July 18, 2016 |
After traveling those great distances from innocence to manhood, from idealizing sports to covering them professionally, from passion to advocacy, Ray Didinger discovered a play. The former Daily News sportswriter found the theatrical inspiration close to where his boyhood views collided with the gritty games and athletes he chronicled, very near the place where his mind and heart were in frequent debate. Tommy and Me is Didinger's recounting of a lengthy, heartfelt, and often complex relationship with his boyhood idol, Eagles flanker Tommy McDonald.
July 7, 2016
ISSUE | SEXUAL ABUSE Senate's cowardice It is horrifying that Pennsylvania's Senate Judiciary Committee lacked the courage and wisdom to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice retroactively ("Pa. panel dials back sex-abuse measure," June 29) and that the Senate passed an amended bill 49-0 on Thursday. There must be room for the provision to be found constitutional given that Sen. John Rafferty Jr. of Delaware County, who is running for state attorney general, had no issues with it. And the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and several high-level prosecutors have supported retroactivity for years.
June 21, 2016 |
On a wet afternoon at Crosswicks Wildlife Sanctuary in Abington Township, Leigh Altadonna walked the muddy trails, searching through binoculars for a breeding pair of wood thrushes, a species in decline, and remembering a childhood day 60 years ago when he saw a robin in the woods behind his Glenside home, carrying mud from a pond to build its nest. He's been a fervent birder ever since. "It doesn't take an exotic bird to get you into this," he said. "For me, it was a robin. " Altadonna, 67, is a benevolent guiding spirit at Crosswicks - Pennsylvania's only National Audubon Society sanctuary - rambling through its 13 acres as knowingly as he once walked the woods of his youth, eyes and ears attuned to the moving tapestry of birds from the forest floor to the tree canopy 100 feet above.
June 19, 2016 |
We see all kinds of symptoms. An 8-year-old boy with a badly swollen jaw due to an infection. A 2-year-old boy who weighs what a 1-year-old should because he can't eat solid foods. A 6-year-old girl who can't fall asleep at night or pay attention in school. A 4-year-old who gets teased at preschool because he "talks funny. " One look inside their mouths, and the telltale erosions and cavernous divots on their "baby teeth" bring to light the probable cause of all these problems that cause so much pain and disability, and yet are so preventable.
April 25, 2016 |
"Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, his mind is being developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today. " - Gabriela Mistral, Chilean Poet, Nobel Laureate The main aim of pediatrics is prevention. Prevention of diseases, of injury, of emotional problems, of developmental and intellectual delays. Our armamentarium include vaccines; screening instruments; and guidance on development, safety, and nutrition.
February 6, 2016 |
Standing in front of a toy kitchen in a Mantua preschool classroom, Gov. Wolf said Thursday that he wants to spend $60 million more on early childhood education in 2017. Wolf made the announcement alongside Mayor Kenney, whose ambitious education agenda includes a push for universal prekindergarten that would cost the city a projected $60 million - separate from any state boost - in 2017. With the fiscal 2016 state budget still not in place, and education funding one of the chief sticking points, Wolf's proposal, which also includes a $200 million boost for K-12 education, is far from a lock.
January 21, 2016 |
First, Mayor Kenney handled the important business: reading a picture book called My Friends to a group of spellbound 4-year-olds. Next, he talked about what he calls one of the biggest priorities of his administration: opening prekindergarten seats to "as many children as we can reach. " Kenney and Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania's top education official, traveled Tuesday to a Northeast early-childhood education center to tout the recent release of state funds that will pay for 1,500 new prekindergarten seats.
January 16, 2016 |
Anna Okropiribce, 16, drinks from the water fountains at Northeast High School only when she's "desperate. " The water is warm and metallic-tasting. "It's pretty gross," she said. "Once, I filled up my water bottle, and the water wasn't clear. It was gray. I got scared. I was like, I don't know if I should drink this. " That's cause for concern, given that poor water intake is a likely factor in a startling phenomenon outlined in research published Thursday by a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia doctor.
December 15, 2015 |
CHILDHOOD'S END. 8 tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday, Syfy. Can science fiction and religion co-exist? Mike Vogel doesn't see why not. "I think God created us with an imagination, and for me, science fiction, it's the ultimate in opening the expanse of what's possible," said the Warminster-raised star of "Childhood's End. " The three-night miniseries premieres tonight on Syfy. Vogel, who spent some time at the Christian Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University)
October 31, 2015
Q: My parents recently told me and my brothers that they are selling our childhood home. They want me to take all the furniture and my old toys, or they are going to donate it all. I can't store all that in my place. I thought my parents would keep it until I had kids of my own. - Leah A: It's common to keep all kinds of things when we have room, such as at your parents' house, and it's a problem only once space runs out or a situation changes. Your parents have every right to sell their house, and they shouldn't be expected to keep your old things once you move out. Remember: They are giving you fair warning.