August 13, 2016
By Sally Friedman In the short space of a couple of weeks, I watched as a radiant young bride floated down the aisle to her groom - and as two women I admire said goodbye to their husbands in different ways. Life's contrasts, for sure. One wife lost her husband to illness after a long marriage. The other had the ultimate pain of placing her husband in a care facility because his Alzheimer's had become unmanageable at home. And then there was that wedding, drenched in the sweetness of young love.
July 28, 2016 |
Update: The Eagles released linebacker Travis Long Wednesday morning. From Tuesday: Travis Long fell to the ground on a football field Tuesday, and for once, this was a good thing. The Eagles were in the midst of seven-on-seven drills during their second day of training camp, and playing outside linebacker, Long dropped back to cover a receiver, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, running a seam route. Chase Daniel threw a perfect pass to Bethel-Thompson, but Long dived, sending his 6-foot-4, 255-pound body arrow-like into the air, to bat the ball down and break up a potential completion.
May 16, 2016 |
Three weeks after the crash of Amtrak Train 188, Aaron Levine, 80, woke up in Temple University Hospital's intensive care unit. He was on a ventilator. He had nine broken ribs, which had punctured his right lung, collapsing it. The area around his lung had filled with blood. He took so long to wake up, doctors had worried about brain injury. Unable to speak because of the breathing tube, he mouthed the words to family, nurses, doctors, everyone: "Let me die. " Levine, one of 238 passengers, was a personal-injury lawyer who lived in Washington.
March 15, 2016 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Once a surgeon repaired the torn extensor carpi ulnaris retinaculum in Mark Teixeira's right wrist, the Yankees first baseman was optimistic. Doctors told Teixeira he would rest for four or five months and be 100 percent healed at six months - the same timetable offered for Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr, who underwent the surgery last week. "Hah," Teixeira said Sunday morning from his locker at George M. Steinbrenner Field. "No chance. No chance. " The 35-year-old slugger recalled the times after his July 1, 2013, surgery as some of the worst, a warning of what possibly lies ahead for Altherr, a young player the Phillies planned to learn more about in 2016.
January 29, 2016 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - He was smiling. He was joking. On the ice, in the dressing room, with teammates, and, yes, even with media - even with me. Mike Richards is happy to be back in hockey, so happy that he could greet an old critic with a welcoming smile and a long conversation about the status of his game, even as he still faces an oh-so-uncertain path to his future. "My legs are good," he said after a brief pregame skate at the Washington Capitals' practice facility before Wednesday night's game against the Flyers.
October 23, 2015 |
ALL NICK SHARGA wanted to do was play Division I football. Then life's hard knocks got in the way. So he was forced to take a detour. And even he didn't know how it would play out. But for him, there really wasn't an option. Not if he wanted to follow his dream. "That was my goal, so I was determined," Sharga recalled. "But there was a point where everything kind of went downhill. And really, I had no idea what I was going to do. " The untimely event, as he refers to it, was tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in the first game of his senior season at Northampton High School near Allentown, where he was a linebacker and tight end. It was a non-contact injury, which only made it harder to digest.
October 9, 2015 |
The Flyers open their schedule Thursday night in Tampa and right up until the last moments of their preparations, absolutely no one connected to the organization uttered the "R" word concerning the regular season ahead. "My expectation is not only to make the playoffs, but to hopefully make a run. Otherwise, what do we play for?" forward Jakub Voracek said after practice on Wednesday, just before the team boarded the plane for Florida. "Obviously, we have some young guys coming up, but I don't think this team is rebuilding.
September 18, 2015 |
When the world is introduced to a talent as bold as Brittany Howard, things happen fast. That was the case when the Alabama Shakes first came to music fans' attention. The Athens, Ala., rock and soul band, fronted by the powerhouse vocalist, headline the Mann Center for the Performing Arts Thursday night behind its stellar new album, Sound & Color . After being spotted and talked up in 2011 by Patterson Hood of roots-rock band Drive-By Truckers - who are opening up for the Shakes at the Mann - the Shakes became an instant blog buzz act and the first band to be featured on Austin City Limits before their debut album, Boys & Girls , was even released.
July 7, 2015 |
It has been a long journey to the priesthood for the Rev. James J. Grogan. He comes from a family that has produced about 15 priests in Ireland and the United States over the last century. But becoming a priest seemed unlikely for Grogan until fate and a call from God changed his direction. He was married and has three adult sons. A permanent deacon for nine years, he was ordained last month as a priest along with four others by Trenton Diocese Bishop David M. O'Connell. Grogan, 58, officially assumed his duties on July 1 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Moorestown, the parish that has been his family's spiritual home for three decades and where his children attended parochial school.
February 27, 2015 |
AMHERST, Mass. - The last time Phil Martelli's Saint Joseph's Hawks won a road game, they hadn't even unwrapped their Christmas presents. Last night, DeAndre' Bembry gifted the Hawks a career-high scoring performance and a big Atlantic 10 Conference win over the University of Massachusetts. Bembry had a career-best 33 points to go with 14 rebounds and four assists as the Hawks ended a nine-game road losing streak, and a three-game overall skid, with an 82-71 win over UMass.