February 9, 2013 |
For Claudia Dowling Burzichelli's father, who had Parkinson's disease, death came quickly. "A day after being released from the hospital, he blew his brains out," she told a New Jersey Assembly committee Thursday. "Actually, he didn't. He used a special bullet so that everything wouldn't splatter all over the house. " Burzichelli, 54, a Bridgewater resident who herself is in the late stages of lung cancer, wants the option to end her own life less violently. By adopting a bill sponsored by her brother-in-law Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester)
February 6, 2013 |
After the Pennsylvania State University board of trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno in a phone call, his wife of 50 years, Sue, impulsively rang back to let her feelings be known. "After 61 years, he deserved better," she was quoted as telling John Surma, the board vice president. That was in November 2011, not quite 15 months ago. Since then, Sue Paterno has been largely silent about the way her husband's legacy and his final weeks of life were engulfed by the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal.
January 17, 2013 |
Question: I can't stand my best friend's boyfriend. He's passive-aggressive and is always making snarky, spiteful comments. It's common for him to join activities in which he has no interest, and then disparage anyone or anything involved. And rather than express his feelings honestly, he keeps them bottled up until he explodes in a fit of snarkiness. I love my friend but I'm running out of excuses for not hanging out with him. What should I do? Tell him I can't stand his boyfriend and risk losing a friend I value, or accept that the price of admission is putting up with his soul-sucking boyfriend?
January 14, 2013
Sol Yurick, 87, whose street-gang novel The Warriors was adapted into a film of the same title that became a cult favorite, has died. His daughter, Susanna Yurick, said the author died of complications from lung cancer Jan. 5 at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. A native and longtime resident of New York City, he drew upon his years working in the Welfare Department for The Warriors , his first book, which came out in 1965. The movie, released in 1979, was directed by Walter Hill and substantially changed from Mr. Yurick's book.
January 8, 2013 |
Richard Ben Cramer, 62, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for The Inquirer who became a best-selling author, died Monday, Jan. 7, of lung cancer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Mr. Cramer, of Chestertown, Md., wrote What It Takes: The Way to the White House about the 1988 presidential campaign. It has been hailed as one of the greatest books about electoral politics in America. He also wrote the widely acclaimed Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life, published in 2000.
January 8, 2013 |
RICHARD BEN CRAMER, an iconic journalist and author who won a Pulitzer Prize at the Inquirer for his vivid overseas reporting, died Monday evening in Baltimore after a battle with lung cancer. He was 62. Cramer, who'd been living on Maryland's Eastern Shore and had been working on a book about New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez in recent years, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, according to his close friend James McBride. Cramer's death was confirmed by family members to other news organizations late Monday.
November 21, 2012 |
Ralph Viguers Sr., 86, of Paoli, who spent 34 years raising public awareness about the ill effects of smoking and air pollution on health, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday, Nov. 15, at his home. Mr. Viguers was born in Narberth and graduated in 1944 from Lower Merion High School, where he was a member of the school's Pennsylvania state championship basketball teams in 1942 and 1943. He joined the Army in 1945 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. He was discharged with the rank of corporal.
November 6, 2012 |
Lung cancer takes more lives than any other cancer. This year it will kill an estimated 160,340 Americans, more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Yet while lung cancer remains largely a death sentence - just 15.9 percent of those diagnosed are alive five years later - the federal government funds far less research on the disease than on other common cancers. The discrepancy is starkest when death rates are taken into account. In 2011, the two federal agencies providing most of the research money funded breast cancer research at a rate of $21,641 per death while spending $1,489 per lung cancer death.