July 19, 2014 |
Maureen H. McMurdo-Chapman, 69, of Chalfont, Bucks County, died Thursday, July 10, at Abington Memorial Hospital of injuries she suffered in a car accident. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. McMurdo-Chapman was a resident of Sharon Hill, Delaware County, from 1974 to 1998. For four years ending in 1995, she served as a member of the Southeast Delco School Board. She and her husband, Lawrence, who was injured in the car accident, moved to the New Britain-Chalfont area 16 years ago. Mrs. McMurdo-Chapman graduated from West Catholic High School for Girls in 1963.
June 1, 2014 |
The aorta is a marvel of elasticity, expanding and contracting millions of times a year to accommodate the pumping action of the heart. Yet the body's largest artery is not so elastic when a metal block slams into it at nearly 30 m.p.h. This is what Kurosh Darvish does in a lab at Temple University, again and again, in an effort to make cars safer. SKREEEEeeeee . . . BANG!! An associate professor of mechanical engineering, Darvish and his graduate students have rigged up an elaborate, 19-foot aluminum track where they can simulate the violent impacts of a car crash.
May 23, 2014 |
Elliot Forde visited close friend Zach Trexler, still recovering from head injuries suffered in a serious car accident five months ago, at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital last weekend. "It was pretty emotional," Forde said. "I talked to him about all that was going on with the baseball team. It was tough to see him in the condition he's in, but I'm glad I went. " Avon Grove, in southern Chester County, dedicated this season to Trexler, who was a catcher and utility outfielder for the Red Devils.
May 21, 2014 |
A 14-year-old West Philadelphia boy severely beat his 70-year-old foster mother Monday morning, then stole her car, drove it to Chester County, and crashed into another vehicle in Tredyffrin Township, police said. The teenager faces charges including aggravated assault, attempted murder, third-degree felony theft, reckless endangerment, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to Philadelphia and Tredyffrin police. The foster mother, Marrie Chess, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a fractured sternum and head injuries, police said, and was listed in stable condition.
April 30, 2014 |
WHILE HIS SAINT Joseph's University teammates prepared under a beautiful blue sky for last Friday's baseball game against La Salle, sophomore Joey Gorman was stuck indoors, practicing simple tasks that his twice-operated-on brain once cycled through automatically. With dark tufts of hair spilling from his black Chicago White Sox hat - which also obscured the 6- to 8-inch scar that runs from the back of his neck to the middle of his head - Gorman walked heel-to-toe while tossing a ball above his head from hand-to-hand.
April 11, 2014 |
JUDE LAW GOES big to play the lead role in "Dom Hemingway," literally and otherwise. Law's packed on some "Raging Bull" pounds to play Dom, an ex-con and career criminal emerging from a long stretch in prison to collect the large amount of money owed him for keeping quiet in prison. The actor goes big in other ways - the movie is larded with oratory, long and loud and stylized and obscene, and Law delivers each speech with theatrical panache and red-faced commitment (not from embarrassment, but from exertion)
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.