October 4, 2011 |
Insisting he stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the throat "by accident" and police were "lying through their teeth," a North Philadelphia man was found guilty today of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for a 2008 murder witnesses called a "scene from a horror movie. " "I don't see how the evidence added up to the way it added up to, but it don't seem right," Solomon Carter told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart before he was sentenced. Minehart, after a 1-1/2-day nonjury trial, found Carter guilty of first-degree murder in the Oct. 12, 2008 slaying of ex-girlfriend Karimah Ballard, 32. Trial witnesses testified that Carter, 31, was intoxicated and using the illegal stimulant PCP at 3 a.m. when he erupted in rage after Ballard ordered him to leave her apartment in the 1600 block of North 16th Street.
May 23, 2011
Cut back the interleague series High&Inside always has been a big fan of interleague play, considering the games against the Yankees and Red Sox (and this weekend, the Rangers) a valuable tool for gauging the Phillies abilities against the AL contenders. For example, it's instructive to note that every NL East team lost to an AL counterpart on Sunday. But most observers think there are too many interleague games. So here's a suggestion: Cut it from 18 games to six against real rivals, and play them all immediately before the all-star break.
May 3, 2011 |
With its players again barred from work, the NFL told a federal appeals court Monday the fight over whether the lockout is legal won't get in the way of the 2011 season. The rest of the labor fight? That's anyone's guess. The league filed an 18-page brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, arguing that the lockout should remain in effect permanently while appeals play out. The appeals court put U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's order lifting the 45-day lockout on hold temporarily last week.
May 3, 2011 |
Dave Duerson, a former NFL player who committed suicide in February, had "moderately advanced" brain damage related to blows to the head, according to the researcher who made the diagnosis. "It's indisputable" that Duerson had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder linked to repeated brain trauma, Dr. Ann McKee said yesterday. The findings were announced as part of an effort conducted by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University's School of Medicine.
August 11, 2010 |
A psychiatrist told a Philadelphia jury Tuesday that Levon T. Warner has brain damage that impairs his ability to think - but does not excuse his decision to take part in a 2008 bank robbery that led to the fatal shooting of Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski. John S. O'Brien's testimony was notable for more than its content. He is the prosecution's expert psychiatric witness. But in an unusual gambit, defense lawyers put him on the stand in their effort to persuade the jury to give Warner life in prison without parole, not death.
August 10, 2010 |
The death-penalty hearing for convicted cop killers Eric DeShann Floyd and Levon T. Warner entered its second week Monday with a three-minute YouTube video of Warner's disastrous last bout in his attempted comeback as a heavyweight boxer. His Sept. 7, 2007, fight against Joey Abell at North Philadelphia's legendary Blue Horizon was significant, his defense lawyers contend, because it left him with brain damage that impaired his judgment. The video showed Warner being hit in the head, knocked down twice, and finally cornered and pummeled unconscious with about 30 seconds left in the first round.
May 4, 2010
The Philadelphia Housing Authority will pay the family of a girl $9.68 million to settle a lawsuit prompted by brain damage she sustained when mold in her public housing apartment triggered an asthma attack. Ebony Gage, now 16, was 12 when the episode occurred at the apartment in Frankford. Attorneys for the family claimed that PHA was aware of the condition, continued to pay the landlord full rent, and required the family to give 30 days' notice before it could vacate the apartment. It was during that time Gage had the asthma attack.
December 9, 2009 |
Brian Westbrook confessed his fear last night. In his first interview since he suffered his second concussion, the Eagles' star running back said he was "really scared" about his future in football. Westbrook joined Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher on HBO's Joe Buck Live from New York University and talked about the two concussions that have sidelined him for four games already this season. "I'm worried about it," Westbrook said. "Concussions have been all over the headlines and all over the papers, and it has been on the top of my mind since the Redskins game on the 26th of October.
October 1, 2009 |
Mike Ditka says these are the times he thinks most about Mick Tingelhoff, Pete Pihos, Joe Perry, John Mackey, the late Jim Ringo, and dozens of other former NFL players who have suffered from dementia or Alzheimer's. Ditka, long a passionate advocate for the welfare of former NFL players suffering from injuries sustained on the field decades ago, recently read the news of a study commissioned by the NFL. It indicated that memory-related diseases were diagnosed in former players at a rate 19 times the rate for all men aged 30 through 49. The Hall of Fame player, who went on to coach two NFL teams and is now a broadcaster for ESPN, is angry that a study commissioned by the NFL is now being downplayed by a league spokesman and other doctors.
May 1, 2009 |
A year ago, when a doctor finally diagnosed the brain disease that had been making it harder for her to walk without falling, Rona Zelniker told her son and daughter that she was going to end her life while she still could, before complete disability set in. Her children were grateful for the way she prepared them, and for the time they had together at the end. "I must have cried 150 times in the last year," said Keith Zelniker, 32, her son....