July 24, 2016 |
The mere thought of a salad - all those curly, crunchy leaves - made Bevin Reilly queasy. The odor of a dog treat during a long car trip with her new puppy prompted dry heaves by the side of the road. And when her husband made butternut squash soup, hoping the mild recipe would be something his pregnant wife could tolerate, Reilly became so ill that she made him eat it alone in their bedroom. It wasn't just morning sickness; it was all-day, everyday nausea that led to fatigue that bloomed into low-level depression.
April 6, 2016 |
Rafael Morales, who says he wants to get clean again, relishes a sandwich in the cold sunshine outside an East Camden 7-Eleven. The 45-year-old former cabdriver has come to the right place: Volunteers from the Faces of Change ministry are here, serving ham and cheese on white, hot soup, and hope. The weekly outreach, led by Wil and Lucy DuBose, of the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Pennsauken, offers alcoholics and other addicts a way off the street and into long-term inpatient treatment.
March 17, 2016 |
A dozen slouching teenage boys shuffled into a makeshift classroom just off the juvenile block at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, one of the city's adult jails. They were awkward and reticent at first as Jacob Winterstein, a poet, worked the room, challenging them with tongue twisters, icebreakers, moving to the beat playing from an iPod and a portable speaker. Two hours later, the teens were writing poetry and rapping - about street life and family, about the rhythm of the cell block and the fights that can disrupt it, about their regrets and hopes.
February 25, 2016 |
For a restaurant, it may have been a little odd - a morning meeting in the Palm's private dining room, held without pastries or coffee. Instead, what was served was hope, just in the nick of time for Palm's entire staff, all slated to lose their jobs Feb. 29, when Philadelphia's power eatery at the Bellevue closes for a year for renovations. Wendy Hamilton, general manager at the SugarHouse Casino, and a few of her human resource people asked for the meeting Tuesday so they could offer all of Palm's people jobs.
January 27, 2015 |
ON JULY 14, 2013, William Kenneth Wise Jr., 42, had just left his girlfriend's house and was walking down 27th Street near Silver in North Philadelphia, when someone fatally shot him in the head. The shooter, who hasn't been caught, ruined more than one life. "It still feels like it just happened yesterday," Wise's mother, Ed'na Drakeford of West Oak Lane, said recently. "To lose someone that close to you is like losing part of your body. "I couldn't eat," she said. "I couldn't sleep.
October 14, 2013 |
Is a pension crisis eating your state or city budget? Life insurers want to help. But can taxpayers afford their cure? General Motors and Verizon have each pumped a mountain of cash into life-insurance companies that promised lifetime payouts to salaried retirees, freeing future corporate profits for business and shareholders. John Hausladen , of Plan Funding Solutions L.L.C. , of Malvern, has been meeting with officials in Harrisburg, trying to get them to consider a similar move for the underfunded Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System and Public School Employees' Retirement System.
March 24, 2013 |
Melanie Miller used to love walking from her home on Spruce Street to Rittenhouse Square - until 2008, when she became chronically ill, disabled, and in constant pain. Miller that year was diagnosed with a litany of problems, including multiple sclerosis and transverse myelitis, a spinal cord disorder. "It's in my joints, it's in my bones, it's in my brain," said Miller, 37. If she was going to stay at her beloved home, she needed help. So she joined Penn's Village, an organization of Center City residents who work to support elderly, ill or special-needs neighbors who want to remain in their homes.
October 26, 2012 |
Doug Collins is sending a message loud and clear to his team. The 76ers coach doesn't want the players to use injuries as an excuse, even if it is their big-ticket item who is hurting. Collins uses the old mantra that he will prepare with the players who are available. One of the players not at his disposal is Andrew Bynum. While Wednesday was targeted as Bynum's first day to practice with his new team, Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said the center would not participate until he is pain-free in his right knee.
September 29, 2012 |
Sallie Mae may be a low-interest kind of gal, but she's nothing if not persistent. And she wants her money every month. If you're the loan-poor parent of a college student, you know what I'm talking about. College tuition has skyrocketed since 1985 and become downright unaffordable for most American households, whether they belong to the 47 percent or not. For families in the lowest income group, college is the second-largest expense, pricing out plenty of would-be students - you know, the ones Mitt Romney claims don't take responsibility for their own lives.