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November 4, 2006 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER SENIOR WRITER
John Edwards was the first - addressing a noontime rally in Center City. He will be far from the last. The political superstars began to descend on the region yesterday, each bringing a distinct appeal in hopes of rallying their party's faithful in the final days before the election. "It's a great pleasure for me to be in a place that's going to be in the middle of the wave on Election Day," proclaimed Edwards, the Democrats' 2004 vice presidential nominee. For the Republicans, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared in Wilkes-Barre last night alongside Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.)
NEWS
January 6, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea and Larry King, Inquirer Staff Writers
As more becomes publicly known of the final days and hours of John P. Wheeler 3d, an image is emerging of a man coming unglued. Less than 48 hours before the respected former Pentagon aide turned up dead last week in a Delaware landfill, Wheeler limped into a Wilmington parking garage. Coatless and confused, one of his shoes in hand, he bizarrely inquired about the location of his car, then declined offers of help, witnesses said. A day later, police said Wednesday, surveillance video captured Wheeler in downtown Wilmington again - this time looking "confused" inside the Nemours Building at 10th and Orange Streets about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30. That was less than 14 hours before Wheeler's body tumbled into a Wilmington landfill from a garbage truck.
NEWS
October 30, 2012
HARRISBURG - The approach of Hurricane Sandy prompted Vice President Biden to cancel a campaign visit that he had scheduled for Scranton, where he grew up. Biden's visit had been scheduled for Thursday, but the campaign said Monday that it was canceled to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can focus on public safety during the storm. Biden has made the city a regular stop in campaign seasons and visited there in the final days of the 2008 campaign.
NEWS
July 9, 2009
RE Christine Flowers' op-ed "Touched by an Angel" on the death of Farrah Fawcett: I couldn't agree more. The final days of June brought much tragedy. I feel not only a loss but a subtle betrayal that the death of Michael Jackson overshadowed everything else, especially Farrah's passing. I don't dismiss Jackson's musical ingenuity or his iconic stature, but I agree with Christine that Farrah "had a humanity that, for all his genius and epochal accomplishment, he didn't. " Despite that fact that, at 31, I was just a child at the height of Farrah's stardom, she had a quality that seemed to cross over generations in a much different way than Jackson did. As a young girl in the '70s, I remember my mother (like most women back then)
NEWS
February 10, 2012 | By Phil Anastasi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Spotlight on: Clearview senior George Skibinski George Skibinski has moved into new territory. So has his team. Skibinski, a senior 152-pounder for Clearview, was one of South Jersey's few remaining undefeated wrestlers, at 23-0, through Thursday. That was something new for a wrestler who was 22-10 as a junior. Meanwhile, Clearview was in the South Jersey finals on Friday night for the first time in the history of the program. The Pioneers traveled to face state power Southern Regional, the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group 4. "We thought we would have a good team, but to make the South Jersey finals, that's big," Skibinski said.
NEWS
July 14, 2005
Hospice worker's deeds offer hope for us all Thank you for your story about prison hospice worker Larry Christian ("At prison hospice, walls fall," July 7). It was very moving to read such an uplifting story in the same paper with stories about murders, rapes and shootings. Eighteen years ago, when I was a young mother, I had the honor of caring for my mother-in-law, Rhoda. This special woman was more my mother than my own mom ever was. Her loss was a devastation to me and to my children.
NEWS
November 4, 2014
IT HAS BEEN 20 years since Oregon adopted the nation's first Death with Dignity law, allowing physicians to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients. And it has been 17 years since the legal challenges were defeated and the law took effect. That's more than enough time to conclude that the law has not led to a rash of coerced suicides by family members tired of taking care of Granny. It did not lead to a rash of anything, in fact. Data from the Oregon Public Health Division show that between 1997 and 2013, 1,173 terminally ill patients received prescriptions for life-ending medication and only 752 of them decided to use the medication.
NEWS
September 27, 2001
When last seen in an NBA uniform, he was sinking a jump shot to win his team its fifth league championship. Then ESPN named him the greatest athlete of the 20th century. Suffice it to say that Michael Jordan has nothing left to prove, no need to burnish his image for posterity. So why is he dragging his 38-year-old frame out on the practice floor with a new team, the Washington Wizards? Why risk a comeback with a team that has been as much a byword for athletic incompetence as his Chicago Bulls were the emblem of excellence?
NEWS
November 11, 2002 | By Douglas J. Keating INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
The Baltimore Waltz is an AIDS play in which AIDS is never mentioned. Paula Vogel makes this possible in her 1992 work - which she wrote as a memorial to her brother Carl, who had died several years earlier - by setting her tragicomedy in the landscape of a dream. It is a place where the real and the surreal, the ridiculous and the serious, coexist in a context that is cracked yet weirdly logical. Anna, the sister in the play Vagabond Acting Troupe is presenting, is the one who is ill with a fatal disease.
