May 24, 2015 |
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.
February 18, 2015 |
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.
December 27, 2014 |
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]
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.
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.
June 2, 2014 |
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.
May 12, 2014 |
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.
September 19, 2013 |
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.
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.
April 26, 2013 |
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)