March 21, 2013
R EADERS, I always appreciate hearing from you. Recently, I got a letter that I decided to answer in my column. I think this reader's situation and my advice to her will resonate with many of you. Dear Kimberly: Please help me. I am the 42-year-old mom of a 14-year-old and a 4-year-old. After smoking cigarettes heavily for 27 years, I decided to quit last July. I was very proud of myself , as I had only cut down during my pregnancies. The problem is that I've gained 40 pounds.
March 14, 2013
A woman was arrested in Parx Casino earlier this month for smashing a beer bottle over the head of a fellow slots player that blew cigarette smoke in her face, according to police records. Dana Sarne, 30, from Morrisville, asked Paula White to extinguish her cigarette while the two were playing slots on March 4, records say. Sarne said the smoke was irritating her asthma. According to the records, the two were playing in the casino's smoking section. White refused to put out the cigarette, records say, then blew smoke in Sarne's face.
March 14, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - This time there was no doubt. There was no new pope yet, and the mystery of who - and when - was as thick as the unmistakable heavy black smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney. As thousands waited in a cold night rain in St. Peter's Square, the cardinals signaled Tuesday that they had failed on their first attempt to find a leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church. "It's black, it's black, it's waaay black!" screamed Eliza Nagle, a 21-year-old Notre Dame theology major on an exchange program in Rome, as the smoke poured from the 6-foot-high copper chimney.
March 13, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - As tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square gasped in excitement, Gloria Hudock of Peters, Pa., strained to see the smoke pouring out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel against the black night sky. No successor to Pope Benedict XVI was elected on the first ballot of the conclave. Smoke rose at 7:42 p.m. "It's definitively black," she said, on observation aided by several Jumbotrons on which Vatican television broadcast a well-lit image of the chimney. Hudock, with her husband, Gabe, and their 13-year-old son Stephen, happened to be visiting their older son, John, who is studying at Duquesne University's Rome campus, and planned to keep a smoke watch.
March 5, 2013 |
PRINCETON - Another New Jersey community is considering a ban on smoking in public areas. Princeton's Board of Health is scheduled to vote March 19 on a proposal that would ban smoking on municipal property, in town-owned parks, and outside pools. First-time violators would face a $250 fine. Proponents say the measure would help save lives and improve the quality of life for all. But critics say they worry about infringing on people's personal rights. Officials say dozens of New Jersey towns and cities - about 25 percent of municipalities - already have similar no-smoking ordinances.
February 15, 2013
DEAR ABBY: It bothers me greatly to know that so many children continue to start smoking at an early age. My husband and I did that, and now we're paying an awful price. We have had emphysema for years. Four of our children also took up the habit. I finally started paying them to quit ($100 every two weeks they didn't smoke - up to five payments). I decided to head off the temptation our grandchildren would face. We told them if they didn't start smoking by the age of 18, we'd pay them $2,000.
February 13, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russia's lower house of parliament Tuesday passed a bill prohibiting smoking in public places, an extraordinary measure in a country where about 60 percent of men smoke cigarettes. The bill was proposed by the Ministry of Health and endorsed by Prime Minister Dmitry A. Medvedev in an effort to limit the harm caused by smoking. The measure is expected to be easily approved by the upper house and signed by President Vladimir V. Putin within two weeks. The lower house gave the bill overwhelming approval, passing it by 441-1.
February 13, 2013 |
THERE'S a very good chance that the next pope will hail from Africa. But there's an even better chance that he'll be the first pope to use an iPhone. The stunning news Monday that 85-year-old Pope Benedict XVI will be the first pontiff in nearly six centuries to resign gives the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church another crack at what it passed up on in 2005: The opportunity to elect a pope who truly reflects the complexities of the 21st century. "For the first time, the pope will be used to having a computer on his desk and a smartphone in his pocket," enthused Rocco Palmo, the Philadelphian who chronicles Vatican affairs on his popular blog Whispers in the Loggia.
February 11, 2013 |
The Secret Service is investigating a hacker's apparent theft of a trove of personal e-mails and photos belonging to the Bush family after they were posted late Thursday by the Smoking Gun website. A report by the Smoking Gun said the e-mails covered the period from 2009 to 2012, and that a total of six accounts appeared to have been compromised. Among those hacked were Dorothy Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. Bush and sister of President George W. Bush; as well as sportscaster Jim Nantz, a Bush family friend.
January 24, 2013
A 64-YEAR-OLD woman was killed Tuesday night in a fire in Hunting Park, and the cause appears to have been careless smoking, a police official said. The fire began about 9 p.m. in a boardinghouse on Roosevelt Boulevard near Broad Street and engulfed the second floor in flames, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The woman's body was found in a second-floor front bedroom, Small said. No other injuries were reported. - Morgan Zalot