February 1, 2013 |
JIM JEFFERIES likes Philadelphia: "I think the cheesesteak's an overrated food, but it's a cracking place. " The Australian comedian, whose new series, "Legit" (10:30 p.m. Thursdays, FX) launched Jan. 17, will play the Trocadero for the third time on Saturday. Speaking Tuesday from Los Angeles, where he's been fighting a bad cold - he insists he'll be better by the time he arrives for the sold-out show - he quickly backpedaled on the sandwich slur. His objection, he said, wasn't to the cheesesteak but to any town's taking "ownership of putting cheese and meat together.
August 1, 2012 |
The disabled man said he had never before seen the two people who showed up at his apartment door, but he let them in anyway. They proceeded to beat him, yank him out of his wheelchair, drag him "like a rag doll" from the kitchen to the living room, and make off with his 55-inch TV, X-Box 360, and painkillers, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. They then took the cellphone from the 37-year-old man, who has muscular dystrophy, and threw it behind a chair to keep him from calling for help.
September 28, 2011
Ernie Johnson is stepping aside as the lead play-by-play announcer for TBS' postseason baseball coverage to be with his son, Michael, 23, who has muscular dystrophy. "Michael has been in intensive care since about Sept. 11," Jeff Behnke, TBS executive producer, said yesterday. "Ernie is going to take the postseason time to be with Michael and his family. " Behnke said Brian Anderson, Ron Darling and John Smoltz will be TBS' lead announcing team. The network's postseason coverage begins Friday with the two AL division series.
July 24, 2011 |
A legal marijuana dispensary could open in South Jersey as soon as December if everything goes as planned for Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., one of the state's six licensed cannabis distributors. Planning for a growing operation and dispensary can resume now that Gov. Christie finally gave the go-ahead to the state's medical-marijuana program, said the group's chief executive officer, William Thomas. On Tuesday, Christie directed the state health department to move forward after he put the initiative on hold in April.
June 15, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Disabled activists, many in wheelchairs, were cited for camping outside the Capitol and threatened with arrest before cooler heads prevailed. The drama began around 9 p.m. Monday when Capitol Police ordered members of American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today to disperse from their perch near a fountain. They told police they planned a three-day vigil to protest proposed cuts in Gov. Corbett's budget for home-care services to the disabled - and that they weren't leaving.
June 11, 2011 |
When a murder is solved, you usually hear that everyone - the victim's family, the homicide detectives, the concerned neighbors - will finally be able to find closure, justice, peace of mind. Sometimes, though, the only thing those people will find are disturbing, horrifying answers to questions that will haunt them forever. Like in the case of Antonio Quinton Clarke, a 15-year-old Bartram High School sophomore whose body was found behind a Grays Ferry electronics store on Nov. 27, 2007.
November 27, 2010 |
Marie Clarke stood there in the morgue, stood there quiet and still and filled with emotions that can't be described with words. She looked down at a body, at a face she didn't know. It was her 15-year-old son, Antonio Quinton Clarke, who had been missing for two days. "He was so badly beaten, his face was unrecognizable," she said. "I told them, 'That doesn't look like my son.' But my daughter, she recognized him. I realized it was actually him. " That moment in the morgue, when Clarke's heart shattered into a million pieces, was three years ago today.
December 7, 2009 |
Last month, Josh Winheld made the final revisions to his master's thesis on handicapped accessibility, a subject he began researching at age 10, when Duchenne muscular dystrophy forced him into a wheelchair. "With a deadline looming and on the verge of exhaustion, nothing was going to stop me," he wrote on his blog. "If only for a moment, I was able to recapture some of my old magic, pushing myself every time I wanted to take a break. Just after midnight, I submitted my paper. " It was a final herculean achievement in a short life that, by all accounts, was defined by accomplishment, grit, and wit. Mr. Winheld, who was 31, died Saturday at Elkins Park Hospital from complications of muscular dystrophy.
December 18, 2008 |
To scientists, it was a mystery. Most of the genetic material we carry in our cells seemed to have no purpose. It seemed so useless, some called it "junk DNA. " Weirder still, geneticists noticed that some of the junk has a life of its own, copying itself, viruslike, and jumping around the DNA. This phenomenon had never been documented in humans until geneticist Haig Kazazian started studying boys with the blood-clotting disorder hemophilia....
April 18, 2007
Care for caregivers Re: "Pa. takes aim at a killer," April 10. I would like to applaud Gov. Rendell for bringing the issue of chronic illness to the forefront of the health-care debate. Most chronically ill Pennsylvanians live at home. Many receive care from family and friends. It is estimated that there were more than 1.2 million caregivers in Pennsylvania who provided $13.4 billion worth of free care in 2004. So I was disappointed that Rendell's plan does not address the health needs of caregivers.