February 8, 1987 |
Every month, she opens the envelope containing her child support check and cringes. Her former husband invariably has decorated the check with a symbolic drop of blood. Another woman suspects her former husband has some bonds stashed away that he managed to hide during the property settlement. She calls the Internal Revenue Service to report him for alleged nonpayment of taxes. And yet another woman is awakened at 4 a.m. by the ringing of her telephone. She picks it up in terror, knowing whom the caller will be - her former husband, who whispers, "I'm gonna break your legs.
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.
June 5, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband, an amazing man whom I love dearly, believes I am still hurting from an abusive ex-boyfriend. My husband thinks professional counseling could help me release the hurt and anger that seem to haunt me. I know I am still scarred from "Bealza- Bob," but I've never thought I needed counseling. My family and friends know BealzaBob was emotionally and physically abusive, but I haven't told them everything as I don't want to hurt them.
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.
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.
August 15, 2014
I FIRST HEARD about Robin Williams' death when I was standing in line at my mother's viewing and a friend's BlackBerry dinged with the news alert from CNN. It was a surreal, if brief, moment. Not to be insensitive, but while I always liked Mindy's Mork and all the other incarnations of this gifted actor, the death of a stranger was exponentially less important than my personal grief. Still, when I heard it was a suicide, my fleeting first thought was that my mother had fought so valiantly to cling to something Williams had just thrown away.
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 )
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.
February 22, 2005 |
Harvard president Lawrence Summers goes back into the lions' den today. When he faces hundreds of restive professors in an emergency meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, he will be pilloried as an arrogant, incompetent despot and hailed as a champion of free speech victimized by liberal thought police. The session has been moved to a larger hall to accommodate an expected overflow crowd, after a similar session last Tuesday left professors sitting on the floor and crowded into doorways.