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NEWS
January 21, 2008
JUVENILE ENFORCEMENT teams have existed in other cities for years. Now Philadelphia finally has its own JET program in the 17th Police District in South Philadelphia. JET is designed to keep juvenile offenders from becoming repeat offenders. The 17th Police District has a reputation for being home to many a bad juvenile. Juvenile crime was so bad there that in 2006, the 17th and the neighboring 1st District became home of the city's first teen curfew center. Police saw shootings drop markedly - 83 percent in the 17th District.
NEWS
August 7, 2008
The fatal stabbing of a homeless woman in broad daylight in Center City's JFK Plaza on Tuesday raised the stakes exponentially in the city's efforts to wrest control of its prized downtown squares. In a setting nicknamed LOVE Park, the irony of a killing arising from a supposed lovers' quarrel made headlines that underscore the city's homeless problem. Before LOVE Park hit the news, the city got another black eye over homeless people in Rittenhouse Square - where they camped overnight, bathed in a fountain, and even engaged in park-bench sex. The Nutter administration's initial reaction to Rittenhouse activities was underwhelming, with police officials downplaying any crackdown.
SPORTS
November 6, 2008 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 76ers call it "tough love. " Their definition: Making rookie Marreese Speights carry the bags, having him bring two dozen Dunkin' Donuts - glazed is the favorite - for game-day breakfasts, and ensuring that he always does things the right way. "He's a really good kid," center Samuel Dalembert said. "He can't stop smiling. He's just enjoying being here. And we're all looking over his shoulder, making sure things go well for him. Everything we do is to better him. " A grin crept across Dalembert's face as he added, "We can't make it too easy for him, though.
NEWS
June 4, 1993 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Theater Critic
An attractive married woman on the brink of middle age visits a priest in his study. The woman, Mary, opens the consultation with an admission that she is neither a parishioner of his church, St. Theresa's, nor, in fact, even a Roman Catholic. She says she attends an occasional mass at St. Theresa's purely for theatrical recreation and the opportunity to think in tranquility. "I miss the Latin liturgy," she says. "Latin is my favorite 'white noise.' " The priest, Father Michael, a man of about the same age as she, is new to the parish; he has yet to fully unpack his belongings.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | Russ Parsons, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Kale is about as unlikely a food star as you can imagine. It's tough and fibrous. Bite a piece of raw kale and you'll practically end up with splinters between your teeth. Nevertheless, kale has become a green of the moment because, given a little special care, it's not only edible but delicious. You can cook it, of course, the lower and slower the better. But surprisingly, one of the most popular ways to use kale these days is in salads. Though kale leaves have always been found on almost every salad bar, it wasn't for reasons of edibility - it was for decoration, because this was one green so tough it would last forever without wilting.
NEWS
December 12, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press and USA Today contributed to this report
TV's perfect father, Bill Cosby, and true-life daughter, Erinn, are not communicating, and he says he's turned to "tough love" in dealing with her. "It's going to take her hitting rock bottom where she's totally exhausted and at that point where she can't fight anymore," the comedian said in a Sunday Los Angeles Times interview. "Right now we're estranged. She can't come here. She's not a person you can trust. " Erinn, 23, checked out of a drug rehab facility in September after acknowledging drug and alcohol abuse.
NEWS
April 5, 2000 | by William Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer
Proposing tiny carrots but a big stick, GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush came to the Philadelphia region for the first time in 2000 to say that American schools need to be whipped into shape - with tough love. The Texas governor, who won yesterday's uncontested Pennsylvania primary and will return here in late July to accept the Republican nomination, did propose tripling - to a modest $25 million - the amount that Washington gives schools for building character. But the gist of Bush's message to a small gaggle of educators and reporters crowded into the library of Abington High School - especially for fiscally troubled urban schools like Philadelphia - was to improve quickly, or lose federal dollars.
NEWS
March 4, 1997
In fairness, the little incident concerning the inhospitable vitriol dumped on a young couple from Pottstown who were wearing New York Rangers jerseys to a Philadelphia Flyers game should not be held against a city trying out its new slogan. You remember the one unveiled last week? "Philadelphia: The Place That Loves You Back"? Flyers fans just haven't gotten with the program. Yet. To recap: A Pottstown couple attending the Flyers-Rangers game on Feb. 23 dressed in their red-and-blue best were the target of so much foul language that, by the end of the third period, they were escorted out of the CoreStates Center by security guards who feared for their safety.
SPORTS
December 9, 1999 | By Jay Nagle, FOR THE INQUIRER
As clearly as he remembers his own birthday, John Derkits remembers that "we had to do something. " The 1998 Public League soccer season had just ended for John Bartram High, but the nagging question of what to do about the volatile behavior of a sophomore star, Alpha Doumbouya, lingered for the sixth-year coach. Doumbouya, a midfielder-forward newly arrived from the African country of Guinea, was blessed with terrific talent but hindered by a terrible temper. He had been ejected from the Maroon Wave's final game, a loss to Lincoln.
