April 26, 2012 |
The two men followed starkly different paths to the witness stand. The 49-year-old was raised in the outer suburbs, graduated from medical school, got married, and had five children. The 23-year-old from Northeast Philadelphia was kicked out of two high schools, attempted suicide, and spent much of the last decade hooked on heroin and prescription drugs. But in tense and emotional testimony to a Common Pleas Court jury Wednesday, both former altar boys described a bond: Each said he was sexually abused by his parish priest, Edward Avery.
April 25, 2012 |
The two men followed starkly different paths to the witness stand. The 49-year-old was raised in the outer suburbs, graduated from medical school, got married, and had five children. The 23-year-old from Northeast Philadelphia was kicked out of two high schools, attempted suicide, and spent much of the last decade hooked on heroin and prescription drugs. But in tense and emotional testimony to a Common Pleas Court jury on Wednesday, both described a bond: Each said he was sexually abused by his parish priest, Edward Avery.
March 15, 2012 |
SION, Switzerland - A tourist bus slammed head-on into a concrete wall in a Swiss Alps tunnel, killing 28 people, mostly children returning from a ski vacation. Swiss police said Wednesday the vehicle was not speeding and everyone was wearing seat belts. The bus was carrying students about age 12 from two Belgian schools when it crashed shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday night on a highway near the southern town of Sierre, Switzerland. The horrific accident in the short Tunnel de Geronde left the front of the bus mangled, trapping people inside.
February 27, 2010 |
As Thursday's snowstorm rolled across Northeast Pennsylvania, it began to wreak havoc on a ski trip for 57 students from Calvary Christian Academy in Philadelphia. At the Elk Mountain Ski Resort, north of Scranton, one boy broke a collarbone and two girls also hurt themselves. It was time to get off the mountain, the seven adult chaperones decided. But as they tried to drive back on hilly Route 374 to their lodge, one of their two buses skidded off the road and into a ditch.
January 27, 2008 |
Considering the pounding the dollar is taking throughout Europe, an all-inclusive trip to ski the French Alps in Chamonix for $1,680 is a real deal. You can get bargains like that by joining one of the more than 50 ski and snowboard clubs in the Delaware Valley. The King of Prussia Ski Club, for example, is sponsoring the Chamonix trip Feb. 15 to 23. It includes airfare, a welcome party, seven nights' room and board, and lift tickets at three of France's most prestigious ski resorts.
November 5, 2006 |
The dream of skiing St. Moritz, known for its palace hotels and haute couture shops catering to the world's wealthiest, always seemed impossibly expensive. That changed one summer, during a hiking and biking vacation, when my husband, Larry, and I pedaled through this tidy little village about a mile downhill from its glitzy neighbor. What would it be like, we wondered, to take a ski vacation based in this charming and unpretentious town sitting at the bottom of the famous bobsled run that starts in St. Moritz?
June 24, 2006 |
The Boy Scouts of America promise to "offer young people responsible fun and adventure. " So pitching tents and hiking along trails at local campgrounds is expected. But a 4,200-mile trip to Alaska? All 15 members of Boy Scout Troop 133 in the Overbrook section of the city - one of the oldest African American troops in the United States, according to local leaders - will leave today for Alaska. The scouts, ages 11 to 18, will spend seven days at Camp Lost Lake, which is operated by the Midnight Sun Council.
April 3, 2005 |
The winter blues are real. For each of my 25 years, I have lived with a cold winter - in my native New York, my college town of Boston, and now my home of Philadelphia - and I could do without it. Winter makes me sick. I get sick of being cold. Sick of catching colds. Sick of numb fingers and boots soaked by slush. Only a complex regimen of Carmex, Vaseline, and cocoa butter cream can keep my lips and skin in decent shape. In short, I long for warm weather and absolutely ache for sunshine.
July 18, 2004 |
When I was a kid, a family vacation meant a day trip to Atlantic City or maybe a few days in Ocean City, N.J. So how did we end up with our 5- and 8-year-old on Mexico's Riviera Maya, south of Cancun? Truth be told, we had been away for a ski trip without them in February and did not have the nerve or inclination to leave them again. Yet when we read the Sunday newspaper travel section and saw the great deals to be had, we couldn't resist. Children stay and eat free. Airline miles took care of airfare.
February 20, 2003 |
Patrick F. Monaghan, 16, of Medford, a sophomore at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, died Sunday at Albany Medical Center in New York after a skiing accident Saturday at Mount Snow, Vt. Mr. Monaghan was on a weekend ski trip with his parish youth group when he lost control on the slopes and struck a tree, said his father, Frank Monaghan. He was airlifted to Albany Medical Center. Long active in the St. Mary of the Lakes youth group, Mr. Monaghan graduated from the Medford parish's school in 2000, played on the church's basketball team, and traveled to West Virginia to build houses for Habitat for Humanity.