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August 1, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Don Karpowich said he was determined to make lawmakers understand how deeply distressed many veterans are when he testified last month in favor of a New Jersey bill that would allow them to use medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder. Karpowich, a disabled veteran who has been diagnosed with PTSD, said that when he spoke to the members of the state Senate's health committee, he "looked into each one of their eyes" and explained how 22 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide.
NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
It isn't very often that a 33-year-old running back receives a contract extension, let alone one during the first week of training camp. But that's just what the Eagles did on Friday when they added another year onto the remaining year of Darren Sproles' deal. The Eagles have been generous to their elder players this offseason. They gave 31-year-old tight end Brent Celek a two-year extension in January, and they retained 34-year-old tackle Jason Peters even though his salary and last season's regression suggested they might do otherwise.
NEWS
July 30, 2016
ISSUE | VETERANS Don't forget them When our food cupboard in Broomall has extra donations, I deliver them to cupboards and homeless shelters in Philadelphia. While I was making a delivery last week, a man who helped me was wearing a Vietnam Veterans cap. I told him that as a young woman, I was a Red Cross volunteer at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, working with Marines and sailors who had served in Vietnam. It was an honor to do so. When I was leaving, I shook his hand and thanked him for his service.
SPORTS
July 24, 2016 | By Adam Hermanns, STAFF WRITER
A REFEREE'S whistle blew once, twice, then three times. Players jutting out their chests and grimacing were separated by teammates. Omar Strong, the short, spirited guard for City of Gods, looked over at his team's bench as he decompressed. Phil Goss stood at the bench, staring toward Strong with a preternatural calm, his hands open and pushing towards the Gallagher Center hardwood. Calm down. City of Gods, Goss' team in The Basketball Tournament, had a 13-point lead over Team F.O.E.
SPORTS
July 18, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
When Brian Carroll began his Major League Soccer career in 2003, he didn't think about how long it would last. At the time, it was just a dream come true to play in the league. He was just trying to make it and enjoy what he was doing. Thirteen years later, Carroll is still enjoying it, and he has the fourth-most starts of any player in league history. As the MLS grew in stability, Carroll has continued to stabilize games from midfield. "To do it for as long as he has in his career is something special," Union coach Jim Curtin said.
SPORTS
July 18, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
The sharp crack of the bat silenced the stadium. With two outs, bases loaded, and the game tied in the seventh inning, the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera smacked a line drive. Leftfielder Cody Asche ran toward center, then slid. When he popped up, ball in his glove, fans erupted. Asche set an example as the Phillies beat the Mets, 4-2, Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Asche finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk and was aided by the aggressiveness of veterans Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia judge who presided over the landmark 2012 Catholic clergy sex-abuse trial has been assigned to handle what is expected to be the biggest civil trial in years - the Sept. 6 trial of lawsuits from the deadly 2013 Center City building collapse. Court records show Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina was assigned Thursday to preside over what is expected to be a four-week jury trial of suits against real estate speculator Richard Basciano, several of his companies, the Salvation Army, and others on behalf of six people killed and 13 injured June 5, 2013.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - A new audit has found problems with long waiting lists, sloppy admission practices, and grievance procedures at state-run veterans homes across Pennsylvania. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday that irregularities in the operation of the six homes by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has led to delayed care for veterans and their spouses 65 and older, many of them poor. The facilities, including in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, provide nursing care and lodging.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
An Army veteran and former Guantanamo Bay guard from Montgomery County has been named one of 25 finalists in a contest that celebrates "the woman behind the uniform. " Erica Walsh, who studies health and physical education at West Chester University and runs her own fitness business, was chosen from about 120 current or former servicewomen nationwide to advance in the Ms. Veteran America competition. Walsh, 29, found out in an email that she read in her car Saturday. "I was speechless," she said.
NEWS
June 27, 2016
Raymond Bateman New Jersey lawmaker, 88 Raymond Bateman, 88, a veteran New Jersey lawmaker who helped create the Garden State's county college system and once ran for governor, died early Saturday after a brief illness. Mr. Bateman's death was announced by his son, Christopher "Kip" Bateman, a Republican who now holds the state Senate seat from Somerset County that his father once occupied. Family members said Mr. Bateman he had recently suffered from pneumonia after breaking his shoulder.
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