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February 29, 2012
HACKENSACK, N.J. - New Jersey fire officials said that an 82-year-old homeless man with emphysema accidentally caused a car explosion when his cigarette ignited gas from a leaking oxygen tank inside his vehicle. The Record reports that four people - the man, two police officers and Fire Department Lt. Stephen Lindner - were hurt in yesterday's explosion. Lindner was approaching the smoke-filled car with a hose when it exploded. An employee of a nearby store had pulled the man from the car. Fire Chief Matt Wagner said that the man, who wasn't identified, uses about a tank of oxygen a day and was storing them in his car. - Associated Press
LIVING
December 30, 1997 | By Thomas J. Brady, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This article contains information from the Associated Press, New York Post, New York Daily News and Washington Post
Kirstie Alley has one of the most peculiar beauty rituals around. She drags a tank of oxygen wherever she goes and sprays the stuff on her face. "The day after you do this you look so great," she tells US magazine. "The sprayer is full of all kinds of good things: enzymes and ions and jojoba. " It may have something to do with playing a fortysomething woman who runs a lingerie business on TV's Veronica's Closet. Impossibly taut, flawless, younger models are always lounging around the set. But Alley says she doesn't care that much about her looks.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
A post-doctoral researcher suffered minor injuries when an oxygen tank ruptured during an experiment Wednesday night at Rowan University in Glassboro. The victim, whose name and age were not released, was treated for facial cuts at the scene by medics and taken as a precaution to Kennedy Hospital in Washington Township, where she was examined and released, said Joe Cardona, the university spokesman. The tank ruptured around 8:30 in the Science Hall. Cardona said he did not know the nature of the experiment.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST OAK LANE Philadelphia police charged a West Oak Lane man with attempted murder Thursday, saying he starved and neglected his terminally ill mother - even going so far as cutting off the electricity that powered her oxygen tank, according to authorities. Lionel Bullock, 56, of the 7000 block of Woolston Avenue, was also charged with aggravated assault and neglect of care for a dependent person, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. Bullock is awaiting arraignment, she said, adding that prosecutors will request that he be held on $1 million bail.
NEWS
November 7, 2011
HOUSTON - A murder charge has been dismissed against an ailing 76-year-old woman who spent more than four decades on the run after being accused of killing her husband by dousing him with hot grease. Mary Ann Rivera, who needs an oxygen tank to breathe, was arrested Oct. 11 after a Texas investigator tracked her down in Lake Park, Ga. She was brought back to Houston to face the murder charge. She allegedly threw grease on her husband, Cruz, in October 1970 at their Houston home.
NEWS
May 2, 1991 | By Michele McCreary, Special to The Inquirer
You could see her breathe as Pauline M. Frick walked to her car. She pulled her coat tightly around her, revealing what seemed to be a round tummy. The bulge under the coat, however, was an oxygen tank. "This took a lot of getting used to," said Frick, who suffers from emphysema. "I was too embarrassed to even go to the grocery store at first. " Through the help of the Better Breathers support group at Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, Frick has learned that "life does go on. " For the last seven years, Frick has maneuvered around the house and outdoors with the aid of the oxygen tank and a plastic breathing tube dangling from her nostrils.
NEWS
June 8, 1996 | By Michael Matza, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It involved an upstart airline, errors that could have been avoided, and an oxygen tank that was supposed be empty. Ten months before the fatal crash of ValuJet Flight 592, the discount airline was cited by federal investigators for improperly accepting a pressurized oxygen tank as cargo aboard a passenger flight from Washington to Orlando. In the Feb. 15, 1995, incident at Dulles International Airport, a ValuJet ticket agent - new to her job and untrained in handling hazardous materials - checked through as baggage a partially full oxygen tank for a passenger in a wheelchair.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
  Sharr White's Annapurna (simultaneously running off-Broadway) is named for a mountain in the Himalayas. But this two-character play, in a fine production by Theatre Exile that opened Thursday, takes place high up in the Rockies, in Colorado - an odd place, given the altitude, for someone who needs an oxygen tank to breathe. That's where we find Ulysses (the extraordinary Pearce Bunting), a poet, clearly dying of emphysema and lung cancer. We meet him wearing nothing but a little greasy apron under his beer belly, a stained bandage across his chest, and the oxygen tank.
NEWS
March 7, 2008 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An elderly Gloucester County woman died Wednesday night in a three-alarm fire that authorities say may have been caused by her smoking in bed. The blaze, on Key West Drive in Monroe Township's Holiday City retirement community, broke out shortly before 10:30 p.m. Dead in the fire was Alfreda Scharble, 92, formerly of South Philadelphia. Her daughter, Patricia Palermo, described her as a heavy smoker known to smoke in bed, a spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said.
