February 18, 2016
DEAR ABBY: There is a topic I haven't seen addressed in your column, namely being sexually abused by a spouse. I ended my marriage because my husband was waking me at 2 a.m. demanding sex. He expected me to have sex only a week after I had our baby, although my doctor had said I should wait six weeks. If I thought something he wanted me to do was degrading, he insisted I do it anyway. It amazes me that the subject of spousal abuse isn't mentioned in premarital counseling. No one seems willing to acknowledge this kind of abuse exists.
February 16, 2016
I JUST HAD one of the hardest days of my teaching career. The reason was not because of student behavior or the lack of funding for Philadelphia schools. The reason was that my fourth-grade students and I had discussed the very real problem of gun violence in our city and its neighborhoods, and how close to home it hits for many of Philadelphia's students. We read Helen Ubinas's column from the Daily News - "Who is crying over Philly's children who live amid our gun culture?" - and watched the Public Service Announcement from Unity in the Community, "Stop the Violence," which featured Philly children who have lost fathers to gun violence.
February 12, 2016
By Andrew Stober Last week, a woman and her two children, one 5 years old and the other an infant, were struck and injured in a hit-and-run while crossing a street around the corner from my home in South Philadelphia. On the same day, the Kenney administration announced plans to appoint a "complete streets commissioner. " In a single day, then, the city had seen a brutal example of its traffic violence crisis as well as some hope for a solution. Our neighbors and children are hit by vehicles while crossing Philadelphia's streets with alarming frequency.
February 4, 2016
Police investigating what witnesses thought was an abduction Sunday in Center City say they now believe it was a domestic-violence incident. Around 6:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Walnut Street, a man and woman were in an argument that turned violent, police said. The woman appeared to have been knocked unconscious and was put into a minivan that drove away. Police said the man and woman were in a relationship and the incident was being investigated as domestic violence. The alleged abduction, however, could not be officially ruled out until detectives interviewed the woman.
January 26, 2016 |
Last fall, the youth development organization Hopeworks 'N Camden hosted its first-ever hack-athon, an event aimed at using technology to find solutions to the city's economic problems. The hack-athon, sponsored by companies that included Subaru of America and Starbucks, hosted 96 young men and women, plus 20 from Hopeworks, as well as 14 developers from various companies. The event has led to a growing relationship between Hopeworks, which provides young Camden residents with high-tech job training, and Subaru, which has since offered company tours and information technology workshops to aspiring Web developers, said Hopeworks executive director Dan Rhoton.
January 17, 2016
By Paola Antonelli and Jamer Hunt, with Michelle Millar Fisher MoMA. 232 pp., $45 Reviewed by Carolina A. Miranda A common saying among designers is that "design won't save the world. " The objects in Design and Violence make the case that we may be designing our way to destruction. In December, when Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people at a holiday office party in San Bernardino, Calif., they were armed with a veritable arsenal: a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 assault rifle, a DPMS Panther Arms assault rifle, a Springfield Armory 9mm handgun, and a Llama 9mm handgun.
January 15, 2016
The year is 2016. The scene: a street in West Philadelphia. A local physician is in his car, stopped at a traffic light, when a man with a gun rushes out and begins firing at the car. Miraculously, the doctor is not killed, but he does suffer serious bullet wounds to his left arm and leg. The assailant runs down the street, then tackled by an alert town watch member, who manages to subdue him and call the police. Later, at a news conference, police officials identify the physician at a staff member at a local nonprofit clinic that performs abortions.
January 6, 2016 |
Pledging to address violence and improve low-achieving schools, State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chester, one of the region's poorest and most crime-ridden cities. For now, the Democrat said, he will wear two hats - serving as mayor and in the House. Kirkland has rescinded his resignation of his House seat, and said he would remain in the legislature until a budget is passed or until the end of February. He will draw only his state salary, he said. "I am deeply humbled," said the 23-year House veteran, who broke down after taking the oath.
December 24, 2015 |
Amid a slew of social media posts and rampant rumors about out-of-control fighting and violence in two schools, Coatesville Area School District officials say they are beefing up security, adding private guards, and planning a walk-through with local law enforcement to scope out any trouble spots. The tighter safety measures come as officials in the Chester County district continue to insist that fighting at the 9/10 Center - the school for high school freshmen and sophomores - is no worse than in previous years.
December 23, 2015 |
WILMINGTON - Everyone who shuffled in and out of Peoples Market at 7th and Washington streets carried a memory: cold, grim details about gunshots, fatherless children, memorials. They shouted them into the rain and cigarette smoke on the corner, a brief testament to this city's ongoing violence. Their common threads were the sons, cousins, friends and daughters they'd known and lost, all shot dead here, blocks away or just a few feet from where they stood, casualties of a small city struggling with a big problem in the first state to ratify the Constitution.