| Sep 15, 2013
Shuffling the deck, dealing the cards, the seniors play pinochle and gin rummy at least once a week. The other day, chatting and kibitzing, they remembered a friend who was gone.
He was 95, a World War II veteran who'd served in Burma, a guy feisty in...
| Aug 18, 2013
John Wrana, just shy of his 96th birthday, was angry and agitated.
We contacted experts who deal with the elderly, to ask them how best to calm down an old man like him.
And not one suggested you'd do it the way Park Forest police did last month:...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 1:53 PM
The Bethlehem man was seething over last Sunday's discussion of two gubernatorial candidates, incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and a top challenger, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, a Democrat from Montgomery County.
On previous occasions, I had...
| May 14, 2013
| 10:48 AM
Last month, I received emails from two people I know but who don't know each other: one a close friend and Second Amendment supporter, and the other a regular reader who sends me news items she believes the "liberal media" are willfully suppressing....
| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:10 PM
Pop quiz: What do Christopher Lane and David Guerrero have in common?
It's a trick question, because the answer is everything...and nothing.
Both were young men gunned down at random this summer by other young people who police said were killing...
| Nov 28, 2011
There's a shocking disconnect at work these days in the relationship between the public and government workers: The public is demanding greater accountability, and public employees — social workers, police, teachers, even state legislators —...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:26 PM
For Jim Johnson, the police chief of Baltimore County, the month of August started in Pittsburgh, with an award from a national law enforcement organization for his "steadfast leadership and commitment to working to keep this nation free of gun violence."...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 5:20 PM
Marsha Jones Shoushtari went back to work on Tuesday, two weeks after her youngest child, her only son, died after being shot on Crenshaw Boulevard.
But she can't escape the unfinished business that homicides entail.
On Tuesday, police visited her...
| Aug 18, 2013
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced Wednesday that he might seek the Republican nomination for governor if there is enough support … in other words, if he can raise the dough.
Boughton signaled his intention to test the waters by tweeting the...
| Dec 20, 2012
The time is now.
Those words have been reverberating in the wake of Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn. There's at last a sense that the moment has come for some serious action on gun control.
Even some of the most reliable 2nd Amendment hawks are...
| Apr 5, 2012
In the wake of the media blackout imposed last week by Angela Corey, the newly appointed special prosecutor investigating February's fatal shooting of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the media has had no choice but to cover the story surrounding the...