June 7, 2013
HERE WE GO again - another non-union contractor with unskilled labor causing carnage, death and mayhem in our city. It goes without saying that our prayers are with the families of the deceased and the injured. Demolition is a skilled trade requiring training and supervision. Union labor requires apprenticeships, thousands of hours of instruction and on-the-job training to ensure competence and safety. Workers at 22nd and Market allegedly weren't wearing hard hats, were working in the dark with inadequate lighting and failed to properly brace the party wall.
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.
April 30, 2013 |
Remember when you first heard the heartbeat of your first child? I do. It was a painfully faint sound emanating from my wife's tummy, indistinguishable for a long time from other raucous gurgles with which it was competing. It presented as a sort of slurp-crunch, seemingly random, until, at length, I detected its regularity. Maida and I gazed into each other's eyes and smiled simultaneously. We knew our love was monumental, but this, this slurp-crunch, was miraculous beyond all telling.
April 18, 2013 |
OVER THE COURSE of Tattle's lengthy tattling career, virtually every nationality, ethnic group and religious sect has been offended by something done by some celebrity, movie or TV show. Today, we bring you the Hindus, who are mad at Selena Gomez for having a sparkling bindi on her head in an Indian-themed performance of "Come & Get It" at the MTV Movie Awards. Leaders at the Universal Society of Hinduism want Selena to apologize for wearing the religious adornment. "The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance," Rajan Zed told World Entertainment News Network.
April 17, 2013 |
He is known only as "Baby Boy B," a fetus estimated to be 28 weeks old, found frozen in an altered one-gallon plastic water jug in Dr. Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic. His passing went unnoticed and undocumented, but on Monday, prosecution and defense lawyers struggled to get Philadelphia's chief medical examiner to say whether he was stillborn or killed by Gosnell after being born alive during an abortion. "Based on the totality of the evidence . . . you cannot testify to anyone that this fetus was born alive?"
April 14, 2013 |
BERLIN - For nearly 30 years, the Berlin Wall was the hated symbol of the division of Europe, a gray, concrete mass that snaked through neighborhoods, separating families and friends. One morning last month, it took hundreds of police to guarantee the safe removal of 15 feet of what's left of the wall. Construction crews, protected by about 250 police, hauled down part of the three-quarter-mile strip of the wall to provide access to a planned luxury apartment complex overlooking the Spree River.
April 6, 2013 |
The firing of Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice and resignation of his assistant coach Jimmy Martelli do not appear to have quieted the scandal, as a concerned chorus of voices continued to rise. While their approaches differ, most of the critics agree: More investigation is needed. More than 50 faculty members have signed a letter calling for athletic director Tim Pernetti to be fired, while 28 faculty signed a separate letter calling for president Robert L. Barchi to step down.
April 2, 2013
I DON'T KNOW which is more out of touch: a) the wife of a man who, when investigated for posting a picture of his son holding what appears to be an assault rifle on Facebook, states that her husband posted the picture because he was angry that the president was elected in 2008; or b) a newspaper article that references the man's fear that his gun would be taken away. In this post-Newtown environment, people want to make sure that laws of gun ownership are enforced. If you post a picture of what looks to be an assault weapon in a state where sale and ownership of assault weapons are banned, you should expect the government to react.
March 28, 2013 |
In recent weeks, City Council members have been getting waylaid by constituents bewildered by the new property assessments that are part of the mayor's property-tax reform effort. Members channeled much of that confusion and anger Tuesday during a budget hearing for the Office of Property Assessment (OPA), lobbing barbs at the citywide reassessment that is key to Mayor Nutter's Actual Value Initiative (AVI). Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr. went so far as to label the process of assigning a market value to each of the city's 579,000 parcels a "wild-assed guess.