January 26, 2014 |
The temperature was a biting 15 degrees on Thursday morning when John Smulligan Jr. phoned a cousin in Virginia and left an upbeat message. He told her he was going to enter rehab, move to Virginia, and start fresh, with new friends in a new place. Sometime in the next hour, the 30-year-old Philadelphia man, who struggled with anxiety and depression, was found dead in a snow drift near a construction site at Ninth Street and Ridge Avenue. His mother, Diane, of Hazleton, Pa., received a call at 11:21 a.m. alerting her of his death.
January 12, 2014 |
Ouch. Pat Miller, 59, of Clementon, walked down her front walk at 7:15 a.m. Friday going to work, slipped on the ice, and broke the first bone of her life - her right wrist. The timing couldn't be worse. Her daughter is getting married in the first week of February. "So I'll probably have a cast," she lamented. "Maybe they can glitter it up. " Few in the Philadelphia area expected the ground to be a sheet of ice Friday morning, certainly not Miller, a secretary with Moorestown Township schools.
December 6, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Kim Robson was at her real estate job when she received a call that would last for two terrifying hours and leave the 23-year-old West Chester woman shaken. "We have your dad hostage," Robson said a man screamed into her cellphone. "Leave work right now. " The caller, who identified himself as "Robert," said her father had been involved in a car accident with the caller's brother. The father declined to give his insurance or other information, an altercation followed, and now he was being held at gunpoint with Robert demanding $1,000 for repairs, Robert said.
December 4, 2013 |
AMONG the shocking details of Paul Walker 's death this past weekend was his age - he'd turned 40 only a few months before the car accident that claimed his life. In his most recent "Fast & Furious" installment, Walker still looked like the blue-eyed twenty-something California surfer he was when he broke through in the film business years ago. His stature as the impossibly good-looking SoCal blond defined him in those early days - a stint on a soap opera, a role in the utopian 1950s send-up "Pleasantville" as the handsome jock who never misses a jump shot.
November 29, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The 76ers welcomed Thaddeus Young back to the fold on a night when a former teammate helped to play spoiler. Nik Vucevic recorded his eighth double-double to lead the Magic to a 105-94 victory Wednesday night at the Amway Center. The victory enabled the Magic (6-9) to win consecutive games for the first time since opening the season 3-0. Before Tuesday's win at Atlanta, Orlando had lost four straight and seven of eight. The Sixers (6-10) suffered their second straight setback and have lost 10 of 13. Vucevic's performance overshadowed Young's return after the Sixers forward dealt with the death of his nephew.
November 1, 2013 |
ONE OF THE themes to this season is the underperforming running back. Like loud ties and bad breath, they are impossible to hide. LeSean McCoy, admirably taking responsibility even though his offensive line can't open a can of tuna right now, is on the list. But he's certainly not alone. Let's look at the top consensus running backs entering the season and how they've fared halfway through. Adrian Peterson, Vikings: The tragedy he has endured with the murder of his son makes criticizing his inconsistent fantasy production heartless.
November 1, 2013 |
A 98-year-old West Oak Lane man reported missing by his family this week was killed in a car accident Tuesday in New York state, police said. Police were investigating how Frank Winfrey managed to get from his house on the 7100 block of North 19th Street to Roslyn Heights, a small town on Long Island. Winfrey, who police said suffered from dementia, left home in a 1995 Chevy Tahoe around 2:30 p.m. Monday to run errands. He never returned home. About 6 a.m. Tuesday, Winfrey's car collided with a dump truck at an intersection in Roslyn Heights, Nassau County Police Officer Maureen Roach said.
October 30, 2013 |
In the summer of 1984, Renee Keister was a 16-year-old high school basketball player who was going places, excitedly sorting college recruitment letters and dreaming about a scholarship. That future vanished in an instant when she broke her back in an accident at her New Jersey home, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. Anne Donovan was already well-known, at the time a 22-year-old, 6-foot-8 center fresh from winning a gold medal with the women's Olympic team. Contacted out of the blue by administrators at McCorristin Catholic High School in Hamilton, N.J., Donovan instantly agreed to help.
September 20, 2013 |
A FISHTOWN MAN involved in a car accident with an off-duty Philadelphia police sergeant Saturday night has died, and police are investigating whether either driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs. Sgt. Thomas Winkis was driving a Dodge Challenger on State Road near Ashburner Street in Holmesburg just before midnight Saturday when he collided with a Ford Econoline van driven by David Farries, 55, of Oxford Street near Thompson, sources said. Farries, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his van. Paramedics rushed him to Aria Hospital's Torresdale campus, where he died at 7 a.m. Tuesday from multiple injuries, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.
September 15, 2013 |
Word out of Harrisburg is that Gov. Corbett may take the money offered under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid if the federal government agrees to changes in the health program. It's a ray of hope for more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians who otherwise will be shut out from coverage. "These are the people who work, who clean the houses, work in back of restaurants and hotels, and push the gurneys around in hospital," said John Dodds, director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.