May 15, 2016 |
For falsely arresting a nurse on Christmas 2013, former SEPTA Police Officer Douglas Ioven must spend four hours each Christmas for the next four years doing community service. That was part of a novel Noel sentence handed down Friday by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge. In March, Ioven, 44, was found guilty of false imprisonment and official oppression for arresting nurse Muibat Williamson at Suburban Station, following a contentious confrontation between the two at a Dunkin' Donuts store.
April 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Recently, a guy I've known for more than a year decided it would be best for us to part ways. Before Christmas, I had asked what he would like for Christmas. His response was, "I don't want anything for Christmas - I want you. " A couple of weeks later, he told me the pictures, nightstand, candy dishes, and candleholders he had in my apartment were gifts from him because he loved me. Tonight, he packed everything up and left! I don't know exactly why, but I think it has more to do with his own issues than me. Abby, I feel I have been manipulated and used.
March 24, 2016 |
Douglas Ioven and Muibat Williamson both had to work on Christmas 2013. Ioven was starting his shift as a SEPTA police officer, and Williamson was heading home from hers as an overnight neurology nurse at Einstein Medical Center, when they met at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse of Suburban Station. Christmas only went downhill from there. On Tuesday, both prepared to relive their very un-merriest of Christmases past in a Philadelphia courtroom, where Ioven, 44, went on trial on charges of witness retaliation and intimidation, official oppression, assault, and other offenses for arresting Williamson after an argument about cutting in line.
February 12, 2016
Q: I went all out for Christmas, and my woman was very happy. Now she wants me to go all out for Valentine's Day. Should I tone it down next year? Steve: For romance, nothing beats Valentine's Day. Think of it as your Super Bowl. You have to give the best you possibly can, make no turnovers or misreads. Give it 100%, show her your best, and your woman will make you a winner. Now go out there and do it! Mia: Dude, you want it both ways. You want your woman to hop up and down when, say, the big game is on, but when it's something for her like Valentine's Day, then the timing isn't right or it's too expensive.
January 31, 2016 |
Question: I bought a house a few years ago in a development in a nonmetropolitan part of Virginia. There was a homeowners association with a president. However, the association was not active until about two years ago, when I started a Facebook group for it. Now, there are about 30 neighbors in the Facebook group. It was a nice way to get to begin to know our neighbors. For the first time in many years, there was an association dinner last year that about 18 people attended. I was not an official in the association but did most of its work.
January 1, 2016
HARRISBURG - Traffic fatalities in the commonwealth over the Christmas holiday fell by half from last year, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. From Dec. 24 to 27, police said, four people died in vehicle crashes, including one that was alcohol-related. The crashes occurred in Erie, Indiana, Lancaster and Lehigh counties. Last year, eight were killed and 224 injured over the holiday and subsequent weekend. Of the 632 crashes reported this year, 54 involved alcohol, police said.
December 31, 2015 |
WATERLOO, Iowa - Assailed by Donald Trump a day earlier, Gov. Christie on Tuesday said little as he brushed off the GOP rival's barrage, which encompassed attacks on New Jersey's economy, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, and Christie's embrace of President Obama at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. "It just appears to me that the Christmas spirit left Donald after only three days," Christie told reporters at Elly's Tea & Coffee in Muscatine, in eastern Iowa. He then wished Trump and his family a happy New Year, adding, "I'll see him in New Hampshire.
December 30, 2015 |
The long: Trees, trains and dolls are old-fashioned traditions of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art that linger through the winter break. The short: This oughta top your vacation week to-do list. The demo: Christmas fans, nature lovers, train fanatics, doll aficionados, and kids who can't imagine life before screen time. The trees: The three-story atrium boasts a bevy of lovely firs, each adorned with handmade, nature-derived critter ornaments on a different theme.
December 30, 2015
Continuing a tradition, the annual dialogue between God and Your Favorite Columnist. YFC: What's the matter, God? You seem preoccupied. GOD: There's a lot of evil in the world, other than Snapchat. I'm trying to take my mind off things. YFC: You're playing with a drone. GOD: The joy stick is giving me fits. It's a Christmas gift. YFC: From whom? GOD: Rachel Dolezal. She wants me to change her back to white. YFC: She is white. GOD: Who's to say, really?
December 30, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The 76ers took some criticism for releasing Tony Wroten on Christmas Eve. However, that wasn't their intent. They decided to cut the backup point guard in order to create a roster spot to complete the trade for Ish Smith from the New Orleans Pelicans. They just never intended for it to happen Thursday. The Sixers wanted to make the trade on Saturday, the day after Christmas. However, the Pelicans pushed to make it happen on Thursday. As a result, Wroten received the bad news Thursday while the Sixers were on the trade call with the Pelicans.