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January 18, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: My brother and his wife are expecting a little boy this spring. We're all very excited, and I've offered to host the baby shower. The problem is that the parents-to-be are putting all kinds of conditions on the shower. They want it to be coed, because my sister-in-law doesn't want to have all the attention on her. They also don't want to open gifts at the shower. I really don't like these ideas, and wish I hadn't offered to host. I sincerely doubt men want to go to a baby shower.
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May 19, 1988 | By Elisabeth Ryan Sullivan, Special to The Inquirer
Clusters of pale blue and pink balloons outside the Willingboro Township Municipal Complex yesterday hinted at a celebration, but offered no clue about the unconventional nature of the party inside: a group baby shower for pregnant teens. Orange punch and pastel cupcakes were served. A woman dressed in a giant stork costume welcomed about 25 young mothers-to-be - and a handful of uncomfortable boyfriends - into the room. Beyond the lure of refreshments and gifts, social-service workers and physicians promoted a special agenda: healthy habits for the care of pregnant mothers and their unborn children.
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September 13, 1990 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
A dispute between two men during a baby shower Sunday night in Whitemarsh Township resulted in injuries to a pregnant woman and one of the men. According to Whitemarsh police, Loren Lloyd, 41, of the 1100 block of Jones Street, was stabbed in the face with a butcher knife. Michael John Tague, 32, of the Plymouth Garden Apartments, 1300 Fayette Street, was charged in the stabbing. Police said Tague showed up at the shower in the 1100 block of Jones Street, where Lloyd lives.
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September 16, 2008
RE Christine Ireland's " 'Police Brutality' Payday" letter: Comments like this one always astound and then enrage me as an African-American. Let me ask you one simple question, Ms. Ireland: Were you there to witness the incident at the baby shower where a woman and her little girl were maced by police? You're a smug, supercilious racist who uses the Daily News as a platform to voice your true reasons for submitting a letter in the first place! For example, you ask: "Who is selling the drugs?"
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June 10, 1994 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
What are we to make of the recent Hollywood trendlet wherein the hubris of adults gets punished with a life-threatening childbirth? Angie and The Paper tapped a nerve in parents who worry about balancing the professional and the personal, but they also recalled the Greek tragedian Euripides, whose idea of judgment day was the gods visiting the sins of the fathers upon their children. Babyfever, Henry Jaglom's anxious comedy "for those who hear their biological clocks ticking," is mostly about the fear that the gods will visit the sins of would-be mothers on the incipient eggs of their unborn children.
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March 14, 2011 | By Dan Gross
P INK IS HEADING home this weekend for her baby shower. We hear the Doylestown- native pop star is flying here from Los Angeles to celebrate with family and friends Saturday afternoon. She and Motocross-rider husband Carey Hart are expecting their first child in June. Out and about Spike Lee checked out some new Knicks gear at Mitchell & Ness (12th & Chestnut) Friday afternoon. The filmmaker was in town to be honored by the African American Musuem of Philadelphia.
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June 4, 1996 | BY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN Daily News wire services, the New York Post and People magazine contributed to this report
What do you get the Material Girl who has everything? More stuff, of course! Tiny little undershirts, stuffed bunnies, a diaper pail, maybe a stroller. Madonna's buddies threw the expectant mom a baby shower in New York Sunday afternoon. Among the gals in attendance: Comedian-actress Rosie O'Donnell, herself a high-profile new mom, actress Debbie Mazur and Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg. The widening pop star, due in September, has been staying at her Upper West Side home since finishing her role in "Evita" in London and Budapest.
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September 27, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: I just got an invite to one of my closest friends' baby shower (thrown by another friend). I do not want to go for several reasons. First, I hate showers, especially when they are gift grabs (as this one is), and especially when they are gift grabs for people who seriously do not need other people to buy them things. Second, this friend has not been a very good friend to me since she met her now-husband. She rarely calls, came to town and didn't visit with us because they were seeing the husband's friends, and her husband was downright rude to me at their wedding.
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February 18, 2012 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
A night that turned violent began with a baby shower in southern Chester County, according to testimony at the preliminary hearing Friday for five of 12 defendants accused of participating in a gang-linked double slaying. After listening to more than three hours of testimony, District Judge Matthew Seavey ruled that sufficient evidence existed to hold Manuel "Mongo" Mora, 20, of Kennett Square; Dominick Daddezio, 17, James L. Jones, 19, and Rafael "Rafa" Lopez Alvarado, 19, all of West Grove; and Cristian "Snoopy" Eumana, 18, of Greenville, Del., for trial on charges that include third-degree murder and conspiracy.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2011
Q: How do friends and family celebrate the birth of a second child? I've heard a shower should be thrown only in honor of the first baby's birth. A: Strict etiquette holds that friends and family shower the mother-to-be only the first time around, because the gifts given generally provide the parents with the items they'll need for children who may follow. Also, people shouldn't feel pressured to buy gifts for each new member of the family. But as with most questions of etiquette, good reasons arise for breaking the rules.
