December 10, 2014 |
Caitlyn Ricci and her parents sat on opposite sides of the Camden courtroom, emblematic of a deep family divide. On the right was Ricci, 21, wearing a solid green shirt and black dress pants, with her attorney. On the left side, seated together, were her divorced parents: middle school English teacher Maura McGarvey and varsity high school basketball coach Michael Ricci, joined by each of their attorneys. Superior Court Judge Thomas Shusted Jr. implored both sides - who have fought more than a year over who should pay Caitlyn Ricci's college tuition - to stop bickering.
December 5, 2014 |
IN THE FEARSOMELY effective Aussie horror movie "The Babadook," a mother driven round the bend by her 7-year-old goes off. Most horror movies are pitched to teens, but this one seems aimed squarely at parents, who will squirm when the woman, at her wits end and a little beyond, tells her needy, clingy child she's thinking of bashing his head against a brick. Uh, mom, you're not supposed to say that out loud . There are, to say the least, extenuating circumstances. The first thing the movie tells you is that Amelia (Essie Davis)
November 26, 2014 |
One afternoon last week, Rowan University basketball coach Joe Cassidy popped his head into a room on the fifth floor of the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and found it empty. "Is he in rehab?" Cassidy asked a nurse walking by. "He may be at lunch," she said. Three floors down, Robert Pittman was sitting at a cafeteria table across from his aunt. He had just finished a BLT and most of a bowl of mac and cheese. Rowan's coach complimented him on his attire, a Rowan basketball T-shirt.
November 15, 2014 |
NO PROTOTYPE exists for a hero. No blueprints to follow, no tests to pass. A hero can be someone with a troubled past, a seasoned police detective or a 17-year-old high school kid. Yesterday, City Council honored the heroes of two Philadelphia tales that made headlines last week - the civilians who saved a police officer from his burning car and the men and women who helped return an abducted woman home safely. "We do good things in Philadelphia," Councilwoman Cindy Bass said.
November 12, 2014 |
WAYNE Robert Ellington Sr. never missed a chance to watch his son, Wayne Jr., a guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, play ball - even if it was just on TV. So when detectives knocked on the door of the West Mount Airy home he shared with his mother at 9:30 Sunday night - just as the Lakers' game against the Charlotte Hornets was about to tip off - to deliver the grim news that Ellington, 57, had been found in his car with a gunshot wound to the head,...
November 10, 2014 |
The early-morning car accident that left Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane with a concussion last month occurred hours before she was scheduled to testify in a grand jury investigation into possible improper leaks by her office, according to people with knowledge of the case. It was the second time this fall Kane canceled plans to take the stand, the sources said. Kane was scheduled to appear that morning in a Montgomery County courtroom, where a special prosecutor is examining how confidential records about a 2009 investigation run by her Republican predecessors became public.
November 2, 2014 |
AFTER BEING injured in a car crash last week, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane has one message for her constituents: Wear your seatbelts. Kane is recovering at home from a concussion she received in that crash, Renee Martin, her spokeswoman, said yesterday. The crash happened in Dunmore, Lackawanna County, early Oct. 21 after Kane's security team picked her up for a morning appointment. As Kane's driver turned onto a residential street in the sleepy town, not far from Kane's home, he reached for his iPad, which contained the directions to the appointment, Martin said.
November 2, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is recuperating from a mild concussion after an early-morning car accident last week, her office said Friday. The accident occurred in a Scranton suburb while Kane was being driven by her security detail to "morning appointments," said spokeswoman Renee Martin. "She's on the mend," Martin said. Martin said the agent who was driving dropped his iPad on the floor of Kane's state-issued Chevrolet Tahoe, reached down to grab it, and accidentally hit a parked car on a residential street in Dunmore.
November 1, 2014 |
NIGHTCRAWLER" is a horror movie for anyone who's survived layoffs and pay cuts and been told to "work smarter. " Which at this point in America includes just about everybody. The movie's title character is a goblin of management-trainee gobbledygook named Lou Bloom (gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal), a sociopath who at the movie's outset is roaming the midnight byways of Los Angeles looking for what he will later term a "skill" that will put him "on a track toward growth. " He finds it: Bloom stumbles upon a car accident, watches EMTs arrive to help victims, then sees freelance photographers show up to film the carnage.
October 23, 2014 |
Charles R. "Bud" Hollenbach, 89, of Sellersville, a legendary offensive backfield coach for the Pennridge High School Rams, died Saturday, Oct. 18, at Abington Memorial Hospital of injuries sustained in a car accident. Mr. Hollenbach was riding in a car driven by his wife, Margaret, 84, after watching their son Jeff coach a Saturday night football game between his Rams and the Central Bucks High School South Titans. As the vehicle left the Central Bucks South parking lot in Warrington, it struck an unoccupied car. The impact triggered a chain reaction with two other vehicles.