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March 5, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying Burlington County needs to better serve the hundreds of homeless people within its borders, a faith-based group wants to create a 300-bed residence and training center for them in Lumberton - and some residents who live near the site have begun to organize in opposition. To be called Community of Hope, the facility would be on a former Nike missile base at Municipal Drive and Eayrestown Road. In recent years, the five-acre site was home to the Midway School, which has closed. "We started studying the question of what Burlington County needs five . . . years ago," Kent Pipes, president of the Affordable Homes Group in Westampton, said Monday.
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February 18, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
YOU WOULDN'T think that anyone who had endured what Jaci Adams had in a life of childhood abuse, drug addiction and prison would have any right to be cheerful and friendly. And yet there Jaci was, in many a social gathering, "the brightest spot in the room," as Ronda B. Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project, put it. "All the laughter came from her corner of the room," Goldfein said. "She had a great outlook on life. " Jaci Adams, a transgender woman and an inspirational leader for others in Philadelphia's LGBT community, a busy volunteer in HIV and AIDS programs, died Saturday of cancer.
NEWS
February 12, 2014
If you subscribe to the theory that good can come out of bad, you might apply it to the tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and the attention it has brought to heroin addiction in this country. The question is whether the focus will last long enough to produce meaningful results. Too often, after a celebrity has succumbed to drug abuse, the public has responded with sighs and calls for something be done, only to lapse into silence within a matter of days as eyes and thoughts are directed toward something happier - like, say, the U.S. medal count in the Olympics.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
The hypocrisy surrounding U.S. marijuana policy goes all the way to the top. President Obama long ago admitted using the drug as a youth - and recently acknowledged that its risks are comparable to those of drinking - but largely hesitated to advocate mercy toward anyone indulging in the same behavior. American states and cities now mirror these contradictions, spanning the spectrum from full-blown legalization to rearguard drug war. Philadelphia, meanwhile, is nonsensically doing some of both at the same time.
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January 10, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
UPPER DARBY Police on Wednesday charged a Philadelphia man with a history of driver's license suspensions and drug abuse in the hit-and-run that killed a 69-year-old man and his dog out for a walk in Upper Darby on Sunday. They said Ernest Marks should never have been behind the wheel. Marks' lawyer said the man was unaware that his vehicle had hit a person, drove away because he panicked, and was "heartbroken" when he learned that Richard Patterson and his dog, Baby, had been killed.
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November 15, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A month ago, Deborah McIlmail learned that her troubled 26-year-old son, Sean, had died of an accidental drug overdose. On Wednesday, McIlmail took an unusual first step to memorialize her son's passing - by filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, contending that church officials ignored years of complaints against the Rev. Robert L. Brennan while he molested Sean and more than 20 other boys. "This is his [Sean's] legacy," McIlmail, 57, told reporters at a Center City news conference.
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October 25, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
GET READY, I'm going to throw a lot of numbers at you. Every day, the Philadelphia Police Department gets hundreds of calls about domestic violence. Last year, nearly 400 daily. Every year, thousands of petitions for protection-from-abuse orders are filed. In 2011, 11,714 restraining orders were sought. In 2012, more than 8,500 calls were made to the 24-hour Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline. Nearly 9,000 requests were denied space in Philly's only 100-bed shelter for domestic-violence victims, which is almost always at capacity.
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October 25, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Patrick McIlmail kept his secret for 12 years as it chewed away at him and as his close-knit family watched him descend into mental illness and drug abuse. On Wednesday - four days after they buried the 26-year-old - his parents, brother, and sister decided the time for secrets was over. In an interview at their lawyer's Bucks County home, McIlmail's parents, older brother, and younger sister confirmed it was Sean who accused former Philadelphia Catholic priest Robert L. Brennan of sexually molesting him over four years beginning when he was an 11-year-old altar boy. Sean's death was still painfully fresh for the McIlmails.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
TV commercials pitching prescription drugs have made Americans too comfortable with popping pills that can have dangerous side effects. It's hard to believe that hasn't played some role in the quadrupling of prescription painkiller sales between 1999 and 2010 - and the corresponding quadrupling of overdose deaths from these drugs. A report by the Trust for America's Health found that more than six million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the nation's 100 overdose deaths a day are due to prescription drugs.
NEWS
August 25, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
At an open-casket funeral in the Campbell Funeral Chapel in Trenton this month, more than 50 friends and relatives gathered to say goodbye to Sharolyn Jackson. She had lived a troubled life, but the service and nearby burial celebrated the people-loving, 50-year-old mother of five. Except the woman in the casket wasn't her. She had the same forehead, figure, and hands, and they could have been sisters. But they weren't even related. To this day, no one knows who was lowered into the ground Aug. 3 at Colonial Memorial Park in Hamilton, N.J. The mistake was uncovered almost two weeks later, when Jackson was spotted at a shopping mall by a person associated with the social-service agency that saw to her needs, her family said.
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