February 13, 2004 |
Gil Ott, 53, who as an avant-garde poet sought surprises in language and as a community arts activist related better to homeless people than to academics, died Feb. 5 of complications of kidney disease at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ott lived in Mount Airy. He worked with other writers, artists, social workers and activists to create programs and publications that gave voice to the disabled. As the development director of the Painted Bride Arts Center, Mr. Ott obtained grants that helped give the center a second life and move from humble beginnings on South Street to its present home on Vine Street.
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.
October 5, 2003 |
Alonzo Mourning has a new four-year contract, even though it wasn't that long ago that the newest New Jersey Net didn't know whether he would have a four-year lease on life. The $22.7 million deal is guaranteed, but little else in Mourning's life is. Mourning says he feels great, is talking confidently, and by all accounts has been his usual warrior-like self while participating for the last month in informal workouts with his new team before training camp began on Friday. Nobody, including Mourning, is sure how he will hold up after missing last season with focal glomerulosclerosis, a disease that impairs the kidneys' ability to filter blood.
March 6, 2003 |
Be honest. Do you eat fewer than two meals a day? Are fruits, veggies and dairy foods rarely part of your meals? Has illness or discomfort changed the kind, or amount, of food you eat? Is it hard for you to shop, cook and/or feed yourself? Has a limited budget kept you from buying the food you need? Have you lost or gained 10 or more pounds - unintentionally - in the last six months? Do you take three or more different prescribed or over-the-counter drugs a day?
February 14, 2003 |
Juanita Jacobs, 66, whose devotion to her profoundly retarded daughter created a love story in its purest form, died Feb. 6 of kidney disease at Einstein Medical Center. A Florida native, Mrs. Jacobs grew up in the Tioga section of Philadelphia and was a resident of West Oak Lane. For 17 years, Mrs. Jacobs took care of her daughter, Scherri - remarkable in itself because Scherri Pearl Jacobs was not expected to live more than 24 hours, said Mrs. Jacobs' husband of 33 years, Edward, her only immediate survivor.
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.
October 27, 2001 |
The Miami Heat, looking to bolster its frontcourt depth, acquired Chris Gatling yesterday in a three-team deal involving Cleveland and Toronto. In the sign-and-trade deal, Cleveland got swingman Ricky Davis from Miami and forward Brian Skinner from Toronto. The Raptors received forward Don MacLean and cash from Miami. The Heat picked up Gatling for the third time in five years. He will provide depth behind center Alonzo Mourning - still not 100 percent after suffering from a kidney disease - and forward Brian Grant.
July 9, 2001 |
Question: Mr. Vice President, can you continue in your current job? Question: Have you talked at all with the President about the possibility of resignation and how that would be handled? - Reporters Cheney press conference, June 29 The silliness has gone on long enough. It is time for a little clarity about Vice President Cheney's health. It begins with the distinction between having an underlying disease and what we colloquially think of as being "sick. " For example, you can have progressive underlying kidney disease for years without even knowing it, let alone feeling it. You can have kidney disease that destroys 50 percent of normal function, and you will still feel perfectly normal.
May 26, 2001 |
The administration of former Mayor Edward G. Rendell approved $3.6 million in loans to help businessman Richard Rueda buy and renovate a trucking terminal even though the proposal did not meet the city's minimum collateral guidelines, records show. For that reason, the transaction was rejected by the loan committee of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., which was charged with putting together the deal for Rueda. Top city officials overrode that decision, however, and opted to waive their minimum requirements "based upon the significant economic development benefits expected from the project," according to PIDC records.
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.