May 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday. The trend was most pronounced among white men and women in that age group. Their suicide rate jumped 40 percent between 1999 and 2010. The rates in younger and older people held steady. And there was little change among middle-aged blacks, Hispanics, and most other racial and ethnic groups, the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
April 21, 2013 |
MY FAMILY'S opinion of me matters more than anything. If I ever do anything to threaten the ties that bind me to kin, I pray I'll have a good reason for doing so. Because, for me, our connectedness is life itself. If that ends, so does life as I know it. I can't attest to the strength of the family ties of alleged Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But the connection was important enough that on Thursday one of the brothers telephoned their uncle, Alvi Tsarni, to plead, "Forgive me. " Was that a way of saying that these killers had a tinge of regret for what they did because of the shame it brought to their family?
April 12, 2013 |
It's another week of slim pickings with new DVD releases. Howdy Kids: Saturday Afternoon Western Roundup, Grade B-plus : If you grew up in the 1950s, then this is a three-DVD set you have to own. It's a fun trip back to Saturdays when heroes - who rode horses, flew planes, and even got around in a jeep - ruled the television airwaves. There are 25 episodes of live-action programming originally designed to entertain children. Included are episodes of The Lone Ranger , The Range Rider , The Rifleman , The Adventures Of Rick O'Shay, Fury, The Roy Rogers Show, Annie Oakley, The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Adventures of Champion, The Cisco Kid, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, Sky King, Red Ryder, and Buffalo Bill Jr. Everyone will find a favorite, but two of the standouts are Sky King - whose hero battled bad guys using an airplane - and Sergeant Preston of the Yukon - whose companion was King, a dog billed as a husky but that was really an Alaskan malamute.
July 11, 2012 |
When Scott Laughton returned home from the NHL draft two weeks ago, he thought it was finally starting to sink in that the Flyers selected him in the first round. He thought he understood the significance of it. He was wrong. On Day One of the Flyers prospect camp, Laughton's welcome-to-the-Flyers moment came before he hit the ice at 9 a.m. It came in the locker room when he saw the orange Flyers sweater hanging up with his last name on the back above the No. 39. Finally, the magnitude of it all hit him. "It's a surreal feeling," Laughton said.
July 10, 2012 |
When Scott Laughton returned home from the NHL draft two weeks ago, he thought it was finally starting to sink in that the Flyers selected him in the first round. He thought he understood the significance of it. He was wrong. On day one of the Flyers prospect camp, Laughton's welcome-to-the-Flyers moment came before he hit the ice at 9 a.m. It came in the locker room when he saw the orange Flyers sweater hanging up with his last name on the back above the No. 39. Finally, the magnitude of it all hit him. "It's a surreal feeling," Laughton said.
March 9, 2012 |
The first time Geoff Arnold can remember thinking of his nephew as a ballplayer - and not just as his older sister's only child - is when Langston Galloway was 12 years old, up from Louisiana to attend basketball camp at Drexel, where Arnold was then an assistant coach. "Matt Collier, who is [Drexel coach Bruiser Flint's] assistant now, ran the camp," Arnold said this week. "The camp started at Monday at 9 o'clock. At 10:15, Matt was standing in my office, saying, 'You know this kid can play, right?
September 22, 2011
C.T. ALEXANDER was Penn's public-address announcer for the last 50 years. Now that he's retired, it's finally someone else's turn. It just happens that his replacement has the same last name. His son, John, has been spending time in the booth alongside the voice of Franklin Field since he was 12. So this transition has been 35 years in the making. "My earliest memories were going there with my sisters and sitting in the first row," John recalled. "And these ancient security guards, the nicest guys, were like our grandfathers.
August 26, 2011 |
The FBI is seeking help in finding a fugitive radical who allegedly blinded a police officer with acid during an antiapartheid protest in New York 30 years ago. The FBI is making the appeal here because Donna Joan Borup has family ties to Philadelphia and Horsham. Kelly Langmesser, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in New York, says a new agent has taken over the case and is hoping that Borup has dropped her guard after three decades on the run. According to the FBI, Borup was charged with throwing acid into the face of Port Authority Police Officer Evan Goodstein during a antiapartheid protest at JFK Airport on Sept.
June 10, 2011 |
One of the best things about sports is the way it ties together families, across generations and within generations. That's particularly true of baseball, a game of fathers and sons, grandpops and grandsons, big brothers and little brothers. Mark Steen, Ryan Williams, and Roger Hoffmann were eighth graders in the spring of 2007. They couldn't wait to get to high school, especially since each boy watched his big brother help Seneca to the only baseball title in the program's history.
April 24, 2011
"We're gratified that Boscov's will remain a family business. " - department store chairman Albert Boscov, 81, on the appointment of his nephew Jim Boscov, 61, as vice chairman "I call them the black hole because they suck up everything and nothing comes out. " - Bill Quimby of TollFreeNumbers.com, on Philadelphia-based PrimeTel Communications Inc.'s aggressive acquisition of toll-free numbers for phone-sex services "If this...