July 24, 2013 |
Even though cities have higher rates of crime and murder, a new study finds that overall, urban areas are safer than the sticks. However, that counterintuitive conclusion doesn't fit Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love turns out to be about as risky as rural areas, largely because of car accidents. "Philadelphia does tend to be on the worse end" of the safety spectrum for big cities, said lead researcher Sage Myers, an emergency medicine physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
December 20, 2012
The Penn State child sex-abuse scandal was selected as the sports story of the year by U.S. editors and news directors in an annual vote conducted by the Associated Press. The news broke in November 2011, with a grand jury report outlining charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, and the outrage that followed led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. But the aftershocks were felt long into 2012: Sandusky was convicted in June of assaulting 10 boys, and the NCAA handed down brutal sanctions in July.
November 21, 2012
New Jersey lawmakers should heed calls by a growing number of municipalities and override Gov. Christie's veto of legislation that could help prevent drug overdose deaths. The Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act, approved by the Legislature earlier this year with overwhelming bipartisan support, would provide limited legal protection to anyone who witnesses a drug overdose and calls for help. Currently, medical assistance is sought in only half of all overdose emergencies. No doubt, some witnesses are afraid of being prosecuted if they have to admit their own drug activity when the overdose occurred.
September 13, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio Amish man who fired a shot into the air that killed a 15-year-old girl driving a horse-drawn buggy more than a mile away will go to jail for 30 days, a prosecutor said Wednesday. As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Marion Yoder, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of negligent homicide, said Steve Knowling, the prosecutor for Holmes County in northern Ohio. A judge sentenced Yoder to the maximum 180 days in the county jail, but suspended all but 30 days of the term.
August 24, 2012
2 were suffocated by train's coal ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Two young women were killed when a freight train derailed early Tuesday and toppled so much coal on them they couldn't breathe, authorities said Thursday. The bodies of Elizabeth Nass and Rose Mayr were found buried under coal but still seated on the edge of the bridge, police have said. They were not hit by the train, Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said. Both were 19. Nass attended James Madison University in Virginia and Mayr was a nursing student at the University of Delaware.
August 21, 2012 |
TRENTON - A bill aimed at stemming the growing number of drug-related deaths in New Jersey is headed to the governor's desk following its approval by the Senate on Monday. The measure, known as the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act, would offer limited immunity to a drug user who seeks medical help in the case of a companion's overdose. The Senate delayed voting on a more controversial bill - which would abolish the statute of limitations for civil suits in some sex-abuse cases -- after the bill's sponsor failed to muster sufficient support among the 33 legislators who attended the session.
August 17, 2012 |
JOLIET, Ill. - A forensic pathologist who performed a second autopsy on Drew Peterson's third wife years after she was found dead in her dry bathtub testified Thursday that there's just one plausible explanation for her death: She was murdered. A coroner initially ruled that Kathleen Savio died in an accidental fall in her bathtub. Her 2004 death was reclassified a homicide only after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007 and Larry Blum did his new examination. Testifying for a second day Thursday, Blum told jurors that he didn't believe an accidental fall could explain how Savio had a fresh gash on the back of her head and a pattern of deep bruises on the front of her body.
July 8, 2012 |
Richmond, Va., is celebrating its 275th birthday this year and, as the former capital of the Confederacy, the city is especially relevant during the current sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The historic city has much to recommend it. Monument Avenue is a National Historic Landmark and a visual treat, thanks to carefully preserved Georgian, Regency, and Neoclassical homes lining the avenue, and to the procession of majestic bronze statues of Southern...
December 30, 2011
Theater 1812 Productions: This Is The Week That Is Annual show poking fun at local & national current events. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; 215-592-9560. 1812productions.org. $20-$36. Body Awareness A visiting artist's nude photographs rouse conflicting feelings in a college professor & her girlfriend. Closes 2/5. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $39-$47; $34-$42 seniors; $19.50-$23.50 ages 20-29 with ID. Cape May Stage: This Wonderful Life Stage adaptation of the classic holiday film, 'It's a Wonderful Life.' Closes 12/31.
December 13, 2011 |
How do you say dated and boring in Italian? Oooh, wait, wait, I know, I know: Dario Fo. Curio Theatre is giving the Italian farce-meister a revival with its production of Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist , only to prove that this highly political comedy is thoroughly mired in postwar European issues and thus irrelevant to contemporary American audiences and, as a consequence, is desperately unfunny. Half absurdist, half commedia del arte, this indictment of police brutality involves a lot of slapstick, with fake walks, fake wigs, fake accents, and fake fighting.