October 10, 2012
NEW YORK - U.S. deaths surpassed 2.5 million for the first time last year, reflecting the nation's growing and aging population. The increase of about 45,000 more deaths than in 2010 was not surprising. The annual number of deaths has been generally rising for decades as the population has swelled. Before last year, the largest number of deaths was 2.47 million in 2008. The number of deaths can rise or fall from year to year, depending on whether there was a bad flu season or other factors.
September 2, 2004 |
Seven-time all-star Alonzo Mourning will attempt a comeback with the New Jersey Nets this season, less than a year after a kidney transplant. The 34-year-old Mourning signed with the Nets before last season but his comeback lasted only 12 games before he retired Nov. 24 because of complications from a kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. He was diagnosed before the 2000-01 season. Horse racing Six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon was reported among three jockeys and 13 others arrested in England on charges of fixing horse races, reported Britain's Press Association.
March 2, 2005 |
Alonzo Mourning once was larger than life, the Miami Heat's biggest star. Now, even he acknowledges those days are gone. Yet Mourning also steadfastly believes he can still play at a championship-caliber level. And now, at last, he's back with Miami and ready to resume his past quest - delivering the Heat's first NBA title. The seven-time All-Star center signed a contract yesterday to rejoin Miami, the team with whom he spent eight previous seasons - a stint twice interrupted by kidney disease.
November 26, 2003 |
Former Phoenix Suns coach Scott Skiles has had "some discussions" with Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson about the team's coaching vacancy, Skiles' agent, Keith Glass, said yesterday. "Certainly we're interested - Scott's interested. And I think they're interested," Glass said. Paxson wasn't available for comment yesterday, but Skiles is thought to be the front-runner to replace Bill Cartwright, who was fired Monday because of the team's 4-10 start. Paxson has said he would like to name a new coach within a week.
November 3, 2000 |
The new tattoo high on Matt Geiger's right arm, just below the shoulder, reads "The Time Is Now. " The 76ers' backup center, starting his second season in succession on the injured list after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, says "They're just words. " He declines to say whether they have a special meaning. The message, though, could be that Geiger is eager to start contributing the way he believes he can. He missed the first 17 games of last season, then never really found his niche, struggling with inconsistency and a lack of conditioning.
May 1, 2001 |
It's a somber rite of spring: Pat Riley meets one final time with his team and then with the media, trying to explain what went wrong for the Miami Heat. When Riley renewed the ritual yesterday, the lines in his face were deeper, the gray in his hair more pronounced and the self-assessment harsher than ever before. That comes from losing to a lower-seeded playoff team each of the past four years. "If I was my boss, I would probably fire me," Riley said. With a chuckle he added, "But I'm not going to fire myself.
October 8, 2009 |
Nakida Jones couldn't believe her eyes. At a corporate screening for high blood pressure at her nursing-home job, her reading on the monitor was 176/110. For too long, Jones, 35, mother of two daughters, had ignored the signs - a family history of hypertension and her own diagnosis two years ago - for the convenience of fried, take-out food, and the comfort of her couch after a long day. 176/110. A cold wake-up call. Jones' screening two weeks ago was part of the Heart Healthy Philadelphia campaign to spread awareness and change unhealthy, potentially deadly behaviors.
February 14, 1999 |
The young York woman was facing death from kidney failure when she met her British husband-to-be on the Internet 18 months ago. Her transplanted kidney - received 13 years earlier from an Iowa motorcycle-accident victim - had failed. Her life was a painful series of dialysis treatments and her chances of getting another kidney seemed slim. Then, somehow, Cupid, computers and medicine struck a behind-the-scenes deal. Teresa Fleming, 36, a photographer until she became too weak, would be saved by her cyberspace valentine, Ian, 29, from Manchester, England, who e-mailed her, met her, married her, and gave her his right kidney.
December 14, 2001 |
The Rev. James A. Sox, 53, who gave up a lucrative career as a corporate lawyer to become an Episcopal priest and served in a church in Kensington, died Tuesday of kidney failure at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Father Sox, a resident of New Hope, had developed complications after undergoing elective surgery to repair bone spurs in his neck. He had overcome several medical problems in the past, including kidney disease that 4 1/2 years ago required his receiving a transplant, said John LaSalle, Father Sox's kidney donor and his companion of 20 years.
May 25, 1986 |
Leona McCollough, aunt of one murdered youth and sister to another, was asking for an end to the violence. Her throat was sore, her little girl was crying "Mama" from the second pew, and there were few listeners in the little church in North Philadelphia. Two blocks away and three months ago, her nephew, Lorne Fitzgerald Green, 20, was stabbed to death by a 16-year-old during an argument. Ten years earlier, her brother, Lloyd, died a violent death in the same neighborhood. Yesterday, McCollough pleaded for help.