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January 8, 1987 | By Theresa Conroy, Special to The Inquirer
On a recent autumn night, about 35 people gathered around a keg of beer and a stereo in a crowded apartment in Willow Grove. The music was loud. Some partygoers talked, while others played a board game called "Passout," in which players drink at the draw of a card or if they fail at particular tasks. The party was a smash - that is, until the Upper Moreland police arrived. The officers knocked on the door and entered the apartment, and the fun ended. About 15 of the people were not yet 21 years old, the legal drinking age, but most had been drinking anyway, said Heather Jones, 20, of Hatboro, who attended the party.
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July 17, 1988 | By Sergio R. Bustos, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Juan Leon came to southern Chester County in 1978, drinking beer helped him overcome the boredom of his monotonous job of picking mushrooms eight to 12 hours a day. For the young man from Yuriria, Mexico, the alcohol helped him deal with the constant bouts of homesickness that overwhelmed him, he said. He was only 19. "Every day you went through the same routine - every day," Leon said in his native Spanish. "I always felt like a prisoner - you always went back and forth from the mushroom house to your housing quarters.
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May 29, 1988 | By Jean Redstone, Special to The Inquirer
One day a couple of years ago Linda Jeffrey, a psychology professor at Glassboro State College, was discussing drug use in a child development class. She was taken aback by the comments of one of her students. "He argued that parents would have to recognize now that drug use is a normal part of growing up. It was an acceptance of drugs that I found (to be) a very dangerous point of view. " About the same time, while she was working with the Child Abuse Prevention Project at the college, a mother with two preschool-age children talked nonchalantly about drinking cocaine in tea to stay awake while studying, while another student laughed about drinking a six-pack of beer in less than two hours as if it were a commendable achievement.
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February 9, 1992 | By Sheldon Margen and Dale A. Ogar, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Experts tell us that the most popular New Year's resolutions include losing weight, getting more exercise, quitting smoking and cutting down on alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, few keep to their resolutions - and in the case of alcohol abuse, the results are tragic. According to government statistics, about 100,000 Americans die every year from alcohol-related causes. Half of these deaths come from various diseases, such as cirrhosis, cancer and stroke; the rest come from injury.
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February 14, 1992 | By Jonathan D. Rockoff, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
It is nighttime, long after classes have ended and books have been closed. Inside Princeton University's gothic student center the lights have gone down, the Coors Light banner has gone up and, amid the sounds of laughter and the jukebox, a handful of students is engaging in a national collegiate pastime. Beer. They have come to drink beer at the Ivy League school's innovative, albeit ironic, attempt to curb campus alcohol abuse. Sell alcohol to stop its abuse? The approach suggests the confusion and desperation that universities across the United States face in trying to stop excessive drinking among their students.
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April 4, 1997 | By Thomas H. Matthews, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Gov. Ridge might not have been the most appropriate person to congratulate the state-championship athletes at Downingtown Senior High School yesterday. He never even played on a team while attending Cathedral Prep in Erie. "Jack-of-all-trades, master of none," was how the governor described his high school athletic skills. Still, the staff and players from the football and girls' basketball teams, which captured state titles this school year, didn't seem to care about his lack of varsity letters.
SPORTS
February 24, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Doug West's wife, Wuela, leaned close to her husband and clutched his arm in a show of support. As West chronicled events leading to his admission in an open letter Sunday night he has problems with depression and alcohol abuse, she knew the subject might be hard to discuss. "The trade just blew everything up, but maybe this was the best thing to ever happen to me," said West, the ninth-year guard from Villanova who was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Vancouver Grizzlies last Wednesday.
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June 9, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Norristown woman who killed her boyfriend by plunging a steak knife into his heart in a drunken rage in September was sentenced yesterday to six to 12 years in state prison. Patricia Ann Horton, 49, was also ordered to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse and bipolar disorder. Horton pleaded guilty in February to third-degree murder for killing John Friday, 50, who shared a boardinghouse room on East Elm Street with her. Horton had faced first-degree murder charges. "I am so sorry for taking John's life," Horton told Montgomery County Court Judge Maurino Rossanese before sentencing.
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October 9, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
VILLANOVA The 18-year-old Villanova University student whose body was found in her dormitory room three days into the semester in August died of alcohol poisoning, according to the Delaware County medical examiner. Kinara Patel, a sophomore from Hackensack, N.J., was found Aug. 29 inside her Sullivan Hall dorm room after spending a night with friends in Bryn Mawr, according to police. Villanova spokesman Jonathan Gust would not say if university officials knew where Patel had been drinking.
