November 19, 2015 |
It is said that no good deed goes unpunished. You'll probably get no argument from Charlie Sheen . Hours after Sheen confessed to Matt Lauer on "Today" that he was diagnosed as HIV-positive four years ago, and suggested that going forward he hopes to be an advocate for those similarly afflicted, a sixpack of former bedmates announced their intention to sue the actor/Olympic-grade party boy. TMZ reports that a "prominent Los Angeles lawyer"...
October 6, 2015 |
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' former first-round draft pick from Germantown Friends School, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Sunday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia. The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Biddle recently went for a second opinion, which confirmed Ciccotti's diagnosis. The 23-year-old lefthander finished his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
August 31, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - The 19 red seams inked on the inside of Alec Asher's right elbow take the shape of a baseball each time he flexes the arm. Asher had the tattoo done when he was 16. It is the lasting reminder of a promising career that almost ended before it really began. Asher, who will take the mound for the Phillies in his major-league debut on Sunday, had Tommy John surgery when he was 14. The baseball seams cover a surgeon's scar that was once an ugly shade of purple. Asher's elbow burned out at a young age from overuse.
August 8, 2015 |
Phoenix, a moody post-Holocaust noir, stars the formidable German actress Nina Hoss. It's cowritten and directed by Christian Petzold, who shepherded Hoss through 2012's taut East-West thriller Barbara . Like the latter film, Phoenix finds its protagonist moving anxiously along the borders of postwar Germany, telling lies as if she believed them. Unlike Barbara , though, which took place in 1980 with the Stasi's informants everywhere, Phoenix is set in Berlin immediately after the Allied Forces' liberation of the camps.
July 20, 2015 |
MOST PEOPLE recognize pet overpopulation, cruelty and animal fighting as animal-welfare issues, but there's one that many don't think about or may even consider cute. We're talking about extreme physical traits, such as the excessively flat faces seen in many Persian cats, bulldogs, Pekingese, pugs, Boston terriers and other brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds. Snorting and snoring, or the undershot jaw of the bulldog or boxer, are often thought to be endearing characteristics. But when those traits cause animals to gasp for air after minimal exertion, develop heatstroke or even die from exposure to heat and humidity, it's no life for a dog - or cat. It's not great for their humans, either, who pay high veterinary bills to treat their animals or lose them to an early death.
June 24, 2015 |
It takes a special kind of narcissist to make herself the victim in a story about her own mother's suffering. Chaucer might have called it "The Caregiver's Tale," while Dante no doubt would have reserved a special place in hell alongside the similarly self-obsessed. My place was seat D110 during People's Light and Theatre Company's production of Jonatha Brooke's one-woman show My Mother Has 4 Noses . Brooke's mother, Darren Stone Nelson, led a fascinating life in a religious subculture.
April 13, 2015 |
DOUGLAS FERRIN, the Germantown artist who blew off three of his fingers while holding a homemade bomb last May, yesterday told the court that he lived with the shame and embarrassment of his actions. "I see the fire that took my fingers and I feel sick," he said during his sentencing hearing. "I hate myself for having lit that fuse. " Ferrin, 55, yesterday was sentenced to 1 1/2 to three years in prison for his conviction in February on charges of possessing weapons of mass destruction.
November 28, 2014 |
Peter Randall, 91, of Chestnut Hill, an innovator in the field of cleft palate surgery who brought his skills to patients in Philadelphia and abroad, died Sunday, Nov. 16, of a stroke at Foulkeways at Gwynedd, where he had lived for 15 years. Dr. Randall was chairman of the department of plastic surgery at both the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. According to a history of Penn's plastic surgery program, the field developed because of the need to treat soldiers suffering from battlefield wounds and burns in the wake of the two world wars.
July 20, 2014 |
A leader at a West Philadelphia mosque was arrested for allegedly trying to chop off the hand of a member accused of stealing money from prayer jars, police said Friday. Merv Mitchell, 37, was arrested Thursday night when police executed a search warrant at Masjid Ar-Razaqq Ul-Karim in the 1100 block of North 63d Street, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The attack happened after a prayer service Monday morning. Mitchell, also known as Mabul Shoatz, accused the 46-year-old mosque member of the theft.
January 26, 2014 |
Donato D. LaRossa, 72, of Radnor and later Malvern, a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, of cancer at his home. Dr. LaRossa specialized in surgery to repair cleft lip and palate defects, as well as reconstructive surgery and aesthetic improvements to the breast, face, and ear. He also operated on melanoma patients. He was a professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1991 until 2009, when he was named professor emeritus.