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Unusual Stephen Hawking Memorabilia Up for Auction

His wheelchair can be yours

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration, and a global celebrity. His unique status is reflected in an upcoming auction of some of the late physicist's possessions: It includes complex scientific papers, one of the world's most iconic wheelchairs, and a script from one of... More »

In Court for His Sentencing Date, Manafort Looked ... Different

He wore prison garb (not his usual suit), and he arrived in a wheelchair, missing one shoe

(Newser) - Paul Manafort was there in a Virginia federal courtroom Friday to hear details on his sentencing, and his appearance seemed markedly different than the last time he was seen in public. NBC News notes the 69-year-old looked "visibly grayer," and that he showed up, in a wheelchair, wearing... More »

Now in Japan: Drive-Thru Funerals

Aging population is impetus behind move

(Newser) - For those in wheelchairs or with other mobility issues, funerals can be tricky to navigate. And in Japan, where 1.43 million people are expected to die annually by 2020, the need for a solution is pressing, reports the Japan Times . Enter Kankon Sousai Aichi Group, based in central Nagano... More »

Rowling Sorry for Inaccurate Trump Tweets

Author apologizes to parents of boy she tweeted about

(Newser) - JK Rowling started an uproar when she claimed, via Twitter, that President Trump had refused to shake the hand of a young boy in a wheelchair. That claim turned out not to be true, leading Rowling to delete her original tweets and apologize, Time and the Telegraph report. Rowling's... More »

Big Surprise for Strangers Who Helped Stranded Wheelchair Racer

Woman they assisted during NYC Marathon was Paralympic gold medalist Zou Lihong

(Newser) - In a New York minute, a Paralympic athlete's distressing experience turned into an inspiring one thanks to a smartphone app and the kindness of strangers. The New York Times reports on the plight of Zou Lihong, a Chinese wheelchair racer who beat US favorite Tatyana McFadden to win gold... More »

A Wheelchair, a $37K Rolex, and Now a Plea Deal

That's just how Larry Johnson rolls; too bad the jewelry theft didn't pan out

(Newser) - It's not clear whether a watch thief was inspired by the word "roll" in "Rolex," but he didn't get away with his wheelchair scheme either way, pleading guilty Wednesday to charges of robbery, larceny, and assault, the AP reports. Per the Connecticut Post , Larry Johnson... More »

Kids in Wheelchairs Get a Lego Figure of Their Very Own

'We've got genuine tears of joy right now'

(Newser) - People in wheelchairs now have something in common with astronauts, knights, and pirates: a Lego figure to call their own. NPR reports Lego will release its first figure with disabilities in a set called "Fun at the Park" this June. (The set and figure can be seen in a... More »

Wheelchair Users Face Much Bigger Risk From Traffic

They're 36% more likely to die in collisions than walkers: study

(Newser) - Pedestrians in wheelchairs are a whopping 36% more likely to die in a traffic collision compared to those out walking, according to a new study that's raising concerns about driver awareness and the availability of crosswalks. Researchers at Georgetown University combed through news articles and data from the National... More »

Guy Busted for DUI ... on Motorized Wheelchair

Ronny Scott Hicks was allegedly obstructing bridge traffic

(Newser) - Ronny Scott Hicks learned the hard way Monday night that it is, in fact, possible to get arrested for driving under the influence even if you're not in a car. The Florida 54-year-old did so by allegedly riding his motorized wheelchair around Palm Bay while intoxicated, WKMG reports; someone... More »

Big 'Sex Party' Organized for the Disabled

Toronto organizers say it's about raising awareness

(Newser) - There's going to be a sex party in Toronto this summer—and, in case you were wondering, it'll be wheelchair-accessible. Organizer Stella Palikarova, who has spinal muscular atrophy and advocates for disability awareness, says she's tired of people thinking those with disabilities don't want sex or... More »

Kanye to Guy in Wheelchair: Stand Up!

Oops. Another fan singled out waves prosthetic leg

(Newser) - Kanye West is gonna let you finish watching his show, just as soon as everyone in the house stands up—a demand that didn't go over quite so well Friday night in Australia, reports the Independent . "I can't do this show until everybody stand up," the... More »

Lowe's Workers Fix Vet's Wheelchair (After VA Wouldn't)

It broke down in store, and 3 employees stayed late to repair

(Newser) - A public thank-you by a Vietnam vet to three workers at Lowe's is providing yet more ammo for critics of the VA . As he explains in a letter to the Staten Island Advance , Michael Sulsona lost both his legs to a landmine during the war. He'd been trying... More »

Man in Wheelchair Shot Dead During Arrest

Cops say he reached for his gun, struggle ensued

(Newser) - A man in a wheelchair was fatally shot by a cop in Mesa, Arizona, as he and several officers struggled over a gun he was carrying, reports the Arizona Republic . Police say they stopped the man—later IDed as Chris Allan Chipman, 49, reports Fox 10 —on the sidewalk,... More »

FDR's Secret Caught on Video

Professor says he has found footage of president being pushed in wheelchair

(Newser) - A secret that was hidden from the public until after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death was actually captured on video during his lifetime, says a professor at an Indiana college. Ray Begovich, a journalism professor at Franklin College south of Indianapolis, said yesterday that he found an 8-second clip... More »

TSA Detains Wheelchair-Bound 12-Year-Old

TSA officers say her hands tested positive for bomb residue

(Newser) - TSA officers at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport detained a sick, wheelchair-bound 12-year-old for nearly an hour on Sunday, saying her hands had tested positive for bomb residue. It was something of a shock for Shelbi Walser, who has made the Dallas-to-Florida flight many times to get treatment for her genetic bone... More »

Wheelchair Activist Sues 39 Stores; Some Cry 'Extortion'

Linda Slone wants wheelchair access in her NYC nabe

(Newser) - A handicapped New Yorker is suing 39 stores in her neighborhood for lacking wheelchair access—a legal crusade that some shop owners are likening to extortion, the New York Post reports. Linda Slone, 64, is demanding $500 in damages and up to $15,000 in experts' and lawyers' fees in... More »

Fakers Use Wheelchairs to Dodge Airport Lines

Workers say they've seen people stand up in front of them

(Newser) - When security lines get long at Kennedy International Airport, workers brace themselves for a rush of wheelchair requests. A lot of passengers have realized that because no actual proof of an ailment is required to request a wheelchair, anyone in a hurry can do so and zip straight to the... More »

London's 'WeirWolf' Wins 4th Gold

David Weir is home country's undisputed star of the Paralympics

(Newser) - If you're looking for the star of London's Paralympics, look no further than British wheelchair racer David Weir. The man nicknamed the "Weirwolf of London" completed his clean sweep of golds today, timing his sprint finish to perfection to win the wheelchair marathon in 1 hour, 30... More »

Paralyzed Man to Wheel Up 14,000-Foot Pikes Peak

Glen House will propel up the Colorado mountain this weekend

(Newser) - A 13-mile hike up a 14,100-foot mountain would be challenging for anyone, let alone someone with a physical disability. Tomorrow, a 42-year-old paralyzed Colorado man will do it in a wheelchair. Glen House will be one of about 450 hikers participating in the Pikes Peak Challenge for charity, and... More »

UK Police Caught Dragging Protester From Wheelchair

Jody McIntyre says he was '100% not a threat to anyone'

(Newser) - British police have promised to launch an investigation after video surfaced of police officers apparently pulling a man with cerebral palsy from his wheelchair and dragging him across the street during Thursday’s student protests . The victim, 20-year-old Jody McIntyre, tells the Daily Telegraph that police actually pulled him from... More »

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