November 18, 2015 |
THE HEARTBREAKING news on Friday night managed to be both shocking and numbingly familiar at the same time: a massive terrorist attack in the streets and against public venues in Paris, carried out by seven or eight vile thugs from the terrorist group ISIS, armed with automatic weapons and twisted ideas about God and humankind. Their tactics vary from New York to Madrid to London and elsewhere, and the casualty numbers rise or fall, but this Paris attack, with 129 dead and many more wounded, was especially barbaric.
October 28, 2015 |
At a Voorhees assisted-living facility where a man fatally shot his mother and then himself Sunday, employees wailed in horror, and the distraught nurse who witnessed the crime told a coworker, "I saw him shoot himself," according to a recording of the 911 call authorities provided Monday. "It's OK sweetheart, it's OK," an employee who called 911 told is heard telling the nurse as they wait for police. Warning: The following contains an intense, graphic 911 call The chaotic scene unfolded around 5:45 p.m. in a family room at the Genesis HealthCare Voorhees Center on East Evesham Road.
October 27, 2015 |
The two men were linked by their roles in a tragedy: the 2013 building collapse that buried a Salvation Army thrift store, killing six and injuring 13. At the defense table sat Griffin Campbell, 51, of Hunting Park, a high school graduate who worked as a carpenter and concrete paver and ran a lunch truck before settling on buying and fixing up abandoned houses in North Philadelphia. Campbell had been offered an end to his money woes - a major Center City demolition project - by the man seated about 30 feet away in the witness box, architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. The contrast could not have been more stark: Marinakos, 49, of Center City, is the son of a retired hospital CEO, has a bachelor's degree in art history from Vassar College and a master's in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and has been an architect for more than 20 years with his own firm, Plato-Studio.
October 1, 2015 |
* CODE BLACK. 10 tonight, CBS3. I'VE ALWAYS had a weakness for TV doctors who do their jobs even when they're bummed. Because TV doctors tend to be bummed a lot, and sick people shouldn't have to pay the price. In CBS' "Code Black," Marcia Gay Harden stars as Dr. Leanne Rorish, who runs the residency program in the emergency room of very busy (and fictional) Angels Memorial Hospital. She's a cowboy in the ER (her words) and we quickly learn, from an awkward bit of expository dialogue that takes place behind her back, that a "deeply tragic" accident three years ago helped make her that way. To be honest, I don't really care.
September 14, 2015 |
Nothing good comes in the aftermath of the death of a teenage soccer player. Except for the emails. And the texts. And the donations. And the hugs and handshakes and heartfelt condolences. And the sympathetic shout-outs on Twitter. And all those poignant photographs on Instagram and Facebook of other girls' teams from around the state wearing purple ribbons in their hair. "It's actually been incredible," Eastern senior captain Katie Beluch said of the outpouring of support for the Vikings since the death of one of their own on Sept.
July 26, 2015 |
SIEM REAP, Cambodia - I saw Angkor Wat at dusk and burst into tears. I just wasn't ready. Riding a tuk-tuk , a conveyance bolted to a motorbike, we came out of a forest, and there it was. Across an encircling moat two football fields wide, the storied "pink light" fell on the 900-year-old walls and towers of the west entrance. Spectacular, ineffable, it beggared its advance notice. It took 500,000 workers and three million tons of sandstone to build Angkor Wat, "Temple City," a religious monument and administrative center of about 155 square miles that once was the heart of the Khmer Empire, and an urban complex of a million people.
June 25, 2015
ISSUE | KATHLEEN KANE Water cooler stuff The Inquirer hit a low note when what started as valuable investigative reporting into the actions of state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane descended into an office gossip fest ("Suspicion and fear rule the A.G.'s Office," June 21). Backbiting and insecurity are hardly unusual in work environments across the country, and not just where the boss is under threat of criminal indictment. In this case, it was like dancing on Kane's grave.
June 4, 2015 |
PASTOR JOEY FURJANIC didn't have time to shower the morning we met. He'd only slept a few hours, and even if his phone wasn't constantly buzzing with calls and texts from parishioners and reporters, he still wouldn't have gotten much rest. His mind was racing from the night before. He and his wife Lauren were relaxing in their Port Richmond home on May 12 with a few friends when sometime around 10 p.m. his phone started going off with texts from family and friends asking him about a train crash.
May 19, 2015 |
Laura Finamore, Jim Gaines, Abid Gilani, Robert Gildersleeve, Derrick E. Griffith, Rachel Jacobs, Giuseppe Piras, Justin Zemser. As each name was read, a bell rang out and white dove of peace was released into the afternoon sky. Dozens of first responders, volunteers, neighbors as well as city, state, and federal officials gathered Sunday near the site of Tuesday's Amtrak derailment for a service of remembrance and reflection for those who...
May 15, 2015
TUESDAY night I went through a crash course in what really matters, in humanity, in mortality. I was watching the news reports about the Amtrak derailment, and amid my secondhand anguish for injured strangers I thanked God - literally thanked him out loud - for the fact that my immigration hearing in Baltimore had been canceled. Had it not been, I might have been sitting in one of those mangled cars. But relief quickly and seamlessly turned into fear, as I realized that a person I hold deep and dearly in my heart travels regularly on that route, commuting between her homes in Philly and New York.