June 30, 1991 |
My son was easy at first, both at home and at day care. But now that he's five months old, he's become very fussy. My husband has a high-stress job and can't stand the crying. Would my baby be happier if I quit work and stayed home? Nature versus nurture questions begin in infancy and probably continue through adulthood. Parents ask themselves, "If I had been stricter/wiser/ kinder/more demanding/more laid-back would my kids have turned out differently?" But it's impossible to rerun parenting, so social scientists do the next best thing: complete studies to help parents understand the impact they have on their children.
January 26, 2010 |
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Leslie Fleisher will step down March 15 from the judgeship she has held since 2001, Fleisher's attorney confirmed yesterday. Talk of Fleisher's resignation has been widespread around the city's Criminal Justice Center for several months after lawyer complaints about her courtroom management and judicial temperament. Samuel C. Stretton, who represented Fleisher in the months leading to her decision, said Fleisher, 47, was "retiring" to return to private practice and resume her pre-bench career working with animal-rights groups.
August 26, 2012
DEAR ABBY : My daughter has given me permission to resume communication with my grandson "Justin. " She has kept us apart since he was 3. Justin is now 17. I have been told by the other grandparents that Justin holds no animosity toward me. He knows I have never given up hope that one day we could reunite. Because of my daughter's unpredictable temperament and her use of my grandson as a way to control me, I don't trust her to keep the door open between us. What steps should I take? Justin turns 18 next year and his mom plans to "move without him, once he's 18. " Should I contact him now or wait until he reaches 18?
February 11, 1991 |
The sonic universe that has preoccupied cellist Lynn Harrell with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the last week is Henri Dutilleux's Tout un monde lontain, which has been translated as "A faraway world. " The 1970 work certainly is at a far remove from the Brahms Trio in C minor (Op. 101) and Trio in C major (Op. 87), for which Harrell joined violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Claude Frank yesterday afternoon at the Curtis Institute. At the Academy of Music, Harrell has been evoking with exceptional felicity a contemporary concerto whose pleasures depend on the ability to suggest, rather than to stress, lyricism of a terrific elusiveness.
October 16, 2001 |
The Philadelphia Bar Association yesterday recommended that voters oust two sitting local judges and also recommended against four candidates for open judicial seats. The candidates will be on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election. Twenty-three sitting Common Pleas and Municipal Court judges are up for retention, and 15 candidates are vying for 11 vacant Common Pleas seats and two seats on the Municipal bench. Not recommended for retention were Common Pleas Court Judge James Murray Lynn, who is assigned to Family Court, and Municipal Court Judge Louis G.F. Retacco.
January 15, 1998 |
The headlines and the news stories tell only one aspect of the life and background of Common Pleas Court Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson. Her nomination to the federal bench is under attack by political ideologues in the U.S. Senate and law-and-order prosecutors, led by Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham. Abraham's criticism of Massiah-Jackson implies that the judge has not been friendly to police or prosecutors, lacks proper judicial temperament, and is soft on criminals.
November 20, 1987 |
Even in the presence of the best of orchestras, and few could dispute Philadelphia's preeminence in that category, it is easy to feel a mild trepidation when players step from the ranks to play a concerto. One fears some artistic temperament or character may be lacking in the soloist - and possibly even begrudges the absence of a better-known name. Such fears were completely unjustified last night when the Philadelphia Orchestra's associate concertmaster, William de Pasquale, stepped in front of his colleagues at the Academy of Music to play British composer William Walton's sole Violin Concerto.
December 23, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - It's not as if the Dallas Cowboys have never had company from an A-list celebrity. Divas from Joey Heatherton to Carrie Underwood received all kinds of notoriety from their associations with "America's Team. " The latest nationally known fan to draw attention with an affinity to the Cowboys is Gov. Christie, who was in attendance for Dallas' 42-7 win Sunday against the Colts, much to the delight of owner Jerry Jones. "Frankly, he has the makings of a top football coach," Jones said.
March 28, 1986 |
Apropos the recent unpleasantness in the Gulf of Sidra, those who would act like Barbary pirates should be treated like Barbary pirates. Those who would draw a "line of death" across international waters are repeating the bellicose deeds of Hitler and Mussolini and will inevitably someday be dealt with as those two epic troublemakers were dealt with. What did Libya's Moammar Khadafy have in mind when he drew that line, Lebensraum for seagoing Libyans? His rapacity was in defiance of international law and custom.
April 21, 1999
You knew it couldn't last. Until this week, the Philadelphia mayor's race had stayed as civil and meaty as any realist could hope. Yes, four Democrats did plot together to challenge a fifth's city residency. And, yes, that lawsuit target, Marty Weinberg, did call fellow candidate John Street a liar at one public forum. But, all in all, it's been more about where the city needs to go in 2001 than who did what to whom in 1981. This week, though, Mr. Weinberg started airing an ugly but powerful television advertisement featuring an 18-year-old video clip of Mr. Street, then a freshman City Council member.