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June 23, 1990 | By Larry Copeland, Inquirer Staff Writer
The call is etched in Kathleen Cherry's memory. Cherry, a volunteer with Talkline, a Roxborough-based telephone hotline service for troubled youth, took the call from a suicidal teenager who had taken an overdose of pills. Cherry notified her supervisor, who called an ambulance, and continued talking to the girl. Emergency rescue workers arrived at the girl's house just as she lost consciousness. They saved her. That time, Talkline was a lifeline. But the line is going dead.
NEWS
February 6, 1990 | By Dale Mezzacappa, Inquirer Staff Writer
The school district has set up a 24-hour drug hotline to receive information about suspected drug activities in and near schools, officials announced yesterday. The hotline, already in operation, is run by the school district's security officers and will collect information confidentially, officials said. Chief of school security Al Dean said that of 6,810 serious incidents reported in the schools last year, only 266 - or 3.9 percent, involved drugs. While Dean said this suggests that drugs have not invaded the schools, drug incidents occur at rate of more than one per day for each of the 180 days that school is in session.
NEWS
February 7, 1999 | By Sonia Krishnan, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dr. Steven Hirshberg knows how hard it is for men to talk openly about infertility problems. Low sperm counts and sexual dysfunction are not exactly locker-room banter. And then, there is the stigma attached to something widely perceived as "a woman's problem," Hirshberg said. In response, Hirshberg, a urologist and male-infertility specialist at Abington Memorial Hospital's Toll Center for Reproductive Sciences, started a weekly hotline for men who have questions or concerns about infertility.
NEWS
July 10, 1990 | By Larry Copeland, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Roxborough-based telephone hotline for troubled youth, forced to shut down at the end of last month for lack of funds, reopened yesterday, thanks to the efforts of a state senator from Philadelphia and a local paper company. Sen. M. Joseph Rocks said he got $25,000 in state funds from the Department of Community Affairs for Talkline, which had been funded partly by a City Council Class 500 grant through a Northwest Philadelphia human services agency but was not funded for the next fiscal year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Falls are a major cause of injury for people over 65, so the American Physical Therapy Association has created a toll-free hot line (877-NEED-A-PT) to answer questions about falls and how to prevent them. The hot line will be active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8. Risk factors associated with falls include: being older; being female; impairment of balance or walking; poor vision; leg or trunk weakness; reduced cognitive status (dementia); pre-existing medical conditions, such as Parkinson disease, stroke, or diabetes; being on more than four medications simultaneously; use of an assistive walking device; and a past history of falls.
NEWS
October 14, 2009 | By Sandy Bauers INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a city that has trouble getting residents to rat on criminals, officials now want Philadelphians to tattle on a new kind of miscreant: truckers and bus drivers who leave their engines idling, spewing pollutants into the air. Yesterday, the Clean Air Council unveiled a hotline and Web resource, www.idlefreephilly.org - yes, there's an iPhone app - where sidewalk sleuths can report where, when, and how long idling occurs. Both city and state regulations prohibit drivers from leaving their engines idling for more than five minutes.
NEWS
November 2, 1995 | By Allie Shah, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The idea was born when Maryanne Olkowski began to notice the little things in her neighborhood: A lone child waiting for a school bus on the street corner, the well-traveled bike path that winds past a wooded campground before reaching Lower Salford Elementary School. She worried about her three children, who walk to the grammar school on their own each day. "I wondered, 'Am I just paranoid? Do I worry too much about my kids?' " But she found other parents were also concerned.
NEWS
February 7, 1999 | By Sonia Krishnan, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dr. Steven Hirshberg knows how hard it is for men to talk openly about infertility problems. Low sperm counts and sexual dysfunction are not exactly locker-room banter. And then, there is the stigma attached to something widely perceived as "a woman's problem," Hirshberg said. In response, Hirshberg, a urologist and male-infertility specialist at Abington Memorial Hospital's Toll Center for Reproductive Sciences, started a weekly hotline for men who have questions or concerns about infertility.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Thousands of callers to Pennsylvania's child-abuse hotline since 2014 hung up or were disconnected before ever reaching a caseworker, a state audit has found. During a review of the ChildLine hotline, the Auditor General's Office determined that 22 percent of the calls last year - nearly 42,000 - were unanswered, up from just 4 percent the year before. One caller in 2015 waited more than 50 minutes before getting to speak with a caseworker, and another stayed on hold for about 53 minutes before hanging up, according to the report.
NEWS
November 19, 1996 | By David Hess, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
After meeting with about a dozen female House members, Army officials pledged yesterday to keep open indefinitely a hotline that female soldiers have been calling to report sexual misconduct. But the Army brass was cool to a proposal from several of the lawmakers that a permanent "ombudswoman" be named to investigate harassment complaints from Army women. Officials thought creating such a position might undermine the chain of command. The Republican and Democratic congresswomen met with four generals on Capitol Hill for a briefing on the Army's investigation of sexual-abuse complaints from female trainees at the Aberdeen, Md. Proving Ground and at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. training programs at other bases also are under scrutiny.
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