August 2, 2002 |
At least $2 million in city pension funds went to 96 people who are definitely dead and 23 others most likely dead, according to an audit released by City Controller Jonathan Saidel yesterday. "I see dead people, and they're collecting city pension checks," he quipped, referring to the movie The Sixth Sense about a boy who communicated with dead Philadelphians. The controller secured death certificates for the 96. His auditors concluded the other 23 were most likely dead because their deaths had been reported to the Social Security Administration.
September 8, 2009
ANOTHER blame game stone-thrower. Re "Ghost Voters" (letters, Sept. 3) by Thomas Lutek: I challenge you, Mr. Lutek, to produce facts or evidence that ghosts, or, as you imply, dead people, vote in Philadelphia. Come on, put your absurd allegation to the test. Prove it to all of Philadelphia that dead people vote in elections. Losing candidates have made this same absurd and baseless allegation, and were proven wrong in federal court, and the same allegation was made a while back in an opinion piece in this very paper.
June 30, 1996 |
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to today's column, which, following the example of our nation's first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, will consist of an interview with a famous dead person. As you might remember, Clinton was pilloried in the press last week after Bob Woodward wrote in his book The Choice that the first lady had called on today's guest for guidance. Our interviewee, who is now a hot guest on the talk-show circuit, is an international celebrity in her own right - Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.
July 8, 1998 |
So Roy Rogers is dead, the singing cowboy, gone, at 86. We mean no disrespect. We happen to remember Roy in better days, he was part of our childhood, and we loved him with the strenuous devotion of which children-of-a-certain-age are capable. He was all-of-a-piece: Sunbeam smile, checkered shirt, western boots and dungarees. Big as life, twanging his vowels, singing of the wide-open spaces. His whole show was sweet and good-natured, with wonderful scenery, even in black and white.
January 3, 2013 |
TIMBERWOLVES guard Lazar Hayward says he sees dead people. The former first-round pick of out Marquette, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota on Monday, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that he has been able to see spirits since he was a youngster. "I've always just had a lot of questions spiritually because I always kind of seen stuff when I was a kid and I used to tell friends and they'd look at me and say, 'Lazar, you might need some help,' " he said. "So they used to make fun of me. I just had a lot of questions because I've always just wondered.
February 9, 1987 |
Vanna White, the Wheel of Fortune letter woman, is to be the subject of a Playboy pictorial this spring, a magazine spokeswoman said yesterday. The pictures of White, the well-known letter-turner on the syndicated TV game show, will appear in the May issue of the magazine, said Robyn L. Radomski, Playboy's director of corporate communications. "I haven't seen the pictures yet, because I have been out of town, but I can assure you they will be tasteful, quality shots," Radomski said.
February 9, 2000 |
When Frederick Clark murdered his beloved grandmother and then raped her corpse, police said, he managed to do something very rare: He shocked those who treat sexual deviants every day. Dr. James Pedigo, chief psychiatrist at the Joseph J. Peters Institute on South Broad Street, said he'd never heard of such a thing before. "I've worked with people who have raped dead people, but not family members," he said yesterday. Pedigo's been treating sexual offenders for 36 years.
March 5, 1991
AURAL PLAGUE The first cost-cutting measure undertaken by every recession-stricken business should be eliminating music on elevators, in stores and on telephone holds. - sw. BELIEF Ray Charles said it. I believe it. That settles it. - Bumper sticker in Wichita. HIRING DECISIONS NBC-TV put Deborah Norville on its "Today" show because it needed somebody to make Bryant Gumbel look smart. - ra. JOURNALISM There should be a special Pulitzer Prize for newspapers that don't run a half-page color weather map, thus depriving their readers of the depressing news that it's mauve in the Dakotas.
June 2, 2010
GHOST HUNTERS ACADEMY. 9 tonight, Syfy. I DON'T KNOW if dead people watch television, and neither does anyone else. Most networks consider anyone over 49 dead already, but Nielsen still includes them in their measurements, if only to amuse CBS, which knows that people well into their early 50s continue to buy things they've seen on TV. Once we stop breathing, we presumably become immune to pleas of even late-night cable advertisers, so...
September 1, 2000 |
Investigators believe some employees of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office may have put a modern spin on the old, and ugly, practice of stealing from the dead. Law enforcement sources say the feds got involved in a sweeping probe of the office, which came to light yesterday, because one medical examiner employee is believed to have taken a credit card from a body and mailed it out of state. There, it's alleged, it was used by someone else, posing as the deceased, the sources said.