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May 24, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MEMORIAL Day was founded to honor those who died while in service to the country. Marvin Hume, a wounded World War II vet, didn't die while serving on a battlefield or warship. He died after serving America in an extraordinary way over a span of four decades in lovely Cape May Point, N.J. Each morning, from Memorial Day to Sept. 30, Hume would raise the casket flag of a deceased military member. At sunset, in a simple and deeply moving public ceremony, he'd lower the flag, help the deceased soldier's family refold it into a perfect triangle and hand it back to them.
NEWS
February 18, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
AFTER CLOSING UP their carts for the night, 15 kiosk merchants met at the Gallery last night to talk strategies to avoid having to vacate the Market East mall by tomorrow's deadline. The group met alongside a pink-and-rose-colored wall advertising a new location for Tiffany's Bakery in March. "It is unfair," said Nasima Ullah, who with her husband has operated the Midnight Over Madina perfume kiosk for 18 years. "We are small businesses. We earn very little money. That's how we support our families and children.
SPORTS
December 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After learning of the crushing sanctions the NCAA levied against Penn State in July 2012, linebacker Mike Hull was as good as gone, "really close" to packing up, heading home to Western Pennsylvania and enrolling at Pittsburgh, he said. "I basically was about to tell Coach [Bill] O'Brien that I wasn't coming back, and then I figured I'd sleep on it," Hull recalled earlier this season. "My roommates kind of talked me into staying and so did [Michael] Mauti. So I came back and I was fully invested for that [preseason]
NEWS
November 4, 2014
IT HAS BEEN 20 years since Oregon adopted the nation's first Death with Dignity law, allowing physicians to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients. And it has been 17 years since the legal challenges were defeated and the law took effect. That's more than enough time to conclude that the law has not led to a rash of coerced suicides by family members tired of taking care of Granny. It did not lead to a rash of anything, in fact. Data from the Oregon Public Health Division show that between 1997 and 2013, 1,173 terminally ill patients received prescriptions for life-ending medication and only 752 of them decided to use the medication.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
IF YOU haven't gotten your tix yet for October's Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, too late. The world's largest beer-judging event is sold out. But here's an insider's tip that will give you a taste of some of the champions: The last week of August is when local breweries deliver their bottles to Colorado for the medal competition. That means that specialties brewed especially for the event - the very best of their portfolios - go on tap locally over Labor Day weekend. Which means that, come October, when you hear that a local brewpub like Stewart's, in Bear, Del., or Round Guys, in Lansdale, has won a gold medal, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out there and taste 'em this weekend.
SPORTS
June 2, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Stacy Lewis' busy schedule this past week, which included U.S. Women's Open practice rounds and taking part in an announcement about a revamped major championship, provided her with precious little time to prepare for the ShopRite LPGA Classic. It certainly didn't show on Saturday, however. Lewis fired an 8-under-par 63, tied the tournament's 36-hole scoring record, and took a 1-stroke lead over Christina Kim into the final 18 holes Sunday. Lewis, who can take over the world No. 1 ranking with a victory, also tied the mark of 12-under-par 130 in 2012 on her way to a 4-shot victory.
SPORTS
May 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles spent much of the NFL draft retooling their defense, spending all four of their draft picks Saturday on defensive players to bookend a three-day process that started with Thursday's selection of linebacker Marcus Smith in the first round. None of the picks was a head-scratcher, considering coach Chip Kelly's preference in players. The Eagles selected Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins to begin the fourth round, and Watkins brings the versatility that Kelly craves. The first of two fifth-round picks was Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart, who played for Kelly in college and has the long body that Kelly likes at the position.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
While most older people say they don't want aggressive care at the end of life, many get it anyway. Care in the last month of life for Medicare patients with advanced cancer typically is even more aggressive in the Philadelphia area than in the nation as a whole, concludes a report from the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which studies regional differences in care. It released a report last week that showed the percentage of cancer patients who died in hospitals in 2010, or were hospitalized or in an intensive care unit in their last month.
NEWS
July 1, 2013
By Cristina García Scribner. 235 pp. $25 Reviewed by Luis A. Gómez The tyrant is now in the sunset of his life, riddled by infirmities and bitter about a revolution disintegrating in front of his eyes. The many attempts against his life and the crumbling of the facade he struggled to maintain for more than 50 years have resulted in paranoia ("in any given twenty-four hours, somebody, somewhere, was plotting to kill him"). He was always an impulsive man, but now he lashes out at everything and everyone around him, including his brother Fernando, a perpetual lackey of the tyrant whom, in his paranoia, he has occasionally suspected of potential "counterrevolutionary thinking.
SPORTS
April 26, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Garcia follows his father up the narrow, wooden staircase at Harrowgate Boxing Club in Juniata Park. Angel Garcia has led his son into the rugged gym on East Venango Street since 1998, when Angel Garcia saw boxing as a way to be a better father after his release from prison. This is the only gym the father and son, the unified light-welterweight world champion, have ever called home. But after Saturday night they will bid Harrowgate farewell. Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KOs)
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