December 19, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My friend's husband is obnoxious and offensive, and I'm out of serenity. I just want to leave now, but our lives are entangled. I feel like a heel waiting out mutual obligations to make my exit, but I don't see any good in telling them what's going on. My friend will just see one more person denigrating her husband. She seems happy and she's repeatedly assured me she's happy with him. Her husband generally gets defensive and is unable to admit fault.
November 1, 2004 |
And finally, the showdown is almost here. After a campaign that feels like it has run for a million years, voters go to the polls tomorrow. Then the lawyers go to court on Wednesday and presto, just four to six short weeks from now, we'll know who's going to lead this country for the next four years. Unfortunately, that's only the second most pressing question we face. The first, for my money, is simply this: What happens next? I'm not talking about Iraq, Afghanistan or health care.
August 11, 2011
By Maria Margaronis LONDON - Perhaps the whole point of a riot is to defy explanation: It's an eruption of the irrational, a shattering of glass and boundaries, a testosterone-fueled roar that briefly flips anger and emptiness into something like ecstasy. What's in the minds of the young men (and women) in London, Birmingham, Bristol, and Liverpool who have sent great sheets of flame rising into the August night, devouring local businesses that took years to build, and gone home with their backpacks stuffed with cellphones, Nikes, Xboxes, and Wiis?
February 19, 2014 |
SO NOW there's apparently an addendum to the Handbook for Raising Black Sons. In addition to having the talk about how not to come across as a danger or a threat to . . . anyone, there's now a socially acceptable way to behave when those lessons are still not enough to protect your child. I was channel surfing this weekend when I briefly landed on CNN and heard conservative pundit Ben Ferguson's comments on the Jordan Davis case. Davis was the unarmed black Florida teenager who in 2012 was killed by Michael Dunn, a white man who shot Davis for refusing to turn down his "thug music.
May 21, 2012 |
See if you can distinguish the real news story from the overwritten fake ones. Philadelphia Public Ledger, April 1, 1789: The man who led U.S. forces through the nation's longest war, and who this month will become its first chief executive thanks to a lack of opposition and a unanimous vote in the Electoral College, has a dark side when it comes to environmental issues. The Ledger has learned, through sources both on and off the record, that what was once thought of strictly as a legend seems to be true.
November 11, 2011 |
Millions of people love NBC's "America's Got Talent. " Millions of people love Howard Stern . Tattle would bet there's not much overlap. So it was a big surprise yesterday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Stern might replace Piers Morgan as a judge on the show's next season. Morgan said Wednesday night that he was going to stop judging sword swallowers and acrobats to concentrate on his CNN chat show. Enter Stern. The Journal reported that the peacock was ready to offer the shock jock $15 million to take the job (probably $1 million for judging and $14 million for putting up with Howie Mandel )
July 22, 2014 |
A Superior Court jury in California has awarded $16.2 million in damages to a Sacramento-area homeowner who said that PHH Mortgage Solutions, based in Mount Laurel, botched his loan modification and nearly cost him his house. Lawyers for Phillip Linza said the award included $514,000 in compensatory damages and $15.7 million in punitive damages. PHH is the sixth-largest originator of residential mortgages and the eighth-largest mortgage servicer, as well as South Jersey's fifth-largest employer.
January 10, 1990 |
The final chapter to a duel under a warm June sun was written in Chester County Court yesterday, as a 22-year-old man was sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for killing his former girlfriend's lover. Jason Jaye Welles pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and aggravated assault for the shotgun slaying in the middle of a Phoenixville street as neighbors looked on. Witnesses told police that Welles shot Michael Brockerman four times with a 12-gauge shotgun about 4:40 p.m. on June 6, the last three blasts coming as the 24-year-old Pottstown man lay prone on the street.
July 27, 2014 |
The patient who opened fire on a caseworker and psychiatrist at a unit of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital intended to kill the doctor and possibly others - and might have succeeded if the psychiatrist had not pulled his own gun, authorities said Friday. Richard Plotts was carrying a loaded revolver and 39 bullets when he arrived for his appointment Thursday afternoon, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Plotts got off enough shots to kill caseworker Theresa Hunt and wound psychiatrist Lee Silverman before the doctor drew his own weapon and shot Plotts three times.
July 27, 2014 |
TUMON BAY, Guam - It's a tropical island where the streets have no names and the trees have no birds. The place "where America's day begins" (as they like to say), Guam is a Micronesian dot 1,200 miles east of the Philippines, known mostly to those Americans who served in the Pacific during World War II, or to Vietnam-era military who passed through. A U.S. territory since it was ceded after the Spanish-American War, hot and hilly Guam is small (180,000 population) and manageable (30 miles long and 9 miles wide)