January 13, 2014 |
AS SHE SAT with her son Weston after his surgery, Julie Keeton felt alarmed. His cheeks, lips and fingertips looked flushed with fever, and when he breathed, his chest barely moved up and down. "Is he OK?" she asked a nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Weston, 7, had just undergone a heart and double-lung transplant. "He's fine," the nurse told her. His skin only appeared flushed because his circulation was now normal. And he was taking fewer breaths because his healthy new lungs didn't need to gulp for air. Julie laughed with wonderment.
January 24, 1990 |
Republican state Rep. Frances Weston, a young accountant whose popularity in neighborhoods along the Delaware River won her five terms in Harrisburg, has decided not to seek re-election. Weston, 35, last week began notifying friends and fellow politicians of her decision. She said she had been thinking about making a change for about six months. "It wasn't exactly a quick or an easy decision to make," Weston said Monday from her office in Harrisburg. "As much as I enjoyed (serving in the legislature)
May 15, 1987 |
When John J. Egan Jr. decided to seek the Republican mayoral nomination without the party organization's backing this year, he looked around him and saw few of the faces who had rallied around him in 1983 when he was the party's endorsed candidate. One of those who stayed with him was state Rep. Frances Weston (R., Phila.). And due in large part to that loyalty, Egan chose Weston to run his 1987 campaign. Many observers say Egan is lucky that Weston chose to stay rather than following the vast majority of the party organization in supporting former Mayor Frank L. Rizzo.
September 1, 1987 |
High insurance costs in Philadelphia, made worse by the large number of uninsured drivers, could be lowered if all motorists were required to put an insurance validation sticker on their windshields, state Rep. Frances Weston said this morning. Weston, R-Philadelphia, says she will introduce legislation, patterned after a similar proposal introduced last March in Delaware, requiring such stickers. "We have a crisis in Philadelphia," Weston said at a press conference. "We need solutions.
October 18, 2011 |
THE WOMAN who police say masterminded the imprisonment of four mentally disabled adults in a squalid Northeast Philadelphia basement so she could cash in on their Social Security disability checks may have perpetrated similar scams in Texas, Florida and Virginia. When Linda Ann Weston lived in Norfolk, Va., in 2008, "one of the people she was taking care of died," an ex-boyfriend of Weston's said yesterday. "She would take care of these people, but I was never allowed to see them," said the man, Cameron, 35, who didn't want his last name printed.
January 26, 1989 |
Claire Blimegger said her son "was in the wrong place at the wrong time" when he was hacked to death with a 30-inch saber by Robert A. Weston, 38, in 1987. "My son didn't have a weapon," she said. "He was an innocent victim who was stabbed for no apparent reason. " Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Lynne M. Abraham sentenced Weston to a 4 1/2- to 10-year jail term for the killing of Robert Blimegger, 31, near 5th Street and Olney Avenue on June 14, 1987. In November, a jury convicted Weston of voluntary manslaughter.
January 22, 1992 |
Two robbers escaped with an estimated $400,000 from a Camden County bank after removing a window to the night-deposit-box room, then returning to jump through it when employees opened the box early yesterday, police said. The two armed men confronted the employees and made off with the weekend's night deposits at the First People's Bank, on West Browning Road in Bellmawr. "These guys knew exactly what they were doing," a police official said. Police said the two robbers managed to remove the 7-by-2-foot window to the room without setting off the bank's alarm system.
March 27, 2014 |
MY COLLEAGUE Stephanie Farr and I were a mess yesterday. Steph had just heard about the death of 3-year-old Brayden Chandler, whose story she told so beautifully last month. Terminally ill with kidney cancer, Brayden had taken a dream trip to Disney World with his family. When they returned, more than 150 police cars greeted them at the airport and escorted them home to Delaware County. There, hundreds more well-wishers cheered Brayden and his parents, Jackie Marinelli and Jason Chandler.
February 18, 1986 |
Two state legislators and a City Council member yesterday called for the adoption of a state regulation that would require that covers be put on all open trucks carrying almost any type of load. "I don't think there's any driver in Pennsylvania that hasn't, at some point, witnessed trash or litter spewn all over the highway - and you just know it's the result of a truck that was uncovered," state Rep. Fran Weston (R., Phila.) said at a news conference yesterday morning in the office of City Councilwoman Joan Specter.
May 7, 1987 |
Republican mayoral candidate John J. Egan Jr. will begin a tough-talking radio advertising campaign today with an ad asking Republican voters: "In the Republican primary for mayor, which candidate will bring the sweeping changes that city government needs?" "Frank Rizzo? Come onnnnn. " The inflection of the announcer's voice gives the ad the down-to-earth flavor of a front-steps discussion of the pros and cons of the candidates. "The same Frank Rizzo who in 1976 increased the city's wage tax and real estate taxes by a whopping 30 percent each?"