January 16, 2015 |
TWO DECADES later, Andy Callaghan, a 25-year veteran police sergeant, still can't forget the sound of the bullet whizzing by his ear. It was winter 1995. As he had done dozens - maybe even hundreds - of times, he geared up to serve a warrant, this time in Southwest Philadelphia. He knew that facing gunfire and having to shoot back to stay alive was always a possibility. But he didn't anticipate it that night. "It was a Thursday. I was exhausted from court and work," Callaghan, 48, recalled recently in his office at the Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery campus in Bensalem, where he serves as director of the First Responders Addiction Treatment Program.
December 31, 2014 |
About a year ago, Philadelphia Police Chaplain Luis Centeno was approached by Stephen McWilliams, who teaches a social documentary film class at Villanova University. McWilliams was initially interested in profiling the chaplain, but as they talked, both began to see a more meaningful project - about a dark secret, one few law enforcement officers are willing to openly talk about. Suicide. The collaboration led to this to the release this fall of BLUE , a 40-minute documentary chronicling the occupational hazards of the job, and a related app to help officers identify and address the signs.
December 25, 2014 |
It was only 6 p.m., but the stingy winter sun was long gone when a dozen middle-aged men and women arrived at the Penn Medicine outpost in Radnor. They gathered in a wood-paneled conference room and settled into comfortable office chairs arranged in a circle. Ranging from their late 30s to early 60s, most were strangers and professionally had little in common. One was a fund-raiser for a private foundation, another a pharmacist who works with terminally ill children. There also were a couple of psychologists, a lawyer, a banking software consultant, and a few retirees.
December 22, 2014 |
What gets you in the mood? I'm not talking about that mood, I'm talking about a holiday mood. For the record, what gets me in that mood is Bradley Cooper, but I have a feeling I'm not getting him for Christmas. Ho-ho-horny. But to stay on point, the holidays are upon us, and we're all performing the 300 tasks required thereby, primarily shopping. So this year, to make my life easier, I had the great idea to do all my shopping online. But, like many of my allegedly great ideas, it had a downside.
November 29, 2014 |
Brett Brown hopes that history will be kind to the 76ers. On the surface, the Sixers have been linked to the franchise's dismal 1972-73 squad after a 99-91 loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the Sixers' 15th consecutive loss to open the season, tying the organization's all-time worst start set by the 1972-73 team. That team went 9-73 to set the NBA's futility mark. The current team, which is sacrificing wins for a top draft pick, might be hard-pressed to win seven games by season's end. This team is built to lose games.
November 4, 2014 |
They're called "innovative," "narcissistic," the ones who are going to change everything. At least that's the expectation of the 80 million people known as the millennial generation or Generation Y. No pressure, right? As the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit concluded Oct. 22 and some of the nation's youngest movers and shakers said their goodbyes to Philadelphia, it was the eve of Beverly Thomas' birthday, and she was miserable. Naturally, she took a selfie. She posted the picture to Instagram, captioned "Tomorrow is my birthday and I'll be 23. I'm starting to hate my birthday.
October 2, 2014 |
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - After more than two weeks on the run, police say, Eric Frein must be tired. He has hastily left behind two homemade bombs, ammunition, and other supplies as he scrambles to avoid capture, they said Tuesday. Both explosives were found since Monday. That, and a fresh sighting, convinced investigators that the accused gunman is "undoubtedly" still hiding in roughly five square miles of forest in Monroe and Pike Counties, State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said.
September 22, 2014 |
DeMeco Ryans was born and raised in Bessemer, Ala., a small industrial town in the center of the state. Its namesake invented a process to mass-produce steel, but it's perhaps best known now as the birthplace of Bo Jackson. When people talk about the child-abuse charges filed in Texas against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, about a culture that could empower a father to strike the inside of his 4-year-old son's legs with a tree branch until they bled, Bessemer is the kind of place they mean, where a boy's roughest justice could come at the hands of a parent.
September 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) defended his accomplishments in Congress Monday and said he had not done anything illegal, though he declined to address the actions attributed to him in a top political aide's guilty-plea deal over misusing federal funds. Instead, Fattah said he would focus on the positive work he was doing - including helping millions of students prepare for college and providing billions of dollars in foreclosure relief - and argued that news media should do more of the same.
August 27, 2014 |
BEING AN Ivy League pre-med student who spends hours each week undertaking neurological research is a demanding college lifestyle, rife with sleepless nights, crowded class schedules, and endless laboratory assignments. The same constraints apply to Division I football players during their tenure on campus. Trent Rivera has navigated these time-consuming situations during his first 3 years at Penn, as he now prepares to begin his senior year, his first as the squad's incumbent starting center.