July 6, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I recently had my lover of 11 years arrested for domestic violence. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. He had me isolated and cut off from the world, and without family around, I felt extremely lonely and fragile. Looking back, I see how wanting to be loved and not alone caused me to let so many intolerable things happen. No one should ever have to be bruised and battered physically, psychologically, and verbally by anyone. I pray others read this and will do the right thing - which is to press charges if necessary, and find the strength to leave, as painful as it may be. - Starting Counseling Soon in L.A. DEAR STARTING: I'm glad you found the strength to do that.
June 20, 2016
Pete Mackanin is manager of the Phillies During my six decades in baseball, as a player, coach, and manager, I have worn more caps than a New Era model. Two dozen in all, including my present one, as manager of the Phillies. But the most important cap I have worn is that of father. This nomad's life hasn't always been easy for me, or my son, Shane, or my wife, Nancy. During our 40 years of marriage, we have moved at least 57 times. Shane, now 38, attended 12 different schools before the ninth grade.
May 25, 2016 |
Gov. Christie on Monday again conditionally vetoed a bill requiring domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms, saying current law already covers the issue. The Republican governor said in a veto message that the bill would place "redundant restrictions on firearms ownership while ignoring the larger problem of domestic violence. " Current law requires officers to seize a person's weapons when there is probable cause to believe the person has committed domestic violence, said Christie, who vetoed a version of the bill last year.
April 1, 2016
IT'S NO SECRET I detest Donald Trump. I don't particularly hate the man, because it takes too much energy and effort to become enraged at people I don't know personally and will likely never meet, when more than enough humans are in my immediate orbit who fit the bill. He isn't evil, he isn't Hitler, he isn't the Angel of Death. The thing that repels me about Trump is the arrogance and bellicosity he inspires in his followers. It's hardly unprecedented, given our hardscrabble political history.
February 27, 2016
Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out. Major League Baseball and the players union have banned rolling blocks to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Utley that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during last year's playoffs. "From my understanding, we've been trying to work on this for a few years now," Utley said at the Los Angeles Dodgers' camp, "so I don't think one instance determined everything. " Maybe, but fans may see it another way - the Chase Utley Rule.
February 18, 2016
DEAR ABBY: There is a topic I haven't seen addressed in your column, namely being sexually abused by a spouse. I ended my marriage because my husband was waking me at 2 a.m. demanding sex. He expected me to have sex only a week after I had our baby, although my doctor had said I should wait six weeks. If I thought something he wanted me to do was degrading, he insisted I do it anyway. It amazes me that the subject of spousal abuse isn't mentioned in premarital counseling. No one seems willing to acknowledge this kind of abuse exists.
February 4, 2016
Police investigating what witnesses thought was an abduction Sunday in Center City say they now believe it was a domestic-violence incident. Around 6:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Walnut Street, a man and woman were in an argument that turned violent, police said. The woman appeared to have been knocked unconscious and was put into a minivan that drove away. Police said the man and woman were in a relationship and the incident was being investigated as domestic violence. The alleged abduction, however, could not be officially ruled out until detectives interviewed the woman.
December 4, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have collected about 700 used cellphones to distribute to domestic violence victims as part of a yearly drive supporting women's shelters in the city. Now in its 12th year, the program encourages Philadelphians to donate their used cellphones at Fraternal Order of Police lodges and at all 21 police districts around the city. The phones are collected and sent to Verizon's Hopeline program, which refurbishes them and distributes them to anti-domestic violence agencies all over the country.
November 26, 2015 |
A man who allegedly shot at police in Camden was killed Tuesday night in an exchange of gunfire with officers, authorities said. Around 7 p.m., two Camden County police officers responded to a 911 call reporting domestic violence in the 3200 block of Rutledge Walk. The caller said a man was possibly armed. The officers encountered the man, and a shootout ensued, authorities said. The man, described as in his 20s, was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
November 20, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER recently did some semantic gymnastics with the word "terrorism. " In an Associated Press interview Monday following a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, he said gun violence in American cities was a form of "domestic terrorism" and comparable to international terrorism. While all gun deaths are unacceptable, it is a serious stretch to equate everyday criminal violence in America with vast international terrorism conspiracies such as ISIS. He is correct that both have the effect of making citizens feel afraid and insecure.