July 20, 2009 |
Imagine running 100 miles - barefoot. Christopher McDougall believes that's what the human body is built to do. In his best-selling new book, Born to Run, McDougall argues that the humans evolved for persistence hunting - basically, chasing down game animals for hours until they keel over from overheating or exhaustion. "We didn't evolve as weight lifters, yoga gurus, or swimmers - we evolved as long-distance runners," he said after an early-morning barefoot jog along paved Kelly Drive.
April 24, 1995 |
Joseph Paul Jernigan wanted to live. Sentenced to die for the 1981 murder of a 75-year-old man during a robbery, the former mechanic spent his last years on Texas' death row fighting for his life. He waged his battle not only in the courts but also in the gym. He spent much of his time working out, turning his 5-foot-11, 210-pound body into a nearly perfect example of a healthy, well-formed human being. But courts denied his appeals and shortly after midnight on Aug. 5, 1993, Jernigan, 39, was executed by lethal injection.
May 4, 1990 |
The Franklin Institute will inaugurate its new, high technology Omniverse Theater with two short films, a montage of local scenes called "Philadelphia Anthem" and a science film about the human body, titled "To the Limit. " The main feature, "To the Limit," is a 40-minute movie that uses three athletes, a skier, a ballerina and a mountain climber, to show how the human body responds to the demands of peak physical performance. In addition to shots of the athletes in action, specialized cameras go inside the human body to film the lungs, heart and arteries in action.
October 5, 1993 |
WILDWOOD, FLA. ELDERLY WOMAN KILLED BY GATORS A 70-year-old woman was killed when she was attacked by at least four alligators at the retirement community where she lived, authorities said yesterday. The dismembered body of Grace Eberhart was found in Lake Serenity early Sunday after neighbors reported "three alligators playing with what appeared to be a human body," said Chief Deputy Bill Farmer of the Sumpter County sheriff's office. The medical examiner's office said Eberhart died when a large alligator broke her neck while biting her. Teeth marks and reports from neighbors who found the body helped investigators determine that at least four alligators were involved in the attack.
June 19, 2012 |
Body found on Burlington County trail A decaying human body was discovered Sunday by passersby on a trail off Quail Run Road in a wooded area of Pemberton Township, according to authorities. The remains were in an "advanced state of decomposition" according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, which offered no information about the deceased's gender or likely age. Officials said an autopsy by the county medical examiner's office was to be conducted Monday. An investigation is underway by police and the prosecutor's office.
December 7, 1999 |
You've seen his face - not to mention his arms and legs - somewhere before. Every Friday and Saturday night, that's him, spread-eagled, in the opening credits of CBS's "Now and Again" and NBC's "The Pretender. " That's him, too, on the local news, dressing up the logo for the KYW (Channel 3) medical feature, "Eye on Health. " Before he was on KYW, he was the health-beat poster boy for WTXF (Channel 29). Trapped forever inside a circle and a square, he's all over the World Wide Web, helping to sell everything from athletic supporters to cell phones.
April 3, 2005 |
A human being and a human body are not the same. Still, Pope John Paul II, Gov. Jeb Bush and others often confuse them. By so doing, they trigger theological and ethical nightmares and practice a form of idolatry. The tragic Terri Schiavo situation clearly raises the issue in profoundly emotional ways. A human being has that extraordinary, intangible presence we call life. Like love and beauty, life defies precise definition. Some call it spirit. Others label it soul. Whatever we call it, we know it when we see it. The human body is a shell, a temple in the words of St. Paul, that houses the spirit, the soul, the human being.
September 22, 1987 |
The body of a teenage runaway was found yesterday in the trunk of a parked car in West Philadelphia, and investigators said the stabbing death was being investigated as a drug-related homicide. The victim was identified as Anjo Price, 17, who investigators said had been living in the 1100 block of Union Street in West Philadelphia. Price, who was born in Jamaica, ran away from his family in Miami two years ago, according to Detective Lt. James Henwood of the Homicide Unit. Police were summoned about 9:30 a.m. to the car, a two-tone 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier with temporary license tags, parked in the 800 block of South 53d Street.
August 15, 1986 |
The use of human body parts and cadavers is still essential to medical science in education, research and diagnosis of diseases, according to local and national experts in the field. And many medical schools are facing a shortage of cadavers and body parts. But the shipment of severed heads to such schools is, in the words of one pathologist, "bizarre. " Federal and local authorities are investigating the shipment of five human heads, allegedly by Philadelphia physician Martin Spector, to a medical school and research center in Colorado.
May 30, 2013
Austrian painter Otto Muehl, 87, whose radical notions of art were exceeded only by the excesses in his lifestyle, died Sunday in Portugal, according to Daniele Roussel, the head of his archived works, who did not provide the cause of death. Mr. Muehl was a cofounder of the Vienna Actionism, a controversial art movement in the 1960s, and his works shocked audiences with their use of blood, excrement, and the human body as materials. He was convicted in 1991 of crimes including illicit drug use and sex with minors while heading a commune.