May 14, 2013 |
You knew it. But now it's official. So now you really, really know. Barbara Walters , 83, since 1961 one of TV's most accomplished reporters, and since 1997 host of ABC's wildly populous The View , which she created, will leave TV journalism in summer 2014. (That leaves doors open for specials, etc.) ABC announced it late Sunday; Babs confirmed it on The View Monday. She stays exec producer. When rumors flew in March, Babs said she'd say when, and she said it. Joy Behar leaves The View in August, and rumors teem that token rightist Elisabeth Hasselbeck may be booted; all hands deny it, as per industry standard.
December 17, 2012 |
N EWTOWN, CONN. - The young man responsible Friday morning for what ended up as the second-deadliest school-shooting rampage in U.S. history was believed to suffer from a personality disorder and lived with his mother in a well-to-do section of this New England town, a law-enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation said. Authorities shed no light on the motive for the massacre unleashed by Adam Lanza, 20. Lanza, police said, first killed his mother, Nancy, then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where his mother taught and where he opened fire inside two classrooms, killing 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in corners and closets and trembled helplessly to the sound of shots reverberating through the building.
July 31, 2012 |
Over her life, June Sams has been told she has schizophrenia and four mental health disorders: bipolar, post-traumatic stress, major depressive, and personality. The 60-year-old Chester woman's current diagnoses - she thinks these fit - are major depressive and generalized anxiety disorders plus PTSD due to childhood trauma. A doctor told Elisa-Beth Gardner, 51, of Swarthmore, that she had borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 1996. Three months later, she was told she had bipolar disorder.
June 20, 2012 |
A psychologist testifying for Jerry Sandusky's defense is expected to present a novel defense soon on behalf of the former football coach: He has a "histrionic personality disorder," characterized by an excessive need for attention, and that condition explains his e-mails and "grooming"-type behavior toward his alleged victims. Sandusky is facing multiple charges involving sexual crimes against children, and as soon as Tuesday, the defense could call a psychologist, arguing that Sandusky suffers from a disorder whose symptoms include exaggerated expressions of emotion.
May 7, 2012 |
It was a challenge to get the label rip started Saturday. So many "psychiatric survivors" were milling around outside the Convention Center that it was hard to get them to pick one of the big cards printed with names of mental illnesses. "Who wants a psychotic one?" yelled Faith Rhyne, a North Carolina woman who belongs to MindFreedom International, an Oregon-based group that helped organize the protest outside the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. "Who wants obsessive-compulsive?"
January 13, 2012 |
Christian Hernandez's legal problems began with an argument over religion. They ended Friday in prayer, with his mother on her knees in court, imploring God and a Philadelphia judge to spare her son from life in prison. "Dios mio, Dios mio!" cried Rosaria Fontanez, dropping to her knees at the bar of the court and raising her palms toward the ceiling. "Mi hijo, mi hijo!" But, as Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart explained, there was nothing he could do for her son. In Pennsylvania, a first-degree murder conviction mandates life in prison with no chance of parole.
September 10, 2009 |
Concetta Jackson knew exactly what she was doing when she took the infant daughters from the arms of their unsuspecting parents and then turned them over to her boyfriend, pedophile John Jackey Worman, authorities say. Prosecutors said Jackson, who operated a day-care center in her Delaware County home, was the conduit for what they have called the most heinous case involving child pornography they have seen. Yesterday, Jackson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel to 25 years in prison.
April 13, 2007 |
If you like thrillers, then you're familiar with the MacGuffin. It's the element - a package, a necklace, a Maltese falcon, even - that propels the suspense, but in the end proves not be a major plot point, just the bait the filmmakers cast to reel you in. Perfect Stranger is the Egg MacGuffin of whodunits, a cheesy affair that casts so many baited lures that they tangle each other and don't hook you. In this one about a drop-dead gorgeous reporter...
April 16, 2006 |
Two-time Booker Prize finalist David Mitchell loves to play with stories. Turn them inside out, accordion them, as if the laws of narrative physics didn't apply. With his latest novel, though, Mitchell takes this approach down to the molecular level. The deck being shuffled this go-around is not just any tale. It's Mitchell's own life. Sitting in a seaside restaurant in this coastal Irish town where he lives with his wife and two children, Mitchell talked about his novel Black Swan Green and why its main character, Jason Taylor, shares so many similarities with himself.
May 4, 2005 |
A CONVERSATION you won't hear in the men's locker room: Guy One: "My heart really goes out to this guy John Mason. If Jennifer Willbanks was my fiance, I'd stick with her too. Guy Two: "Yeah bro, I'm feeling that. Ain't love grand. " You'll hear a parakeet reciting the Magna Carta before you'll hear that from the typical male. To most men, John Mason looks like a guy who went berserk and ripped up his get-out-of-jail-free card. That's what they'd say. It's the way men talk about marriage, even some of those in good marriages.