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February 20, 2002 | By JUDY SHEPPS BATTLE
IT IS NO SECRET that President Bush thinks teens should abstain from having sex. He is submitting a budget to Congress that will award $135 million to "abstinence only" sex-education programs, an incentive for schools to bar discussion of birth control in health-education classes. It is also no secret that many high school students are sexually active. The numbers increase with each high school year (39 percent of ninth-graders have had intercourse, and that rises to 65 percent of 12th-graders)
NEWS
April 26, 1992 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
By the time he's a high school freshman, Brian Tomasette may have forgotten all the field trips he took as a student at Indian Mills Memorial School. All but two. "I was kind of of scared when I got off the bus because I couldn't get away from this kid who was yelling at me," he said. "This kid and his friends kept yelling at us because they wanted us to know what it was really like where they lived. They guaranteed we wouldn't smile all day, and they were right. " The place was the youth detention center in Jamesburg, where Tomasette and his classmates, sixth graders at the Shamong Middle School, had traveled last month for a visit that was the first of two field trips designed to make middle school students aware of the consequences of drug and alcohol use. They got an earful from some of the residents of the detention center.
NEWS
November 1, 1989 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., has lifted a temporary ban on student consumption of alcohol on campus, after a vote by faculty members Monday night. Professors had imposed the ban last month in response to the death of freshman Steven C. Butterworth, 18, who suffered fatal head injuries when he fell from the third story of a campus fraternity house. It was later determined his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit for driving. Elizabeth Skewes, college spokeswoman, said faculty members voted to lift the campus-wide alcohol ban after an administration investigation.
SPORTS
May 1, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
A urine sample submitted by Irish swimmer Michelle Smith contained deadly levels of alcohol, the head of the International Olympic Committee medical commission said yesterday. "The alcohol level was so high that you could not survive with that concentration," said Prince Alexandre de Merode, chairman of the medical commission. "That is strange - that normally indicates manipulation. " Smith, who won three gold medals at the Atlanta Olympics but was dogged by suspicions that she had used performance-enhancing drugs, is under investigation by FINA, the world swimming governing body, over the alleged tampering.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirty percent of Delaware County 12th graders binged on alcohol within the last month, according to a youth survey by Holcomb Behavorial Health Systems to be released next week. More county teenagers drive under the influence of marijuana than alcohol, according to the county-funded survey, done as part of the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, a project of the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The county data will be presented at a town-hall meeting from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. next Thursday at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 200 Yale Ave., Morton.
SPORTS
September 12, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Forward Vin Baker of the Boston Celtics says that he is a recovering alcoholic who used to binge in hotel rooms and at home after playing poorly. In an interview in yesterday's Boston Globe, Baker said Celtics coach Jim O'Brien smelled alcohol on his breath in practice and confronted him about it. The team suspended him Feb. 27, and he did not play again last season. He said that he has not had a drink for six months. Baker said that he began binge drinking during the 1998-99 NBA lockout.
NEWS
June 21, 1993 | By Bryon MacWilliams, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Observing that decades of familial alcoholism was a "co-conspirator" in the case, a Burlington County judge sentenced a Bordentown City man to seven years in prison for last year's stabbing death of his younger brother. Superior Court Judge Donald P. Gaydos gave defendant James "Bo" Foster, 32, his sympathy during Friday's sentencing, and said he did not believe that Foster meant to kill his brother, John Wayne Foster, 22, when he plunged a butcher knife into his back after the younger brother struck their mother in a dispute over coming home drunk.
SPORTS
August 18, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PENN STATE is without punter Anthony Fera, who has not been practicing due to his second alcohol-related incident. Fera, 20, a redshirt sophomore from Cypress, Texas, pleaded guilty on Aug. 4, to two summary offenses, according to court documents. He was charged with purchasing alcohol by a minor and disorderly conduct/fighting. Fera paid more than $650 in fines for the June 7 incident. In 2010, he was cited for purchase/possession of alcohol by a minor. That charge was dismissed.
NEWS
October 1, 1989 | By Lisa Scheid, Special to The Inquirer
Drug and alcohol use among 11th graders in the Octorara Area School District has declined since 1986, but alcohol remains "the drug of choice" among students, according to a district survey released last week. The questionnaire of 160 high school juniors, given each year between 1986 and 1989, found that students drinking liquor monthly or more often had fallen from 45 percent to 32 percent. It also found similar decreases in the consumption of beer and wine. The survey also found that only 2 percent of the students used cocaine monthly or more often - down from 7 percent in 1986.
NEWS
November 27, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The state Superior Court has handed cops a sobering decision. Drunken driving convictions will be overturned if police continue to use a specialized eye test on suspects, the court said. Because the horizontal gaze nystagmus test has not been fully accepted in the scientific or medical communities, its use at the Chester County trial of Gary D. Moore last year was prejudicial, the ruling said. The test is designed to detect an involuntary jerking of the eyes. It is supposed to provide a rough approximation of blood alcohol content.
