April 8, 2014
THERE was an eerie familiarity to the headlines when a soldier on Fort Hood Army base reportedly went on a rampage last week, killing or wounding 19 people before turning the gun on himself. In the immediate aftermath of such tragedies, we often find ourselves with more questions than answers. But with the facts now available, a narrative all too common among our nation's servicemen and women is quickly beginning to take shape. During a news conference after the shooting, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the commanding officer at the military installation, told reporters that the alleged gunman, identified as Spec.
April 3, 2014
THE POSITIVE effects of working out extend far beyond the gym. As you might have guessed, physicians, researchers and mental-health practitioners have long discovered the positive relationship between exercise and mental health. More than a decade ago, researchers at Duke University released a groundbreaking study demonstrating that 30 minutes of brisk exercise three times a week is just as effective as drug therapy in relieving the symptoms of major depression in the short term, and also that continued exercise reduces the chances of the depression returning.
February 20, 2014 |
Across a brightly lit room, three dozen immigrants sit shoulder-to-shoulder on three pew-like benches. Many look scared. Some murmur in Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Haitian Creole. There is no bailiff; none but the judge to maintain order, call the cases, and render judgments, DIY-style. Lawyers waiting for clients' cases to be called pile up outside the four small courtrooms in the cramped corridor that one translator calls the "Hall of Anxiety. " With a backlog of 4,901 cases, Philadelphia's Immigration Court, housed on the fifth floor of a federal building in Center City, is chronically overburdened and thinly staffed, and reflects the workload crisis afflicting the nation's 57 other immigration courts.
January 13, 2014 |
Many people settle for a job, but there are online tools that can help you choose a career that suits your personality, education, stress tolerance, and, of course, your need for money. Stressed out? At BusinessInsider.com, there's a list of "high-paying jobs for people who don't like stress" - illustrated, strangely, with a photo of a couple nursing tall glasses of beer. The list includes jobs with annual pay averaging from about $65,000 to $186,000, the latter number belonging to orthodontists, who apparently find it relaxing to realign people's teeth and jaws.
November 27, 2013 |
You've seen the signs everywhere, and days before Black Friday - in your inbox, online, and screaming from store displays: Holiday doorbusters starting "TODAY!" And promises of more deals to be had on Turkey Day itself. If last year's unprecedented early store openings were perceived as a fluke, this year is proof that Black Friday is no longer the marketing hook that kicks off Christmas, Hanukkah, and all other holiday shopping. Instead, the day after Thanksgiving is taking a permanent backseat, it seems, to shopping everywhere, all the time . What began as an experiment to inspire shoppers stung by a poor economy has become the new tradition.
November 9, 2013 |
On Feb. 24, 2010, the bull orca Tilikum, one of the star attractions at SeaWorld in Orlando, attacked and killed his trainer, Dawn Brancheau. The experienced trainer, who had worked extensively with Tilikum, was the third person the whale had killed. The incident sparked outrage, and led marine biologists and animal rights activists alike to raise an uncomfortable question: Was the attack caused, at least in part, by Tilikum's conflicted, desperate mood as a wild creature kept all his life in captivity?
October 14, 2013 |
I DON'T KNOW when Philip Nace became a Philadelphia police officer. But I have to believe, when he swore an oath to protect and serve, that he didn't imagine his future would include seeing his scowling red face on a Daily News cover about bully cops. But there he was, in yesterday's story by Bill Bender about a stop and frisk. Nace and another cop harangued two pedestrians in the 25th District after the men had - sigh - said hello to a third man unidentified on the street. To write the story, Bender didn't need to rely on anyone's memories of what went down.
October 10, 2013 |
MINUTES INTO his introductory news conference as the Flyers' 18th head coach, Craig Berube thanked Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren for the opportunity. He said it was an honor. Then, more important, the next words out of his mouth were about his new team's play without the puck. "For me right now, I don't see our team doing a very good job without the puck," Berube said. "Everybody's going to look at, 'We only scored three goals in three games.' You want to score more goals? Do your job without the puck.
September 22, 2013 |
For the last two months, Lynda Henion has hit the Holy Redeemer Sports Medicine Center three times a week to warm up on a stationary bicycle, walk steps, and do stretching and strengthening exercises. After an accidental tumble in 2010, Henion, 71, had a pin placed in her right hip, followed a year later by a right hip replacement, followed by an operation on the meniscus in her left knee, followed by a right knee replacement in July. After all that surgery, she's eager to return to normal walking.
August 6, 2013 |
Eleanor Kelly and Patty Tartaglia-Passio knew in advance that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono would stop by the Phily Diner in Runnemede Sunday morning. That's why the two Borough Council members adorned the wall of their booth with two "Buono for Governor" posters. Buono warmly greeted the pair and Tartaglia-Passio's husband, Anthony, as the two councilwomen talked about how Runnemede and the surrounding municipalities were sharing services in the face of reductions in state support.