September 29, 2015 |
Pope Francis met Sunday night with a Delaware family of four who were poisoned by a pesticide used in the condominium building where they stayed while on vacation in the Virgin Islands in March. The unannounced encounter took place in the Atlantic Aviation terminal at Philadelphia International Airport before the pontiff boarded his plane for the trip home The pope kissed and blessed the family, said Brian Tierney, whose communications company handled media for the World Meeting of Families.
May 15, 2015 |
NANCY MORGAN got a chance to try out her French during a reception in 2001 for French dignitaries in celebration of French support for the American Revolution 225 years before. As she presented a ceremonial bowl to French ambassador Francois Bujon de l'Estang, she said, "Vive la France. Vive l'Etats Unis. Vive l'alliance. Vive Philadelphie. " Then she impulsively added, "Vive l'amour!" Explaining why she added the expression of eternal love to her remarks, she said, "I cannot say the vives without saying, 'Vive l'amour.' " "Well," someone said, "we are the city that loves you back.
April 5, 2015 |
It was a vacation nightmare. A Wilmington family of four staying in a Virgin Islands condo, with idyllic views of Cruz Bay on St. John, suddenly became seriously ill. So ill that they were airlifted home and hospitalized, the father and two teenage boys in critical condition. The likely scenario that has emerged is that they were poisoned after methyl bromide was sprayed in the condo underneath the one where the family was staying. The pesticide is banned in many countries and is not authorized for use in residences in the U.S. The incident, while deemed uncommon, has heightened concerns about travelers' exposure to pesticides in other regions or countries that may not have usage restrictions or regulatory oversight as stringent as that in the U.S. "Can this go on as you travel around the world?
June 5, 2014 |
Robert Rovner can tick off the names of people he met through his friend Lewis Katz - Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Jim Florio, Barry Manilow, Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone. "Being with Lewis was just magic, and you never knew who was going to be there, on the airplane or at dinner," said Rovner, a former law partner and friend of 50 years. Call it the Katz Effect: the gathering of a disparate group of people, none of whom, but for Katz's gravitational pull, would have met to exchange ideas and energies.
February 3, 2014 |
ST. JOHN, U.S. Virgin Islands - I'm lying face down in a spa cabana at Caneel Bay resort, gazing absently into a bowl of fragrant blossoms. The door is open just enough to admit the serenade of the surf and the softly filtered sunlight of the sultry Caribbean morning. Cheryl, a masseuse with startling blue eyes accentuated by a deep tan, is gently working out the knots I've accumulated through work and travel. In less than an hour, she transforms me from a bag of aching bones to a blissed-out beach bunny ready to relax and take on - well, as little as possible during my 10-day stay on St. John.
January 10, 2014 |
For Tyreek Duren, playing basketball with plantar fasciitis - a ligament strain affecting his right heel - has been like walking with a rock in his shoe. And the La Salle point guard doesn't walk too much during basketball games. His ability to move on the court was a big reason Duren was widely considered the top guard in the city going into this season, and why hopes were reasonably high for a repeat of La Salle's 2013 NCAA trip. The Explorers were picked third in a preseason Atlantic Ten Conference media poll but have been ordinary this season, 7-6 going into Thursday's A-10 opener against George Washington.
September 11, 2013 |
SEVEN YEARS after Miss America hightailed it to Las Vegas, the mother (or is that big sister?) of all beauty pageants is back from whence she came. Of course, you'll be pummeled with a stiletto heel by a Miss America Organization staffer if you actually describe the 92-year-old extravaganza as a "beauty pageant. " It is, as MAO types are always reminding us, a "scholarship program," albeit one whose winners' attractiveness can be considered well above the national average. But there's no denying that the pageant was conceived in 1921 (no doubt with the blessing of vice lord Enoch "Nucky" Johnson)
September 10, 2013
NOW BEGINS the Week of Abuse for Miss America. Pick up a stone and hurl it. Maybe not so much today as in the past, when the flower bed of glowing praise contained cruel thorns of scorn. Returning to its city of birth, Atlantic City, the Grandmother of All Pageants is again flouncing on the boardwalk adjacent to Chicken Bone Beach. As I recall, Miss America suffered her first tribulation in the late 1960s when Feminism (a/k/a Women's Liberation) was all the rage and girls (oops)
September 3, 2013 |
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Stanley Brotman settled himself in front of a video camera in preparation for something that seemed nearly impossible to imagine in Camden's federal court. Looking into the camera, Brotman, 89, presided, via a video conference call, over what was likely the last proceeding in his 38-year judicial career - setting the stage for his retirement. In Camden, Brotman is known for sending mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo to jail, negotiating a $32.5 million settlement to clean up the GEMS landfill in Gloucester County, dethroning World Boxing Association champion Sean O'Grady when he failed to honor an agreement to fight a contender, and throwing the book at all the players in a huge mortgage fraud against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that roiled Camden in the early 1980s.
May 17, 2013 |
Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, a hitchhiker and drifter who became a cyber-culture celebrity, was arrested at the Philadelphia Greyhound bus terminal late Thursday in the slaying of a North Jersey lawyer, authorities said. The arrest followed the discovery Monday of the body of Joseph Galfy Jr., 73, in his home in Clark. Galfy, dressed only in underwear and socks, was found in his bed, apparently beaten to death, the Union County Prosecutor's Office said. An autopsy found he died of blunt force trauma.