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NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
HOWARD AND ANN Korsen never complain about caring for their disabled daughter, Mara. But don't get them started on what it's like to haggle with insurance companies over her care. "It's emotionally and physically draining to have a disabled child," says Howard, 60, who lives with his family in Mount Laurel, N.J. "But Mara didn't ask for this. We're her parents, and we owe her the best we can give. It only feels unfair when we deal with the insurance company. " Mara is 17, but developmentally she's practically a toddler.
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The disabled man said he had never seen the two people who showed up at his door, but allowed them to enter his apartment anyway. They proceeded to beat him, yank him out of his wheelchair; drag him "like a rag doll" from the kitchen to the living room, and make off with his 55-inch TV, an X-Box 360, and painkillers, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said this morning. They then took the cellphone from the 37-year-old unnamed victim, who has muscular dystrophy, and threw it behind a chair to keep him from calling for help.
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr and Daily News Staff Writer
A MAN in a wheelchair who was beaten in his Upper Darby apartment by two intruders who wanted his pain pills was able to record the whole horrific scene on video, according to police. "The video actually shows them dragging him in to the living room like a rag doll and just throwing him on the floor," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "It's sickening. It's outrageous. " About 5:30 a.m. Thursday, the 37-year-old victim, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, got a call from a cousin who said that he'd been in an accident and wanted to come over and "borrow" a couple of OxyContin pills, police said.
NEWS
July 20, 2012
A Galloway Township, N.J., man was arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of a man in a wheelchair who was crossing a street last week in Atlantic City, the county prosecutor said Thursday. Leo Strazzeri, 42, was charged with second-degree leaving the scene of a fatal accident and related offenses, said acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain. The second-degree charge carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence. Daniel Tavarez, 45, of Atlantic City, was crossing at an intersection about 9:30 p.m. on July 9 when he was fatally struck by a vehicle that sped away.
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Police are investigating the hit and run death of a man in a wheelchair in Atlantic City. The victim, Daniel Tavarez, 45, was struck about 9:30 p.m. Monday while in the crosswalk at the intersection Route 30 and Pennsylvania Avenue, said acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain. The driver fled, but police later located the vehicle believed to have been involved in the deadly collision in Atlantic City, McClain said in a statement. Investigators have questioned the owner of the vehicle but have not filed charges as of this time.
NEWS
July 7, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia residents and visitors who use wheelchairs have spent more than two decades waiting for cabs that can accommodate them. Now the cabs are on their way, but there might not be enough to go around. The legislature last week paved the way for wheelchair-accessible cabs by allowing the Philadelphia Parking Authority to auction 15 new medallions a year, until the total reaches 150. It's a starting point rather than an end point, the plan's proponents say. Taxi drivers object to provisions that expand the jurisdiction of the PPA, which will now have control over non-medallion cabs.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2012 | Ellen Gray
PUSH GIRLS. 10 p.m. Monday, Sundance Channel.     Gay Rosenthal didn't set out to make TV shows about the people we don't usually see on television. It just worked out that way. The Cherry Hill West grad's recent projects have included TLC's long-running series "Little People, Big World," the Style Network's "Ruby" — about a woman who once weighed 700 pounds — and "Push Girls," a new Sundance Channel docu-series about four adventurous women who happen to be in wheelchairs.
NEWS
April 7, 2012
A driver has been charged in the January hit-and-run accident in which a woman in a wheelchair was killed after being struck by three vehicles that fled the scene. Tiffany Reeves, 29, of Elsmere, Del., surrendered to state police Friday. She was charged with leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death and driving with a suspended or revoked license. She was released on $1,000 secured bond. Troopers say Reeves was the first driver to hit 58-year-old Edith McFarland of Wilmington, who was crossing the street in her wheelchair.
NEWS
March 18, 2012 | By Harold Brubaker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Training sessions at Health Partners of Philadelphia Inc. often include a brief, emotional video to instill a customer-centered service mentality at the nonprofit that provides government-paid health insurance for 160,000 people, mostly in Philadelphia. One such true-life video shows how a college senior hits her first home run, then blows out her right knee, leaving her unable to round the bases. Rules prohibited teammates from helping. Two players from the opposing softball team, moved to do what they called "the right thing," picked up their injured opponent and carried her around the bases, allowing her to touch them with her left foot, preserving her home run - and costing their team a win. For William S. George, 60, Health Partners' president and chief executive, that story, which in his words, "tugs at the heartstrings," is an example of doing the right thing no matter what it costs.
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