July 1, 1986 |
Yesterday, for the first time in a half-dozen court appearances, Timothy Purcell made it through an entire hearing without letting loose a stream of obscenities. The cursing is part of a disease, he maintains, that has led him into serious scrapes with the law, including the one that landed him yesterday in court in Camden, where he was sentenced to four years in prison in connection with an alleged January 1985 rape. Purcell, 38, a Philadelphia man who faces sexual-assault charges in Philadelphia, suffers from Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome, a rare neurological disease that causes violent tics, animal-like grunting and uncontrollable cursing.
September 4, 1986 |
Last football season, a man was hurled down several rows of seats in the 700 level at Veterans Stadium during a fight at an Eagles game. A woman, an innocent fan, was hit and knocked unconscious. Her husband, a doctor, feared for her life. A drunken fan in the 500 section spilled a cup of beer down the back of a man attending his first National Football League game. A row of rowdies, drinking wine they smuggled inside, spewed obscenities so loud and so long that a family of five left the 500-level seats given to them for the only Eagles game they would see all season.
October 12, 2014 |
A University of Pennsylvania professor who studies psychopaths has found hope for improving human behavior in a surprising place: fish oil. A new study led by Adrian Raine, a psychologist in Penn's criminology department, found giving children a fruit drink mixed with omega-3 fatty acids - a key ingredient in fish oil - improved their behavior. Strangely, the behavior of parents also improved, even though they weren't taking the supplements. More on that later. Raine's ultimate goal is ambitious: to reduce crime.
March 29, 2011 |
Around the country, schools are trying to find effective ways to deal with violence among young students. The 47,000-student Cleveland Metropolitan School District almost two years ago instituted a social and emotional learning curriculum in kindergarten through fifth grade. Teachers three times a week instruct students in how to understand their emotions and control their behavior, said Angela Buford Payne, a district spokeswoman. "It teaches them that when something happens that upsets you, stop, think, and calm down, and come up with a plan," she said.
January 18, 2000 |
St. Bonaventure's fans yesterday were warned about their behavior during Saturday night's 57-56 victory over Temple. Fans threw objects at Temple coach John Chaney and several Temple players. Chaney got a technical foul for smashing a cookie to the floor. He said the cookie had been thrown at him. At the same time, the Bonnies were given a technical for fans throwing things on the court. "A recurrence of this problem will result in action by the conference office," Atlantic 10 commissioner Linda Bruno said.
May 2, 2011
LAST WEEK, three more police officers were busted - these latest for allegedly operating an illegal steroid sales ring, the most recent incident in a disheartening string of cop arrests for offenses including assault, rape, theft and murder. This brings the total of cops arrested in the past two years to 26. This week, though, we also got a new perspective on these cop troubles from a surprising place: the Fire Department. Meet - or should we say, meat - firefighter Jack Slivinski, who recently landed in hot water with Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.
September 7, 1989 |
The House Ethics Committee will soon consider what kind of private behavior is unacceptable for its members. What continues to disturb is the suggestion, now boldly stated, that such conduct as sexual immorality and heavy drinking (in the case of the one-time defense secretary-designate John Tower) ought not to be of concern to the public. Prof. James David Barber, who wrote an influential book on the importance of character in our presidents, believes "relevance" is the key in judging personal behavior.
July 8, 1990 |
There's one disadvantage to having a mother who's a pediatrician and a behavior expert: You can never fake being sick. "You can't outsmart my mom," says Mary Sack, 13, of her mother, Carolyn Ann Meeks. But there's a major plus: Your mother reasons with you. "She doesn't really scream like other parents," says Richard Sack, 11. For Meeks, parenting wasn't always so rewarding. Ten years ago her elder son, John, now 15, whined incessantly. He wouldn't stop, no matter what she did. She despaired of having to go through the same situations with Mary and Richard.
January 27, 1986 |
As I write on the Friday before the Super Bowl, it occurs to me that the uninhibited behavior of the Chicago Bears, as well as their fans, is probably jarring to people in those parts of the country that are more laid back and sedate. And I have to concede that it's a little unusual for the most widely discussed topic in the sports world this week to have been Jim McMahon's left buttock. When McMahon isn't demanding that an Oriental stick acupuncture needles in his bruised behind, he is using it to moon passing aircraft.
December 12, 1991
It's a sad irony that, for all the talk about cuts, many desperately poor people don't make full use of the services government provides. There's the pregnant woman who doesn't get prenatal care. There's the mother who lets her bored teenager drop out of school, even though education remains the best ticket out of poverty. Liberals tend to respond to such behavior by trying to improve schools, health services and the like, and that's important. But now one of the most liberal states in the nation, Maryland, is looking at the other side of the equation: pressuring welfare recipients to act in their own - and their children's - best interests.