May 5, 2013 |
One in an occasional series on attempts to solve a medical mystery. 'I can't move my head" was the first thing our 2-year-old daughter, Sarah, said to me on a cold wintry morning several years ago, as she awakened from a deep sleep. Instinctively, I felt her forehead. Her skin was on fire. I was a second-year pediatric resident at the time. Our training prepared us to consider the worst first, and then to work backward to the probable. "Meningitis, encephalitis, septic shock!
May 2, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Workers around the world united in anger during May Day rallies Wednesday - from fury in Europe over years of austerity measures that have cut wages, reduced benefits and eliminated many jobs altogether, to rage in Asia over relentlessly low pay, the rising cost of living and hideous working conditions that have left hundreds dead in recent months alone. In protests, parades, strikes and other demonstrations held in cities across the planet, activists lashed out at political and business leaders they allege have ignored workers' voices or enriched themselves at the expense of laborers during what has been a difficult few years for the global economy.
April 28, 2013 |
ATTENTION, MOTORISTS: Be on the lookout for a hotheaded driver on Roosevelt Boulevard who'll knock your teeth out if you diss him. I share this warning because the guy is a menace, even if a certain cop in the 8th Police District doesn't think so. And I want to spread the word before someone gets beaten up, the way William Velasquez did. Last Saturday afternoon, Velasquez, 40, was cruising north on Roosevelt near Welsh Road, headed for Walmart....
April 19, 2013
THIS [the Boston Marathon bombing] makes me sick. Aren't we tired of these reprehensible people? Someone has hurt us again. Our country has been attacked again. Even if it proves to be a single person or a group of people attacking us in remembrance of other violent attacks, they must be dealt with and punished immediately. We are too politically correct in the way we handle these terrorists. I say they must be tortured to find out the truth of who they are, who they work for and what will come next.
April 16, 2013
A road-rage incident turned into a shootout Sunday afternoon in North Philadelphia when a private security guard and another man traded fire at 13th and Wallace Streets around 2:15 p.m., police said. It was not immediately clear who fired first, or how many shots were fired. The security guard pursued the man, who was in a car with several others, police said, to the 800 block of Reno Street. The man then jumped out of the car, the security guard reported, and barricaded himself in an apartment building.
March 29, 2013 |
GERARD SHAFFER JR., who once aspired to be a Philadelphia firefighter just like his dad, was sentenced to jail Wednesday for killing a man during a 2010 road-rage incident. Before being sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail, Shaffer, 24, cried and apologized to the victim's family. They responded by calling him a "crybaby" and an unrepentant "punk" who acted like a "badass" on his MySpace page even after the killing. Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., were in an SUV at the intersection of Knights and Fairdale roads in Northeast Philadelphia on April 8, 2010, when they thought the victim, Mark Wallace, was crossing too slowly in front of them.
March 28, 2013 |
Gerard Shaffer Jr. sobbed throughout his sentencing hearing this morning, just as he did through the trial in which he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 road-rage beating of a Northeast Philadelphia pedestrian. The emotional display of the 24-year-old Shaffer did not impress Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom, who sentenced him to 11-1/2 to 23 months in prison followed by two years probation. Nor did it impress the family of Shaffer's victim, Mark Wallace, 54, whom Shaffer and his father, Gerard Sr., beat to death when he walked too slowly in front of their SUV. "You blame your dad," said Wallace's sister, Nancy Kolenkiewicz, looking directly at Shaffer.
March 11, 2013
NO ONE'S immune to Yellow Rage's biting commentaries about race. The two performers in the Asian-American spoken-word duo - Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh - are aggressive. They're in your face. They're fearless. Squirm, and it will say more about you than it does about them. The core of Yellow Rage's message is that black, white, Hispanic and Asian people don't want to be put into racial boxes. I was blown away by their lyrics: Listen a------ Stop trying to guess what I am Stop trying to tell me what I'm not I was born in Seoul which makes me Korean these slightly slanted eyes ain't just for seein b----, I see right through you you expert on me with your fake Asian tattoo you expert on me with your taebo and kung fu So what you tried Dim Sum and den some on the menu So what you a fan of Lucy Liu So what you read "The Joy Luck Club" too that makes you an expert on how I should look?
March 7, 2013 |
The kindergarten war continues. After it halted a longtime first-come, first-served policy for kindergarten registration at one of the city's top public schools, the Philadelphia School District held a lottery late last month to select the 78 children lucky enough to win spots at Penn Alexander for the fall. That left 10 children denied admission to the K-8 school, which boasts a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania that provides an extra $1,300 per student and low class sizes.
February 22, 2013 |
THE CHANTS from families whose children attend Penn Alexander School were simple and blunt. "Ten more in! Ten more in!" the 60 adults and children yelled Wednesday outside a University Council meeting at the University of Pennsylvania. The group braved the chilly temperatures to demand that 10 students, wait-listed to attend the prestigious K-to-8 school under a new district-imposed lottery system, be allowed to enroll. "Broken Compact, Broken Families, Broken Community" read one sign.