September 8, 2014 |
WHEN SCHOOL bells ring on Monday, one organization is hoping to see thousands of children walking to school with backpacks on their shoulders and fathers by their sides. The House of Umoja, a nonprofit working for education and against violence in Philadelphia, is organizing the Million Father March for its seventh year. The march - a national effort started in Chicago in 2004 - works to redefine parental roles in their children's education by having fathers walk their sons and daughters to school.
September 7, 2014 |
Roger Goodell may soon be the commissioner of two leagues - the NFL and the NSL. We all know, of course, what NFL stands for. It's the almighty National Football League, the revenue ruler of all professional sports. The NSL? That stands for the National Suspension League. According to ESPN.com, a total of 30 players will be serving suspensions during the first week of the season, and that does not include six suspended free agents. That number is up from 21 players a year ago, and we're still waiting for the first player to stand up and say: "Yeah, I did it. I'm a cheater and a liar, and I've shamed my team and my league.
July 13, 2014 |
Jane Austen's beauty Jane Austen did not look like a runway model. No Heidi Klum- ia n legs or Marilyn Monroe -esque bust adorned the author of Emma . No heavenly, Ingrid Bergman- ian visage. According to a new wax figure unveiled this week at the Jane Austen Centre in the British city of Bath, Ms. Austen looked rather average. This is the closest "anyone has come to the real Jane Austen for 200 years," a Centre rep says, according to People. The wax effigy was created thanks to detailed studies conducted by FBI forensic artist Melissa Dring , who says she's not a big fan of the only other image of the author that has survived, an 1810 sketch made by Austen's sis Cassandra . "[It]
June 22, 2014 |
Six months into the Affordable Care Act, local mental-health and substance-abuse professionals have yet to see an uptick in clients using their new benefits. The seeming lack of interest has been disappointing for caregivers, but is not completely unexpected. "It's very early," said Patricia Kleven, director of outpatient mental health services at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment. "I don't know what it will look like in six months or a year. But at the moment, not so much.
January 22, 2014 |
With same-sex marriage on the rise nationwide and celebrities coming out all over the place, one might suppose that young gay men's lives have become "easy, breezy, and free," says Jerome T. Pipes. This seems particularly true when compared with my own youthful emergence from the closet, back in the day when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. But what if a young gay man coming out in 2014 is African American or Latino and lives in Camden? Out come the stereotypes - particularly, but not exclusively, among outsiders.
December 20, 2013 |
DO ME A FAVOR: After you finish this column, spend the day keeping track of how many homeless people you see. Look at the man huddled in the corner in the concourse between Suburban Station and City Hall. Look at the frail young man rocking back and forth on the cold pavement outside the Dunkin' Donuts on Market Street. Look at the woman with a toddler holding out a paper cup for spare change on Walnut. And then ask yourself: How is it that we, a civilized society with great minds and deep pockets, still have people living and dying on the streets?
December 7, 2013 |
TRENTON Incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons possession, and substance abuse in New Jersey's public schools saw an overall decrease in 2012-13 from the previous school year, according to an annual report released Thursday by state education officials. In addition, the number of incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying reported by districts decreased last school year by nearly 4,300, or 36 percent. While some of that decline may be due to bullying-prevention programs, state officials said part of the drop is the result of the Department of Education's working with local districts over the last two years to get a better understanding of the criteria for reporting bullying.
November 6, 2013
On a single night in January 2011, 67,495 veterans were homeless in the United States. This is unacceptable. Veterans who have honorably served our country should have a safe, secure place to call home. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to end veterans' homelessness by 2015. VA needs our help to meet this ambitious goal. Much is being done. Homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness should gain access to VA services. Know the facts.
September 30, 2013 |
If the Affordable Care Act is widely implemented, many groups will be affected. Here's a sampling. Mental health People with mental illness may be among those who benefit the most from the law. These include individuals with severe mental illness, who make up about 6 percent of the population, but also those with milder or temporary issues. All new marketplace plans must offer 10 essential health benefits, and mental health is a core area. Future coverage will include such services as counseling and psychotherapy, and insurers must cover them at levels similar to general medical and surgical care.
September 1, 2013 |
The word pediatrician conjures up Norman Rockwell-like images of a doctor listening to the heart of a child's doll. We tend to be a happy crew: treating newborns with unlimited potential, struggling with teens as they figure out who they are. That's the good stuff. But there's a darker side of pediatrics. It rears up when a child removes his shirt for an exam and has telltale bruises. Or when a child flinches each time a parent moves suddenly. Recently, as I was preparing for patients, I noticed a consult report on an 8-year-old boy whom I have been caring for since birth.