May 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: We have a child who was adopted through a closed adoption. We met the birth parents briefly at the hospital, but they wanted no further contact. Both birth parents had issues with drug abuse, and our daughter was born with drug issues, too. A few years later, we were contacted via the adoption agency by the paternal birth grandparents. They requested some photos because the birth father was getting out of jail, and they thought the photos would help keep him out of trouble.
February 5, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am dreading a trip that includes a visit to my husband's mother, "Harriet. " She is prone to "accidents" when I visit, and I always end up getting hurt. Harriet's "oops" moments usually involve my toes and feet, although the last time I was there, she managed to strike my face. I have taken the precaution of looking up the phone number of the police department in her city, just in case she hits me again. Is there a way to keep her at arm's length so she can't get close enough to punch me?
December 25, 2015
ITALY Sentences are cut for two Americans Italy's President Sergio Mattarella has shaved two years off the sentence of American Robert Seldon Lady, a former CIA base chief convicted in absentia in the 2003 extraordinary rendition abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect. Mattarella also wiped out the entire penalty - three years - faced by another American convicted in the case, Betnie Medero. With the clemency decree, announced Wednesday night by the presidential palace, Mattarella reduced Seldon Lady's sentence to seven years from nine.
December 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - For the Pennsylvania political class preparing to engorge on food, drink and gossip at Saturday's annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York, the political buffet offers many options. Several high-profile primary races, including for two Congressional seats and maybe the attorney general's office, loom in what promises to be a rollicking election year. But the big headliner is Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, among the most closely watched in the country, and featuring a three-way Democratic primary in a contest that could help decide control of the Senate.
December 4, 2015 |
A FRANKFORD High School staffer is under investigation by the Philadelphia police and the school district for allegedly having a threesome with an underage student and another female, the Daily News has confirmed. School officials stress the allegations against Howard Griffith are unfounded so far, but he's no longer allowed at the school, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said. Frankford Principal Michael Calderone removed the conflict resolution specialist on Oct. 23, one day after the student gave a written statement to school police, he said.
November 12, 2015 |
According to Kit & Ace founders Shannon and J.J. Wilson, I'm the poster woman for the full-contact lifestyle. I'm up about 6:30ish for a run or to take a class at Focus Barre. Then it's off to work for eight to 10 hours. Evenings are filled with work-related soirees that involve cocktails and photo shoots in front of step-and-repeats more likely to make their way to social media before I make my way home, which sometimes is after 9 p.m. So I need clothes that both complement my curves and feel like pajamas.
September 18, 2015 |
Rep. Chaka Fattah's social network just became a little larger as federal prosecutors agreed to allow the Philadelphia Democrat to maintain contact with 16 potential government witnesses as he prepares for trial next year on corruption charges. Most on the newly approved list - which includes the likes of former Gov. Ed Rendell, Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.), and State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) - are elected officials, former staffers, and prominent constituents that Fattah's lawyers say he must continue to talk with in order to fulfill his congressional duties.
September 17, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I have recently begun a relationship with my biological father, "Frank," after not seeing him since I was 4. My mother and stepfather raised me and I am very close to them. But after talking to Frank and meeting him face to face, I have gotten close to him as well. His relationship with Mom ended badly. They were very young and he takes all the blame. Mom has always said that if I have a relationship with Frank, she wants no part of it. After I told her I have been talking to him for two years, she became upset and has been short with me and my wife ever since.
August 24, 2015 |
When it came to his contact lenses, Akshay Patel, 21, admits his hygiene was not the best. "Sometimes I showered in them, and once in a while I slept in them," the Rutgers pharmacology student said. "I didn't always change the contact lens solution, I didn't always take the time to clean them, and I probably had the same contact lens case that I started with in college. " Though Patel's story is not unusual, the possible result of his poor habits is: a case of Acanthamoeba keratitis , a rare infection of the cornea that can cause permanent visual impairment or blindness.
August 7, 2015 |
Daniel P. Jorgensen, a former musician with the band Owl City, has been indicted in Atlantic County on charges that he tried to lure a 14-year-old to his hotel room and engaged in criminal sexual contact with the girl on the Atlantic City beach while on tour with the band two years ago, Prosecutor James P. McClain said Wednesday. Jorgensen, 30, of Minneapolis, faces penalties of up to 10 years in prison on the child-luring charge and up to 18 months in prison on the fourth-degree sexual-contact charge.