June 18, 2015 |
THE MOST SHOCKING thing about flying with Capt. Katie Higgins isn't surviving three G's when she rockets her monster airplane into the sky at 375 mph. Or going weightless four times when she dives it, amped on the squeals and screams coming from the passengers behind her. Or watching veteran troops who swaggered onto her C-130 cargo plane lose it in their barf bags, one after another. The thing that makes your mouth drop is hearing Higgins tell you about the 1940s attitudes she slams into when she's on the ground.
June 12, 2015 |
Two Penn players who played major roles for the Quakers were selected Wednesday on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft. Catcher Austin Bossart, the Ivy League's co-player of the year, was drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round. Lefthander Ronnie Glenn was chosen by the Los Angeles Angels in the 22d round. "I was not expecting the Phillies to call," Bossart said. "They called in the morning to let me know they were considering me. They called later in the day, and I've been on cloud nine ever since.
June 2, 2015 |
JUST PRIOR to the fifth race at Parx Racing on May 12, Pennsylvania Racing commission employees conducted a search in the jockeys' room and discovered an illegal electrical device. After being questioned for several minutes, jockey Pierre Hernandez-Ortega was allowed to ride the race. Fellow rider Angel Castillo was taken off his mount and escorted from the grounds, clearly suggesting he was the culprit. "He's innocent," Castillo's attorney, Alan Pincus, said at the time. "It's a mistake.
May 30, 2015 |
As guests chatted over drinks and snacks, those who wanted to communicate with the dead added their cash to a pile in the kitchen of the South Jersey home. Each met privately with the medium, who held a crystal and said a prayer as the séances began. It was a weekend gathering of friends and coworkers. But on Thursday, the party became the focus of a report by federal investigators, because the host was the acting director of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs benefits office, the guests were her employees, and the medium - who calls herself "the Angel Whisperer" - was a VA manager's wife.
May 15, 2015
TWO DAYS after he was escorted out of Parx Racing on Tuesday following a jockeys' room search, jockey Angel Castillo was granted a stay by the Pennsylvania Racing Commission until he has a hearing in front of the Parx stewards and a ruling is made. It is unclear when the hearing will be. Castillo is scheduled to ride tomorrow at Parx. Castillo was in the paddock ready to ride the fifth race on Tuesday when commission representatives took him off his mount and removed him from the rest of the mounts on the card.
May 5, 2015 |
Angel is one active little boy. The 7-year-old loves spending time in the gym, whether he's in his therapy swing or his Tumble Forms mobile seat. But climbing is his favorite activity, and he frequently can be found clambering over chairs, up stairs, even over a gate. Born with a rare chromosomal abnormality that has required numerous surgeries, Angel has remained steadfastly affectionate and engaging. Although he does not speak, he conveys happiness through cooing, smiling, and giggling.
March 30, 2015 |
AFTER HER MOTHER died of lung cancer in 2006, Cathy McVey looked for a way to honor her and continue a legacy of compassion. So, she started Honey's Angels, a nonprofit that provides food and supermarket gift cards to families in need of extra help around the holidays. This week, the organization will provide grocery gift cards to 50 needy families for Easter. "My mom was caring and generous. She loved taking care of people," said McVey, who named the organization for her late mom, Helen "Honey" McVey.
March 26, 2015 |
For almost six years, Katelyn Darrow has devoted herself to Angels of God Clothing Closet, the nonprofit she founded that provides clothing, toiletries, and baby supplies to those in need. She started Angels of God when she was 12, she explains, "because I wanted to pay it forward. " This year, the Pitman resident has another ambitious charitable goal: to assemble at least 500 Easter baskets for children and teenagers in need. Darrow, an 18-year-old senior at Pitman High School, splits her time between school and her nonprofit through her high school's work-study program.
February 27, 2015 |
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, whose troubled past includes a four-year addiction to cocaine and alcohol, met Wednesday with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue, the team confirmed. Hamilton told officials of a drug relapse, John Heyman of CBS Sports posted on Twitter. "There's no word of a failed test. . . . He'd be put in program as 1st time offender. " He was suspended from baseball from 2003 to 2005. The Los Angeles Times first reported Hamilton's meeting with the league.
February 23, 2015 |
FRANK DONATUCCI should've died on Dec. 9, 1998. It was 3:30 a.m. and he was driving from his South Philly home to his 4 a.m. shift as a loader at UPS, out by the airport. He was 21 and stupid, into booze and drugs, breaking his parents' hearts. That night, he'd been partying before his shift, and he nodded off behind the wheel on Hog Island Road. When he awoke, he was headed into oncoming traffic. He yanked his Toyota onto the shoulder, right into the back of a UPS tractor-trailer parked there.