February 19, 2014
I AM a 28-year-old recovering heroin addict. Having said that, Ms. Flowers, I now need to address your perceptions of addiction and specifically Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. Being educated in this field, both academically and personally, I am blessed with a unique insight into the disease of addiction. And, make no mistake about it, it is a disease. However, it is not a disease like cancer or diabetes, as some like to compare it to. It is a disease not like any other. It is threefold in nature: a mental obsession, like obsessive-compulsive disorder; a physical allergy, like one would have to peanut butter; and a spiritual malady, which I have no words to explain.
February 6, 2014 |
DOYLESTOWN Lisa White and John LaSala have spent their adult lives in the corporate world. They had no idea how to open a grocery store. But after years of planning - and with lots of help - White, board president of the Doylestown Food Co-op and a management consultant, and LaSala, a fellow board member and a former Johnson & Johnson executive, are days away from celebrating the grand opening of the co-op's 1,400-square-foot store on West...
January 18, 2014 |
ELKINS PARK The Creekside Co-Op in Elkins Park has eliminated employee health insurance and outsourced its payroll, sparking some consternation among employees of the struggling community-owned grocery. Some employees said morale dropped in mid-December when they were told they would have to find their own health insurance, and were ordered to fill out "new hire" paperwork that included a detailed medical history and waivers for random drug tests. Jeff Rotter, president of the co-op board, said the moves were necessary because, a year after opening, the store still isn't profitable, and costs for worker compensation and employee health insurance were going to rise significantly.
October 14, 2013 |
DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP Loren Dann began class Tuesday the way many children would like school to start: by handing out candy. Before her students could unwrap the treats, though, they found out they had been baited into an ethics lesson. Should the 7- and 8-year-olds keep the candy or give it to a sick friend, who could surely use a pick-me-up? Perhaps more important, do they have a duty to do so? "Today," Dann declared, "we are going to talk about charity. " Soon, the students were debating whether people had a right to health care, an education, home ownership.
August 27, 2013 |
By most measures, the CreekSide Co-op in Elkins Park can be called a runaway success. But the most important metric, revenue, is lagging to such an extent operators fear they won't make it to the one-year mark in November. The store, part of a growing movement of community-owned and -operated grocers, has anchored a revival of the downtown area that includes three new restaurants, a renovated park, and a community development project at the nearby train station. The co-op has attracted 2,150 member households, nearly double the target.
August 21, 2013 |
A tasty array of restaurants, a bountiful farmers market, and a fresh crop of food-related businesses on Haddon Avenue make Collingswood a great town for people who like to eat. Now borough boosters hope to add another ingredient: a retail co-op offering local produce and products. "We need this," says Lisa Murphy, who started to stir the pot by posting an online query - "Is anyone out there interested in starting a food co-op?" - in July. The response was immediate, connections were made, and a Facebook page set up; supporters also solicited input from patrons of the Collingswood Farmers Market.
July 26, 2013 |
WHAT DO Lady Gaga and Alex Rodriguez have in common? Both are planning their return from hip surgery. Gaga's is more likely to happen. The "Poker Face" singer will make her comeback at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25. It will be one of her first appearances since going under the knife in February. She will sing her new single at the show, which will air live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, home of the new-and-improved NBA Nets. Her new album, "ARTPOP," will drop Nov. 11. Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the VMA Awards with six nominations each.
June 3, 2013 |
In her first public appearance since revealing she underwent a double mastectomy in February, Angelina Jolie , 37, walked the red carpet in a Saint Laurent dress with Brad Pitt at the London premiere of his film World War Z on Sunday. On May 14, Jolie announced in an op-ed piece in the New York Times that she had been diagnosed with a mutated BRCA1 gene predisposing her to cancer and had undergone the preventive mastectomy Feb. 16 and reconstructive surgery on April 27. Since then, Jolie has recovered at home in Los Angeles while preparing to direct Unbroken , a film based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand about a World War II hero's survival story.
May 15, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie trended high among worldwide Twitter topics all day Tuesday. In a New York Times op-ed, she said she'd had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that carried with it an unusually high risk of breast cancer. The outpouring of support was unusual even for Twitter. Stars, especially, praised Jolie's resolve. Kristen Bell called her Times op-ed "admirable," and director Adam Shankman called it "beautiful. " Nia Vardalos called for "a moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie's candor and all women's bravery in facing this choice.
May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As the weakly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli sought in vain to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over Benghazi in a show of force that might have averted a second attack on a nearby CIA complex. Hours later, according to excerpts of the account by the U.S. diplomat, Gregory Hicks, American officials in the Libyan capital sought permission to deploy four U.S. special operations troops to Benghazi aboard a Libyan military aircraft early the next morning.