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NEWS
September 1, 2011
AS REPORTS GO, the newly released five-year plan for policing the city is a lot like the commissioner who authored it: more common sense than flash. It's a smart approach that covers the basics rather than relying on whiz-bang technologies. The core of the plan strengthens one of Commissioner Charles Ramsey's major initiatives, the Police Services Area (PSA), which divides police districts into smaller units to allow for more "personalized" policing: beat cops, foot patrols, and a stronger connection between police and the communities they serve.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Peggy Weber Bradford stays slim with the aid of a support group the size of cyberspace. Her "Steps to Good Health" Facebook page is the heart of a growing online community of nearly 1,500 people. Its members help each other lose weight via Bradford's 10,000-steps-a-day walking (or vacuuming, or lawn-mowing) system, which she's more than happy to share. Free. "A lot of people are scared to go to a gym," says Bradford, whose mega-chunky "before" photo provides an astonishing contrast to the lanky, athletic woman who stands before me, 73 pounds lighter.
NEWS
August 9, 2011 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
YOU ARE drunk. You may have been celebrating or you may have been wallowing, but you're drunk, all the same. You just don't think you're that drunk. You get behind the wheel because you don't see your car as a weapon. It's not a gun or a knife, but it is metal, it is heavy and it is under the control of someone who is not in control - you. You hit something. Or, more accurately, someone. No one is around but for the mangled, bloody person you hit. What do you do?
NEWS
July 31, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a stingray took a swipe at a swimmer off Island Beach State Park last week, a park official likened it to the ocean's version of a dog bite. "The ocean is filled with sea life. I think a lot of people have lost the concept that the ocean is a living room for thousands of marine species," said Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, N.J., explaining the official's comment. "People aren't the only things out there. " Indeed, at this time of year with the beaches packed with swimmers, sometimes it's hard to remember the deep blue Atlantic is an ocean, not a pool.
SPORTS
July 26, 2011 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
Athletes and Twitter. It's a train wreck waiting to happen. For some reason, sports professionals, both men and women, turn into twits when they tweet. The latest example is ex-NBA star Steve Francis who - according to a police report obtained by TMZ - allegedly groped 20-year-old Shauna Simien in Texas in May of 2010. The police report indicated that Simien filed a complaint immediately after the alleged incident. The woman told TMZ that she is a singer who had signed with Francis' record label and was meeting with him on the day of the alleged assault.
NEWS
July 24, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
I'm all nerves getting ready to see Althea Zanecosky. My favorite summer skirt makes me look hippy, but skinny jeans feel like concrete in this heat. And what to order when we finally meet at Chestnut Hill Coffee Co.? I've had breakfast, but could use a snack. Will she judge me if I nibble on a pastry? Will I get credit for putting Splenda in a nonfat latte? Should I slyly drop into the conversation how far I ran before dawn? Zanecosky arrives in T-shirt, shorts, and open mind.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you look the part, it's a breeze to act the part. Put care into your stylistic choices. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Sometimes being around people gives you energy. Other times it drains you. The optimal scenario is to get your social interaction in small doses. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll grow rich as you pair your ideas with thoughtful investigation. You'll determine the best course of action and will be willing to adjust the plan as needed. And you'll follow through.
NEWS
June 24, 2011 | By Michael Smerconish
'Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive. " In sharing that tweet with a touch of the send key, film critic Roger Ebert joined the likes of Anthony Weiner and the 18-year-old from Radnor High School as the latest examples of the lack of online impulse control. Ebert was tweeting in reaction to the death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn, 34, in a one-car accident in Chester County early Monday. Whether his assessment was correct is beside the point. The timing - not even 24 hours after the deaths of Dunn and his passenger, 30-year-old Afghanistan war vet Zachary Hartwell - was "unseemly," as Ebert himself later acknowledged on his blog.
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