April 22, 2016 |
It was an image that raced through social media on Monday: Two runners carrying a third toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 2 #BostonMarathon runners assist a fellow runner towards the finish line... ������ pic.twitter.com/6HFrJDHuGi — Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) April 18, 2016 Ari Ofsevit, suffering from heatstroke, had collapsed about 100 yards from the end. Jim Driscoll, of West Philadelphia, and another runner, Mitch Kies, from Texas, lifted Ofsevit from the pavement and draped his arms over their shoulders.
February 1, 2016 |
When he was captain of the track team at La Salle College, in the decade when the international four-minute mile was broken in 1954, Edward McCabe's best time as a miler was 4 minutes, 17 seconds, his family said. Mr. McCabe was prominent enough that in 1957, he competed in a 1,000-meter race at an invitational event at Madison Square Garden. But his family seemed proudest that in 1980, when he was 46, his racing history qualified him for the Boston Marathon. "He did not have a good race," his daughter, Mary McCabe, said, but he was legitimate enough that "he had run two marathons to qualify.
January 16, 2016
By George Parry At last week's press conference following the attempted murder of Officer Jesse Hartnett, Police Commissioner Richard Ross discussed the motive for the attack. Under police questioning, suspect Edward Archer is reported to have said, "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State and that's why I did what I did. " Ross further explained that Archer "believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran. " It was also disclosed that Archer, described by his imam as a devout Muslim, had traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and Egypt in 2012.
December 23, 2015
ARKANSAS 3 killed, 7 injured in massive pileups Three people were killed and at least seven others injured in separate chain-reaction collisions involving more than a dozen vehicles on an interstate in southwestern Arkansas, authorities said. The Arkansas State Police said the first wreck happened about 11:45 p.m. Monday on Interstate 49 near the town of Fouke. A tractor-trailer driving south slowed down and was rear-ended, causing a chain-reaction crash involving 10 vehicles, state police said.
December 10, 2015
STU BYKOFSKY, the article you wrote yesterday is not only one of the best you have ever written, but is one of the best that I have read over the past several weeks regarding the changes that need to be made in this country. This country does profile certain groups. This country does need to have far greater surveillance of the Muslim communities, especially mosques, as noted below. France is now eavesdropping on mosques and have shut down three that they considered radical, as we should do. The sad thing is that this will not happen as long as we have an inept, incompetent, in-way-over-his-head president.
December 7, 2015 |
WHEN NEWS BROKE on Wednesday of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Yasmine Mustafa recoiled in horror. Then, as usual, she texted one of her brothers. "I hope they're not Muslims," she wrote nervously. That's always Mustafa's worry when an act of horror unfolds like the one perpetrated last week by husband-and-wife monsters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The couple mowed down 35 of Farook's colleagues at a Christmas banquet for the San Bernardino County Health Department, killing 14 of them.
December 1, 2015 |
I need someone like Fred Rogers to assuage the unfathomable evils existing in the world. Clad in his famed cardigan sweater and slippers, Mr. Rogers, of the award-winning Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood , represented stability in a society grappling with a multitude of ills. He once reassured his audience, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' " Despite the barrage of threatening pictures featuring masked men and women determined to kill others as well as themselves, those helpers exist - often at the risk of their own lives.
November 24, 2015 |
When Kristina Hanrahan crossed the finish line, she turned to her boyfriend, Brad Verrico, who met her at the last mile and ran alongside to cheer her on. She gave him a kiss. "I wanted to say thank you for all his support," said Hanrahan, 43, of Kennett Square. She hadn't seen anything yet. Verrico, 46, also of Kennett Square, spun her around. There was her family and his, holding a sign: "Kristina, will you marry me?" Down on his knee he went, ring in hand. She broke into tears.
October 17, 2015 |
The timing is excellent. After the Fringe Festival stretched our theatrical awareness in disparate ways, the Wilma Theater now unveils a production of Antigone that brings together many modern theater techniques at the service of ancient, elemental storytelling in a pungent, fluid, possibly life-changing mixture. It's not for everybody, but theater representing such an uncompromising stance rarely is. The original Sophocles tale of a woman who refuses to let her disgraced, deceased brother go without a proper burial is a grid that can be placed upon countless avenues of modern life, and this production, directed by Theodoros Terzopoulos, is at least covertly inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing.
October 17, 2015 |
When Jen Rhines built up her mileage training for the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials, she kept running the same route over and over again: through Fairmount Park around the Schuylkill. When she lines up to run the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll half marathon on Oct. 31, she'll consider it a kind of homecoming. "This is exciting for me and I can't wait to get out there," she said. Rhines, 41, is bringing major running star power to what has been Philadelphia's largest half marathon.