October 3, 2015 |
Antron Brown remembers the moment at age 10 when he knew he was destined to become a drag racer. "I thought it was an earthquake happening. I felt the vibration through my whole body. . . . I thought the world was coming to an end," said Brown, 39, who grew up in Chesterfield, Burlington County, and was playing in the sand beneath the bleachers at Raceway Park in Englishtown while his father and uncle watched the spectacle of nitro race cars on the track nearby. "Right then and there, something changed for me. " That Brown would eventually become the first African American in the history of the National Hot Rod Association to win a world-championship title - actually the first in a major professional U.S. auto racing series - wasn't even a dream at that moment.
September 29, 2015 |
Once Dana Donofree got over the breath-halting news that she had breast cancer, she went through a double mastectomy, six sessions of chemotherapy, and reconstructive surgery. Finally, she thought, it was time to return to the land of the familiar. "I was so excited to wear a beautiful bra again," the South Philadelphia resident recalled. Excitement turned to despair when she encountered an underwear drawer full of disappointment. "There wasn't a single piece that fit me," she said.
September 24, 2015 |
Check out the 2016 calendar for Trout Unlimited - the more than 50-year-old organization that champions healthy streams and rivers: Five of the 12 months show pictures of women, or girls, or dads with daughters, all fly-fishing. Want waders, rods, and clothing made specifically for the female fly-fisher? You have your choice of vendors. And it's easy to find classes introducing women to a sport that demands paying attention to the placement of the line and fly, the patterns in the water, and the strength of the wind.
September 19, 2015 |
Edith Mitchell grew up in the "very segregated" farming town of Brownsville, Tenn., at a time when it was unusual for a little girl of any race to dream of becoming a doctor. But she says that she decided, at age 3, to go to medical school after being impressed by the African American doctor who made a house call to her ailing great-grandfather. When she announced her ambition, no one tried to stop her. "You can be whatever you want to be," said her great-grandfather, who died not long after that visit.
September 17, 2015 |
EASY-ON-THE-EYES Richard Gere will be in town tomorrow to tout his new movie, "Time Out of Mind," at the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd St.) in Old City. Once named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine, Gere will attend a red-carpet reception and screening of the flick, written and directed by Oren Moverman , who did "The Messenger" and "Rampart," with Woody Harrelson . For years, Gere has been an activist and philanthropist for human rights. Before tomorrow's red-carpet appearance, Gere and Moverman will attend a VIP fundraising reception for the Francis Fund at City Tavern (138 S. 2nd St.)
September 6, 2015 |
African American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women, yet are more likely to die of the disease. To some degree, this disturbing disparity reflects differences in patterns of care, which may involve socioeconomic factors. Studies show that black women tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and often have trouble accessing treatment. But that doesn't fully explain the racial survival imbalance, so increasingly, researchers are looking for biological differences.
August 23, 2015 |
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey ordered Friday that a uniformed officer be taken off street patrol and that the officer's gun be taken from him after Facebook videos surfaced showing the officer pressuring a motorist to buy tickets for a police union fund-raiser. In the videos, Officer Matthew Zagursky tells a driver that if he buys tickets to the fund-raiser, Zagursky will not tow his vehicle. The officer also uses a homophobic slur while apparently joking with the man at another point.
August 14, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm writing in response to "Not Talking About the Future," whose wife has breast cancer, was told she has only a few years to live and feels sad when her kids talk about their futures. My dad was diagnosed with stage four multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2006. He was told that even the most aggressive treatment would buy him only two or three more years. Well, he's now working on year nine. While I must admit that it's been hard at times for me to stay positive about his prognosis, I try not to let it show.
August 10, 2015 |
When Marjorie Stromberg and Sean Miller decided to get married, they knew they might face fertility problems stemming from her chemotherapy for leukemia at age 12. The idea of fertility treatment didn't faze them. Parenthood was a cherished goal. They even had a name for a girl: Adele. What they couldn't foresee was that the prospect of pregnancy would become not just daunting, but unacceptably risky. In the months after their engagement in 2011, Marjorie, then 26, was diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as a rare genetic susceptibility to multiple cancers.
August 5, 2015 |
ELSA SCHIAPARELLI might have shocked the world with her surrealistic fashion designs, but she didn't shock Monica Elaine Brown. As a senior collection assistant for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Monica helped mount "Shocking!: The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli" there. The exhibit from September 2003 to January 2004 showcased the work of the late Italian designer, who was influenced by surrealist artists like Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau. It was just one of the important exhibits Monica helped bring to the museum, featuring some of the world's most prominent designers, and she did so with a seriousness of purpose that marked her lifelong approach to her art. Monica Elaine Brown, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who traveled the world and the U.S. to mount fashion exhibits in the major cities, a fashion designer and artist, died July 29 of breast cancer.