November 25, 2014 |
It's not every day you're told to go to a dark parking lot in Southwest Philadelphia where a man will talk to you about your missing dog. "I thought that was a little bizarre," said J.J. Pierce, the Philadelphia schoolteacher whose 2-year-old black Lab, Louie, had been missing for more than a month. But bizarre or not, Pierce was game on Friday night; "no questions asked" had been her modus operandi. "Anything for Louie," she said Sunday. Members of "TeamLouie" - friends and friends of friends and soft-hearted, quick-witted social-media followers - were handling many of the details of the Louie search and told her the Friday meeting was "promising.
November 24, 2014 |
Dawn Wells is the mother of two young boys, one of whom will turn 3 in February. It is the same age Scott McMillan was when, police say, he was beaten to death nearly three weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend in their home in Chester County. At her home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Wells heard about the case through social media. "It doesn't matter what part of the world you're from, everyone's affected by this," she said. "It just broke my heart. " She wanted to do something for McMillan and his 6-year-old brother, who police say also was abused.
November 17, 2014
HATE ON Kim Kardashian and that big, oiled-up booty of hers if you want. But she's winning. Definitely not from a moral perspective, but Kardashian isn't worried about getting laid off from work like many of the rest of us. At 34, Kim K stands to earn $85 million just for her video game (Kim Kardashian: Hollywood), according to Forbes magazine. She earned about $28 million from June 2013 to June of this year for her other endeavors, the magazine estimated in its "Celebrity 100" list, on which Kim ranked 80th.
October 6, 2014 |
Oh, golly, yes, social media have changed the face of retirement. " So says Donna Held, 61, of Salisbury Township. She is retired and a big proponent of social media. Like Held, an increasing proportion of retired people use social media for connection, support, education, even business (call it "retirement lite"). "It sure has changed retirement," says Howard Levin, 85, of Cherry Hill. "Of course, it can become addictive - not a big problem if you're retired. " For more and more seniors it offers, in the words of Judy Shepps Battle, 71, of Kendall Park, N.J., "an experience that just wasn't there before.
October 3, 2014 |
Abington Health requires its employees to complete computer-based training on patient-privacy regulations and responsible use of social media when they are hired. Then, there are annual reviews. These apparently were not enough to protect it from humiliation when outsiders checked out the Twitter account of an emergency-room tech after she was arrested in an attack on a gay couple in Center City. In 140-character increments, Kathryn Knott showed herself as a hard-drinking, homophobic mean girl.
September 29, 2014 |
I KNOW the press is powerful. But wow, folks, really? The media got Kathryn Knott fired? Color me shocked by the readers who have taken issue with "the media" for some very critical coverage of Knott, the Lansdale Hospital ER tech who posted breathtakingly degrading Tweets about her patients. In my last column, I dared to suggest that Knott wasn't worthy of her job. Apparently, the hospital's parent company, Abington Health, thought she wasn't, either. On Thursday, they canned Knott, which one reader blames me for. "Congratulations.
September 27, 2014 |
A second teenager has been charged in connection with the death of a 15-year-old student and the critical wounding of another teen outside Einstein Medial Center earlier this week. Quadir Gibson, also 15, has been charged as an adult with criminal conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses in the death of Aisha Abdur Rhaman, a student at Delaware Valley Charter High School killed during a large fight near the hospital on Monday. Abdur Rhaman was a block away from the fight and walking with a friend when she was shot once in the back.
September 26, 2014 |
IT'S GETTING to the point where Tattle will need to run with a disclaimer: Every juicy item, tidbit or rumor you read in today's column may be taken back in tomorrow's column. Yesterday, we wrote that the three-breasted woman was a two-breasted hoax. Today, it's the group who threatened to release hacked Emma Watson nude photos. Oh, there was a threat. But it wasn't from the hackers. According to the website Business Insider, the threat source was Rantic Marketing, which pretended to be a viral marketing agency, but which was really a social experiment run by Internet pranksters.
September 19, 2014 |
The video Philadelphia police posted online represented a major break in a horrific case - capturing images of a group suspected in a vicious Center City attack on a gay couple. The suspects in the video - a group of young men and women laughing, smiling, and dressed for a night out - had allegedly mocked two men walking near Rittenhouse Square before beating them badly, sending both to the hospital. One of the men was also robbed, police said. Word spread, and within hours, people took to Twitter and the Internet, trawling through social media in an attempt to identify the men and women in the video and forwarding their findings to police.
September 18, 2014 |
As principal at John Wister Elementary School in East Germantown, Donna Smith is used to stretching scant resources. But this year is different. "Bare necessities are difficult," she said. "During the 13 years I've been here, it's never been as bad as it is right now. My entire budget for basic supplies is a little over $3,000 for the school year. " That's less than $7 per student, making things like copy paper unaffordable luxuries. As Philadelphia public schools reopened last week in the face of an $81 million deficit and the prospect of 1,000 layoffs if a cigarette-tax hike isn't approved, supplying paper was the least of Smith's worries - which include deep cuts to crucial supportive teaching staff.