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February 1, 1986 | By DICK KLEINER, Special to the Daily News
If you can picture Elizabeth Taylor vacuuming her room, Robert Mitchum working as a bus boy, Liza Minnelli taking out the trash and Mary Tyler Moore mopping up the bathroom, then you have some idea of what goes on at the Betty Ford Center. This is the in place now for treating chemical dependency - people who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Many Hollywood celebrities have been among the more than 5,000 people the center has treated since admitting its first patient in 1982.
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July 5, 1994 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Darryl Strawberry took another step toward returning to the majors last night, hitting a home run and a single in his first two at-bats for the triple-A Phoenix Firebirds. Playing for the first time since signing with San Francisco on June 19, Strawberry singled sharply in the first inning and hit a solo homer estimated at 410 feet in the third against Vancouver. On April 4, Strawberry admitted that he had a substance-abuse problem. He spent four weeks at the Betty Ford Center, negotiated a settlement that released him from the Dodgers, and later joined the Giants.
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July 9, 2011 | By Mike Householder, Associated Press
DETROIT - Betty Ford, 93, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center, has died, a family friend said Friday. During and after her years in the White House, 1974 to 1977, Mrs. Ford won acclaim for her candor, wit and courage as she fought breast cancer, severe arthritis, and the twin addictions of drugs and alcohol. She also pressed for abortion rights and the Equal Rights Amendment.
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June 18, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Cornerback Daryon Brutley has signed a 2-year contract with the Eagles. Brutley, 24, played last spring with the Berlin Thunder, of NFL Europe, recording two interceptions, 20 tackles and seven pass breakups. Brutley attended Southern Mississippi for 3 years before transferring to Northern Iowa for his senior season. He had 46 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery in his only year with Northern Iowa. Brutley signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2002 as an undrafted free agent, but was released during the preseason.
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July 9, 2011 | By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press
DETROIT - Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center, has died, a family friend said yesterday. She was 93. Ford's death was confirmed by Marty Allen, chairman emeritus of the Ford Foundation. He did not comment further, and said he expected the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum to release information later. Betty Ford, whose husband, Gerald, died in December 2006, had undergone surgery for an undisclosed ailment in April 2007.
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July 12, 2011 | By LINDA DEUTSCH, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Former first lady Betty Ford, always known for her take-charge attitude, chose the people who will eulogize her and the subjects that they would discuss, focusing on the power of friendship to mend political differences even in these hyper-partisan times. Ford, who died Friday at 93, chose former first lady Rosalynn Carter and journalist Cokie Roberts from the political realm, and a former director of her Betty Ford Center to address her passion for helping others overcome substance and alcohol abuse.
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September 6, 1988 | Compiled from reports from A Positive Approach magazine, American Health and the Inquirer wire services
GUIDE FOR THE DISABLED. Charles D. Goldman, a Washington lawyer, has written a 172-page guide for the disabled, called Disability Rights Guide, Practical Solutions to Problems Affecting People with Disabilities. The book discusses housing, employment, education and transportation for the disabled. From 1975 to 1983, Goldman served as general counsel for the Architectural Transportation Barriers Compliance Board in Washington. Now he is a lawyer specializing in disability-rights issues.
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July 20, 1994 | By Gwen Knapp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mike Strawberry, formerly of the Los Angeles Police Department, started training for his new job when he was 2 years old. The work hasn't changed much over the years. The hours have just gotten longer, and the pay slightly better. He is - first by nature and now by trade, too - Darryl Strawberry's big brother. When the San Francisco Giants signed the Strawberry who had hit 290 career home runs, they also signed up the one who had taken a bullet in the back of his neck during the Rodney King riots.
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May 7, 1992 | By Gail Shister, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Five networks, four marriages and enough life changes to inspire vertigo can't keep Linda Jane Ellerbee down. Thank goodness. In the throaty Texas cadence that discriminating viewers came to know on such now-defunct TV series as NBC News Overnight and ABC's Our World, Ellerbee delights in her latest book with her sarcasm and wit as she hops, skips and jumps over important moments in her life. That wit - expressed in Ellerbee's trademark honest, unpretentious and often hilarious prose in Move On: Adventures in the Real World (HarperAudio, three hours on two cassettes, $16)
NEWS
January 20, 2003 | By Michael Martin Mills INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"I really think the key thing as you get older is that you learn to cleanse yourself of self-pity," says Norman Mailer. Talking with Newsweek, he declares: "You no longer want to be president of the United States or have everyone in the world say you're the greatest writer who's ever lived. " But being in a crossword puzzle would help. The oft-married (six wives), more-oft-published (32 books), and once-arrested (for stabbing No. 2 of the six) novelist turns 80 at the end of the month, and admits: "I'm hurt that I'm never in one of them [crosswords]
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May 4, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
As you read this, Lindsay Lohan is enjoying sobriety tucked up in the luxurious if not extravagant bosom of that famed former-First-Lady-inspired celeb rehab, the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., TMZ reports. LiLo, who has racked up more arrests, jail time, rehab stays, drunken fights, boyfriends, and breakups at the tender age of 26 than many a world-class rogue accrues in a lifetime, got to the center via a tortured and circuitous road. Ordered to spend 90 days in an inpatient program in lieu of jail, LiLo was supposed to park her neuroses at the Seafield Centre in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., but balked when she found out it was a nonsmoking joint.
