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August 2, 2002 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 18, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Navy Cmdr. Tim Jirus began his day at the Washington Navy Yard like a typical Monday: answering e-mails. But soon, a stranger standing next to him had been shot dead, and Jirus was running from gunfire. "Two shots rang out. He got hit. I did not," Jirus said. "He was shot in the head, fell in front of me, and I ran after that. " As is so often the case in mass killings, the stories at the Navy Yard on Monday began with utter normality, only to turn to panic. Patricia Ward had just bought breakfast when the shooting began, and she fled, rushing past a guard who had her gun drawn.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 30, 1996 | By Ellen O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
LIVING
July 8, 1998 | By Ellen O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
January 3, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
February 9, 1987 | By Mark Butler, Inquirer Staff Writer (The Associated Press and United Press International contributed to this report.)
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.
NEWS
February 9, 2000 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
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September 18, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Navy Cmdr. Tim Jirus began his day at the Washington Navy Yard like a typical Monday: answering e-mails. But soon, a stranger standing next to him had been shot dead, and Jirus was running from gunfire. "Two shots rang out. He got hit. I did not," Jirus said. "He was shot in the head, fell in front of me, and I ran after that. " As is so often the case in mass killings, the stories at the Navy Yard on Monday began with utter normality, only to turn to panic. Patricia Ward had just bought breakfast when the shooting began, and she fled, rushing past a guard who had her gun drawn.
SPORTS
January 3, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
THE ANIMATORS who gave us the memorably creepy "Coraline" are back with "ParaNorman" - more mainstream, but still on the macabre side. Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a boy who sees dead people - the ghosts of his haunted New England town are as visible to him as the living, and in fact his conversations with the dead (including his grandmother) tend to be productive. The living (including his father Jeff Garlin) are freaked out and threatened by Norman's behavior - he's bullied at a school, though he does make one friend (Tucker Albrizzi)
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A law enforcement officer attacked as he brought an eviction notice to a house was among three people, including a shooter inside the home, killed Monday near the Texas A&M University campus. A 43-year-old man was the third person killed in the shootings at an off-campus home not far from the university's football stadium, College Station Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum said. Three other law enforcement officers and a 55-year-old woman were wounded, he said.
NEWS
October 21, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Matt Damon talks to the dead in "Hereafter," though after awhile, it's hard to tell who's who. This isn't Damon's liveliest performance, and after more than two hours of it, you'll think you've died and gone to "Changeling," another endless Clint Eastwood movie that looked like it was shot through a fish tank plagued by a bloom of green algae. Certainly "Hereafter" starts with a jolt - a tidal wave swamps a tropical resort, drowning (among others) a French tourist (Cecile de France, her actual name)
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
NEWS
April 8, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Christina Ricci dons a negligee to play a crash victim caught between two worlds in "After. Life," a title that squanders an opportunity. An opportunity to call the movie "The Half Naked and the Half Dead," an apt description of the way "After.Life" functions as a psychosexual horror movie and M. Night Shyamalanish spiritual thriller. Ricci is Anna Taylor, a high-strung girl who mistakes her boyfriend's clumsy marriage proposal for a breakup speech, then drives off in a tearful rage, right into the back of a truck.
NEWS
November 5, 2009 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
"The Fourth Kind" takes its title from the sliding scale of alien encounters - sighting, evidence, contact and abduction. Oh, those boorish extra terrestrials. Haven't they skipped a few steps? Shouldn't the fourth be drinks and dinner, the fifth cuddling, before we get to your place or mine? "The Fourth Kind" comes at you with a clumsy come-on of its own - it's one of the virally marketed thrillers, in this case one that purports to address the mystery of deaths and disappearances around Nome, Alaska.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 1, 2009 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
RANDY PLESSOR seems like a normal-enough guy. He has a pleasant wife whom he met online and married a year ago. He has a 19-year-old son who somehow dodged the truculence typical to teenagers. He has a stable job in a stable industry, as computer specialist for an Easton pet-food company. But mention ghosts, and the cuckoo bells go off. "I'm feeling coldness all around me, cold, icy-cold. Can you feel it?" he asks. (No.) "It's 85 degrees out here tonight, but it's so cold you can see my breath," Plessor continues, exhaling forcefully.
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