June 23, 1986 |
Before a shooting incident six years ago left him paralyzed from the waist down, Marvin Barrish considered himself a pretty good dancer. And despite his handicap, he still does. Although Barrish, 44, is now confined to a wheelchair, that does not stop him from performing. The Northeast Philadelphia resident put on a show for the Spectrum fans at halftime of last season's Villanova-Georgetown game, and he also has entertained at such functions as the Special Olympics. "If you can picture doing a push-up in a wheelchair, and then moving around in different positions and shaking your body as you go, well, that's what I do," Barrish said.
October 24, 1986 |
Bessie Barnes Tamura, who maintained her independence and managed to care for herself even though she had been virtually confined to a wheelchair since the early 1970s, died Oct. 16. She was 86 and lived in South Philadelphia. Tamura, whose husband, John Tamura, died in 1958, suffered a stroke about 15 years ago, which left most of her left side paralyzed. She came to Philadelphia from Petersburg, Va., in 1925 and lived most of her remaining years in the 19th and Wharton streets neighborhood.
January 10, 1992 |
The end of each year brings the traditional reporters' wrap-ups. You've seen them in newspapers, in magazines and on TV. So, by now there should no doubt that Karl Marx was correct when he wrote that the state "would wither away. " It did. Similarly, there also should be no doubt that the United States is still capable of waging an expensive all-out high-tech war of a dubious nature halfway around the world with casualties on both sides and achieve nothing more than the knowledge that the CNN reporting teams made the other network crews look like shoe salespersons.
January 22, 2012 |
To the relief of people in wheelchairs and their advocates, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has plans to make all the city's cabs wheelchair-accessible by 2016. "Wow. That would be amazing," said Lauren DeBruicker, a Center City lawyer who uses a power chair. The Parking Authority on Friday said it would require 300 of the city's 1,600 taxicabs to become wheelchair-accessible this year, with the remainder completed by 2016. The issue has long been a source of complaints in the disabled community.
October 13, 2010 |
For the second time since being partially paralyzed by a 2003 boating accident, State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione on Tuesday walked in the Senate chamber. At the opening of the Senate session, Tartaglione (D., Phila.) read a statement from her wheelchair before getting up to use a walker, with the help of two aides, and making a slow half-circle around the chamber to her chair. There were cheers, tears, and high-fives from her colleagues and friends, a kiss from Minority Leader Robert J. Mellow (D., Lackawanna)
August 11, 2011
A 47-year-old man in a wheelchair suffered a broken leg when he was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. The accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. outside Moss Rehab in the 9800 block of Bustleton Avenue, said Officer Jillian Russell. She said the driver, an 80-year-old man, "hit the gas instead of the brake" and pinned the victim against a wall. The victim was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus and was reported in stable condition. Police were investigating.
December 7, 2012 |
ATLANTA - An elderly man opened fire on a woman after her car came into contact with his motorized wheelchair at a central Georgia service station, authorities said Wednesday. She died shortly afterward at a hospital despite the efforts of a crowd of people to aid her. Police said that Linda Hunnicutt, 65, was driving onto the gas-pump bay of the service station in Macon at about 1 p.m. Tuesday when her Buick Lucerne and the motorized wheelchair bumped. Hunnicutt stepped out of her vehicle, and the man in the motorized wheelchair pulled a handgun and fatally shot her, city police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said.
January 4, 2012 |
A 58-year-old woman in a wheelchair was fatally struck while trying to cross a Wilmington street Tuesday evening, according to Delaware State Police. About 6:35 p.m., Edith McFarland, who lived in the city, was trying to cross South Market Street (southbound Route 13) near the Fairview Inn. The first vehicle that struck her was described as gold truck or SUV, which likely sustained front-end damage. "After the impact, McFarland was ejected from her wheelchair into the southbound lanes of South Market Street, where she was then struck by two additional vehicles," according to a state police news release.
August 4, 2010
Among their complaints, some Francisville residents say that the wheelchair-accessible lifts at the front of their homes create a mess that's hard to clean. Residents say that the lifts at the 18 wheelchair-accessible units break an average of once or twice a year, but that the company that makes them is quick to fix them. The Philadelphia Housing Authority can install either a lift or a ramp, depending on the property location, space and design, said spokesman Kirk Dorn. "Handicap accessibility is needed, but they're not doing it in a good manner," said Seth Trance, 30, who is on Francisville's zoning board.
September 13, 2012 |
After three hours of testimony that left even the defense attorney moved to the brink of tears, Christopher Easton, 21, a high school dropout from Northern Liberties, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of Kevin Neary, a self-employed businessman who lived in the neighborhood. Neary, 29, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was walking home Nov. 15 after a night out with friends when he was mugged on Bodine Street within view of his front door.