August 6, 2016 |
Leonard S. Levitz had a singular way of celebrating birthdays and anniversaries for his wife, Meryl. He would write a small book of fables, based on people in their lives, just for her. The fables, she said, "helped me with some challenges at work," written over a span of 20 years, though the most recent was 15 years ago. "They involved animals, with the moral at the end. " She said the fables told "how to deal with this person or what...
February 18, 2016 |
Prosecutors on Tuesday requested additional time to review a psychological report on a Pemberton Township mother accused of fatally setting her newborn on fire. Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor James Ronca said at a hearing in Superior Court in Burlington County that he had just received the report Tuesday, and had only briefly reviewed it. Judge Terrence Cook granted Ronca's request to postpone the case, and set the next hearing for 9 a.m. Feb. 25. The report on Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier was done by a private psychologist at the request of the defense.
January 23, 2016 |
When Gerald Cooke heard the news that African Americans were less likely than whites to pass a psychological evaluation to become Philadelphia police officers, it sounded familiar. He tried to fix the same problem two decades ago. Last month, an Inquirer analysis found that from 2011 to 2014, 72.5 percent of black police applicants passed the department's psych evaluation, compared with 81.2 percent of white candidates. In the early 1990s, the disparity was even greater, said Cooke, a forensic psychologist based in Plymouth Meeting.
December 17, 2015 |
Earlier this year, African American police officers' groups contended that the Philadelphia Police Department's psychological screening was eliminating a lot of black applicants. Data recently provided by the department suggest that the critics are right. From 2011 through 2014, 72.5 percent of the 262 black applicants passed the psych evaluation, compared with 81.2 percent of the 823 white candidates. Hispanic applicants fell in between, at 75 percent of 176 job-seekers.
October 26, 2015 |
Harry J. Woehr was an Army Air Corps operations officer at what might have seemed a safe harbor from all the killing during World War II. Though Japanese troops occupied pieces of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, Mr. Woehr was at a safer base there. He experienced loss of life there, just not American. As part of a wartime program that transferred American airplanes to the Soviet Union, "he was involved in helping to get the Russian pilots to take off" and head home over a narrow strip of the Bering Sea, daughter Leslie Tuttle said in a phone interview.
October 22, 2015 |
The Oxford Circle woman who called herself "sexygirl32" and "freakygirl82" in Internet chat rooms where she offered her 6-year-old daughter for sex listened Tuesday in federal court for nearly two hours as her tragic history was retold by lawyers and a psychologist. Christine Yoder, 33, has the mental capacity of a third grader, the forensic psychologist testified. She suffers from the trauma of being raped by her grandfather. From abusive relationships with other men. From mood disorders.
August 3, 2015 |
First in an occasional series. Baby boomers, the generation that brought America cable television, middle-class pot smoking, and the two-car garage, are now bringing the nation the jobs of the future. The boomers, as they grow older and more infirm, will need home health aides, personal care aides, registered nurses, and physical therapists - jobs that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says will be among the fastest growing in the next seven years. "It's about . . . these aging baby boomers," among other trends, said labor economist Paul Harrington, director of Drexel University's Center for Labor Markets and Policy.
June 5, 2015 |
AS BIOPIC subjects go, Brian Wilson is a doozy. After all, the story arc of his almost 73 years seems far more the stuff of fiction than fact. Physically and emotionally abused as a child (he claims he lost 96 percent of the hearing in his right ear to the corporal punishment administered by his father, Murray), he nonetheless went on to found the Beach Boys and serve as the iconic band's original bassist and chief composer, conjuring such pop-rock totems as "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations.
May 4, 2015
YOU KNOW this guy. You might not know his name, or exactly why he always seems to be around the local pro teams, but you know the face: those kind, sad eyes that ooze empathy, that wide, caring smile. He is Joel Fish, director of Philadelphia's Center for Sport Psychology, and, during the last two decades, a consulting sports psychologist for the Sixers, Flyers and Phillies - all of whom seem intent on driving their fans mad. So while Larry Brown, Charlie Manuel and Peter Laviolette may have been tasked with getting athletes to execute physically during the era of Iverson, J-Roll and Bryzgalov, "Dr. Joel" was on hand to help with players' psyches.