February 19, 2015 |
THE HOUSE always wins, particularly when the house is the U.S. government. Renowned Montgomery County bookmaker Joseph "Joe Vito" Mastronardo Jr., 63, the "gentleman gambler," yesterday sought a sentence in U.S. District Court of home confinement for his role as the mastermind of an international, multimillion-dollar sports-betting ring. Mastronardo's attorney, John Morris, cited a laundry list of serious health issues - including throat cancer, a feeding tube, a stroke and an oxygen tank that follows him everywhere - as reasons his client's Huntingdon Valley mansion, not prison, was the best bet for him. Mastronardo lost, but the beat wasn't as bad as it could have been: Prosecutors sought a prison term of 37 to 45 months, but U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois gave him 20 months.
February 3, 2015 |
RICKIE DESCANO, 77, and her sister Rosina Squilla, 75, walked into John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School on Friday, expecting to take a nostalgic tour of a school from which they dropped out in the 1950s to help support their family when their father was dying of cancer. Instead, they were regaled with the graduation ceremony they never had. And they were shocked. "I'm still amazed how that all came about," Squilla said. "I never, never, never expected that in all my life.
December 17, 2014 |
WHEN FRANK SINATRA JR. made his introductory remarks at Friday night's Parx Casino bash honoring local radio titan Sid Mark 's 58th year spinning Ol' Blue Eyes' records, he obviously noted the day was an important one, as it would have been his father's 99th birthday. But Dec. 12 was doubly significant: He revealed that it had been two years to the day since he was diagnosed with Stage 4A throat cancer (the "A" meant it had metastasized). Sinatra, 71 next month, spent about a year undergoing grueling radiation and chemotherapy, and eating through a tube inserted in his stomach.
October 19, 2014 |
Maybe there was something on the ground when Mark "Pete" Peterson waded through rice paddies in Vietnam in his first year as a U.S. Marine. Or in the air, across Asia and South America, where he piloted helicopters for most of his 22 years of service. Or maybe there was nothing and he got sick for no apparent reason. It began as a sore throat, like the ones before a seasonal head cold. It was mid-August 2012. "After a week, the runny nose and mucus buildup never showed up," recalls the West Grove resident, who is 65. He went to see his family practitioner, who prescribed a 10-day course of antibiotics.
August 11, 2014 |
Sam Rennix could be forgiven for assuming that the worst was behind him after triple-bypass surgery in 2010. Then, last summer, his throat became sore, like something was stuck in it. Unlike many men, Rennix, who lives in Springfield, Delaware County, and is manager of Wolfe Pool Supply in Narberth, doesn't hesitate to see a doctor when something's amiss with his health. Perhaps it's because he's married to an intensive-care nurse and knows all too well that procrastinating can turn a curable problem into a death sentence.
May 13, 2014 |
For 86-year-old Flossy Marcus and her big extended family, Mother's Day and the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure mark both a yearly reunion and a celebration of the things they have in common: Their rich Jewish heritage, youthful features, and remarkably positive outlooks on life. "I've always had a good attitude . . .. I always say today is the first day of the rest of my life," said Marcus, who was at the annual breast cancer fund-raiser with her three daughters and stepdaughter.
August 8, 2013 |
Tootsie and Midnight Cowboy star Dustin Hoffman , 75, has successfully been treated for throat cancer, his rep Jodi Gottlieb tells People. "It was detected early, and he has been surgically cured," she says. "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health. " She refused to elaborate. Dustin's fellow thesp Michael Douglas waged a successful battle with throat cancer in 2010. Usher's son in hospital Usher 's son, Usher Raymond V , 5, was rushed to an Atlanta hospital Monday after nearly drowning in a pool when his arm got stuck in the drain, says TMZ. He'll be fine, docs say. SJP loves her man Anomalies make us nervous.
June 18, 2013 |
Two North Philadelphia men pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder and related charges in the 2011 slaying of an Egyptian immigrant during a botched robbery of his Northern Liberties convenience store. Quasheam Richburg, 22, and Marvell Hargrove, 19, pleaded guilty before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Carpenter on what was to have been the first day of their trial in the killing of Moustafa H. Shaker, 50. Richburg admitted shooting Shaker in the face with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun during Shaker's overnight shift at the Trax Food Store under the Market-Frankford Line Girard Avenue station.
June 10, 2013 |
It's not every day that a movie star says "cancer" and "cunnilingus" to a reporter, so Michael Douglas probably should have known his frankness would become fodder for bloggers, tweeters, and late-night comics. In any case, his revelation last week that his throat cancer was caused by a sexually transmitted virus can serve as a teachable moment - which is what he later said was his aim in the Guardian interview. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a family of more than 100 virus types that can live in the flat, thin cells on the surface of the skin, cervix, vagina, anus, vulva, penis, mouth, and throat.
June 5, 2013 |
Kate Winslet , 37, whose beauty was the cause of Leonardo DiCaprio 's horrific, painful, cold, wet, arctic death in Titanic , is expecting a baby! It'll be Kate's first bairn with third husband Ned Rocknroll , whom she wed in secret in December. Kate has a child with each of her two previous husbands, daughter Mia , 12, with film director Jim Threapleton and son Joe , 9, with that other film director dude, Sam Mendes . Love in the age of reality TV Not that we think he's anything remotely resembling the bee's knees, but we're nonetheless happy for Kris Humphries : His divorce from wife of 72 days, Kim Kardashian , has been finalized.