December 5, 2015 |
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is still deciding whether to press murder charges in last week's death of Robert Barnes, a homeless man severely beaten in Olney in April. Barnes was left in a vegetative state after a group of women and juveniles allegedly beat him with a rocking chair leg, a hammer, and their fists. He died Nov. 25 at a hospital in Abington. Prosecutors had said they would seek murder charges upon Barnes' death, but District Attorney's Office spokesman Cameron Kline said officials were still reviewing the case.
July 10, 2015 |
YOU MIGHT THINK journalistic integrity would be a simple concept - something covered almost immediately in Journalism 101 and then beaten into every reporter's head forever after. To be honest, on some level that is exactly what happens. The problem is that "journalistic integrity," just like regular integrity, sometimes falls into those hazy shades of gray that do not present a universal definition. In almost every case, journalistic integrity comes down to a few opinions decided by an individual reporter and the directors of the news entity that person works for. Something viewed as pushing the envelope by one news organization could be no big deal by another, or way out of bounds by a third.
May 10, 2015 |
For most of the last 91/2 years, Jose Alicea sat in prison awaiting trial while his lawyer pursued the theory that Alicea's intellectual and emotional problems made him prone to falsely confessing to a 2005 murder in an Olney restaurant. On Friday, a Philadelphia judge sentenced Alicea, who has professed a prison conversion to Christianity and in December pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the death of George Esroy Rowe, to 17 to 35 years in prison. Alicea, now 28, apologized for killing Rowe to the 21-year-old victim's family, to his own mother and family, and to his wife and a daughter who has grown up without him. "I'm deeply sorry for firing the gun that took George Rowe's life," Alicea said.
April 2, 2015 |
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is "not doing well," his family said Tuesday. Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the state Correctional Institution-Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville on Monday after passing out, his wife, Wadiya Jamal, said outside the hospital. His blood sugar level was very high, 779, when he arrived at the hospital and remains above 300, she said. Anything above 186 is considered dangerously high.
March 13, 2015 |
Paulsboro Mayor Jeffery Hamilton was on several medications for bronchitis and hypertension, and had had a beer and a shot on the night he was arrested in Woolwich Township for drunken driving, his attorney said Wednesday. Charles Block told a judge he wanted an expert to review Hamilton's medical records to determine whether the mix of alcohol and medications influenced Hamilton's actions and made him appear intoxicated. Municipal Court Judge Jason D. Witcher in Carneys Point, where the case was moved to avoid a potential conflict, granted the request.
February 18, 2015 |
The proposed deal between the NFL and its retired players addressing long-term effects of repeated concussions is inching closer to final approval, as lawyers amended their settlement proposal to include five changes requested by a federal judge. The revisions would require the league to remove a $75 million cap to pay for baseline neurological testing for all eligible retirees, extend the cutoff date for the families of deceased players to obtain diagnoses for certain conditions, and grant some credit to players who spent time in development leagues like NFL Europe.
February 4, 2015 |
Cerner Corp., of North Kansas City, Mo., said Monday that it completed its $1.3 billion purchase of Malvern's Siemens Health Services, joining two rivals in the rapidly changing field of health-information technology. Cerner offered jobs to all but a few of the roughly 2,800 Siemens employees in Malvern, with 95 percent to 97 percent of them accepting the offers, said Dick Flanigan, a senior vice president at Cerner. "We wanted to maintain and build upon much of the work that's been done by the Malvern team," Flanigan said, adding that the deal included Siemens' corporate campus.
June 14, 2014 |
The 76ers worked out Julius Randle, who could slide to them in the NBA draft, according to reports. The former Kentucky power forward reportedly had a private workout Wednesday morning at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The workout occurred before the Sixers put Michigan State's Gary Harris, North Carolina's P.J. Hairston, and other guard prospects through drills. Libertyballers.com first reported the news. Randle, who left Kentucky after his freshman season, is scheduled to work out for the Boston Celtics on Friday.
June 12, 2014 |
CITY COUNCILMAN Mark Squilla was met with zero opposition yesterday to a bill targeting so-called pill mills, medical practices in which doctors write prescriptions for highly addictive medications that are often resold on the street. The bill would impose penalties and stop-work orders on such "nuisance health establishments. " Council's Public Health and Human Services Committee passed it unanimously. "These pill mills - we had lines of people waiting outside," Squilla said.
February 23, 2014 |
The HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit formed to facilitate the electronic sharing of medical records among hospitals, doctors and insurers, has established its first link, between the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System. The development, announced last week by HealthShare officials, was a big step in the highly fragmented Philadelphia-area health-care market, because the exchange could eventually close expensive information gaps that lead to redundant testing and other waste.