 1980s for playing a super-hero called "Birdman," now desperately mounting a Broadway comeback, adapting a complex Raymond Carver story.
October 3, 2014 |
Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Wednesday that a trooper's gun went off accidentally during a training session Tuesday and fatally wounded fellow Trooper David Kedra. Kedra, 26, a rookie officer assigned to the Troop K barracks in Skippack, died Tuesday evening after being shot in the chest at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Plymouth Township. The state police would not take questions concerning the incident and did not identify the other officer involved.
October 2, 2014 |
DAYS LATER, Kris Dolezel's voice still quivers with emotion. It's understandable, given how close she had come to losing her only daughter, Molly. A horrific traffic accident in southern Oklahoma on Friday night killed four North Central Texas College softball players and seriously injured two others. Molly Dolezel, 17, is a freshman outfielder for the Lions and the daughter of Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. Kris Dolezel, the coach's wife, was driving her daughter and another teammate in the family vehicle an hour or so ahead of the team bus. The Lions had played at Southern Nazerene in Bethany, Okla.
September 28, 2014 |
A 29-year-old woman was killed Friday night when she was run over by a SEPTA bus in front of her 8-year-old son in South Philadelphia, police said. About 7:25, a Route 27 bus was making a left turn from southbound South 15th Street onto Washington Avenue when the mother, her child, and an adult male friend attempted to cross Washington in front of the bus, said Capt. Anthony Ginaldi, a police spokesman. "They knew the bus was in motion. They tried to outrun the bus," Ginaldi said.
September 18, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police officer has been arrested in connection with an off-duty incident in which authorities say he hit a car driven by a Drexel University student, then threw the student's phone off a bridge when he tried to call 911. Tayon Moore, 31, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking, all misdemeanors, police said. Law enforcement officials said that at 1:12 a.m. June 24, Moore - who was off duty and driving his mother's Chrysler 300 - rear-ended the student on the 3400 block of Chestnut Street.
September 2, 2014 |
The deaths of three Council Rock High School South sophomores and student athletes over the weekend has left the Bucks County district devastated and grappling with the loss just days before the school year is to begin. "Council Rock offers its sincere condolences to the families of these students and to all who are grieving this terrible loss," Mark Klein, superintendent of the Council Rock School District, said in a statement posted Sunday on its website. The three were identified as Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher.
August 15, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Police Officer Seth Stellfox, 33, was always looking for an adventure. The cross-country trip he took on his new Harley-Davidson Sportster during the last few weeks was all he had talked about for months, his mother, Jane Stellfox, 67, said yesterday. He rode the motorcycle thousands of miles from his Philadelphia home to see sights in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and throughout the Midwest, chronicling his trip in photos he posted on his Instagram page. "He recently got the motorcycle, and that was the joy of his life," Jane Stellfox said.
July 15, 2014 |
ARTISTS in older times often painted skulls or sculpted skeletons to remind the masses that they're mortal. Something like that sort of happened on Friday by accident, about noon, on a busy road in Bucks County, when a corpse fell out of a coroner's office van, laid out for all to see. "Just when I thought I've seen everything. That's a dead body on a stretcher that launched out of the back of a coroner's vehicle in Feasterville," eyewitness Jerry Bradley wrote on his Facebook page after snapping a photo.
July 14, 2014 |
SOMEONE IN Southwest Philly needs to start snitching. Because someone knows how the Gesner Street fire started in the wee hours of July 5, destroying eight homes, taking the lives of four tots and injuring the mother who tried to save them. Neighbors have said they heard fireworks going off just before the inferno erupted. Its heat melted siding off homes across the street. But none of the residents I spoke with would even speculate about who might have caused the fire. "Whoever did it, it was an accident," said a neighbor.