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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
December 2, 2015
A story Monday about Mayor Nutter's final days in office misquoted him. Nutter said he would remain mayor "until 9:59 a.m. on the first Monday in January. "
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
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 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
September 10, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
RALPH ROMANO had an impressive ability to mingle through the classes. He could sit with his fellow judges and hash out the complexities of a case in the afternoon. And at night, he could crack a beer with ordinary joes and discuss the frustrations of his golf game. "That [bleepin'] little white ball," he'd say. Even in his final days, he maintained the acerbic wit that served Romano so well in his days on the bench. He jokingly blamed a frequent adversary for the cancer that eventually took his life on Sunday.
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.
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NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
Days before they died, John and Joyce Sheridan were going about their normal routines. They took a weekend trip to check on their vacation home in Upstate New York. He prepared for a work meeting. She made plans to cook soup with a girlfriend. So why would 72-year-old John Sheridan, Cooper Health System's CEO, suddenly fill with "rage and passion," stab his wife, set their Montgomery Township home on fire, and then take his own life? It was a question posed to one of the Sheridans' sons by a Somerset County investigator seeking explanations for the gruesome and puzzling Sept.
NEWS
December 2, 2015
A story Monday about Mayor Nutter's final days in office misquoted him. Nutter said he would remain mayor "until 9:59 a.m. on the first Monday in January. "
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
RALPH ROMANO had an impressive ability to mingle through the classes. He could sit with his fellow judges and hash out the complexities of a case in the afternoon. And at night, he could crack a beer with ordinary joes and discuss the frustrations of his golf game. "That [bleepin'] little white ball," he'd say. Even in his final days, he maintained the acerbic wit that served Romano so well in his days on the bench. He jokingly blamed a frequent adversary for the cancer that eventually took his life on Sunday.
NEWS
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.
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