October 6, 2015 |
It has become a cliché to say that someone will be missed after his death. But the expression becomes more meaningful in reference to former Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, who died Sunday after suffering a brain aneurysm. Mondesire represented a vanishing breed of street-savvy civil rights leaders whose in-your-face style could not be ignored. In that regard, he was often compared to the late Cecil B. Moore, who led Philadelphia's civil rights movement during the turbulent 1960s.
May 31, 2015 |
Joni Mitchell: Felled by aneurysm? A mystery continues, even more mysterious-er. AYK, iconic genius songstress Joni Mitchell was found unconscious in her L.A. home on March 31 and whisked to the UCLA Medical Center, where she's been ever since. What no-one has said so far is why. Early Friday morning, website Showbiz411 reported the cause was a brain aneurysm, and Mitchell is now in rehab and recovering, slowly. The source for the article is said to be a Mitchell friend. Few major outlets, and lots of minor ones, have run with the story: it's based on one anonymous source and can't be confirmed.
March 24, 2015 |
THERESA "TERRI" Robinson ignored the pitfalls of working full time as a health-care manager while attending Lincoln University full time to earn a master's degree in human services. She smoked. She ate salty, fatty foods. She was in her 50s but didn't think about her family's high-risk medical history. Until one night in late March 2012, when she suffered a brain aneurysm. "Finding my mother lying on the floor was one of the most devastating moments of my life," said Robinson's son, Michael, 26, who called 9-1-1 in time to save her. Robinson, 58, who lives in Germantown, said she should have seen the warning signs long before she lost her 25-year health-care career and nearly lost her life.
October 21, 2013 |
Last week I traveled to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, where a cousin was recuperating from a brain aneurysm. Before seeing her, I needed to drop off an equally sick computer at The Inquirer. Walking down Cherry Street, I turned left on Broad and headed north. It wasn't until I stood virtually beneath the iconic white tower that I remembered The Inquirer didn't live there anymore. And my cousin was the one with the brain trauma. Memories die slowly and painfully. Take the World Series.
May 21, 2012
LeBron James scored 40 points, superstar sidekick Dwyane Wade added 30 - 22 in the second half - and Miami's dynamic duo took over after halftime to get the Heat even in the series with a 101-93 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday in Indianapolis. With Chris Bosh injured and back in Florida, the James-Wade tandem saved the Heat, who will host Game 5 on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. James was at his MVP best, adding 18 rebounds and nine assists and refusing to let Miami's season slip away.
March 9, 2012 |
Please! Say it ain't so! Rumors stir the alcoholic waters of Jersey Shore that MTV may cancel the show due to star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi 's babymaking! Snooks says, yep, she and fiance Jionni LaValle have an egg under the light, and now, say shadowy Sources , MTV wonders if it can go forward with Season 6 this year. I mean, MTV official mouths say that's crazy. But . . . what would they do without Snooki getting in barfights, using people's porches as her ladies' room, and getting nabbed for boozing on the beach?
December 25, 2011 |
PHOENIX - It will be a special Christmas for the family of a University of Arizona student who was nearly taken off life support before waking from a coma. Sam Schmid, 21, was walking and speaking Friday at a Phoenix hospital. Dressed in a T-shirt, shorts, and sneakers, he was able to use a walker and talk in brief sentences. "Right now, I'm feeling all right.. . . Except for the rehabilitation, I'm feeling pretty good," Schmid said. Doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute say Schmid has a long recovery ahead of him to regain full speech, balance, and memory abilities.
November 20, 2011 |
The South Philly rowhouse where Pat Martino resides has changed drastically from the home he returned to after undergoing neurosurgery in 1980. His parents, who lived there at the time, have passed away, as have most traces of their personalities and decor. In their place are Asian-inspired artworks (and a number of pig figurines) reflecting the taste of Martino's Japanese-born wife, Ayako, and the occasional concert poster advertising significant dates in the legendary guitarist's own career.
August 26, 2011
By B.G. Kelley We really had little in common growing up, except that we were both Philly kids. I grew up middle-class and comfortable. He grew up in a home for boys. His mother was too sickly to take care of him, and his father had scrammed when he was 4 or 5. The boys' home wasn't the cleanest or quietest place. The food didn't leave a warm, fuzzy feeling in his belly, and there were no Norman Rockwell reproductions hanging on the walls of his tiny room. Nor was there any money, not even for a hamburger and shake at the corner malt shop.
June 16, 2010 |
IRENE, South Africa - Clint Dempsey speaks with a hip-hop twang, an accent born in Texas and molded through years of music-rap music, to be precise. Like his native state, he seems a straight shooter, a guy who will answer any question asked - as best he can, anyway. Take Tuesday for example: Dempsey spent half an hour explaining the U.S. team's 1-1 tie with England, his unlikely - and lucky - goal, his ability to produce goals in high-profile situations, and the pressure of Friday's match against Slovenia.