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August 12, 2011
Warren weighing Mass. Senate bid WASHINGTON - Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is taking the first steps toward launching a possible challenge against Sen. Scott Brown (R., Mass.), a top Democratic target in 2012. Warren, 62, a Harvard law professor, began contacting top Massachusetts Democrats on Thursday, including party chairman John Walsh, about a potential candidacy. She plans to decide after Labor Day and will spend the next few weeks talking with voters and party activists, a Democrat close to the national leadership said on condition of anonymity.
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July 13, 2011 | By Jeff Wilson and John Rogers, Associated Press
PALM DESERT, Calif. - First ladies, past and present, and others who called the White House home remembered Betty Ford on Tuesday, not just for her decades-long work against substance abuse, but also for her contributions to a political era when friendship among lawmakers helped them govern. Speakers, including Rosalynn Carter and journalist Cokie Roberts, also hailed Ford, who died Friday at 93, as a force of nature whose boundless energy and enthusiasm, coupled with a steadfast determination to do what was right, pushed the country toward a commitment to equal rights for women and other causes.
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July 12, 2011 | By LINDA DEUTSCH, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Former first lady Betty Ford, always known for her take-charge attitude, chose the people who will eulogize her and the subjects that they would discuss, focusing on the power of friendship to mend political differences even in these hyper-partisan times. Ford, who died Friday at 93, chose former first lady Rosalynn Carter and journalist Cokie Roberts from the political realm, and a former director of her Betty Ford Center to address her passion for helping others overcome substance and alcohol abuse.
NEWS
July 9, 2011 | By Mike Householder, Associated Press
DETROIT - Betty Ford, 93, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center, has died, a family friend said Friday. During and after her years in the White House, 1974 to 1977, Mrs. Ford won acclaim for her candor, wit and courage as she fought breast cancer, severe arthritis, and the twin addictions of drugs and alcohol. She also pressed for abortion rights and the Equal Rights Amendment.
NEWS
July 9, 2011 | By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press
DETROIT - Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center, has died, a family friend said yesterday. She was 93. Ford's death was confirmed by Marty Allen, chairman emeritus of the Ford Foundation. He did not comment further, and said he expected the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum to release information later. Betty Ford, whose husband, Gerald, died in December 2006, had undergone surgery for an undisclosed ailment in April 2007.
NEWS
February 22, 2010 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
To much of official Washington, the portrait of substance abuse in the United States is grim: More than 22 million Americans abuse drugs or alcohol. Just 10 percent of them get treated - and an alarming number relapse. At treatment centers designed to help them, half the counselors quit each year. Worse, the newest research-based therapies often do not reach clinics at all. In the dysfunction, A. Thomas McLellan sees opportunity. "We've got to put scientific information into policies that make sense and will deliver for Americans," said McLellan, who left Philadelphia six months ago to become the nation's No. 2 drug-policy official.
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August 22, 2007 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eddie Griffin left Philadelphia for what everyone thought would be fame and fortune, not to mention a long and prosperous NBA career. But it was not to be. In the seven years after his graduation from Roman Catholic High School in 2000, Griffin encountered nothing but trouble. His life was one of substance abuse, depression, run-ins with the law, and a quiet stint in the NBA. He barely made an impact for any of the three teams that had signed him. It all came to a sudden and tragic end in the early hours of Friday when Griffin ignored a railroad barrier, drove his Nissan SUV past warning lights, and struck a moving freight train in southeast Houston.
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December 28, 2006 | By TINA MOORE New York Daily News
Betty Ford will mourn her husband this week the same way she confronted many of her own personal demons and struggles - on America's public stage. The quiet and reserved former first lady will again be in the nation's spotlight, as she was when she battled breast cancer and drug-and-alcohol addiction. Her highly publicized personal struggles, which occurred during and after her husband's presidency, turned her into an accidental activist. Ford brought a new national awareness to alcohol and drug addiction after kicking her own dependence on booze and pills.
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