February 28, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: When I was a young child/teenager, I never brushed my teeth. Because of it, the enamel on my teeth eroded and I have cavities, really bad ones. Add to that a desperate fear of dentists, and my teeth are in horrible shape now. When I smile, my front teeth are mostly black. I work in customer service. I'm too young to have awful teeth, and I'm ashamed. I saw a dentist recently and I have made appointments to have my dental issues addressed, but it's expensive and it won't be for a few months.
February 13, 2016
It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so. In the coming days, the Supreme Court, by deciding to hear a case from Connecticut, can begin limiting a contemptible government abuse that the court's passive deference to legislatures has encouraged. The case concerns a minor economic activity, teeth whitening, but a major principle: Can a state limit Americans' opportunities by restricting access to particular professions for no reason other than to promote the enrichment of people entrenched in those professions?
October 28, 2015 |
PRINCETON - It all feels so easy, looks so casual. But it sounds unlike anything. Roomful of Teeth, the vocal octet whose somewhat regular presence here Philadelphians should envy, seemed to be just dropping in at the McCarter Theatre Center for an 80-minute-or-so Sunday program that may have radically changed forever the way some listeners hear voices in concert. Far more inviting than alienating (as innovation can be on first encounter), this group founded by Brad Wells uses amplification - each singer has a microphone - to create intimacy with the audience, sometimes as though the voices are whispering in your ear. In a darkened auditorium with singers in everyday street clothes, there's almost a campfire effect.
October 25, 2015 |
WHEREVER Imhotep senior offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson plays college football next season, the 6-5, 272-pound guard will likely have access to all the mouthpieces he could ever need. Two years ago, however, the absence of that protective piece made him temporarily walk away from what now looks to be a promising future. As an overzealous sophomore, Johnson forgot his mouth guard on his way to Imhotep's first offseason workout. "It was my first day, and I wasn't even thinking about it," he said.
October 3, 2015 |
When Penn State began the 2015 season, its most recognizable name on the defensive line was Anthony Zettel, a strong, fast and quick tackle who also was known for booming tee shots, tackling a tree and doing a spin kick of a water bottle that almost nailed a teammate. Since then, some of the team's other linemen have made their mark as well. Fifth-year senior and Malvern Prep graduate Carl Nassib, who started his first game at either the high school or college level last month, leads the nation in sacks.
September 30, 2015 |
An East Greenville man has been arrested and charged with severely beating a 4-year-old autistic boy and pulling out three of his teeth while babysitting the child in July. Nicholas Kernechel, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child, among other charges, Montgomery County officials announced Monday. According to prosecutors, the incident occurred the night of July 18, when the 4-year-old was in the sole care of Kernechel, his girlfriend's son, while she was out. After returning to their Montgomery County home early July 19, the woman said, she found her son around 9 a.m. asleep on the floor of his bedroom, his face beaten, his lips swollen, and three teeth missing from his mouth.
July 1, 2015 |
Shane Lanes was reluctant to go on America's Got Talent . Then, he said, he had a flash of inspiration: "I wanted to lift Nick Cannon with my teeth. " We all have dreams, and, at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC, viewers can find out whether Lanes - known to fans as strongman Titano Oddfellow - achieved his. It will be the latest achievement for Lanes, 42, of West Philadelphia, who also holds world records in beard-pulling, septum-lifting, and sledgehammer-juggling. Next, starting on his birthday July 16, he wants to lift a stranger with his teeth every day for a year (the liftee must lie down wearing a harness in order to be lifted about a foot off the ground)
June 23, 2015 |
Way back when, New Jersey was not the Garden State. It was the Kill or Be Killed State. And at the top of the heap was a fearsome creature called Mosasaurus , currently playing a memorable role in that new dinosaur flick you may have heard about. Mosasaurus was no dinosaur. It was a marine reptile, part of a broader family called the mosasaurs, in an era when much of New Jersey was underwater. While the toothy carnivores were common in much of the world, the first North American fossil specimens were found in New Jersey in the early 1800s, shaping our knowledge of prehistory well before anyone had a good idea what a dinosaur was. Fossil-hunters today continue to find mosasaur vertebrae and horror-movie teeth - some of them 5 inches long - at sites in Gloucester and Monmouth Counties.
May 10, 2015 |
Growing up in an orphanage in Haiti, Thomy Elusme brushed his teeth regularly and never got a cavity. Yet by his teenage years, a few teeth had started to become loose and one eventually fell out. After coming to New Jersey to live with a host family, the soft-spoken 20-year-old had to have a second one pulled. Elusme suffers from a condition all too familiar to periodontist Daniel H. Fine, who examined the young man last month at the Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine in Newark, N.J. For more than 30 years, Fine has been tackling the mystery of why, through no apparent fault of their own, up to 2 percent of black youths have loose teeth.
April 29, 2015 |
AFTER playing larger-than-life characters like Red, queen of the kitchen in "Orange Is the New Black," and Admiral Janeway in "Star Trek: Voyager," actress Kate Mulgrew has taken on a new challenge - telling her life's story in her book, Born With Teeth: A Memoir (Little, Brown & Co.). "I'll be 60 years old at the end of this month," Mulgrew said in an interview with the Daily News . "For 40 years, I've been playing other characters. I've enjoyed it. I've loved it. I've been seriously committed to it. But there comes a moment, when it comes, to step out as one's self.