December 11, 2015 |
FOR THE lucky few, the next few months are known as awards season. For the unlucky many, it's snub season. With the Golden Globe nominations announced yesterday (see Page 34), the Washington Post was quick to weigh in on those who were unfairly (or fairly) dissed. The Post cited broadcast TV as a major loser this year, with almost all the nods going to pay-cable and streaming services and individually called out "The Americans," "Black-ish," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Inside Amy Schumer " as shows that were underappreciated.
December 5, 2015 |
In 2002, Nicholas Thalasinos resigned his job with the Cape May County Health Department and left for San Bernardino, Calif., where he took a similar job as an inspector, married a woman he met in a quirky online group, and went from being Greek Orthodox to identifying as a Messianic Jew. On Wednesday, the father of two, remembered in New Jersey as a hard worker and nice guy who kept in touch with old co-workers, became one of 14 people killed by...
December 4, 2015
I DIDN'T KILL three people at Planned Parenthood. I didn't wake up one morning, forget to take my meds, get my fill at some of my favorite pornographic websites, smoke a few joints, load up my (probably registered) semi-automatic, pull out my map, get in my car, drive toward the clinic in Colorado Springs and take aim. I didn't scream about Jesus to my neighbors while cheating on my significant other-of-the-moment, produce numerous children with numerous partners, abuse my spouse, gamble, or call people who kill abortionists "heroes.
December 3, 2015 |
The victims of a double homicide Sunday in Hatfield Borough were identified Tuesday by Montgomery County authorities. Gretchen Viglione, 48, was killed in her home by a gunshot to the head. Her son, Robert Peploe, 28, who also lived in the house, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, the Coroner's Office said. Paul Marshall, 48, who owned the house, was found in the same room dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was ruled a suicide. Neighbors told 6ABC that Marshall and Viglione were engaged.
November 27, 2015
GROWING UP in a world where irony and humor are banned by governmental fiat is a dangerous thing. It turns healthy human beings into all-purpose victims. I've written about this before when the kids at Yale and Mizzou got their pre-Paris attack 15 minutes of fame which, by the way, they were annoyed at losing when the grown-ups took control of the news cycle. But really, it's the gift that keeps on giving, and since this is the week when we talk about gratitude and happiness, who am I to reject another example of millennial idiocy?
November 26, 2015 |
Kenneth R. Rocks Sr., 65, an Army paratrooper and Philadelphia city patrolman who rose to become a vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, died Saturday, Nov. 21, of lung cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. A longtime Philadelphian, he had retired to Lewes, Del., in 2010. "The world lost a great man yesterday," a niece, Claire Rocks, wrote on Facebook. "Protect and serve: It was not just a job, it was a way of being. This wasn't just for his family but also for the rest of the country, as he served in the Vietnam War, and as a Philadelphia police officer and FOP leader.
November 15, 2015 |
Tamela Oglesby was gasping for air. "It felt like my last breath," the 35-year-old nursing assistant said, reaching for her throat as she recounted that night one year ago. "I thought I was going to die. My heart was just beating, really, really fast. " Figuring it would be the fastest way there, she took a bus to Pennsylvania Hospital's emergency room, a few blocks from her Northern Liberties apartment. A chest X-ray revealed the diagnosis that changed her life in ways Oglesby could not have expected.
November 6, 2015 |
U.S. SENATE candidate John Fetterman is a tattooed 6-8 behemoth from the Pittsburgh suburbs who looks like the bar bouncer in a drunken nightmare where you wake up in a cold sweat right before his bowling-ball-size fist collides with your face. But! We can confirm he ain't like that. He won't even punch you in the face if you puke on his shoes. Meet Jay Kyda , 36, a welder who makes furniture for a living and happened to vomit on Fetterman outside a rave about eight years ago. Kyda, who lives in Pittsburgh, reminded Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock, Pa., about the incident on the candidate's Facebook page a couple of weeks ago: "I was half expecting you to kick my ass after I looked up, but you couldn't have been nicer about it. Helped me clean myself up and got me to my friend's car where I slept it off. I didn't know who you were until some friends told me about it later.
October 30, 2015 |
SYRINGES remind Mike Armstrong of his dark, dope-sick days. The times he injected heroin into his veins and prayed for death. And the days he lost four close friends, one after another, when they overdosed. For parents like Valerie Fiore, syringes trigger the memory of finding her lifeless son in the basement of her Warrington, Bucks County, home May 31, 2014, after his last fix. Anthony was just 24. So Fiore and Armstrong are among scores of others who are incensed that Halloween Syringe Pens, which resemble hypodermic needles, are being sold and marketed to children ages 4 and older.
October 7, 2015 |
At 2 p.m. Monday, the hour when something was allegedly supposed to happen, church bells chimed across the University of Pennsylvania. Students clustered by College Green looked around: no disturbance. Fifteen minutes later, tourists posed one by one in front of the Ben Franklin statue at the center of campus. They smiled, smoothed their hair. The absence of news was the news. Across the region Monday, colleges and universities had stepped up security as students wrestled with whether to go to classes in the face of an unnerving anonymous threat.