June 2, 2011
The nine o'clock news on the radio included a 15-second report that three American servicemen had been killed in Afghanistan. That was it. There wasn't time to mention that these three dead soldiers had mothers and fathers who will grieve for them the rest of their lives. It also left out whether these young men had brothers, sisters, wives or girlfriends — and maybe children, too. And it failed to ask why we were even in Afghanistan in the first place. Edward J. Gutman, Baltimore
September 18, 2014
Recently we have often been asked: What if your daughter had been in Janay Rice's shoes, wouldn't you demand stern justice? As the mother of a daughter, the answer is that of course I would. However, I am also the mother of a son. Why don't we hear the question: What if your son had been in Ray Rice's shoes? If my son had been in that position, I would demand stern justice as well. However, I would demand justice to be rational and consider that - by all accounts - there had been no pattern of abuse and that, also certainly relevant, there had been a long-time and consistent pattern of exemplary community service and outreach by Mr. Rice.
May 22, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, we reached a milestone in my house. My older son got his learner's permit. It's been nerve-wracking riding with him as he learns to negotiate traffic circles, four-way stops and merge lanes. But as scary as it seems riding with him, I'm more worried about the day when he drives without me. According to a new survey commissioned by AT&T, 43 percent of teens admit to texting while driving and 75 percent say their friends do it all the time. With prom and graduation season upon us, the phone company has launched a campaign, It Can Wait, to educate kids about the dangers of texting while driving.
August 11, 2011
I would like to take a personal moment to recognize the outstanding contributions of our family's "honorary son," 1st Lt. James P. Downs, whom we all call Pat. Pat is currently stationed with the U.S. Army in southern Afghanistan. He is a 2002 graduate of St. Vincent Pallotti High School and graduated from Salisbury University in 2007 with honors. After college, Pat spent time training professional athletes in speed, endurance and nutrition. He then answered our country's call and enlisted in the armed services.
September 23, 2002
KENYA IS SUCH an important African country that it matters to the rest of the world who will succeed President Daniel arap Moi when his 25-year rule ends in four months. That question matters so much to Mr. Moi as well that he wants the ruling party to consider only his choice. When Vice President George Saitoti dared to promote his own candidacy, he was summarily fired. Since its independence from Britain in 1963, Kenya has had only two presidents. And Mr. Moi insists that the first president's son, Uhuru Kenyatta, should succeed him, although half a dozen other ruling party officials of the Kenya African National Union (KANU)
December 9, 2004
When you hear Stephanie Mills' new CD, Born For This!, don't be fooled by the tales of heartache, pain and betrayal. These days, the diminutive pop-soul veteran is happier than she's ever been. The record, her first in almost 10 years, was released in August on her own label, JM Records, and has been well-received by critics and urban radio. At age 47, the doting mother of a 3-year-old son is in control of her career -- making music that reflects who she really is. And life seems to be more peaceful without the constant pressures of staying in the Top 10. Calling from her home in Charlotte, N.C., Mills says, "I've grown so much.
April 9, 2014
Michael Hirschbeck, the 27-year-old son of major league baseball umpire John Hirschbeck, died Tuesday, WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio, reported. Michael Hirschbeck had adrenoleukodystrophy, an inherited condition that affects the nervous system. John Hirschbeck's oldest son, John, was 8 years old when he died in 1993 of the rare degenerative disease. The Poland, Ohio, family's struggle with ALD was told in a series of 1996 articles in The Sun that won a Pulitzer Prize. Lisa Pollak's story, "The Umpire's Sons," recounted a family tragedy that had become a footnote in the feverish media coverage after Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar spat on Hirschbeck after a controversial call in 1996.
June 26, 2013
The father of WWE's biggest star is also active in pro wrestling. In fact, he is a staple in the New England scene. Known as "Johnny Fabulous," John Cena Sr. is as charismatic as you would expect the father of WWE's face to be. I caught up with him this past weekend at the New England Fan Fest, where we talked about his character, what he thinks his son's best match and rivalry was, where the WWE champ got his strong work ethic and when Cena Jr. will...
March 31, 2011
A woman and her son have been charged in the killing of a 46-year-old man whose body was found in an alley in the Barclay community last week, Baltimore police announced Thursday. Homicide detectives said Patricia Tucker and Reginald Wragg were arguing in her apartment in the 2100 block of Barclay St. when Tucker stabbed Wragg several times. Police say she then asked her son, Gavin Jenkins, to help her move the body out of the home. Wragg's body was found about 7:30 a.m. in an alley in the same block, police said last week.
June 11, 2000
Like a ghostly imprint, the faint mark on George Uhl's mirror does not go away. Look closely at the tiny smudge, and a hand print emerges. It was made by his son, David, two years ago. Uhl remembers clearly the day he held his only child up to the mirror above his living room fireplace. The boy reached out to touch his reflection. It was April 29, 1998. David was only 11 months old. Within a matter of minutes, the boy was on his way to Germany. His mother, from whom Uhl was separated, pledged to return him within two months.