October 10, 2013 |
Amid the chronic uncertainty of the U.S. economy, many couples work out contingency plans in case one should stop collecting a paycheck. They never imagine that both could be put out of work at the same time. But that's what the government shutdown has done to Patrick and Lisa Honan of Bridgeport, Montgomery County. The two Independence National Historical Park guides now find themselves concerned about the future and worried for their 5-week-old baby, Alice. "Sometimes it's hard to get to sleep," said Patrick Honan, 34, whose job, like that of his wife, is to explain to visitors the significance of American institutions and artifacts like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
July 10, 2013 |
Maria Aviles believes she's poor because she's a lesbian. The pharmaceutical firm where she was a data-entry worker fired her several years ago, he said, because bosses weren't comfortable having her and her lover on the same staff. Now Aviles, 50, a mother of two teenagers, is unemployed and living in poverty in North Philadelphia. Her lover is long gone. "It's harder if you're a lesbian," said Aviles. "And my children are depressed. We're really struggling. " In the movies and on television shows that shape how people see American culture, lesbians and gays are often portrayed as middle- and upper-middle-class people, sophisticated and secure.
December 22, 2012 |
Once again, the Earth has survived. Unless typing at this terminal is Heaven - and it's clearly far from Hell - no rapture or disaster happened overnight, contrary to movie-inspiring misreadings of Mayan calendars. Add that to the list of dead-wrong prophecies about the end of the world. Here are 10 previous apocalyptic flops: 1. Radio preacher's dud and redux. California evangelist Harold Camping said he could "absolutely guarantee," based on his Bible-based math, that on May 21, 2011, a grave-opening earthquake would let 200 million blessed souls get "caught up" or "raptured" into Heaven, while remaining billions would feel "horror and chaos" until Oct. 21, "when God will completely destroy this earth.
November 23, 2012 |
VILLANOVA ISN'T just glad to be back here. Even though the Wildcats went 2-9 last year and were picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. That's yesterday's news. At 8-3, they're in the 20-team FCS playoff field once again, with an automatic bid after winning a four-team tiebreaker. They didn't get a home game, as they did in 2009 when they won the national title. Or even a week off, as they did 2 years ago, when they still won twice on the road to get to the national semifinals, where they nearly won another against the eventual national champion.
August 9, 2012 |
LONDON - The defense was stifling, even suffocating at times. The U.S. women put on a clinic Tuesday, forcing the Canadians to take bad shots or not allowing them to shoot at all. The Americans, who cruised into the semifinals of the Olympic basketball tournament with a 91-48 rout, harassed Canada into three shot-clock violations in the first seven minutes. "It's one thing to miss a shot, but to not be able to get a shot off says a lot about your defense," said U.S. coach Geno Auriemma, who grew up in Norristown.
August 9, 2012 |
LONDON - The defense was stifling, even suffocating at times. The U.S. women put on a clinic Tuesday, forcing the Canadians to take bad shots or not allowing them to shoot at all. The Americans, who cruised into the semifinals of the Olympic basketball tournament with a 91-48 rout, harassed Canada into three shot-clock violations in the first 7 minutes. "It's one thing to miss a shot, but to not be able to get a shot off says a lot about your defense," U.S. coach Geno Auriemma said.
January 5, 2012 |
ATLANTA - One expert calls it a "double whammy" - the combination of older mothers and fertility treatments, and the resulting increase in the birthrate of twins. While it's long been known that twin births have increased, a government report issued Wednesday shows by just how much. One in every 30 babies born in the United States is a twin, the report says - an astounding increase over the last three decades. In 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin. "When people say it seems like you see more twins nowadays, they're right," said Joyce Martin, an epidemiologist who cowrote the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
November 11, 2011 |
Shelley DeLaurentis gets a little annoyed every time she's asked how she and husband Michael coped with what Shelley refers to as their double whammy - two of their three children suffering from life-threatening diseases. In particular, caring for the youngest, cancer-stricken Susanna, until the inevitable end. The question suggests they had an alternative. Of course, no parent ever does. "I never really dwelled on it," says Shelley, 62, a slight woman with a no-nonsense haircut and a familiar demeanor.
April 30, 2011 |
CINCINNATI - Households reeling from gasoline now costing near $4 also face bigger bills for everything from changing their babies' diapers to wiping their noses to treating themselves to ice cream. Major makers of everyday consumer products and groceries say they have to raise prices to offset soaring costs for their fuel as well as the materials and ingredients that go into their products. Retailers are trying to pass that along at the cash register, adding pressure on a sluggish U.S. economic recovery.
May 10, 2008 |
PITTSBURGH - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was asked to name one or two Flyers his team most had to worry about stopping during the Eastern Conference final that began last night at Mellon Arena. He didn't really want to point at anyone specifically, but a name popped out of his mouth. "If we go on this year, I would say [R.J.] Umberger and the way he's playing right now," Crosby said. And who could blame him? Coming into this playoff series, Umberger presented a double whammy.