Former University of Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Steve Almasy and Eliott C. McLaughlin (CNN) — Tony Dorsett recalls a 1984 game against the Philadelphia Eagles when he was streaking up the field and an opposing player slammed into him. One helmet plowed into another. Dorsett’s head snapped back, his helmet was knocked askew. “He blew me up,” Dorsett told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I don’t remember the second half of that game, but I do remember that hit.” Dorsett compared the hit to a freight train hitting a Volkswagen.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks during a news conference at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said new spending cuts to federally funded medical research will take effect in January if Congress does not stop them, and he blamed an earlier round of funding cuts for massive job losses in Pennsylvania.
Jack Hill, Jr. by Joe MandakAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The parents of a Slippery Rock University basketball player who died two years ago after collapsing during an intense practice have sued the school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, saying their son wasn’t screened for the sickle cell trait that contributed to his death and school officials didn’t do enough to help him.
by Daryl Gale I had already decided not to write about Riley Cooper, the Eagles wideout whose big mouth and beer muscles got him in hot water last week. Cooper, as the entire world knows by now, got hammered at a Kenny Chesney concert in June and got in the face of a Black security guard who had apparently denied him VIP access. “I will jump that fence and fight every [n-word] here,” spat Cooper, as another concertgoer’s cell phone recorded the action.
Taylor Burden and Jordyn Maddox Jordyn Maddox of Delaware has end-stage kidney failure and is currently at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Before Jordyn was born, doctors diagnosed her in-utero with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease, a rare and potentially deadly condition that causes low-functioning, cyst-filled kidneys. The doctors did not expect her to make it to birth. Jordyn was very sick when she was born and was not expected to live. “Once she was born, the doctors looked at her and said there was nothing they could do. We were passing her around, saying goodbye to her,” recalled her mother, Taylor Burden.
Family members react at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Olney section of Philadelphia on July 16. (AP Photo/ Joseph…
WILLIAM H. GRAY III The passing of former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, who rose to influential positions in Congress while remaining pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for over three decades, is a tremendous loss of “transformative leader” of our city and nation. Gray passed away suddenly while in London with one of his sons to attend Wimbledon tennis championship, said a family spokesman. He was 71.His accomplishment in religion, politics, and education was more than most men achieve in a single field. Gray was elected as a Democrat in Congress in 1978 and served as budget committee chairman and majority whip.