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.
February 28, 2013 |
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.
December 5, 2012 |
Frank Tepper's fate was sealed months ago, when a Common Pleas Court jury convicted the former Philadelphia police officer of first-degree murder for shooting a 21-year-old neighbor outside his Port Richmond home in 2009. Another jury was handed a more complex set of questions on Monday: Was Tepper's killing of Billy Panas part of a pattern of predictable rogue behavior that went unchecked during his 16 years as a police officer? If so, should the city be held accountable? Or was Tepper a "drunken idiot" acting on his own?
May 18, 2012 |
Jennifer Lopez, 42, shocked fans this week when she said she wasn't sure she would stay on at American Idol. To some, it felt like a betrayal of all they held good, sacred, and true. Alas, E! News' Mark Malkin says J-Lo already has decided to ditch the show. "She's just too busy," Anonymous Source says, noting that the singer is due to go on a months-long world tour with Enrique Iglesias. J-Lo has yet to confirm or deny the report. She does tell E! she feels conflicted.
May 8, 2012 |
Old characters, new box-office record! After colossal, gargantuan, elephantine (the thesaurus is so cool!) ticket sales, The Avengers is the first movie ever to collect $200 million in a single weekend — worldwide, it's made $641.8 million in barely a week and a half. To give some context: The Harry Potter finale made $169.2 million in its debut weekend. The SEPTA workers won $173 million. And it would take a SideShow writer at least 250 years to bring in that kind of dough.
April 24, 2012 |
Question: My parents make a strong, overt distinction between married and nonmarried significant others, meaning the former are included in everything, appropriate or not, and the latter are excluded from things that are family-only. My sister's husband was invited to (and attended) my baby shower, while my boyfriend, the father of my child, was not invited to our vacation. Mom's argument is that being treated like family is one of the benefits/incentives of legal marriage. (I would like to get married, but realize it's not right at this time.)
April 1, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: I'm dating a hard-to-find kind of man. He is my Prince Charming except for one thing. He's a racist. I have asked him not to say demeaning things about people of other races because it upsets me. Most of his friends are like that, too. When he meets someone of a different race, he's polite and friendly, but when he sees someone walking on the street, he makes derogatory comments. I'm considering breaking up with him over this. Am I overly sensitive? - Too Sensitive in Texas DEAR TOO SENSITIVE: You're not overly sensitive.
March 20, 2012
ÃBERDIVA BEYONCE will headline Revel's grand-opening festivities Memorial Day weekend, reports Daily News casinos reporter Chuck Darrow. The long-awaited announcement of who will play during the $2.4 billion megaresort's official opening festivities May 25-27 was made yesterday on Revel's Facebook page. The super-duper-star will perform in Ovation Hall, the casino's 5,500-seat performance space. The announcement is sure to disappoint classic-rock devotees who, during the past few weeks, have been teased by speculation that, among others, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin or even a Paul McCartney-Ringo Starr pairing would be the centerpiece of the Memorial Day weekend bash.
February 22, 2012 |
FRANK TEPPER sat pensively in court yesterday as his attorney and a city prosecutor took turns trying to convince a Philadelphia jury why the ex-city cop fatally shot a neighbor during a Port Richmond fight two years ago. The Common Pleas Court jury began deliberating Tepper's fate yesterday and was scheduled to resume this morning. Tepper, 45, who had been a 16-year veteran cop, is being tried for murder, possession of an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment, in the Nov. 21, 2009, death of William Panas Jr., 21. Defense attorney Fortunato Perri said Tepper was not guilty because he had acted in self-defense when he fired the fatal bullet in front of his Elkhart Street rowhouse.
February 18, 2012 |
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.