January 22, 2008 |
Just a sampling of cruelty calls received by the Pennsylvania SPCA last weekend is chilling: A Labrador retriever mix scalded by cooking grease. A Pomeranian found starved to death in a doghouse, his two tiny canine companions clinging to life in frigid conditions. The emaciated body of another dog found in an apartment by a landlord after his owner skipped out on the rent. And that was just in Philadelphia. Officials with the Pennsylvania SPCA, which is based in Philadelphia and operates six satellite facilities across the state, say those calls represent a tiny fraction of abuse cases statewide.
January 17, 2008 |
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.
August 15, 2007 |
The NFL's new guidelines on concussion management include a telephone hotline that will make it easier to report to the league when a player with a head injury is being forced to practice or play against medical advice. The league's new concussion guidelines, many of which stemmed from a conference in June involving team trainers and doctors, were formalized yesterday and will be sent to all players and other team personnel. They include whistleblower provisions for individuals to report concussions with the telephone hotline and a booklet that will allow players and their families to identify symptoms.
August 3, 2007 |
RECENT reports trumpeted the news: Women talk to their mothers, some every day, some even throughout the day. Cell phones, IMs, e-mail - it's a new trend in dependency. But women almost always talked to their mothers daily because they lived together as hunter-gatherers or farm families or in the same town or parish. I realize that our sense of history is often limited, but families have almost always lived their whole lives together. So they talked. It might not have been about sex or the credit limit on a charge card, but about whose turn it was to feed the chickens.
July 31, 2007 |
Robert W. Page, 71, of Pennsauken, a Family Court judge for New Jersey Superior Court, died of complications from cancer Saturday at his home. Judge Page sat on the bench in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Camden County for 10 years before he was appointed to Superior Court in 1981. Though his workload was heavier and his hours longer than for some judges assigned criminal and civil cases, his wife, Cora Reddicks Page, said he chose to stay in Family Court. Judge Page, who had a reputation for compassion for young people in trouble, said in a 1989 interview, "You have a lot of frustrations and failure, but this is where the action is for personal satisfaction.
July 12, 2007 |
Authorities today were investigating why lightning ground rods weren't enough to stop a spectacular South Jersey refinery fire that blazed for hours, spewing thick plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles. The four-alarm fire at Sunoco's Eagle Point Refinery along the Delaware River, directly across from South Philadelphia's Naval Business Center, broke out about 4:30 p.m., as heavy thunderstorms passed through the region. One of the thunderbolts struck a storage tank containing about 1.5 million gallons of xylene, a chemical used as an additive in gasoline, adhesives and paint.
April 19, 2007 |
Lumberton residents recovering from the flooding this week are being offered financial and material aid through a new township hotline and nonprofit social services agency, town officials said yesterday. Mayor Pat Delany said 19 of 74 houses that were flooded - when the banks of the South Branch of the Rancocas Creek overflowed its banks - had water on their first floors as well as in their basements. About 30 houses were still without power yesterday as utility workers, contractors and inspectors worked across the flood zone.
August 9, 2006 |
If you wished you could get that jerk fan thrown out of Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium, now you've got your chance. The Bengals have set up a hotline for fans annoyed by others' boorish behavior. Just call (513) 381-JERK on your cell phone. Team and stadium officials want to discourage too much foul language, fighting and threats. Security officials will use the stadium's video cameras to focus on the offenders and then respond. More than 500 stadium security and police officers work during Bengals home games.
May 19, 2006 |
FBI agents swiftly raided the scandal-plagued University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Stratford campus after a tipster said university employees were shredding records. The tipster dialed a hotline about 2 p.m. Wednesday and said the secretary for Warren Wallace, an associate dean at the School of Osteopathic Medicine, was shredding documents "important to the federal investigation," sources close to the investigation said. Federal authorities have been investigating the influence of State Sen. Wayne Bryant (D., Camden)
October 1, 2005 |
A toll-free hotline for Philadelphia-area victims of domestic violence was introduced yesterday. The hotline, 1-866-723-3014 (1-866-SAFE-014), combines telephone operations previously handled by four local anti-domestic-violence groups. Mayor Street introduced the hotline at a City Hall event yesterday. Most costs associated with the number will be covered by a $250,000 annual city subsidy. Street declared domestic-violence prevention a priority a year ago, adding $1 million to the 2005 city budget for programs.