August 20, 2012 |
To explore the spare bedrooms that have become Ric Owens' unlikely studio and gallery is both exhausting and invigorating. Rare is the confined space that documents a man's evolution in real time. Every turn reveals how art is speaking to - shouting at, really - someone who never even doodled before being hit by an 18-wheeler and suffering a concussion that rewired his brain. On the bench of a repurposed Bowflex machine sit stacks of geometric ink drawings. These inaugural sketches led to subtle watercolors that, in turn, inspired an acrylic, three-dimensional explosion.
August 3, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM – Wednesday was Chad Hall's third Military Day with the Eagles at Lehigh. Two years ago, when Hall was a rookie, a couple of months removed from his 2-year active-duty stint as an Air Force second lieutenant, he would discover close connections with the 300 or so service personnel invited onto the field after training-camp practice – they had friends in common, maybe places they'd served. That might not be as true now, as Hall's time as the 421st Fighter Squadron's assistant commander for maintenance fades into the past, but many of Hall's classmates in the Air Force Academy of 2008 remain in harm's way. He emails and talks regularly with people who have been affected by the war. It is never far from his mind, even though an NFL locker room is about as far away from Tikrit or Kabul as you can get, in so many ways.
July 28, 2012
Md. man arrested, arms cache seized WASHINGTON - A Maryland man who threatened to go on a shooting rampage at his office with an arsenal of weapons was committed to a hospital on mental-health grounds, police said Friday. Police said the suspect, identified in a police warrant as Neil Edwin Prescott, was wearing a T-shirt that read "Guns don't kill people, I kill people" when he was initially interviewed by police this week. Anne Arundel County police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided the man's apartment in Crofton, Md., and found 25 guns, including semiautomatic rifles and pistols, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
June 14, 2012 |
When Pop Warner football practices begin this summer, new rules will limit the amount of contact allowed and the way young players hit each other, the organization announced Wednesday, taking two steps aimed at reducing head injuries. The changes in the popular youth league arrive as concern about concussions in sports, and particularly football, has vaulted into the national spotlight. "This is our time to step up," said Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner. The Langhorne-based group includes 285,000 football players aged 5 to 15, Butler said.
June 13, 2012 |
No degree of adversity could stop Thelma Renee Stevens from living life to the fullest. Thelma suffered from a brain injury that caused seizures throughout her life, but her spirit never wavered. "She was a fighter," said an aunt, Patricia Fletcher. "She never gave up. " Thelma Stevens, who worked as a teacher's aide at a day-care center and as a housekeeper, died after a seizure on May 31. She was 25 and lived in West Philadelphia. Despite her physical problems, Thelma's death was unexpected and shocked the family.
June 9, 2012
After a six-day preliminary hearing, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the two men accused of brutally beating a San Francisco Giants fan last year outside Dodger Stadium to be tried on charges of committing mayhem, and assault and battery. Authorities say Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, so severely beat Bryan Stow, 43, on March 31, 2011, that the paramedic from Santa Cruz suffered permanent brain injury and will require care the rest of his life.
June 8, 2012 |
Remember "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"? Part of that miseducation must have involved taxes. Hill has been charged with failing to file income-tax returns for several years with the IRS, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey announced Thursday. The former member of the Fugees earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years that she failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said. If this had happened a decade earlier, she would owe a lot more.
June 7, 2012 |
IT LOOKS LIKE "The Last Song" for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth will be "Here Comes the Bride. " The couple, who met on the set of the cringe-worthy "The Last Song" movie in 2009, announced their engagement Wednesday morning. Miley is only 19 so that's just nutty. The only teenagers who should be getting married are having babies on reality-TV shows. Hemsworth is the 22-year-old Australian star of "The Hunger Games" and the younger brother of Thor, Chris Hemsworth.
June 4, 2012 |
Doug Smith has studied brain trauma for 20 years. For most of that time, the Penn professor of neurosurgery said, injuries such as concussions were called the silent epidemic. Doctors knew of their consequences, but the brain injuries were often shrugged off as part of sports, something to be shaken off so athletes could return to play. No longer. The issue has exploded into the national discussion, gaining steam as evidence piles up about the potentially devastating effects of concussions, particularly in football, America's most popular sport.
May 4, 2012 |
Sadness and another round of concern over head injuries in football followed reports of Junior Seau's suicide Wednesday. "Tough to hear the news about Junior Seau. One of the best LBs to play the game," Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews wrote on Twitter. "Had his throwback USC #55 jersey. 1 of the reasons I was 55. " Matthews grew up near USC and wore 55 in college. "Saddened to hear the news about Seau. Thoughts and prayers are with his family," Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans posted on Twitter.