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September 27, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: I just got an invite to one of my closest friends' baby shower (thrown by another friend). I do not want to go for several reasons. First, I hate showers, especially when they are gift grabs (as this one is), and especially when they are gift grabs for people who seriously do not need other people to buy them things. Second, this friend has not been a very good friend to me since she met her now-husband. She rarely calls, came to town and didn't visit with us because they were seeing the husband's friends, and her husband was downright rude to me at their wedding.
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September 2, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I was best friends with "Joanne" after we met in middle school. She comes from a conservative Christian family and has three successful siblings. This has made her quirky, media-driven pursuits and city life a disappointment to her family. When we were teens and she learned that I was a straight ally for gay rights, she came out to me as a lesbian, but for years only I and a few close friends knew. Once she was an adult and her family found out, they practically disowned her and made their disapproval and "shame" very clear.
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August 12, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: My ailing-for-several-years grandmother has just been admitted to the hospital with what sounds like a serious health problem, and I leave on a European trip tomorrow afternoon. Am I a bad grandchild for not even considering a postponement? I saw her a few weeks ago, and she barely seems to know who I am anymore. Answer: This is your conscience! Sorry, I can neither take you off this hook nor put you on it. You want to go to Europe but are afraid others will judge you for it, right?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2015 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
It rained on their first date, and Sara charmed Ron by showing up in her wellies. Later, when they lived together, a torrential storm flushed eight inches of water into their basement apartment in Washington. The couple decamped to a hotel and saw the crisis as a test: "This really sucks, but we're going to be OK," Ron says. "We laughed it off. " It poured on their wedding day in April 2011, flooding the road to the mountainside mansion where they were planning an outdoor ceremony.
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October 2, 2014 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
As everyone knows, there are baby-shower standards: inane activities, public opening of presents, lots of oohing and ahhing over said presents. Not everyone's a fan, including Donna Laing. But when she attended a grandbaby shower a couple years ago, she had a blast. "It was so fun, and an easy-breezy afternoon. No crazy games, you didn't have to get dressed up, and you didn't spend a million dollars," said Laing, of Warminster. The guest of honor was Peg Bauman, the grandmother-to-be of twins.
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February 27, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Fonda's being and time Jane Fonda , 76, knows we are but specks in the temporal wind. "I have become so wonderfully, terribly aware of time, of how little of it I have left," she wrote on her website shortly after going all googly and weepy at Kerry Washington 's baby shower. Fonda says "pretty things, kind deeds, sad stories," and all kinds of other things reduce her to tears. "I find my emotions are way more accessible than they were when I was younger, and I've come to feel it has to do with age. " Knowing how little time she has left, Fonda writes, "everything becomes so precious.
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
ACTOR Mark Webber , the son of local anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala , married his pregnant girlfriend, actress Teresa Palmer , Saturday in Mexico. An unnamed source of Us Weekly magazine said, "They wanted to get married before the baby arrives. " Webber ("The End of Love") and Palmer ("Warm Bodies") wed at a home in Punta Mita overlooking the Pacific. She's 27 and, like all actresses, from Australia. He's 33. Tattle can't confirm the bride was actually "blushing" as Us reported, but she reportedly wore a white-lace dress with embellishments at the shoulders.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I DON'T THINK Michael Griffin was unfairly fired last week from Holy Ghost Prep. But I do think he was selectively fired. Griffin, of course, is the gay teacher who casually mentioned, in an email to the principal, that he was applying for a marriage license in New Jersey. In a subsequent conversation with school president the Rev. James McCloskey (who hired Griffin 12 years ago), Griffin confirmed his intention to wed his longtime partner, with whom he had obtained a civil union in 2008.
NEWS
June 16, 2013
Stephen Berg is a stay-at-home father and blogger It was pure serendipity that we adopted our son from Cambodia. While working in human resources at Marshall Field & Co., I befriended an 80-year-old children's department employee named Annie Carr. Though deeply religious - a dyed-in-the-wool Catholic - Annie wanted nothing more than to see us boys have a baby. Scott and I were exploring an adoption from China. One afternoon I returned from lunch to a frantic and breathless voice mail from Annie: "Steve, I've found a baby for you and Scott.
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February 28, 2013 | By Samantha Melamed, For The Inquirer
A bored pronouncement from an ultrasound technician, or a sealed envelope anxiously torn open back at home - these did not, to Tanisha Pollard, seem like adequate ways to deliver such momentous news as the gender of her first child. Instead, the 26-year-old Lawnside resident and her boyfriend, Da'Rius Lemon, invited their families to join them for a "gender-reveal party," an increasingly popular way to inject a little ballyhoo into the prenatal condition. "This is my first child, so I just wanted to find a fun way for us to find out what we were having, and to share that - rather than a text message or an e-mail.
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