July 6, 2016
The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political "corruption" has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week, a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term's most important decision, limited the discretion prosecutors have to criminalize politics. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to prison for unseemly behavior. He accepted from a Virginia businessman gifts and loans valued at more than $170,000. The businessman wanted McDonnell to help promote his dietary-supplement business, including by helping him persuade state universities to study its products.
June 24, 2016 |
Selma Blair apologizes Actress Selma Blair issued a nifty apology for her erratic, wild behavior during a flight Monday from Cancun, Mexico, to Los Angeles. Blair was removed from the plane on a stretcher. "After a lovely trip with my son and his dad, I mixed alcohol with medication, and that caused me to black out and led me to say and do things that I deeply regret," Blair tells Vanity Fair, referring to her son Arthur and his dad, Blair ex-bf Jason Bleick . "My son was with his dad asleep with his headphones on, so there is that saving grace.
June 19, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: I have officially found my biggest pet peeve. It's a pervasive issue with my generation of committing to something and not showing up. They'll flake at the last minute, or refuse to commit to something because there's a possibility something better will come along. And constantly showing up late has become normal with young adults. Furthermore, despite the many technological advances that allow us to communicate quickly, their failure to communicate about plans astounds and infuriates me. I've encountered this problem too often with friends, coworkers, bosses and professors at university.
May 31, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have been with my boyfriend for four years. We have lived together for one. I am nine years older, and he comes from a very traditional part of the world. We are trying to get pregnant, but the thought of scientific intervention puts him off. I have tried to explain that the longer we wait, the harder it will be, but he thinks that if we keep trying, it will happen. I am afraid that if it doesn't, we will end, because he does want children and I won't be able to. How do I get him to face the age difference and go to the doctor?
May 20, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I recently confided in a good friend some personal news and told her not to tell anyone. I didn't think trusting her was a problem, as she has confided in me numerous times in the past, and I have kept her personal stories to myself. Within a few days, she had told two other friends. Although she apologized profusely, I was still angry. I told her I should never have confided to anyone in the first place. She responded by saying I was right and shouldn't have confided in anyone, as even well-meaning folks like her can say things they don't mean to. I feel like she's trying to justify her behavior.
April 21, 2016 |
Blame "the bracelet incident" on the brain, Philadelphia fans, because human beings can be helpless during a terrible hockey game, unable to resist the sense of release that comes with joining a crowd booing or throwing something on the ice. The key to Monday night's rain of light-up bracelets at the Wells Fargo Center, experts say, would be finding Patient Zero, the first disgruntled Flyers fan who sparked the latest municipal embarrassment by...
April 20, 2016 |
The South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative on Monday announced pilot programs to develop better-coordinated care for people with mental-health and substance-abuse disorders. Among the recommended pilots underway or soon to be launched are: conferencing on complex cases, sharing protocols and quality measures across the region, the integration of psychiatric specialists into emergency departments, and recovery-oriented housing. The collaborative, started in 2014, includes Cooper University Health Care, Inspira Health Network, Kennedy Health, Lourdes Health System, and Virtua.
April 17, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Recently, an engaged couple that my boyfriend and I dine with semiregularly bailed at the last minute on long-standing dinner reservations at a nice restaurant. Their cancellation was so last-minute we couldn't have canceled the reservation even if we'd wanted to; fortunately, another couple was included in the reservation and the four of us were able to enjoy dinner together. The guy texted all of us, saying that dinner wasn't "in the cards" for them due to wedding-registry activities.
April 1, 2016 |
Few local musical artists have worn as many masks or shed as many skins over the last decade as Michelle Zauner. The singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist - a Eugene, Ore.-to-Philadelphia transplant, who turns 27 today - has fronted the now-defunct indie-synth-pop Post Post , the lyrically challenging emo-core Little Big League , and now her softly buzzing synth-and-sequencer-driven Japanese Breakfast , a solo project releasing its...
March 17, 2016 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On having a child with a short-tempered partner: Having a child will increase stress, which, in turn, is likely to make any poor behavior far worse and may place the hypothetical child in direct danger. How often will a child not do what this parent wants, and how far will he or she go when a display of temper still doesn't get results? I was married to someone with an explosive temper. After much soul-searching on my part, we adopted a child together.