April 13, 2010
PHILADELPHIA Police Officer Thomas Schaffling has again overstepped his bounds. The troubled officer drew his pistol outside a bar in the Tacony section and let off shots at the men who allegedly attacked him. How long will Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey put up with this problem officer? Over the years, Officer Schaffling has his share of run-ins and misconduct. In 2008, he was linked to the beatings of three men. He was involved in an incident at a baby shower that cost the city money via lawsuits.
August 14, 2010 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Two of my adult children and I are hosting a baby shower for my third child and her husband. They are big sports fans, so the shower is planned for late morning at a location that will allow guests, if they wish, to join the parents-to-be at a nearby sporting event afterward. It is a coed shower with four children (10 and under) attending. Now my son-in-law is planning to bring a cooler of beer because, he says, it will be a "draw" for the guys.
August 17, 2011
SALEM, N.J. - A South Jersey high school teacher who allegedly slapped a female student's face was acquitted Tuesday of a simple-assault charge she filed. Salem City Municipal Judge Jason Witcher ruled that there wasn't enough evidence to indicate Steve Merritt intended to injure the student, 18. Witnesses said Merritt - a longtime English teacher at Salem High School - tapped the student in what appeared to be a joking manner. Witcher said the student apparently misinterpreted Merritt's actions.
August 18, 2008
WE DON'T KNOW what to make of Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey's apparent change of heart over the disciplining of two officers, but we hope it's not a signal that the public honeymoon is over for the so-far well-regarded chief. Last week, a police melee at a baby shower that injured six people involved two of the officers that were caught on videotape kicking a suspect back in May. That May incident was an international embarrassment for the police, but Ramsey and the mayor's quick response - firing four officers, transferring four others and suspending three without pay - was hailed as a bold and decisive move, necessary for a department that has lacked transparency and sensitivity to charges of brutality, use of force and over-reliance on violence.
May 23, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Ed Helms; Greyson Chance performs. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Stars participate in a farewell to The Oprah Winfrey Show . The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8 p.m., FAM)- Adrian's baby shower is approaching, but those around her continue to fight. The Bachelorette (9:01 p.m., 6ABC) - Ashley Hebert, second runner-up from The Bachelor, meets her 25 suitors. Clash of the Commercials: U.S.A.
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 8, 1989 |
Dear Polly: In the fall, I bag the nice dry leaves and put them in a dry place to use now, when the ground is wet and messy. I put them in my dog run, emptying them out on the muddy ground. I also put them in the dog house. My boxer loves them. He plays around in them and they keep him warm and dry for a while. It makes the dog run easy to clean - just rake them out and put in more leaves. - Cil Dear Cil: I think this is a great use for dry leaves. They could be used to cover muddy walkways or driveways, too. Dear Polly: I wanted to save the pictures on the cards I received from a baby shower.
April 27, 1988 |
Cherylle Staley took a maternity leave from her job early this month. Her fellow employees gave her a baby shower. She got a lot of nice gifts. Her roommate saw her in a nightgown with a swollen belly. She suffered morning sickness. Her boyfriend believed he felt a fetus move. And last Saturday, Staley showed her friends a baby that she said was hers. But Staley had never been pregnant. The baby was not hers. Police say she stole 4-month-old LaShae Cherry from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Saturday because she wanted to give her boyfriend a baby and had not been able to become pregnant.
August 4, 1991 |
In 1982, Carol Hallenbeck of Wayne spent about $6,000 to launch a publishing company, Our Child Press, specializing in adoption-related publications. Hallenbeck, a former community-health nurse who taught childbirth classes, used that money to produce 500 copies of her book, Our Child: Preparation for Parenting in Adoption - Instructor's Guide. It's for teaching infant-care classes to parents waiting to adopt children. "It's a very limited market, so I didn't even try to have someone else publish it," said Hallenbeck, 42, during a recent interview in her Wayne home, which also serves as her office.
August 28, 2008
At the School District's recent annual convocation, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman told the principals that "it makes me sick that far too many of our children . . . are locked into school environments where some adults . . . have decided that they have little or no chance to succeed. " As the son of a woman who's spent nearly 20 years in city schools, I'm appalled and saddened by Ms. Ackerman's indictment. I can speak to my mother's dedication to her students as I've seen the time and effort she puts into planning lessons each day. I've seen the materials, books and games she's purchased for her students to use in class.