February 7, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I just read the letter from a fellow frustrated night-shifter, "Working a 40-Hour Week at Age 73. " I have worked 12-hour shifts for many years to accommodate our family life. I thoroughly agree that the rest of the world does not understand! I've had the strangest requests from people because I'm home during the day. My solution has been to turn off our home phone. This year I made a laminated sign for my front door, asking for peace and quiet. It says, "Please do not ring my doorbell.
May 27, 2011 |
It didn't have to play out this way, but this is Philadelphia and, unfortunately, it did. Two men stormed into a North Philadelphia grocery store looking for free money early yesterday. When the clerk behind the register - Egyptian immigrant Mustafa Shaker, 50, a husband and father of two - refused to give them money, one of them shot him with a sawed-off shotgun. Shaker was pronounced dead at the scene. Another store clerk was uninjured. "It was a senseless, vicious killing," Homicide Unit Capt.
December 19, 2007 |
If work is life's best educator, then the mandatory courses for graduation ought to be manual labor, national service, caregiving and volunteer work. I've done all four and agree with the proposition that they are the foundations for good citizenship and human understanding. Now I'd like to add a fifth: Working nonstandard hours, otherwise known as the swing shift (4 p.m. to midnight) and the graveyard shift (midnight to 8 a.m.). Two things bring these work shifts into focus these days.
October 29, 1990 |
Not since "Willard" have rats figured as prominently in a horror film as they do in "Graveyard Shift. " They're all over the rafters, burrowed into the bales, even sometimes stuck in the teeth of a big old cotton comber at a recently reactivated New England textile mill. There are so many of the pests, in fact, that management has only two options: peaceful coexistence or all-out war. Since the decrepit operation's foreman, Warwick (Stephen Macht, with an unfortunate goatee and an even sillier, unplaceable accent)
May 3, 1990 |
MARRIED FOR LIFE Want a long life? Get married. New evidence that married people live longer than singles has emerged from an anaylsis of life-span data from 16 industrialized nations. "Divorced and widowed people in their 20s and 30s have particularly high risks of dying relative to married people of the same age - sometimes by a factor of 10," Princeton University researchers report. Their study, in the journal Demography, indicates that among those who have never married, the highest risk of dying is linked to people who are between their late 20s and early 40s. OSTEOPOROSIS TREATMENT Good news, osteoporosis victims: An experimental drug can reverse the loss of vertebral bone and prevent fractures in older women.
May 31, 1986 |
The 21 million Americans whose jobs entail rotating-shift work are at greater risk of suffering from heart attacks, ulcers, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders than are people who work a 9-to-5 schedule, researchers reported yesterday. The health problems may develop over time from repeated disruptions in the natural rhythms of the human "biological clock," which is intrinsically programmed for sleep at night and wakefulness during the daylight hours, they said. Moreover, because most workers are not at their best at night, industrial accidents are more likely to happen during the "graveyard shift" - such as was the case at Three Mile Island, Bhopal and Chernobyl, they said.
October 24, 1997 |
The Rev. John A. Dietterle, 75, retired pastor of St. Stephen's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Feasterville, died Sunday at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township, Bucks County. Mr. Dietterle, a tall and slender man, was a native of Danville in Lackawanna County. He graduated from Danville High School and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, where he worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. on the graveyard shift - 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. - and attended school all day. He went on to the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia and was ordained in 1947.
September 1, 1987
It's not that anyone expects the Camden County Sheriff's Department to operate like a Boy Scout troop, but Sheriff William J. Simon seems to be intent on setting a new standard for sleaziness. Mr. Simon's office has found rather blunt ways to undermine the New Jersey civil service system, which was designed to ensure that qualified applicants are awarded government jobs regardless of their financial ties with the local political organization. Many patronage appointees, for example, were brought in as temporary workers on a "provisional" basis in place of applicants who ranked at the top of the civil service list.
October 18, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Film Festival isn't limited to charming romcoms, foreign art pictures, and earnest documentaries. Cineastes looking for edgier material will find it in PFF's Graveyard Shift, a program of seven genre offerings from around the world, including a Hitchcockian police thriller from South Korea ( A Hard Day ), a Norwegian black comedy ( In Order of Disappearance ), a New Zealand shocker about a creature who lives inside someone's house ( Housebound ), not to mention a couple of homegrown horror flicks.
July 14, 1988 |
"Star Search" - the Ed McMahon-hosted, nationally syndicated TV showcase for undiscovered talent - blew through Philadelphia these past three days like Hurricane Mah-velous. Aspiring vocalists auditioned at ultra-hip Sigma Sound, 212 N. 12th St., on Monday and Tuesday; perspiring hoofers hoofed at Joanna's Studio of Dance, 2439 S. Broad St., yesterday afternoon. At Sigma, framed hit records covered with enough gold to fill every cavity in Center City crowd the walls leading into Studio 2, where "Star Search" sets up camp.