December 13, 2006 |
Young people who are contemplating suicide usually show a cluster of signs, mental-health experts say. They tend to withdraw from family and friends, and become uninterested in activities that had been important to them. "Their grades may be dropping. Or they may have physical symptoms," said Ellen Sholevar, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Temple University Children's Medical Center, Temple University Hospital, and Episcopal Hospital. "A teenager may also talk about feeling they are a bad person, that they wish they were dead.
December 19, 1990
Even role models can have their flaws, as witness the North Philadelphia lightpole signs honoring the late civil rights activist, Cecil B. Moore. There's Mr. Moore, pictured block after block along the renamed Cecil B. Moore Avenue (formerly Columbia Avenue), jauntily holding his trademark - ugh - cigar. Eyeing the signs the other day, a health professional we know wondered whether it's occurred to the folks fighting the good fight against hundreds of inner-city billboard cigarette ads that these images of a cigar- loving Mr. Moore send out a negative health message all their own. It was only slightly in jest that she suggested someone ought to mount a campaign to "edit out" the Moore cigar.
November 6, 1992 |
Walter J. "Uncle Walter" Raby, a retired employee of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and a World War I veteran, died last Friday. He was 94 and lived in South Philadelphia. Raby worked for the Navy Yard for more than 30 years as a mechanic before retiring in 1960. He later worked in maintenance for nine years for the Einstein Medical Center. "He was a sweet person who never wanted to be old. He loved young people. He wanted to vote for Clinton, to pull that lever for Clinton, to be in there for the young people.
June 2, 2010
By Claire Robertson-Kraft and Matt Goldfine Philadelphia is the city that goes to sleep early, as young people from other big cities can tell you. And if City Council goes ahead with a nightlife crackdown now under consideration, we'll be going to bed even earlier, making the city less attractive to young people. Many of us remember the brain drain. Several years ago, studies showed that Philadelphia's universities brought in almost 50,000 freshmen a year, but retained less than half that population after graduation.
May 27, 2011 |
Down a dirt path to an edge of Olympia Lakes, Daniel Braun waded Thursday with his dog, Roxy, into water that reached almost knee-high. "This is a hangout, kind of, especially in the summertime . . . when you don't feel like going to the beach," Braun, 23, said. But the night before, the Burlington County lake where Braun happily splashed had taken the life of a 19-year-old man. The victim was among four young people who drowned in recent days - three on Wednesday - in unguarded natural waters in the Philadelphia area.
December 12, 2010
The "blue-ribbon panel" appointed by Cardinal Justin Rigali might better be described as a "blue-haired panel" ("Archdiocese picks panel to study Catholic schools," Wednesday). The 17-member committee is composed of a retired executive of DuPont Co., several business leaders, including the chairman emeritus of Cigna Corp., a vice dean at the Wharton School, and a former vice chair of the management consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The panel also includes "four priests and four nuns.
March 19, 2011 |
LOVE Park was closed for several hours late Friday afternoon and evening as police played cat-and-mouse with throngs of roaming young people in Center City. Large crowds enjoying the springlike weather also gathered along South Street, keeping police busy trying to discourage rowdy behavior. Lt. D.F. Pace of the police bike patrol said a large crowd had been dispersed late Friday afternoon from LOVE Park, which had been a rumored gathering spot for a flash mob. Teams of officers guarded some, but not all, of the entrances to JFK Plaza, the official name of the park, and turned away many people, including disappointed visitors hoping to get their pictures taken next to the world-famous Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture.
September 26, 1992 |
The Washington area, understandably enough, is still focused on the carjack murder of Pamela Basu. It was, in truth, a particularly awful crime. The killer, who, according to police, wanted the woman's BMW because his own car had run out of gas on the interstate, dragged her for a mile and a half after she became entangled in a seatbelt. Her 2-year-old daughter was tossed out the window. "Brutal" understates the case. But it wasn't the only automobile hijacking in recent months.
November 18, 1994 |
There's a trick kids used to play on raccoons. Knowing that these fastidious creatures were always careful to wash their food before eating it, they'd give them a lump of sugar and then laugh like crazy as the morsel slowly melted away. But raccoons are not just fastidious; they're smart. And though I don't know it for a fact, I'd guess that your average raccoon would soon learn the disutility of cleanliness and begin taking his food au naturel. In much the same way, our young people are learning to disregard - as useless and often far worse than useless - the manners their elders have taught them.