October 23, 2007 |
MY EX owed me thousands in child support, and I stayed hopping mad about it for a long time. I'd call the support hot line just to see how much he was in arrears. And then I'd say nasty things about him in my head. Years later, I found out he'd done everything he could to get out of paying the support. Even before he lost his job. Then he did the ultimate to ensure he'd never have to pay me another dime. He upped and died. Suddenly, his back child-support bill wasn't so important.
January 2, 2014 |
WACO, Texas - Maybe it was fate that drew Shawn Oakman to Baylor, a school built on the promise of redemption, one whose athletic program itself has undergone a conversion as dramatic as any sinner's. "When I got here," said Oakman, gazing at the endless Central Texas horizon, "I had a lot of growing up to do. " Twenty-one months ago, the Penn Wood High graduate, a large and highly touted freshman lineman, was booted off Penn State's football team. His GPA was low, his penchant for trouble high.
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.
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?
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 )