SPORTS
October 21, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Brown thought his career at Temple was over. Never mind the team-leading 830 rushing yards he had last season. Disregard that the 5-foot-5, 170-pounder earned second-team all-Mid-American Conference honors. At home in Baltimore this past summer, Brown believed that his tenure with the Owls was finished. The never-back-down bravado that enables him to excel on the field despite his small stature had ended his college career on North Broad Street . . . or so he thought.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have a hard time differentiating between enabling and helping my sister. Throughout her adult life, even while she was married, she has never been able to make ends meet. She's single now and in her 50s, a hardworking but underemployed, depressed individual. I have a good job and I feel guilty if I don't help her each month. (She doesn't ask but drops enough hints that I know things aren't going well.) I have suggested repeatedly that she needs to find a better job. I even send her job leads, but I'm not sure she ever applies.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I am happily married to a wonderful man. Recently, his grown son moved in with us, and I'm fine with that. However, his son uses the word retard quite often, and it bothers me - especially when he uses it with his children, 10 and 4, as in, "Don't be a retard. " My husband said I'm being "politically correct" - not a compliment. I believe it is our responsibility to teach our children compassion, and part of that is not using words that put people down for conditions over which they have no control.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Peter Rozovsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia missed out on the first wave of hard-boiled American crime writing 90 years ago. Civic corruption was a main concern in many of those stories, and Philadelphia famously did not care about such things. By the time the city made its mark in crime fiction, such social issues had fallen by the wayside, and the individual took center stage. Throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s, American crime stories offered up legions of small-timers, desperate men who struggled against long odds and almost always lost.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
Unrelated TV news In "The Mistress," an intervention show debuting Jan. 21 on the new Discovery Life Channel (changing Jan. 15 from Discovery Fit & Health, a channel we didn't even know existed),  Sarah J. Symonds , author and self-proclaimed former mistress of Chef  Gordon Ramsay  and Lord  Jeffrey Archer , dishes out tough love to mistresses ready to finally escape the trap of extramarital affairs. "Infidelity is like the distant rumble of thunder in any relationship," said Symonds.
SPORTS
November 20, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
DAVID CARTER is a superstitious man. Before he leads the Ben Franklin High football Electrons, his pregame meal hardly varies: cheesy eggs, sausage and either pancakes or French toast. Some of his assistant coaches have even followed suit, traveling the same way to games, while others repeat outfits (some without washing them). There was even one, half-joking request by an assistant to hold this story until after the undefeated Electrons (10-0, 5-0) face St. Joseph's Prep for the AAAA city title on Saturday.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Steve and Mia
Q: In an earlier column, you posted a letter from a woman wanting to know when her husband of 25 years was going to stop asking for sex all the time. I want to know why my husband of 28 years has stopped asking for sex at all . In the early years of our marriage, I initiated all the time. He almost never refused me. But I got tired of that and backed off. Now our sex life is all but dead. I have asked him why he never "starts something," but his answers are vague and not helpful.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CATHERINE Corbett could give you a look that would freeze you in place. It was a steady stare over the rim of her glasses, and it let you know that whatever you were doing or saying was unacceptable. You knew you were going to get it. It was odd, too, because normally, Catherine Corbett was a gentle, caring soul, loved by family and friends. Catherine Corbett, a 35-year surgical technician and licensed practical nurse for the North Philadelphia Health System, died of a heart condition Feb. 8. She was 74 and lived in East Germantown.
SPORTS
November 23, 2012 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer| pernerm@phillynews.com
The setup: After years of rumors, rhetoric and bickering, the 76ers, on Dec. 19, 2006, finally put their actions where their hearts were and sent Allen Iverson, one of the most beloved players, and the most exciting, in franchise history, and Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets for veteran point guard Andre Miller, former Sixer Joe Smith and two first-round draft picks. And on March 19, 2008, he came home. THE CITY of Philadelphia had a love affair with Allen Iverson.
SPORTS
August 17, 2012
THE MOST important quarter of Tra Thomas' impressive career was the one he didn't play. It was easy to forget during Thomas' retirement announcement - under the crescendo of a highlight film and in Thomas' teary words of thanks - that Andy Reid once benched Tra Thomas. Thomas stood on the sideline, humbled, helmet in hand, for the first quarter of the 14th game of Reid's first season, at Dallas. He was hard to miss; a 6-7, 350-pound testament to potential and petulance. Thomas, a second-year player, had taken himself out of the previous week's game with a mild groin strain.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2012
Q: I'm in my mid-20s. A few months ago, my three-year relationship (engaged and living together) ended after my fiancée walked out. I knew something was up and suspected she was seeing someone else. She was constantly texting with another guy and spending weekends overnight somewhere, saying she was with friends and didn't want to drive after going to the bar. She is now seeing this guy, but I still find it's hard to move on and get back out in the dating world. I was never much of a lady-killer, and I'm finding it even more difficult now to get myself out there.
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