November 3, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have a friend who is a genuinely thoughtful and generous person. However, after doing you a kindness, large or small, she lets the world know about it, saying something to the effect of, "Well, yes, it was inconvenient; but that's just the kind, generous person that I am. " Recently she helped me move my mom to an assisted-living facility. I sent her a nice (snail mail) thank-you note and took her out to dinner, which she says wasn't necessary.
November 1, 2012 |
When Hurricane Sandy knocked Lisa Kasmen's electricity out at 5:30 Monday evening, she was cool about it. She had food. She filled her tub with water. She was going to make it through the storm. Then the Lafayette Hill mom realized her cellphone battery was dead. And that her husband's was close to dying. Even her iPad was giving warning signs. "I got up at 7 a.m. and, still in my pajamas, I took every charger we owned - my two phones, my iPad, and my daughter's iPod Touch - to my salon and prayed all the way there we had electricity," said Kasmen, who owns Heaven & Earth Salon, also in Lafayette Hill.
October 30, 2012 |
DEPOK, INDONESIA - When a 14-year-old girl received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it out of curiosity. It's a click she will forever regret, leading to a brutal story that has repeated itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit Indonesia's growing obsession with social media. The junior-high student was quickly smitten by the man's smooth online flattery. They exchanged phone numbers, and his attention increased with rapid-fire texts.
October 25, 2012 |
Facebook Inc. posted sales that topped analysts' estimates after getting business customers to adopt new tools that deliver advertisements to users of handheld devices. Third-quarter sales rose 32 percent to $1.26 billion, Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook said. That compares with the average estimate of $1.23 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Profit excluding certain items also exceeded projections by a penny. Chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg is making headway in a drive to boost mobile-advertising revenue at the social network.
October 24, 2012 |
SEARCHERS returned from the forests and fields Sunday night, their voices hoarse from calling Autumn's name, and those who loved her the most huddled close together in Clayton, holding fast to hope. Meanwhile, at 8:16 p.m., a 15-year-old Clayton boy logged onto Facebook and, along with nearly 17,000 other people across the country, clicked "Like" on the FIND AUTUMN PASQUALE page. But authorities say Justin Robinson knew exactly where Pasquale was - because he allegedly had lured her to his home on East Clayton Avenue on Saturday afternoon and then beat and strangled the seventh-grader with the help of his brother, Dante Robinson, 17, before they stuffed her into a blue recycling container.
October 20, 2012
Lane Goodwin, 13, a small-town boy who won a huge Facebook following for his thumbs-up attitude about his cancer, has lost his battle with the disease. He died Wednesday night, eliciting an outpouring from his heartbroken followers. The announcement of Lane's death came on his Facebook page, which had 369,000 followers as of Thursday. The announcement said the boy from Beech Grove, Ky., who loved fishing and soccer had "gained his angel wings. " Lane was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and some Cardinals fans held up signs in support of Lane during the baseball playoffs.
October 15, 2012 |
In this 2012 election season, the nationwide battle is not only presidential - it's pop-cultural. At the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, Clint Eastwood stood up for Mitt Romney and talked down to an empty chair in which he pretended an invisible President Obama was sitting. Last weekend, pop singer Katy Perry performed at a Los Angeles fund-raiser for Obama, and tweeted a photo to her 27 million followers of her red, white, and blue fingernails decorated with Democratic donkeys and pictures of the president.
October 13, 2012 |
I lived in the Middle East for a few years, in a glass-encased apartment 15 floors above a dusty street. Each morning before work, I would wake up early to stand on my small balcony, bask in a hint of the day's coming heat, and hear the morning call to prayer. The call drew everyone into its daily rhythm; each person in the city started his or her day the same way, listening to the sound of one voice. Those were my mornings in the Middle East. But my days had two starts. Each afternoon, around 4 o'clock, I would watch the little green buttons on my Facebook page flicker on, announcing that the sun had rolled its way westward, bringing dawn to my friends back home.
October 12, 2012
A SPOTLIGHT has been focused on Samantha Pawlucy, the teen who got grief for wearing a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt to school - but Thursday it was her father's turn under the lights. A Philadelphia City Paper article published Thursday focused on Richard Pawlucy and his ties to a survivalist Facebook group, "Port Richmond Preparedness. " The page was no longer on Facebook at midday Thursday, but the paper published a screen grab of the page that included Pawlucy's opinions about memorials in his neighborhood and the purpose of Port Richmond Preparedness.
October 4, 2012 |
Philadelphia Police are investigating a Facebook page that appears to be threatening Lt. Jonathan Josey, the officer put on desk duty this week after a video surfaced of him punching a woman in the face after the city's annual Puerto Rican day parade. The page, titled "Get the DROP on Officer LT Jonathan Josey, 39," was created Tuesday and has been "liked" by 10 people. One post made Tuesday says: "The old testament states that pork is impure. Since the pigs are walking amongst us, it is our duty to smite them with the almighty power of the 50 cal sniper rifle.