January 15, 2016
The year is 2016. The scene: a street in West Philadelphia. A local physician is in his car, stopped at a traffic light, when a man with a gun rushes out and begins firing at the car. Miraculously, the doctor is not killed, but he does suffer serious bullet wounds to his left arm and leg. The assailant runs down the street, then tackled by an alert town watch member, who manages to subdue him and call the police. Later, at a news conference, police officials identify the physician at a staff member at a local nonprofit clinic that performs abortions.
November 5, 2013 |
ONE MAN became a weapon of Mass disruption at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Drexel Hill two weeks ago, when he punched a man in a dispute over a crying baby during a Sunday afternoon service, according to police. After a nearly two-week investigation into the Oct. 20 incident, Upper Darby police charged Matthew von Siegel, 36, of Clifton Heights, with simple assault and harassment on Friday. According to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, von Siegel was attending the church's 4 p.m. Mass when he turned to say something to a woman about her crying baby.
June 10, 2013 |
On Monday, in a Florida courtroom, George Zimmerman goes on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. In the immediate aftermath of Martin's death in February 2012, the mainstream media portrayed Zimmerman as a gun-crazy vigilante who stalked and murdered a harmless black youth. Since then, Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's tenacious lawyer, has extracted bits and pieces of evidence from an ethically challenged prosecution that prove Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. So, at long last, the media's false narrative is about to collide with the hard facts in a court of law. Let's start with the tape of Zimmerman's 911 call to police.
February 24, 2013
Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives: the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying "Wolf!" about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying "Hamster!" As in: Batten down the hatches - the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year's $3.6 trillion budget! Or: Head for the storm cellar - spending will be cut 2.3 percent! Or: Washington chainsaw massacre - we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending!
February 10, 2013
Philadelphia was the home of Silas Weir Mitchell, a 19th-century physician and author who specialized in nervous disorders and hysteria. Mitchell, the son of noted physician John Kearsley Mitchell, was born Feb. 15, 1829, and he attended the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College. His career took off after the Civil War, as he delved further into the field of neurology. He was the first to describe erythromelalgia, which was then called "Mitchell's Disease," a disorder that attacks a patient's extremities (hands, arms, and feet)
December 16, 2012
STEPHEN DELGIADICE said his 8-year-old daughter was in Sandy Hook Elementary when she heard two big bangs. Teachers told her to get in a corner, he said. "It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said. His daughter was fine. Robert Licata said his 6-year-old son was in a classroom when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. "That's when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door," he said.
June 4, 2012 |
Prudery and pleasure, repression and release… Hysteria, the Victorian-era romantic comedy, is awash in such conflict. Set in 1880s London, it's the tale — inspired by historical, if not hysterical, fact — of the invention of the vibrator. And Hugh Dancy, who stars as a young doctor who joins a practice specializing in curing women of their anxieties and afflictions by tending to their "gentle areas," wasn't exactly sure what he was getting into. "It is true that there were moments when we would stop and look at each other and silently telegraph the thought What the hell are we doing?
June 1, 2012
"Hysteria" is an English romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator. So who better to view an advance screening than our own romance columnists, Steve & Mia? The movie, based on an idea from Daily News Tattle columnist Howard Gensler, opens Friday. Here's what Steve & Mia had to say: Steve: When I was single and dating, I often wondered about the myth of the female orgasm. Mia: For the women you dated, it was a myth. Steve: I'm serious. You heard what Dr. Robert Dalrymple (played by Jonathan Pryce)
June 1, 2012 |
I STARTED writing screenplays when I was 10 years old. The first one was for a James Bond movie, and the producer sent it back unopened, for legal reasons. In high school, I wrote a sitcom pilot that got me a meeting with the William Morris Agency. When they saw I was 17 and heading off to college, it was a short meeting. In the late 1990s, I co-wrote the pilot "44 Wall," with my Wharton friend Milton Lewin, about a boutique Wall Street investment bank. When our pilot script received interest from Dustin Hoffman's Punch Productions, and they told us we were brilliant and it was the best pilot they ever read, I thought I was in the door.
March 25, 2012 |
The NCAA tournament forces coaches, players, and fans to experience a wide range of emotions that leave them drained by the time March Madness comes to an end (in April). But for Rick Pitino, this range is truly off the charts - like going from Death Valley to the top of Mount Everest, especially if things proceed according to form Sunday in the NCAA South Regional final. On Saturday, Pitino went through the wringer trying to get Louisville to the Final Four against Florida coach Billy Donovan, who played and coached for him and is as close to Pitino as any of his mentor's five children.