August 16, 2005 |
Earthquake hits Japan; 80 people reported hurt A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck the northeast coast of Japan today, triggering a tsunami warning and shaking buildings nearly 200 miles away in Tokyo, the nation's Meteorological Agency said. Eighty people were injured when the roof of an indoor pool collapsed in the coastal city of Sendai, the national broadcaster NHK reported. None of the injuries was critical. A four-inch tsunami reached the Japanese shore about 15 minutes after the quake struck, NHK said, with no major damage immediately reported.
September 29, 2004 |
A man accused of faking his death to try to collect a $1 million life insurance policy tried to commit suicide on the eve of his trial, the hospital treating him told a federal court. Derek Nicholson, 31, took an overdose of Tylenol on Sunday evening, said Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J., in a medical report that was read aloud yesterday in federal court in Trenton. Nicholson's condition is critical but stable and his prognosis fair to good, according to the report.
October 29, 2002 |
A Pottstown-area woman apparently tried to kill herself on the same day she was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy on the youth lacrosse team she coached, prosecutors said yesterday. Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll said Elisa E. Neiffer Fritter, 38, of East Coventry Township, was charged on Saturday with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and related offenses. Also on Saturday, Carroll said police found Fritter, who is married and has a 13-year-old son, unresponsive in her car "on a rural road in West Vincent Township.
September 20, 2002 |
Consumers need to be warned that they could unwittingly take a fatal overdose of the over-the-counter drug acetaminophen, which is contained in painkillers such as Tylenol and in cold relievers, a government panel was told yesterday. A mother who said her son died from the drug told the panel, "Death is not an acceptable side effect. " Hours later, the panel voted 21-1 to recommend that a stronger warning - yet to be determined - be placed on the labels of more than 200 products that contain the drug.
October 11, 2000 |
It's not that they live in a cave or anything like that. It's just that they don't know any better. So they go through life slurping their soup, picking their teeth, and chewing with their mouths open. Sometimes these uninformed souls lose out on a job, maybe a promotion, because no one took the time when they were young'uns to teach them table manners. And with holiday entertaining and dinner parties just around the corner, a heap of folks are going to show their lack of "social grace" around the table.
December 23, 1999 |
The mother of an 8-year-old girl found dead in a bathtub in a North Wilmington apartment recounted what she'd done after discovering the body: She wrote farewell letters to her family, mailed a few bill payments - then attempted suicide by swallowing the contents of a bottle of Tylenol. Dawn Lee, 34, who remains under arrest in New York on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, insisted that Destiny Lee had drowned accidentally on Dec. 8. Delaware officials say an autopsy proved inconclusive, and they are awaiting the results of tests, including toxicology, to determine the cause of death.
June 29, 1998 |
When consumer research revealed just how often people would leave home forgetting to turn off the iron, Sunbeam Corp. responded by introducing an automatic shut-off iron. After seven people died from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules in 1982, Johnson & Johnson conducted exhaustive public opinion surveys to see if it could regain people's trust. The answer was yes, and the solution included having the company chairman speak publicly about the incident, and introducing tamper-proof containers.
January 14, 1997
AN ANNUAL TOURNEY AT THE PALESTRA WOULD BE A NET GAIN FOR ALL The athletic directors of the Big Five schools would do well to begin an annual tournament at the Palestra so some of the fervor can be put back into this tradition. It also could provide an economic boon to the city. As a Temple and La Salle graduate who recently moved out of Philadelphia, it would be exciting to visit the city for a basketball tournament. It could be a good way to start each college basketball season in Philadelphia.
January 8, 1997 |
Dr. John J. Spikes Sr., 67, of Doylestown Township, a recently retired forensic toxicologist who helped investigate several 1982 deaths from tainted medicine, died Saturday at Abington Memorial Hospital. From 1985 until last month, he worked for National Medical Services Inc. in Willow Grove as a forensic toxicologist and acted as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases. In 1982, Dr. Spikes was Illinois' chief toxicologist and a member of the 105-member task force that investigated the tainting of Tylenol tablets that led to several deaths in the Chicago area.
October 17, 1996 |
In the television ad, singer-actress Julie Andrews told of a "new" line of products to ease arthritis pain. But the attorneys general of Pennsylvania and 18 other states saw nothing new about them. The medicines, they said, were repackaged versions of well-known ingredients - aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen - labeled with the name of a prominent patient-advocacy group. Yesterday, the states announced a settlement of nearly $2 million in a deceptive-marketing case brought against McNeil Consumer Products Co., of Fort Washington, and the Arthritis Foundation, an Atlanta nonprofit organization, for marketing the painkillers.