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July 18, 1999 | By Melia Bowie, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It's time to put some teeth into the war on drug and alcohol abuse, Colonial School District officials say. And if that means monitoring students' off-campus behavior, they say, so be it. In an effort to curb the growing trend of substance abuse among teenagers, the school board is expected to consider at its meeting Thursday a controversial policy that would allow the suspension and expulsion of student violators from extracurricular activities....
NEWS
February 27, 1994 | By Jane M. Reynolds, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
People at a recent Board of Education meeting got a glimpse into the lives of West Deptford's students. A fourth of the district's sixth graders have tried alcohol, the audience and board learned Feb. 14. By 12th grade that number jumped to 92 percent. Those were among the findings of a survey tracking the use of drug and alcohol by students in grades five through 12. The purpose of the survey was to show the community what kinds of drug use are going on, where it is occurring, and how it is affecting the students, said Barbara Rakoczy, the district's substance awareness coordinator.
NEWS
October 28, 1994 | By Jeremy Wallace, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Teenagers who experiment with alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana are far more likely than other youths to dive into the world of cocaine and other illegal drugs, researchers at Columbia University said in a study released yesterday. Their conclusions were based on a fresh analysis of data gathered in the 1991 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse - door-to-door interviews in more than 30,000 households conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Among the surveyed 12-to-17-year-olds who had experimented with all three "gateway" substances, 18.6 percent had tried cocaine.
NEWS
February 13, 1997 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In a district that prides itself on high academic standards and the percentage of seniors going on to college, the news that its students are also well above average in drug and alcohol use was disturbing. Yesterday, the Great Valley School District went public with the results of a state survey showing that drug and alcohol use among Great Valley High School seniors is higher than the state average. "I don't suspect we are different from our neighboring school districts," Superintendent Rita Jones said, referring to other affluent public schools on the Main Line and in Chester County.
NEWS
December 30, 2001 | By Joann Klimkiewicz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Slumped in their seats, chins in hands, the teenagers clearly did not want to be there. Cited for underage drinking, the 13 youths sat in the final session of a 12-hour substance-abuse class in Sharon Hill recently - part of Delaware County's stringent Neighborhood Crimes Task Force program. The class was part of their punishment. But the teens knew it was a good deal. Completing this first-time juvenile offenders' program saved them hefty fines, possible driver's license suspensions, and a permanent criminal record.
NEWS
June 25, 1995 | By Tamara Chuang, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To fight drug abuse in the community, the township's Municipal Alliance sponsors Project Graduation and Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs during the school year. Now, school's out, but the Municipal Alliance's battle continues. The alliance is soliciting funds to send two local children identified as at-risk for substance abuse to summer camp. "Schools provide a wealth of support. Once the school's closed, all those resources disappear and (the children) are left with what is at home, and if the home's not strong, they're stuck," said Frank Plunkett, a police officer and chairman of the drug prevention group.
NEWS
March 27, 1994 | By Mark Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In time, James Crews grew accustomed to Cardboard City, the name adopted by those homeless folks who spent nights in cast-off boxes underground at the South Broad Street subway concourse. The echoes banging off the tiled walls, the stench of unwashed bodies, the windy clank of machinery hurtling by: It was home. "I thought sleeping in the subway was pretty good," Crews recalled yesterday, as he and 35 other once-homeless men made a bold step back into the real world as Horizon House of Rehabilitation Inc.'s class of 1994.
NEWS
February 24, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Penncrest High School officials yesterday pledged to redouble their efforts to educate students and parents about the dangers of inhalants after one was cited as the cause of a Jan. 29 crash that killed five members of the junior class. The district plans to offer workshops on inhalants and on strategies to narrow communication gaps between parents and students and faculty and students, said principal Joseph E. Haviland. They will be part of a series of workshops that the school has offered to help students and the community deal with the deaths, he said.
NEWS
April 7, 2005 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On Aug. 16, a man loaded a trash can into his shopping cart at the West Goshen Acme, filled it with $950 worth of baby formula, and tried to flee before being caught in the parking lot. Yesterday, Ryan M. Lorenski, 29, of Bethlehem, who is single with no children, learned the cost of his crime: a one- to four-year prison term. Chester County Court Judge Anthony A. Sarcione called Lorenski's criminal history "one of the most horrific" he had ever seen. Lorenski was found guilty by a jury of retail theft in February.
NEWS
January 20, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
GEORGE FOREACRE is not a coldhearted guy. But he couldn't help but celebrate this week's death of notorious strip-club mogul Robert Laflar, who faced trial in October in the fatal beating of Foreacre's friend. "I know he [Laflar] has children, and they're innocents. That's the ones I feel bad for," said Foreacre, 37, who survived the 2009 attack outside Laflar's strip club that left him with four fractured vertebrae and his buddy Jimmy Koons dead. "But when you dance with the devil, you got to answer to the devil, and he answered to the devil today.
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