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NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police in Newtown Square are looking for a few volunteers - to get drunk and eat free pizza. Seriously. The Delaware County department posted the request on its Facebook page: "Volunteers Needed! Serious Responses Only!" "This is for real," said Officer Joe Vandegrift, volunteer coordinator for Newtown Township. There is a hitch, of course. The department is holding a field-sobriety training exercise for 24 officers from across Pennsylvania. The 20 volunteers it hopes to recruit have to go through three field-sobriety tests - horizontal gaze, walk and turn, and one-leg stand - given by officers looking to be certified, Vandegrift said.
NEWS
March 18, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Real estate developer J. Brian O'Neill announced Monday that he has an agreement to buy the Bancroft School property in Haddonfield and that he intends to turn it into a drug and alcohol treatment center. "This is a unique behavioral health facility in a great location," said O'Neill, chief executive officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA). He and Bancroft officials declined to say how much he will pay for the nearly 19-acre property along Kings Highway and Hopkins Lane. A proposal to sell the land to the Haddonfield school district for $12 million was defeated in a hotly debated bond referendum in 2013.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Legend has it that St. Patrick himself once turned water into wine. But transforming the Patron Saint of Ireland's holiday into something other than an occasion of mass intoxication? Even a miracle worker like St. Pat might take a pass. "Look, I like a drink. But there are crazies who go out on St. Patrick's Day and give the Irish a bad name," says Jackie Kelly of Cherry Hill. Kelly, her husband, John, and other organizers of Philadelphia's first-ever "Sober St. Patrick's Day" say it will offer families, folks in recovery, and fans of traditional Irish music and dance a chance to celebrate in a booze-free milieu.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
People cheered the man who was 50 years sober, but they stood and screamed wildly for the guy who hadn't had a drink in a day. "That's for you, Mr. One Day," someone yelled at the stunned young man who stood before a group of about 1,500 members of Alcoholics Anonymous gathered at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on Saturday. They were there to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the AA's Philadelphia branch. But, more than a few attendees acknowledged, what people were really celebrating was their still being on the planet after the pain and wreckage the bottle had delivered.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
A year before Healthy Pennsylvania's rollout, Michael Harle, president and CEO of Gaudenzia, the drug and alcohol treatment center, was assured by top state Medicaid officials his clients would not see their health insurance change. Harle has been around. So he asked for that guarantee in writing. He didn't get it. A high-placed executive "promised me that they would get it right," he said. But "they" didn't. After Medicaid recipients began shifting to the new program on Dec. 1, "all hell broke loose," Harle said.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
"LET ME get this stuff out of the way," says Don Tollefson, moving a briefcase, files and papers from his car's front passenger seat to the back one, which is already jammed with a big cooler, law books and various bags. "I want to drive you around my neighborhood. This is my world now. " I do not fear the watchful young men who coolly assess us outside Tollefson's digs on Monday. He lives on a rundown North Philly block where the drug trade operates, 24/7. I am more nervous about Tollefson's 1997 Honda Civic.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying a priority is to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Saturday named two cabinet members with experience expanding coverage under President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Wolf reached south of the border to tap Theodore "Ted" Dallas, currently the secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, to be his secretary of human services. The agency serves the most vulnerable by providing cash aid, home-heating help and health care for the poor, foster care and adoption services, child abuse protection, and support for the aging and people with intellectual disabilities.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A 74-year-old Camden man has been charged with first-degree death by auto, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, for allegedly killing a pedestrian in October while driving under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors said Neri Garcia turned himself in to the Camden County police Wednesday and was released after posting bail, which had been set at $150,000 cash or bond. Garcia could not be reached for comment. Officials said in a statement Friday that Garcia hit 53-year-old Benjamin Cortes-Ramos with his 2000 Ford Explorer at about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Westfield and Rosedale Avenues in Camden.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2014
AS 2014 COMES to an end, now is the time you begin to think about your 2015 resolutions, right? Naturally, you want a better life, more money in your pockets, and to finally shed whatever baggage you may be carrying. But the ugly truth is, when it comes to resolutions most of us overpromise and under-deliver. Not because we want to fail, but it's just profoundly and incredibly hard to change our behaviors. So, with that in mind, I say get rid of the guilt and start with small, quantifiable goals, and when life throws you the inevitable curveball, instead of giving up, resolve to get back on your game.
NEWS
November 29, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sobriety checkpoints popped up throughout Pennsylvania the day before Thanksgiving to crack down on impaired drivers during the holiday, one of the biggest travel periods of the year. During last year's Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays, 1,072 of the crashes in the state involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Thirty-five people died. West Chester is working to make sure servers and sellers of alcohol know their responsibilities under the law during the holidays and throughout the year.
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