March 9, 2015 |
In the 1960s, when the only acceptable contexts for acknowledging homosexuality were police blotters and punch-lines, a friend I was walking with in a Delaware County shopping center was ridiculed as a "sissy. " Knowing both my friend and his taunters, I tried to defend him against such an illogical attack. "He's no sissy," I began with the certainty of someone about to validate a point with mathematical proof. "He knows more sports than I do. He's got Eagles season tickets. And he's a really good athlete.
February 4, 2015
ISSUE | SAFE HOME Hard-hitting spot could save lives During the Super Bowl broadcast, the No More campaign to end domestic violence aired a powerful spot that I'm sure many viewers are still thinking and talking about. For 30 seconds, more than 100 million people were asked to consider what it's like to live in fear in their own home - while far too many members of this same audience knew what it was like from personal experience. Issues of domestic violence have made international headlines at various points throughout the pro football season, but the truth is that these incidents persist as a silent epidemic despite the glare of public scrutiny.
January 22, 2015 |
AN OFFICER twice fired by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is suing the city's top cop in federal court. John Hargraves III contends that Ramsey "used a disciplinary system in a way that impacts minorities," according to the suit, filed Friday. He's seeking $100,000 in damages for the "mental anguish, humiliation, embarrassment and extreme emotional distress" caused by his second firing, made official in November. Hargraves lost his job in West Philly's 16th District in 2012 after he was charged with domestic violence against his wife.
October 8, 2014 |
Former U.S. women's national soccer team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, who starred at Villanova, spoke out publicly against Hope Solo on Monday, urging that the team's goalkeeper not be permitted to play until her domestic-abuse case is resolved. "U.S. Soccer needs to send the right message," Loyden, a Vineland native, wrote in a USA Today op-ed piece. "They need to communicate that domestic violence is never OK and that it will not be tolerated. " In November, Solo pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor domestic abuse.
October 7, 2014 |
The his-and-her stun guns were an impulse buy. Perusing the offerings at the Oaks Gun Show at the Philadelphia Expo Center on Saturday, the couple from the Northeast spied a table of personal safety products that included an array of rechargeable mini stun guns bordering on the fanciful: Palm-size stun guns in snappy colors, stun guns that looked like smartphones, stun guns disguised as packs of popular cigarette brands, stun gun flashlights....
October 2, 2014 |
A PHILLY COP has been stripped of his police powers because he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend - who is also a cop - while both were on duty Friday night. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said yesterday that both officers were in uniform and working in West Philadelphia's 18th District when the incident unfolded. "It's my understanding that they are dating," he said. "During the course of this domestic, it's alleged that the [male] officer did strike the [female] officer, causing some injury.
September 24, 2014 |
LEAVES changing colors. School bells ringing. Footballs spiraling. Clearly, it's fall, a season filled with ribbons and walks to bring greater focus on health issues such as diabetes, HIV and breast cancer. Domestic-violence prevention is another cause that gets an autumn spotlight. This year it's burning brighter. Recent headlines from the NFL certainly have helped thrust the matter even further into our consciousness. With high-profile cases involving players such as former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald, intimate-partner violence again has become public fodder, for men and women, boys and girls.
September 24, 2014 |
NBA COMMISSIONER Adam Silver has read the writing on the wall. In reaction to NFL counterpart Roger Goodell's months of fumbling the issue of domestic violence and the extremely negative response the NFL has received, Silver is making plans for the NBA to come up with concrete policies to confront possible situations. In a conversation yesterday with ESPN writer Ian Begley, Silver said The Association is going to take a fresh look at its domestic-violence policies. Begley tweeted that Silver said the NBA takes lessons "from other leagues' experiences.
September 19, 2014 |
Miss America gives back Recently crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev says she will devote her reign to raising awareness about domestic violence, something she has experienced firsthand. The case of NFL player Ray Rice and Meredith Vieira 's revelations about her own experiences have put the topic on the front page, Kira, 23, tells People. "We see it everywhere now. " Abuse had become such a normal part of Kira's world, she was unaware it wasn't a normal way to live.