September 14, 2016 |
The candidate was a woman of a certain age in a hard-fought campaign, and when she fainted in public, the pundits - mostly men - were unrelenting. No, not Hillary Clinton. We're talking about Philadelphia's storied "one tough cookie" - Lynne M. Abraham, the former district attorney who fainted under the lights during the first televised mayoral debate in April 2015. "I was watching and saw it and said, 'Hey, the same thing happened to me!' " Abraham said Monday, referring to the TV coverage of Clinton, 68, appearing to collapse as she got into a car at the Sept.
July 27, 2016 |
IT SEEMS so long ago now, even Nolan Carroll can't remember all the details, but it was a running play, early in the second quarter of that disastrous Thanksgiving game at Detroit, disastrous for Carroll and for the Eagles. "It was a bunch of bodies just coming. I think somebody rolled on me; I pulled this (left) leg out in time, but then I felt this (right) leg, and I couldn't get it all the way out in time. I just felt it kind of crack," Carroll recalled Monday. As the defensive back rode a cart off the field during the Eagles' 45-14 loss, he carried with him the broken pieces of the strong case he'd made for a free-agent payday, in 27 Eagles games in two seasons.
July 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: On a recent trip out of state, my husband became ill. The hotel we stayed in referred us to a nearby urgent care walk-in clinic. The nurse took his blood pressure, which was very high. The "doctor" never took his temperature or mentioned the high blood pressure to us. He prescribed six drugs and we went on our way. My husband was happy; I was not. When we returned home, I looked up the doctor's name on the internet. Actually, he was a physician's assistant, not a medical doctor.
July 2, 2016 |
For businesses and health-care institutions, the threat of cyber fraud is on the rise, unleashing fierce competition among law firms and consultants seeking to advise them. Medical records are especially ripe targets because fraudsters can milk the full value of a health-insurance policy. But, for all the high-tech and legal firepower available, some experts say the best protection may be better training of employees. As the threat rises, so have the ranks of lawyers making it a specialty.
June 9, 2016 |
A Philadelphia jury awarded $1.3 million on Tuesday to the estate of a baby boy who died in 2011 after undergoing complex heart surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. By an 11-1 vote, the jury found that Adrian Wilson's death was caused by an excessive amount of calcium administered by anesthesiologist Veronica C. Swanson. Attorneys for the boy's estate had decided to drop the hospital as a defendant in the case, heard in Common Pleas Court, but the sides stipulated that the doctor was acting as the hospital's agent.
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.