August 5, 2013 |
Three people were killed and four others were wounded when a man involved in a long-running dispute with local officials fired shots into a crowded meeting room Monday night in Pennsylvania, police said. A Ross Township official halted the rampage by overpowering the gunman and shooting him with his own weapon, a witness said. State police identified the suspect as Rockne Warren Newell, 59. Police said Newell began firing a rifle through the windows of the Ross Township municipal building about 7:23 p.m., where 15 to 18 people had gathered for a township supervisors meeting.
August 5, 2013 |
Three people were dead and at least three others were in critical condition after a gunman opened fire at a government meeting in Pennsylvania's Monroe County on Monday night, local media reported. Pocono Record reporter Chris Reber, who was at the meeting of the Ross Township supervisors, said smoke and plaster flew as gunshots tore holes in the walls. A local official bear-hugged the shooter and shot him with his own gun, Reber said. The gunshots sounded "like a string of firecrackers," Reber wrote in a first-person account for the newspaper. The Allentown Morning Call reported that a suspect was in custody at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. ALSO: Beauty queen accused of being bomb maker Fort Hood trial set to start amid high security House members want California egg measure out of farm bill Follow L.A. Times National on Twitter
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July 31, 2013
Berthold Beitz Industrialist honored for saving Jews during WWII Berthold Beitz, 99, who was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became one of postwar West Germany's leading industrialists, died Tuesday. Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, where he was the honorary chairman of the supervisory board, announced his death but gave no further details. Beitz and his wife, Else, were honored by Germany's main Jewish group in 2000 for saving hundreds of Jewish workers at an oil field he managed in occupied Poland from deportation to Nazi death camps.
July 17, 2013 |
For two whole minutes, a Pennsylvania man was the richest man in the world. Richer even than Carlos Slim, the Mexican tycoon, who's estimated by Forbes to be worth $73 billion. Chris Reynolds, a public relations executive, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that when he checked his email Saturday, he saw his PayPal statement was ready. TOP 10: List of richest people ever led by 14th century African king Upon opening his statement, Reynolds saw an incredible figure next to the balance line: $92,233,720,368,547,800. That's $92.2 quadrillion, or roughly 5,500 times the country's national debt, which stands at about $16.7 trillion. "I was skeptical," Reynolds said.
June 28, 2013 |
The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double lung transplant received a second set of lungs three days after the first set failed, her family said Friday. In a Facebook update , Sarah Murnaghan's mother said her daughter's condition “spiraled out of control” hours after the family announced on June 12 that the first surgery -- which was done after a federal judge intervened to allow Sarah to receive adult lungs -- had been a success. The complication, called primary graft failure, occurs in 10% to 25% of lung transplants, Janet Murnaghan said in the update.
June 22, 2013 |
The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who received adult organs in a controversial double lung transplant surgery is awake and responsive, a family spokeswoman said. Sarah Murnaghan was awake Friday evening and responding to “yes” or “no” questions by nodding, Tracy Simon said. The girl, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis , was transferred two days earlier from a high-frequency breathing machine called an oscillator to a normal ventilator.
June 14, 2013 |
ARDMORE, Pa. - Jim Furyk was really looking forward to playing the U.S. Open at Merion. Maybe too much. Again. The West Chester, Pa., native now must look back on another disappointing showing in the Philadelphia region. "I had four events in the Philly area, and I never really played well in any of those," said Furyk, 43, who didn't exactly celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his U.S. Open victory at Olympia Fields. Furyk finished up a 77 on Friday morning and followed it in the afternoon with a 79, and he will miss the cut by a projected eight strokes.
June 12, 2013 |
The critically ill 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who was at the center of efforts to allow children younger than 12 to receive adult lungs was in surgery undergoing a transplant on Wednesday. Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis, was receiving a new set of lungs at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A hospital spokeswoman, Dana Mortensen, said by telephone that she was barred from discussing issues involving the patient because of privacy concerns. But the family confirmed that the surgery was underway in a posting on the Facebook page of Sarah's mother, Janet Ruddock Murnaghan.
June 11, 2013 |
In a memorable scene from Robert Altman's 1975 classic "Nashville," a ditzy British reporter played by Geraldine Chaplin wanders beside a fleet of yellow school buses, scavenging for glib metaphors about the fissures in U.S. society. In Mark Kendall's first feature film, the documentary "La Camioneta," the metaphors about buses are considerably more nuanced and surprising. They're also much more understated, never spoken aloud either by a narrator or by the movie's mainly poor, rural Guatemalan subjects, who scratch out a living by selling, artfully remodeling and driving discarded U.S. school buses.
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June 10, 2013 |
A company seeking to run the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday filed a challenge to the city's plan to hire Anschutz Entertainment Group, saying AEG lacked the experience needed to secure the lucrative contract. Pennsylvania-based SMG said in a protest letter that AEG did not meet the city's search specifications, which called for a firm with five years of "managing and operating convention or exhibition facilities in similar markets. " SMG and AEG were the only candidates in the city's search process.