July 20, 2015 |
Anything you put in my mouth you're going to lose. - Andy Dufresne If you have seen the movie The Shawshank Redemption , you may remember that line from the scene in which the character played by Tim Robbins is about to become the victim of a brutal prison assault. The film's narrator says it was the first of many assaults to come. That fiction is an unfortunate truth for prison and jail inmates across America. President Obama acknowledged the horrible reality Tuesday in addressing the 106th annual convention of the NAACP in Philadelphia.
May 14, 2015 |
IF THERE'S a "silver lining" to splitting with lingerie model Suki Waterhouse , it appears that Bradley Cooper has found it. Cooper was spotted smooching with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Irina Shayk outside a London hotel Monday night. The UK's Daily Mail reports that Shayk, 29, and Cooper, 40, were all smiles as they exited the Novikov Restaurant and Bar . Photos surfaced online yesterday of the Hollywood heart throb and the Russian model coyly ducking and dodging paparazzi as they got into a cab in London's Mayfair section.
April 29, 2015 |
A Harrowgate woman was charged with false imprisonment after she locked her four children in the basement of their home for more than 12 hours, police say. In addition to false imprisonment, Charnae Lee, 29, faces charges of unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person. Police said one of her children called 911 from a cellphone at 1:31 p.m. Sunday and said he and his three siblings were locked in the basement in a home on the 1900 block of East Atlantic Street.
April 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Speed-enforcement cameras and alcohol-triggered ignition locks are getting serious consideration in the Pennsylvania legislature, and inaction by Congress threatens statewide highway projects, state transportation officials said Tuesday. Acting Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Transportation Committee told business and transit executives that Washington gridlock could undermine funding boosts approved by state lawmakers in 2013.
March 17, 2015 |
So Kentucky is going to win this thing? Not so fast. Say the Wildcats end up with a path that includes Cincinnati, Maryland, and then Kansas or Notre Dame just to get to the Final Four. UK obviously is the favorite each time, but that's a little bit of a gauntlet, with differing styles and plenty of talent. Notre Dame obviously is the kind of offensive team that could make things interesting for Kentucky if the Irish make it to the Elite Eight game in Cleveland. If Kansas was the last No. 2 seed, it makes sense that Notre Dame would be the top No. 3 after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
February 18, 2015
LAST WEEK, Gov. Wolf announced a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. He cited as reasons a system riddled with flaws, and said that the penalty is expensive and often applied unfairly. Wolf's move is to be lauded. The only thing we disagree with is his call for a task-force report on the state's death penalty. Another report? There are numerous reports and studies on the subject of the death penalty in general and in Pennsylvania in particular. For example, as recently as 2007, the American Bar Association released the results of a four-year Death Penalty Assessment project it conducted for eight states, including Pennsylvania.
February 7, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey senators voted Thursday to change the penalties for drunken driving, requiring all first-time DWI offenders to install Breathalyzer-like devices in their vehicles in lieu of lengthy suspensions of their licenses. The legislation was praised by the safety group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which said New Jersey would become the 25th state to require first-time DWI offenders to install ignition-interlock devices. The bill, which passed the Senate, 29-4, on Thursday and was approved, 46-15 with 14 abstentions, in the Assembly in June, now heads to Gov. Christie.
February 6, 2015 |
RENTING HOTEL rooms by the hour in Philadelphia may soon be a fling of the past if two bills designed to combat human sex trafficking become law. The bills, co-sponsored by Councilman Ed Neilson and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, were introduced yesterday during Council's regular meeting. Hearings on the bills have not yet been scheduled. "Hotels and motels offering hourly rates raise a big red flag for those of us who care that this type of inappropriate activity is happening," Brown said.
January 26, 2015 |
A FORMER Philadelphia School District principal accused of changing test scores in an alleged widespread cheating scandal yesterday had her case held for trial after a preliminary hearing. Lolamarie Davis-O'Rourke, 43, principal at Alain Locke Elementary School on Haverford Avenue near 46th Street in West Philly from 2009 to 2012, faces charges of forgery, tampering with public records and related offenses. She is the fourth principal and eighth educator overall to be charged in connection with an ongoing probe by the state Attorney General's Office into alleged cheating on standardized tests.
January 26, 2015 |
The majority of us spend a lot of time (and money) to get rid of gray with high-powered weapons such as the get-it-golden double process and make-it-brunette balayage. But the winds of change are coloring the most stylish of women's tresses silver. The trendlet Yes, it's true. Women are paying stylists top dollar to have their inverted, shoulder-length bobs and short spikey-dos colored a perfect gray to silver ombre. (Much like bleach blondes, the first step is to strip the pigment, and then stylists apply a permanent gray dye. You can add a semipermanent rinse for a pastel effect.)