May 20, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm returning to work after a two-month absence. What was supposed to be maternity leave turned into a nightmare - my son was stillborn and I suffered a number of serious complications from a very difficult delivery. I needed the time away from work to recuperate. Although physically I am doing much better, emotionally I am anything but. I anticipate that some co-workers, although well-intentioned, may ask awkward and even inappropriate questions about my son's birth and death, and my subsequent healing period.
May 6, 2013 |
Aliyah is a beautiful 14-year-old with sparkling eyes and a brilliant smile. Very articulate and outgoing, she has many friends and is usually the center of attention. Aliyah has an eye for fashion and loves to get dressed up and wear costume jewelry. Her favorite pastimes are shopping at the mall with her friends and creating art projects. She also enjoys writing poetry, which she feels is good for her. "I don't like to talk about my feelings," she says, "but when I get them down on paper, it helps me a lot. " Aliyah likes going to school and works very hard to please her teachers.
April 5, 2013 |
Chester's Rondae Jefferson still went out a winner. Despite closing his high school basketball career with a loss in the PIAA finals, Jefferson on Wednesday was named the Associated Press' Class AAAA player of the year in a vote of Pennsylvania sportswriters. Chester's passionate, 6-foot-7 catalyst won top player honors for the second straight season after averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the Clippers. Jefferson, a University of Arizona recruit, also averaged 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 blocked shots for Larry Yarbray's high-powered Clippers, who fell one victory shy of winning their third straight PIAA title.
April 4, 2013 |
Chester's Rondae Jefferson still went out a winner. Despite closing his high school basketball career with a loss in the PIAA finals, Jefferson on Wednesday was named the Associated Press's Class AAAA player of the year in a vote of Pennsylvania sports writers. Chester's passionate 6-foot-7 catalyst won top player honors for the second straight season after averaging a double-double (15.5 points, 11.0 rebounds) for the Clippers. Jefferson, a University of Arizona recruit, also averaged 4.4 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 blocked shots for Larry Yarbray's high-powered Clippers, who fell one victory shy of winning their third straight PIAA title.
April 1, 2013
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments in two same-sex marriage cases, the question is how quickly the court will move to advance the just cause of equality. In reconsidering the very definition of marriage, the justices confronted one of the most divisive social issues of the day last week. Gay-rights advocates hope they will extend the right to marry to all same-sex couples. On that score, they may be disappointed by the eventual ruling, as the country seems to be moving faster than the courts.
March 31, 2013
The Inquirer TOP 10 BOYS' BASKETBALL Team Rec. Final, 2012-13. 1. Lower Merion 30-3 2. Imhotep Charter 28-5 3. Chester 28-4 4. Neumann-Goretti 23-6 5. Vaux 24-8 6. St. Joseph's Prep 24-6 7. Math, Civics & Sci. 26-3 8. Germantown Acad 23-6...
February 28, 2013 |
Children who eat breakfast in school do better in math and miss fewer class days, according to a new national study released Wednesday. "The simple act of feeding kids a healthy school breakfast can have a dramatic impact on their academic, health, and economic futures," the study concluded. The report was created for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America through its No Kid Hungry campaign. The study, called "Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis," was done pro bono by Deloitte, an accounting consulting firm that also performs community-service work.
February 22, 2013 |
Math, Civics & Sciences boys' basketball player Malik Starkes has been suspended for the rest of the season by District 12 for arguing with an official after Saturday's loss to Vaux in the Public League Class A final at Southern, his coach said. Coach Dan Jackson said that Starkes also was suspended from Public League play for next season by District 12 chairman Robert Coleman. Jackson said school officials met with representatives from District 12 earlier this week. The junior guard started for MC&S and averaged 8.4 points.
February 20, 2013 |
MATH, CIVICS & Sciences Charter lost more than a basketball game Saturday in the Public League quarterfinals. Due to misbehavior, one of its top players has been removed from the squad. Robert Coleman, the Pub sports czar, said he and MC&S' administration reached an agreement on guard Malik Starkes - he'll no longer play for the Mighty Elephants, nor for any school in the PL. The problem began with one-tenth of a second remaining in MC&S' 62-61 loss to Roberts Vaux. Noticing that Starkes was complaining to an official about a call that sent star guard Rysheed Jordan to the foul line, MC&S coaches removed him after the first free throw.
February 18, 2013 |
No representatives from Temple, UCLA, or St. John's were spotted at Southern during Saturday night's Public League Class A championship game. But the three finalists for Rysheed Jordan's services will no doubt hear about his last-minute heroics. With 0.1 second remaining, after missing his first attempt from the free-throw line, the prized recruit calmly buried the second to give Roberts Vaux a 62-61, come-from-behind victory over stunned Math, Civics, and Sciences. With 10.7 seconds to go, the 6-foot-3 phenom hit two foul shots to forge a 61-61 tie. That was followed by his steal in front of the MC&S bench.