February 14, 1995 |
HEEBY JEEBY: Ever feel like you're completely losing it? Shortness of breath, sense of suffocation. Dizziness, faintness, heart palpitations. Tremors, sweats, nausea, diarrhea. Hot flashes, chills, numbness, tingling. How about fear you're dying? Fear of acting crazy or going crazy? A sense of unreality - like you're an outsider looking in on your own life? These, the Washington Post quotes experts as saying, are the symptoms of panic disorder, which is suffered by 2 to 3 percent of the population.
November 22, 2002
Turn to successful districts for improvement Your newspaper is to be commended for the excellent article by Kathy Boccella on efforts to address the problem of dangerously overloaded children's backpacks ("Seeking a solution for the overbooked," Nov. 15). I was not attracted to the idea of replacing textbooks with handouts and worksheets, as I believe we have already traveled too far down the path of dumbing down our schools. Special mention should be made of Haddonfield's approach of letting parents buy or rent an extra set of texts to keep at home.
May 3, 2004 |
ACTRESS Ashley Judd went to Washington a week ago wearing a crucifix and a trendy little T-shirt that boasted: "THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE. " AP snapped a photo of Ashley, honored guest of the "March for Women's Lives," that has been widely disseminated. Pro-abortion leaders must be ecstatic. In a sea of angry (Hillary Rodham Clinton), haggard (Cybill Shepherd) and ghoulish (Whoopi Goldberg) women shaking their fists and waving coat hangers, Ashley's pretty smile helped put a softer, gentler and more glamorous spin on the morbid march for "reproductive rights.
March 28, 2012
NOT TO SHOCK anyone, but is Gov. Corbett, despite falling poll numbers, doing a balanced job of governing at a time of extreme divisiveness? I raise the question after a close look at a recent poll of Corbett's performance in office, and after noting complaints about him from both the left and the right. First, the complaints. The left, if you haven't noticed, rails about what it calls Corbett's draconian cuts in social services and education, especially higher education, and his support of legislation requiring women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasounds.
February 23, 2012 |
I WAS GOING to begin this column as a plea to Rick Santorum to shut the hell up already. Stop, I was going to beg Sen. McSweaterVest, with the nonsense that contraception is evil "because it's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. " Which he believes to be sex for procreation only. So, will Santorum move to the sofa after wife Karen is menopausal and her dusty ovaries have coughed out their last eggs? Enough, I was going to add, with the lunacy that public education is "anachronistic.
July 14, 1999 |
In winter, the South Pole Station is the closest thing Earth has to a space colony. There are no television, no newspapers and limited telephone time. For nearly six months there are no sunlight and no escape, not even for someone who gets hurt or sick. Officials reaffirmed yesterday that a 47-year-old woman now stuck at the South Pole after discovering a possibly cancerous lump in her breast must wait until fall (spring down there) to come back. No one has ever attempted a winter landing at the South Pole, because airplanes can't function in the typical winter temperatures, which average minus 80. Darkness, high winds and blinding snowdrifts add to the peril.
June 5, 1995 |
Albert Migliori, a fast-talking, wire-haired physicist with a secret in his basement, is in a hurry. There's a turbo molecular pump to finish pulling apart. A printout of an experiment to check. And a balky piece of machinery to fix. All before he has to pick up the kids. A quick look at his watch shows he has 15 minutes. "OK," he says, clearing a space among the mounds of gadgets, tools and spare parts that are a signature of his small Los Alamos lab, "plenty of time.
October 25, 2008 |
Ruby Spencer has a tumor so large that it makes the slender, 61-year-old widow look, in her words, "five months pregnant. " The "abdominal pelvic complex cystic mass," as the ultrasound report calls it, measures 32 to 35 centimeters - the size of a football - and may be malignant. Everyone she has seen sent her somewhere else. The emergency room at Temple University Hospital referred her to a city clinic and back to a state welfare office and then sent her home. She had no insurance.
January 14, 1987 |
This one was open season for headline writers: "Barkley returns to the spleen of the crime. " It was here, on Nov. 4, that Charles Barkley got tangled with Julius Erving about 10 feet above the floor at Market Square Arena and crash-landed in a scary bellyflop. Not only did the Sixers lose to the Pacers, but they lost Barkley for nine games, during which time he became the Round Mound of Ultrasound while undergoing hospital treatment for a bruised spleen. Barkley's return trip was considerably more successful, not to mention healthier, last night as he contributed 33 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocked shots to the Sixers' 101-94 victory.
June 14, 2009 |
The rain forced Janaya Moscony to slow her usual breakneck pace as she drove her black Audi convertible to Paoli Hospital. She was nervous about the big needle they would stick in her belly for the amniocentesis. What if it hit the baby? Was it worth taking a chance, even a small one? But she was 35, an age that technically made the pregnancy "high risk. " So she had taken a few hours off that Tuesday morning last September to get the test, just to be sure everything was OK. Her financial clients could wait.