NEWS
March 9, 2011 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 89-year-old Haddonfield man died in a house fire on Tuesday after lighting a cigarette while hooked up to an oxygen tank, officials said. Frank Berry, who was wheelchair bound, was recovered from the back bedroom of his home on the 800 block of Edge Park Drive, Lt. Gary Pearce said. An adult daughter managed to escape the flames uninjured. The cause of the blaze, which broke out shortly before 3 p.m., was careless smoking, said Camden County Deputy Chief Fire Paul Sandrock.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
  Sharr White's Annapurna (simultaneously running off-Broadway) is named for a mountain in the Himalayas. But this two-character play, in a fine production by Theatre Exile that opened Thursday, takes place high up in the Rockies, in Colorado - an odd place, given the altitude, for someone who needs an oxygen tank to breathe. That's where we find Ulysses (the extraordinary Pearce Bunting), a poet, clearly dying of emphysema and lung cancer. We meet him wearing nothing but a little greasy apron under his beer belly, a stained bandage across his chest, and the oxygen tank.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Monnette Sudler's phone rang on Oct. 27, she recognized the number. It was Temple University Hospital. As she breathed oxygen from a tank, Sudler, 61, a Germantown jazz guitarist who has played with the greats, hardly dared to hope: Was this her chance for a new life? The caller asked how soon Sudler could get to the hospital. Lungs that were a likely match for her body were being flown in from out of state. She was there within two hours. As she was prepared for surgery, she thought nervously about what doctors had told her. One possible outcome: The transplant would succeed.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST OAK LANE Philadelphia police charged a West Oak Lane man with attempted murder Thursday, saying he starved and neglected his terminally ill mother - even going so far as cutting off the electricity that powered her oxygen tank, according to authorities. Lionel Bullock, 56, of the 7000 block of Woolston Avenue, was also charged with aggravated assault and neglect of care for a dependent person, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office. Bullock is awaiting arraignment, she said, adding that prosecutors will request that he be held on $1 million bail.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
A post-doctoral researcher suffered minor injuries when an oxygen tank ruptured during an experiment Wednesday night at Rowan University in Glassboro. The victim, whose name and age were not released, was treated for facial cuts at the scene by medics and taken as a precaution to Kennedy Hospital in Washington Township, where she was examined and released, said Joe Cardona, the university spokesman. The tank ruptured around 8:30 in the Science Hall. Cardona said he did not know the nature of the experiment.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Columnist
My morning run in Maine follows a three-mile loop. It begins with a climb through the woods, levels off, and ends with a gradual descent along the shore. Here, the trees part to reveal a sloping meadow that affords a sweeping view of Frenchman Bay and the majestic mountains of Mount Desert Island. The other day, at about that point, I was flying. Every cylinder was firing. My stride was long and strong. I felt as loose and light as the high school cross-country runner I once was. The ground kissed my feet, imparting energy.
NEWS
February 29, 2012
HACKENSACK, N.J. - New Jersey fire officials said that an 82-year-old homeless man with emphysema accidentally caused a car explosion when his cigarette ignited gas from a leaking oxygen tank inside his vehicle. The Record reports that four people - the man, two police officers and Fire Department Lt. Stephen Lindner - were hurt in yesterday's explosion. Lindner was approaching the smoke-filled car with a hose when it exploded. An employee of a nearby store had pulled the man from the car. Fire Chief Matt Wagner said that the man, who wasn't identified, uses about a tank of oxygen a day and was storing them in his car. - Associated Press
NEWS
November 7, 2011
HOUSTON - A murder charge has been dismissed against an ailing 76-year-old woman who spent more than four decades on the run after being accused of killing her husband by dousing him with hot grease. Mary Ann Rivera, who needs an oxygen tank to breathe, was arrested Oct. 11 after a Texas investigator tracked her down in Lake Park, Ga. She was brought back to Houston to face the murder charge. She allegedly threw grease on her husband, Cruz, in October 1970 at their Houston home.
NEWS
August 11, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alfred J. Navazio, 88, of Bustleton, a pioneer in the use of aircraft for oil exploration, died of complications of emphysema on Sunday, Aug. 7, at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. Soon after he was hired in 1949 as a photographer for Aero Service, an aerial surveying company, Mr. Navazio began collaborating with physicist Homer Jensen. The two developed equipment to search for oil and minerals from the air. Mr. Navazio's magnetic gradiometer measured changes in the Earth's magnetic fields to pinpoint the location of deposits.
NEWS
May 26, 2011 | By Joseph A. Gambardello and Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writers
A man who smoked despite relying on oxygen was killed and his wife was injured in a fire that ripped through a ground-floor garden apartment in Camden County late Tuesday, officials and neighbors said. The man, who was confined to his bed, was smoking when the fire started in a bedroom at the Bellmawr Manor complex on Kings Highway in Bellmawr, said the Camden County acting chief fire marshal, Paul Sandrock. He said careless smoking caused the blaze. A dog named Rocky was being called a hero by its owner because its incessant barking helped his wife and his two daughters escape their second-floor apartment.
NEWS
May 9, 2011 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
FRANNY PAUL was a patient at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, walking the hall to get a little exercise, pushing her IV pole ahead of her, when she saw behavior that she absolutely couldn't tolerate. There were doctors going into a patient's room and not wearing sterilized gowns. "You're putting your patient at risk," she snapped at them. "You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. " That was Franny. When it came to knowing what was right and what was wrong, she pulled no punches, not even when she herself was a cancer patient fighting for her life.
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