March 24, 2014 |
Hannah Thomas, 17, can't pinpoint the day she realized that she would never play soccer again, or when the teenage highs of proms and college acceptances became weighed down by meds, therapy, and running battles with depression, memory loss, and headaches. "I didn't think it was going to be this long, and I sure didn't think it would be this serious," said Thomas, tall and athletic, who got hit in the head with a ball in middle school but finished the season - even though she had daily headaches and nausea.
November 24, 2013 |
She was supposed to be on her way to a neon-lit chapel where an Elvis impersonator waited to officiate at her wedding. Instead, the 27-year-old woman sat in a thin hospital gown on an examining table in a cold emergency room, anxiously waiting for news. A week before, she had gone to see her primary physician. She had been dealing with a series of strange symptoms over the summer. A curious, maddening itch. Achy joints from time to time. Vicious headaches that she supposed were like migraines, although she had never had them before.
October 25, 2013 |
LeSean McCoy said his play in Sunday's loss to Dallas was his worst since his rookie year, but his low point statistically came this season in Week 5 against the New York Giants. Even though the Eagles won, McCoy was limited to 46 yards on 20 carries. He did not gain a yard in the second half. Part of the reason was the absence of Michael Vick, which contributed to the ineffectiveness of the Eagles' zone-running plays. The Giants also used a big, aggressive defensive line on stunts to clog any holes for McCoy.
August 25, 2013 |
It was wintertime, and this new grandmother had packed up and left her home in western Pennsylvania coal country to be with her daughter in Philadelphia. Her daughter had recently had her first child and sorely needed an extra pair of hands. The Philadelphia apartment was a typical 19th-century, Center City townhouse in need of repair. It was also small, and the new grandmother found herself sleeping on an old mattress recently brought up from the the apartment's basement. After a couple of weeks in the city, Ms. S., who had always been in great health, started to feel lousy.
July 2, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My problem is my mother-in-law and her abundant use of perfume. The last time she visited, it was so bad we had to open our windows to air out the rooms. (This was in January in Minnesota.) My husband addressed the problem with her when I was pregnant, but now that the baby is here, she's back to her old habits. We are all sensitive to perfumes and get headaches when exposed to it. When she visits, we can't get away from the smell. What's the proper etiquette here? - The Nose Knows DEAR NOSE: I receive complaints about perfumes almost daily.
April 26, 2013 |
A month after it began, the second Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts ends Saturday with a festive street fair on South Broad Street replete with food, tunesmiths, and animatronic dinos. And, beginning Friday evening, street closures and traffic headaches. Broad Street will close at 7 p.m. Friday from Chestnut Street to South Street. Cross streets will remain open but vehicles will not be able to turn onto Broad Street. The cross streets that will close at 5 a.m. Saturday are Sansom, Moravian, Chancellor, Locust, Bach, and Spruce Streets from 13th to 15th Streets.
March 13, 2013 |
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger should have had a stirring retirement celebration before Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh, saluting a career that will undoubtedly put him into the Hall of Fame. Instead, the charade continued. Pronger attended the game at the Wells Fargo Center, sat in general manager Paul Holmgren's suite and, perhaps because he is in the process of making a comeback (wink, wink), wasn't even acknowledged on the scoreboard. Earlier Thursday, during a news conference at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, Pronger talked about trying to make a return from post-concussion syndrome.
March 8, 2013 |
IF BRAYDON Coburn had just a little more time to settle in when he was traded to the Flyers in February 2007, he might still be able to feel the area above his left eye and across the length of his skull to the back of his head. If Scott Hartnell had not spent 2 weeks in bed when he was 19 so his retina could cease bleeding and begin to repair, he might still be scrapping in front of opponents' nets without a visor covering his eyes. Both men play with visors these days, the result of eye injuries that threatened to end their respective careers before their 25th birthdays.
January 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a comprehensive review of the design, manufacture, and assembly of the Boeing 787, but government officials declared the plane safe despite recent incidents including a fire and fuel leak earlier this week. Michael Huerta, the FAA administrator, said at a news conference Friday that there was nothing in the data the agency had seen to suggest the plane wasn't safe, but that the agency wanted to figure out what was behind the safety-related incidents.
December 9, 2012
MAALIK WAYNS was back at his former basketball home on Villanova's campus on Wednesday, watching the team he still could be playing for losing to the Temple Owls. Wayns was sitting with his new 76ers teammate, Evan Turner, while teammate and former Owl Lavoy Allen took in the game from near the Temple bench. While he watched, you had to wonder if it crossed Wayns' mind whether he had made the right decision to forgo his senior season at 'Nova to try his luck in the NBA. When you're a rookie in the league, unless you are finding a tremendous amount of success from the get-go, questions are as plentiful as minutes riding the bench and observing.