January 8, 2015 |
Stephen T. Johnson Sr., 63, of Northeast Philadelphia, a retired deputy commissioner who served the city's Police Department for more than three decades, died Thursday, Jan. 1, of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Valley Forge. In 1977, Mr. Johnson followed his father, James A. Johnson, onto the force. He mimicked his father by later serving on the prestigious Highway Patrol as well as patrolling in Kensington and South and West Philadelphia. A competitive man, he climbed the ranks, becoming a sergeant in the 12th District in Southwest Philadelphia and then a lieutenant assigned to the 25th District.
October 20, 2014 |
The hours of trying to calm a fussy 3-month-old led Carolyn Kent Rovee-Collier to a lifetime study and new understanding of infant psychology. Dr. Rovee-Collier's creative solution - discovered in 1965 while she was working on her doctoral thesis - involved tying a ribbon to baby Benjamin's ankle so he could set his crib mobile in motion on his own. Benjamin's response proved that preverbal infants could learn and remember, according to Dr. Rovee-Collier's son...
April 30, 2014 |
WrIters used to lead such interesting lives - fomenting rebellions (Bakunin, Mishima), fighting wars (Hemingway, Orwell), exploring exotic lands (Freya Stark), committing felonies (Mark Read, Gregory David Roberts). These authors embodied the exceptional; a one-person show no doubt would focus on their unique personalities and adventures. Deb Margolin's 8 Stops , a gentle, powerful meditation on mortality given its world premiere Thursday through Saturday at the Kimmel Center's SEI Innovation Studio, doesn't fall into that category.
March 30, 2014 |
HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. - As state House speaker and Democratic leader, Bill DeWeese held forth many nights at Harrisburg's priciest restaurants, dining on prime rib and fine wine on a lobbyist's dime. On a recent afternoon, in a prison 120 miles from the Capitol, DeWeese carefully peeled a handful of spinach leaves from a container, savoring every bite. "I never get salad here," said DeWeese, now inmate KK-1888. Until his downfall in a 2012 corruption case, DeWeese was among the Capitol's most colorful characters and power brokers.
February 16, 2014 |
In the middle of Friday's horrific crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Bensalem and Willow Grove, scenes of concern and compassion were everywhere. Friends and strangers alike came together to take care of one another, both at the site of the accidents and in the miles-long backup that resulted. An 11-month-old girl was delivered from her mother's cold car to her warm day-care center by a group of friends. Strangers shared food and drink. A few men helped a woman recharge her car's battery after another woman provided jumper cables.
October 19, 2013 |
A central Pennsylvania chicken factory accused this week of treating newborn chicks cruelly has denied the allegations made by an animal-rights organization. "Over my 40 years as a chicken farmer, I always strive to be the leading advocate of humane treatment for all animals," Scott Sechler, owner of Lebanon County-based Bell & Evans, wrote in a letter on the firm's website. "We've never strayed from humane animal best practices. " Compassion Over Killing, a Washington-based nonprofit that says its mission is preventing animal cruelty and promoting vegetarianism, released a video this week recorded by an undercover investigator who spent several weeks working in the Bell & Evans hatchery in Fredericksburg.
September 5, 2013 |
Compassion is rare inside Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center. Maybe that's why Tuesday's victim-impact statement by James R. Kenny overshadowed the guilty plea of Angel Roque, who admitted killing Kenny's sister in a 2011 hit-and-run. "I ask for mercy on this man," said Kenny, 47, looking at Roque about 20 feet away. "I know about his other offenses, but I do know there is goodness inside this person. " Kenny barely mentioned why he was there: the impact of the Sept. 29, 2011, death of his older sister Joyce, whom Roque ran down before trying to devise an alibi by abandoning his GMC pickup truck and reporting it stolen.
June 21, 2013
By Greg Sargent The Congressional Budget Office's finding that immigration reform would reduce the deficit hasn't stopped opponents from pressing forward with other absurd arguments. Case in point: Ted Cruz argued on the Senate floor recently that immigration reform should be opposed for the sake of undocumented immigrants. Cruz (R., Texas) stood before an image of a graveyard and solemnly eulogized unnamed souls killed crossing the border. "This is a system that produces human tragedy," he said.
April 26, 2013 |
THE FAMILY OF Bryn Mawr native Sunil Tripathi turned yesterday's tragic news into a moment of reflection, hoping "Sunny's" death would make us all a little more aware of one another. "This last month has changed our lives forever, and we hope it will change yours, too," the Tripathi family wrote in a short letter yesterday. "Take care of one another. Be gentle, be compassionate. Be open to letting someone in when it is you who is faltering. Lend your hand. We need it. The world needs it. " A body found Tuesday floating in the Providence River was positively identified as Tripathi yesterday after a forensic-dental examination, said Dara Chadwick, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Health.
January 10, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My husband is now involved in his third computer affair. He's a teacher, and his first one was with a student. He was almost fired over it. He apologized to me and to his supervisor, said it was an "error in judgment" and promised it would never happen again. Last week I found an email he had sent to another former student, and the things he said to her were disgusting. I know if this gets back to his boss, he'll be fired. He's a brilliant man and an excellent teacher.