March 6, 2016 |
The superintendent of the Upper Darby School District has issued an apology after a photo resurfaced Thursday of students dressed in Ku Klux Klan outfits. In a Friday statement to the Upper Darby community, Superintendent Richard Dunlap wrote that the photo of the three Upper Darby High School students was part of a skit "intended to identify and highlight the atrocities of the Ku Klux Klan. " The photo resurfaced on social media Thursday evening. In it, the students are standing next to each other, dressed in white shirts with the letter "K" on them.
March 5, 2016 |
Kids from rough neighborhoods can't escape real-world violence when they use social media. Instead, a new academic study finds something that families, schools, and police have learned the hard way: Negative experiences from the streets spill over into the "digital hood" - and can even start there. "Facebook not only mirrors the challenges and dangers of life in a disadvantaged community, but also amplifies the most negative aspects of the community," the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University concluded.
February 26, 2016
By Michael Zimmerman Perhaps you have a vivid moment of embarrassment in your life that you carry with you as I do. I was away at overnight camp, and with a dance coming up, I felt egged on to ask a girl to go with me. I chose Suzy, a girl I knew from home. But instead of extending an invitation, there I was on the dirt path outside her cabin issuing a threat that was inappropriate and utterly out of character for me: "You'd better be willing to go to the dance with me and no one else.
February 23, 2016
ISSUE | JUSTICE Trial by media Whatever happened to the legal principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty? A police officer has not had his day in court, yet District Attorney Seth Williams is trying him in the media by calling the incident "a senseless attack" and saying he hopes the detective "understands the severity of his crime" ("Phila. detective charged with breaking man's leg," Thursday). Was a crime committed? Does Williams plan to prosecute the detective "to the fullest extent of the law" on social media and in the newspapers and on TV?
February 21, 2016
A 14-year-old boy who went missing from Chester County last week was found in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, police said. The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington reunited John Thomas Parker with his family members, who live in the nation's capital, West Whiteland police said. Police thanked those who shared their pleas for information on social media and called the department with tips. On the afternoon of Feb. 9, Parker walked away from a center for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities in West Whiteland Township.
February 14, 2016
Now you see PUNGE. Now you don't. That's because this amazingly fresh double IPA was one of the latest issues in the weekly spontaneous can series from Tired Hands' Fermentaria. And it was gone in a blink. Owner and brewchief Jean Broillet IV has always stoked long lines for special releases at the original Tired Hands Brew Cafe. At his larger Fermentaria in Ardmore, the arrival of an in-house canning line has given Broillet the flexibility to can two special hop-centric beers at will each week and announce their sale with just a day's notice via social media (@tiredhandsbeer)
February 12, 2016
HOWELL, N.J . - Charges against a New Jersey woman who nursed two abandoned baby squirrels back to health have been dropped on a technicality. Maria Vaccarella, of Howell, had faced up to $500 in fines after she took in a pair of baby squirrels abandoned by their mother. Vaccarella used social media to document the rehab, which caught the attention of state Fish and Wildlife officials. She was charged in July with illegal possession of wildlife. NJ.com reports a judge dismissed the charges after finding that the summons she was issued didn't charge her with the correct offense.
January 30, 2016 |
Massacres erupt from San Diego to Paris. Archaeologists recently announced the discovery in Kenya of human remains from a prehistoric tribe that met a brutal end about 10,000 years ago. And then there's Syria and Ukraine. Is deadly violence simply basic to human DNA? Are we all just sharks on land? So it would seem, judging from the undermotivated widespread carnage in the enterprising, entertaining - but not quite fully thought-out - Kristoffer Diaz play #therevolution , presented by InterAct Theatre, in which two giggly lesbian millennials have murdered enough people that they now rule the world.
January 4, 2016
Long before prom queens became a focus of reality TV, South Philadelphia's Zinni family was outfitting young women for the big dance. What Jennie and Louis Zinni did not have to contend with when they opened for business on South 12th Street in 1946 was social media. In the retail business, it can be both a blessing and a curse, said Carolyn Zinni, the daughter who carries on Zinni's of Philadelphia, albeit in Springfield, Delaware County. Lousy reviews on Yelp or snarky remarks on Twitter can reach thousands in no time and ruin a business.
December 27, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I've realized that every time I talk to a particular friend, I come away exhausted from our interactions. She thinks she's a failure, she thinks all effort toward any achievement is a waste because she's doomed to fail, other people do better than her at some things, so why bother, etc. I've tried to incorporate advice you've given before, like asking her what steps she wants to take, or recommending a counselor. But as soon as I ask, she no longer has an interest in continuing the conversation, and says, "Oh, I think once I find time to do X, it'll be better, so I don't need to stop saying mean things about myself now. " But then she never does X. And I just . . . I'm at a loss.