September 30, 1986
On Sept. 20, I attended the Temple-Florida A&M football game and the Monkees concert. I have had season tickets for Temple footaball games for 10 years. I applaud Temple University for sponsoring a fun concert for our youth. But I also condemn Temple University and the City of Philadelphia for pouring beer down the throats of our youth. The teenagers of today must be very confused - the media tell them not to drink and drive or they die. Yet in the real world, adults sell them beer and do not even ask for identification.
October 26, 1986 |
"There are people out there killing your children, and not only are you letting them do it, but helping them do it. " That was the message about teenage drinking that Arthur "Buzz" Shuman, La Salle University law professor and former Philadelphia prosecutor, gave to more than 400 parents, teachers and students at Haverford School Wednesday night. Shuman's talk was sponsored by the Student/Parent Education Committee, an organization founded to deal with student drinking and drug abuse.
March 10, 2012
LANCASTER - A Lancaster County woman will spend six months in prison for the alcohol-related death of a teenager who passed out on her living room floor. Norma Edkin hosted at least 15 underage drinkers at her Mountville home at a June 2010 party that led to the death of Joseph Blankenmyer, 18, authorities said. Blankenmyer died of alcohol poisoning; his blood-alcohol level was between 0.357 and 0.438 percent the night he died, authorities said. Pennsylvania's legal threshold for intoxication is 0.8 percent.
February 28, 2002 |
'Underage drinking has reached epidemic proportions in America," warns Joseph Califano, head of the private Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). His alarm is ominous, even frightening, as he calls for strong action in response to this national crisis. But relax. Underage drinking isn't increasing - it's actually dropping! Not only are fewer young people drinking today, but heavy drinking (so-called "binge drinking") continues to decline as well. Federal and other research repeatedly demonstrates this.
September 30, 2002 |
Early on the morning of April 29, 2001, 19-year-old Christopher Mowad - his blood alcohol at twice the legal limit for an adult - lost control of his SUV at 83 mph. It rolled over, killing him and two 18-year-old passengers. Judith Claire McCloskey, 43, had no contact with Mowad the night he died. She did not buy the beer he and his friends drank. She did not serve them. She did not go into her basement, where Mowad and dozens of other teens had gathered for a party hosted by her two daughters.
June 16, 1986 |
The three young men, clad in T-shirts and shorts, cast furtive glances over their shoulders as one of them eased brown bottles of beer from a paper bag and passed them around. They then sat on the hood of a faded-blue pickup truck, swigging beer in open defiance of a local ordinance regulating public drinking. A week ago, 150 people were issued citations for violating the ordinance as this shore resort town - a popular vacation spot for graduates - began a crackdown on teenage revelers.
October 8, 2007 |
Left home alone, a Haddonfield teenager quickly organizes a weekend house party. As word spreads in the affluent suburb, dozens of youngsters descend upon the unchaperoned bash where beer and booze freely flow. It's an all-too-familiar scenario in Haddonfield, which has been forced to confront the staggering toll of underage drinking: two alcohol-related deaths in the last seven months; drunken teenagers rushed to the hospital in the last two weeks; and the arrest this year of two dozen for underage drinking, including 13 teens who trashed a Maple Avenue home during an unauthorized rowdy party, defecating on a piano and spraying urine all over the house.
August 8, 2000
Letting your own teenager sip from a wine glass at the dinner table is a far cry from what went on in a Bucks County home on New Year's Eve. In the Plumstead home where Nicholas Karkas helped his teenage son stage an all-night beer and liquor bash, police reported there were cases of beer and bottles of vodka, rum and whiskey. One young guest told of having a dozen beers overnight, and he launched into New Year's Day with another few beers and vodka-spiked Jell-O. The guest, Thomas Nicoletti of Milford, N.J., left the party and, drunk, proceeded to slam his car into a tree - sending himself and a passenger to the hospital.
November 19, 1987 |
Teenagers convicted of drinking, possessing or transporting beer, wine or alcohol would lose their driver's licenses for at least 90 days if a bill approved overwhelmingly yesterday by the state House becomes law. The stiff penalty, which would apply even to those who are not caught drinking while driving or while riding in a car, now moves to the Senate. "We need something in Pennsylvania . . . to make kids consider they are going to lose something," said Rep. Kevin Blaum (D., Luzerne)
October 19, 2002 |
With the click of handcuffs and a glance at her two teenage daughters in the second row, Judith McCloskey was escorted from a Northampton County courtroom to jail yesterday, minutes after being sentenced for her part in a tragedy that left three teens dead last year. McCloskey, 43, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last month in a landmark case after three teens who had been drinking at her home died in a car crash. She was sentenced by Judge Stephen G. Baratta to 1 to 4 1/2 years in prison and fined $7,500.