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June 19, 1987 | By Gary Sternberg, Special to The Inquirer
The Haddon Township school board has written to the state Department of Transportation requesting a traffic light at the intersection near the high school where two 16-year-old girls were struck by a car last week. The girls, sophomores at the high school, had been attending a dance there and were standing in the middle of Cuthbert Boulevard at Merrick Road when they were struck about 11 p.m. by a 1972 Volkswagen driven by another student. The girls, Heidi Kennedy of the 900 block of Merrick Avenue and Kim Marshall of the Haddon Hills Apartments, remain in critical condition in the trauma center at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center.
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March 25, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
A task force will review Pennsylvania State University's Greek system in the wake of revelations that a fraternity shared online pictures of naked women while they were asleep or passed out, the school's president said Monday. "This comprehensive examination of fraternity and sorority life and its culture will not be simple and it may not be comfortable," Eric Barron said. His announcement came in a statement Monday evening but had been in the offing for days, after news of Kappa Delta Rho's private Facebook pages stirred up a growing chorus of calls for action.
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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.
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October 9, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writers
VILLANOVA The 18-year-old Villanova University student whose body was found in her dormitory room three days into the semester in August died of alcohol poisoning, according to the Delaware County medical examiner. Kinara Patel, a sophomore from Hackensack, N.J., was found Aug. 29 inside her Sullivan Hall dorm room after spending a night with friends in Bryn Mawr, according to police. Villanova spokesman Jonathan Gust would not say if university officials knew where Patel had been drinking.
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April 4, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 1 a.m. on May 7, 1991, a drunken Lenny Dykstra sped along winding Darby-Paoli Road in Radnor Township and slammed his red Mercedes sports car into a tree. The Phillies centerfielder escaped with fractured ribs, a broken collarbone and cheekbone, and second-degree burns. Twenty-two years later, that car crash remains an apt metaphor for Dykstra's life. Laws and limits aren't made for him. Dykstra is a self-powered machine bound for self-destruction. He races through life headfirst, heedless of others, an irresistible force in search of immovable objects.
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January 26, 2013 | By Michael Matza and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writers
If there is something in the makeup of Jason Smith that might have presaged the slaying to which police say he has confessed, nothing was immediately apparent Thursday. Neighbors in the Crescent Lane section of Levittown, Bucks County - where the 36-year-old exterminator lived with his girlfriend, their young daughter, his girlfriend's mother, and other relatives - described him as helpful, a family man who took his boxer, Tyson, out for frequent walks. They said he showed no signs of a violent temper.
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January 25, 2013 | By Michael Matza and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
If there is something in the makeup of Jason Smith that might have presaged the slaying to which police say he has confessed, nothing was immediately apparent Thursday. Neighbors in the Crescent Lane section of Levittown, Bucks County - where the 36-year-old exterminator lived with his girlfriend, their young daughter, his girlfriend's mother, and other relatives - described him as helpful, a family man who took his boxer, Tyson, out for frequent walks. They said he showed no signs of a violent temper.
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November 27, 2012
By Jay Ostrich Growing up in Pennsylvania, I enjoyed playing board games over the holidays, and none more than Monopoly. The possibilities were endless, the rules clear, and the objective simple, and it even had cool Keystone State references. But in the end, there could be only one winner, leaving the other players bankrupt and broken. Such are the ends of all monopolies: Just ask Pennsylvania's wine and spirits consumers, who have been playing the game since 1933. Sadly, the state government's alcohol sales monopoly changes the rules as it goes, and it's playing with your money - drinkers and teetotalers alike - while picking wine winners and liquor losers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2012 | Mitchell Hecht
Q: This past July 4th, I watched Nathan's hot dog eating contest on TV where the winner (for the sixth time), Joey Chestnut, ate an incredible 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes! How can someone eat that much? He's not even that big a guy. Can't someone's stomach explode from doing that? Does he need to vomit afterward? A: The stomach is a muscular sac, and like the urinary bladder, it can be stretched way beyond its normal capacity with a lot of willpower and determination. Normally, there's a sense of fullness where you "just can't eat another bite.
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July 6, 2012
Man acquitted in assault on priest SAN JOSE, Calif. - A jury acquitted a man Thursday of assaulting a priest he says molested him more than three decades ago and left him with tormented memories that led to alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide attempts. The verdict came after defendant William Lynch took the witness stand during the two-week trial and acknowledged punching Jerold Lindner several times on May 10, 2010. While previously pleading not guilty, Lynch said he hoped to use the case to publicly shame Lindner and bring further attention to the Catholic Church clergy abuse scandal.
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