September 17, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats at the opening of a drug rehabilitation center here, Gov. Christie continued Monday to advocate for treating nonviolent offenders instead of jailing them, saying that changing attitudes on the topic will require political courage. To break a cycle of recidivism for inmates who do not receive treatment, leaders must articulate the problem, Christie said: "We don't have enough people saying it. " While he said some may worry about being seen as soft on crime for endorsing alternatives to incarceration, the Republican governor, a former federal prosecutor, said the approach he advocates isn't lax. "What it does is make you smart about how to deal with the crime issues we have in our country," he said.
September 12, 2014 |
Three of the foremost experts on pitchers' arms have examined Cliff Lee's injured left elbow in recent weeks. They all agreed that Lee, who visited Philadelphia on Monday for another doctor's appointment, can follow his original rehab plan. So Lee will not throw until sometime in November. Nevertheless, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. categorized his confidence in Lee's ability to contribute in 2015 as "high. " Skepticism will linger until Lee demonstrates his health next spring.
August 20, 2014 |
In midst of the Phillies' struggles, centerfielder Ben Revere finds himself in the race for the National League batting crown. Revere was batting .315 after Monday's game, second in the National League to Colorado's Justin Morneau at .323. Revere insists he isn't consumed with the idea of being in a batting race. "Honestly, I don't pay much attention," he said before the game. "As long as I can help the team win, that is the main thing. " He said giving a potential batting title much thought would be a recipe for disaster.
August 20, 2014
A second rehab for Vargas ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas is doing a second rehab stint for alcoholism, she and the network announced on Sunday. Vargas, co-anchor of ABC's 20/20 , revealed in an e-mail statement that she entered treatment over the weekend. "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process," Vargas said. "I feel I have let myself, my coworkers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry.
July 29, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Like the Phillies, Freddy Galvis has had a rough year. The 24-year-old infielder found misfortune even before the season started, and it has not gotten much better since. In late March, Glavis contracted MRSA, a staph infection that can easily lead to other infections, and had to be hospitalized. The Phillies made the decision that he would start the season on the disabled list, putting him behind right from the get-go. "It was really tough because I didn't get to do a spring training," Galvis said.
July 25, 2014
I VOLUNTEER at a correctional institution for women. During one financial-literacy class, I was struck by something that was disturbing two inmates who were scheduled to be released within the next two years. They were worried about defaulted student loans. Once out of prison, they feared that if they found a job, debt collectors would come after their paychecks. They were concerned that late fees, additional interest and other collection costs would make it impossible for them to get out of default.
July 22, 2014 |
ATLANTA - The prize of the pitching market this July, David Price, plays for a team enjoying its best run of the season. There are no guarantees that Tampa Bay will deal Price, and that steers all focus toward Cliff Lee. He will pitch Monday for the first time in two months. More than a dozen scouts are expected at Citizens Bank Park to evaluate how Lee has handled a strained left elbow. Lee will start two games before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. His performances will dictate whether that is enough to entice a contender to offer a suitable package.
July 21, 2014 |
With a hoist and a sudden mechanical groan, Dan Webb, 44, stands up in the rehabilitation gym at MossRehab in Elkins Park, grinning from ear to ear. You might say standing is not such a big deal, unless, like Webb, who fell from a tree stand while bowhunting in 2010 and suffered incomplete paralysis of the lower half of his body, you've spent a year of your life in a wheelchair. In his case, it's a very big deal indeed. And Webb, of Warminster - who has been working with exoskeleton technology for two years at MossRehab - can do more than stand.
July 16, 2014 |
CLIFF LEE struggled in what's expected to be his final rehab start before rejoining the Phillies, allowing eight runs, three earned, in 4 2/3 innings last night for Class A Clearwater. Lee, slated to start for the Phillies (42-53) in Monday's series opener against the San Francisco Giants, gave up eight hits, four for extra bases, against the St. Louis affiliated Palm Beach Cardinals. The Cy Young Award-winning lefthander is working his way back from the left elbow strain that landed him on the disabled list on May 20. The third outing of Lee's rehab assignment was also his longest.
July 16, 2014 |
The day Seabrook House opened in 1974, a young woman walked through the door with two little boys. She wanted to know whether the brand-new alcoholism and addiction treatment center in rural Cumberland County, N.J., could help her husband. Seabrook cofounder Margaret "Peg" Diehl gave the visitor the answer she'd learned by heart in the 1960s, when she was struggling to raise her sons while her husband's drinking threatened to destroy their lives - and his. The woman's husband could be offered treatment, "but her family needed help, too," Peg recalls.