June 3, 2015
CHARLIE WILSON first came to prominence in the late 1970s as the frontman for the Gap Band, formed by Wilson and his brothers, Robert and Lonnie, in 1967 in their hometown of Tulsa, Okla. The siblings came by their musicality as the sons of a Pentecostal minister who insisted that his children learn to play various instruments. The band originally bore the name Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band, which was subsequently shortened to the G.A.P. Street Band. A printing error on an advertisement for a gig identified the unit as "The Gap Band," and the brothers claimed the name.
May 28, 2015 |
SIXTY years after his death, Charlie Parker's status as a jazz alto saxophonist supreme remains one of American music's most enigmatic legacies. Plagued by drug abuse, racism, the compulsive need for female guidance and the burden of musical genius, the man known as "Yardbird" - or simply "Bird" - lived a brief life filled with passion, tragedy and unforgettable characters: the core ingredients of opera. "Yardbird," Opera Philadelphia's first world premiere since its first season 40 years ago, is told in flashbacks after Parker's death at only 34, in 1955.
May 12, 2015 |
The War on Terror hasn't lasted that long - not compared with the Hundred Years' War (1337- 1453) or even the Thirty Years' War (1618-48). But most Americans are war-weary nonetheless, and there is no sign of relief. How can there be when any violent act by a lone wolf can be claimed by a terrorist organization as its latest attack on America? U.S. officials were trying to determine whether ISIS, which claimed responsibility for a shootout last week at a free-speech event in Texas, was actually involved.
March 8, 2015 |
He ate two cookies - light vanilla coating with cream filling - drank a Dr Pepper, and counted to himself as the Rev. Andrew McCormick unfastened the 33 buttons on his cassock one by one. A 27-year-old man recounted that vivid memory from the witness stand this week, describing the moments before McCormick allegedly sexually assaulted him about 18 years ago. And as jurors began deliberating the suspended priest's fate Friday, their decision could...
January 3, 2015 |
Everybody knows it's really hard for smokers to quit. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania think a quick brain scan could someday make quitting easier - or at least more effective. In a recent study, they found that certain changes in the brain, visible using technology that measures brain activity, predicted better than anything else now available which smokers would quickly relapse - that's most of them - and which might be able to quit without much more than a pep talk.
December 24, 2014 |
A New Jersey woman's use of methadone during pregnancy to treat a prescription drug addiction did not violate abuse and negligence laws, though her baby suffered from methadone withdrawal upon birth, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a 6-0 decision, the court reversed an Appellate Division ruling that the mother was negligent and abusive because her methadone use caused her child's suffering, which included tremors, fever, and trouble sleeping. The high court said the previous ruling did not consider whether the woman "exercised a 'minimum degree of care' or 'unreasonably' inflicted harm on her newborn.
December 18, 2014 |
Next week, Nicole Stone's family was to gather in Lansdale for an annual Christmas Eve feast of peeled shrimp and clam linguine. Seated around the table would have been four generations - Stone, her two young daughters, her mother, grandmother, and sister. Now only the little girls are alive. Over a few hours Monday, Stone's ex-husband, Bradley W. Stone, killed the rest. "It's unbelievable," Nicole Stone's aunt Connie McGaughey said Tuesday. "It's a nightmare. " But it's not that some kind of trouble was unexpected.
December 4, 2014 |
PEOPLE battling drug and alcohol addiction in Philadelphia are watching Hollywood movies in outpatient group therapy - on your dime. The tab can exceed $50 a person for each movie, paid by Medicaid. Clients said that some of the movies they saw - like "Caddyshack" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - had nothing to do with recovery. The films that did depict addiction, including "The Basketball Diaries," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a heroin addict, and "28 Days," with Sandra Bullock in the throes of alcoholism, made them crave the very substance they are trying to kick, they said.
October 10, 2014 |
Patricia Davenport allegedly introduced her daughter to heroin in April, with the 15-year-old snorting the drug in their Harleysville kitchen. By the summer, a needle was in the girl's forearms several times a week, with Davenport often injecting her, police said. The girl's 16-year-old boyfriend was getting high with them too, and Davenport's 8-year-old son often watched, according to court records. Several times a week for six months, Davenport took the three children to North Philadelphia to score the heroin, injecting her daughter and the girl's boyfriend on the ride home, police said.
August 6, 2014 |
AS PERVASIVE a problem as sex trafficking is in the Philadelphia region, experts in the field say that gaps in services for victims and local funding make handling the tough cases even more challenging. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan, who prosecutes sex-trafficking cases in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, said she and her colleagues are constantly faced with the daunting question of how to help victims during their abusers' trials and postconviction - and too often, there is simply no place to send them for the help they need.