June 1, 1998 |
With the sweat from a four-lap race drying in her blond curls, Elizabeth Bottner snickered when she recalled how her first-grade gym teacher "stuck" her on the bleachers for an entire school year. "I was bored," the blue-eyed 13-year-old said, her fingers fidgeting with the handle of her red-tipped white cane. "They didn't know what to do with me because I'm not able to see. " Elizabeth's tale echoed those told by many of the athletes at the 11th annual Mae Davidow Northeast Games for the Blind, held over the weekend at Cabrini College and the track at Conestoga High School.
December 19, 1997 |
Yikes. Not only was Steven Spielberg being stalked, but the ex-con tailing him had gruesome plans to sexually assault the famous filmmaker, according to court documents just released in Los Angeles. In a transcript of grand jury proceedings held in October, a prosecutor said Jonathan Norman had admitted "this obsession with raping" the filmmaker. Norman, arrested July 11 near Spielberg's Los Angeles home, was allegedly toting a bag containing handcuffs, knives and duct tape.
April 21, 1997 |
It makes no difference if Brandon Grady swims above or below the surface of the warm, heavily chlorinated water of the indoor pool at the Variety Club Campus. He sees the same thing. Darkness. But that has little to do with his ability to swim, said Grady, 16, who is blind. "I'd say I'm above average," he said, dripping wet and a little out of breath after the 100-foot backstroke. His self-evaluation was slightly more modest than that of his brother, Ben, who was with him here over the weekend for the 10th Northeast-Davidow Regional Games, hosted by the Pennsylvania Association for Blind Athletes (PABA)
April 8, 1997 |
Four times a year, thousands of college undergraduates take the Law School Admissions Test, the first hurdle for those hoping to right society's wrongs in the courts. Now, the organization that administers the test has been sued in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia by three blind students who contend that the test poses a different kind of hurdle for them. Backed by the National Federation of the Blind, the students maintain that the Law School Admissions Council's refusal to let them use their own readers, or Braille note-taking equipment, ensures that the blind will do poorly on the grueling exam - and violates the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. This is believed to be the first time blind plaintiffs have challenged the constitutionality of a standardized test.
November 17, 1996 |
Lil Wyer cradled her brand-new bowling ball and grinned, even though the shiny blue bundle had spent as much of the night wallowing in the gutter as it had knocking down pins. Wyer, an Upper Darby retiree, was content with her performance. After all, she had just bowled an 88 in her first game of the night, 21 points above her season average. If she kept that up, "Three Guys and One Doll" stood a slim chance of defeating "Banana Bunch," the number-one team in the Delaware Valley Blind Bowlers' League.
January 2, 1996 |
Christians have always believed that God is omnipotent and omniscient. Well, the divine attributes have been expanded: He is now inclusive too. In fact He is no longer "He. " "Our Father-Mother in heaven, hallowed be your name," goes the Lord's Prayer (Catholics call it the Our Father) in The New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version, published by Oxford University Press. This new version is not really a translation, but an attempt, based on the New Revised Standard Version, to correct earlier translations.
September 15, 1995 |
Patricia Kelly says she'll be back at her desk at the Chester County Association for the Blind in Coatesville Monday, though transportation will cost her $300 a month. Kelly, who is blind, has been stranded for two weeks at her home here without a ride to work. She said yesterday that she decided the cost was necessary to keep her $23,000-a-year job. "You can't beat the system," she said. The paratransit service now available in Chester County for blind people who are not elderly costs $1.50 a mile for door-to-door service - about $950 a month for Kelly.
September 10, 1995 |
Patricia Kelly has always considered herself a competent, contributing member of society. Although blind, she has been employed since 1974. But because of gaps in the public transportation system that Kelly considers unfair, she is facing the likelihood of being fired as early as Tuesday because she lost her ride to work two weeks ago. The county's paratransit service provides free or reduced-cost rides for pregnant teenagers, people...
August 31, 1995 |
In March, 67-year-old Atsuko Yasumoto climbed, through heavy snow, to the top of a mountain near her native Tokyo. "Everybody told us to stop, but we continued," Yasumoto said of her climbing group, which tackles several mountains a year. "It was so hard, but we did it. " Yasumoto, who is blind, is no stranger to difficulties. But giving up has never been her style. She and two of her friends - also blind - are currently fulfilling a longtime dream to visit the United States.
June 8, 1995 |
Advocates for disabled people yesterday asked a federal judge to cite SEPTA for contempt of a 1992 order requiring the agency's bus and subway drivers to announce stops as a way to help blind passengers. "SEPTA continues to be in noncompliance with a very clear and simple requirement, that its drivers call out the stops," Thomas Earle, a lawyer with the Disabilities Law Project, told U.S. District Judge Louis C. Bechtle. "All we want is them simply calling out the stops," Earle added.