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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Shirley Temple, who was a bigger movie star in the mid 1930s than Clark Gable or Gary Cooper, died Monday night at the age of 85.

The moppet brought music and laughter to Americans during the nation's most somber time, the height of the Great Depression.

Whether she was skipping through an airplane as a stowaway, singing "On the Good Ship Lollipop," as an orphan singing "Animal Crackers," or teaming with the great black dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and doing a tap dance routine, she was adorable.

Monday, February 10, 2014

One way to help the Affordable Care Act meet the administration's goal of seven million enrollees is through the prison system.

According to the National Association of Counties, about 90 percent of inmates of the estimated 13 million people who are booked into county jails each year are uninsured, and many have never had treatment for their illness. A new study shows counties in six states are enrolling inmates in the ACA health plans as a way to shift costs to the federal government.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Most elderly parents I know want to live out their senior years with the independence of staying in their own homes. One study showed that 95 percent of people 75 and older say they want to stay in their homes indefinitely.

The choice of parents seeking to "age in place" can be a concern to their children who want to see them content in their golden years. One of the most common worries is the accidental fall that could send a senior to an assisted care facility.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Now that a Super Bowl was held in the Meadowlands of New Jersey without a hitch, some are asking: "Why not a Super Bowl in Philadelphia?"

Before this year's Super Bowl, worrywarts were panicking about a possible blizzard, sub-zero temperatures, or other conditions possible in the northern climate.

Just weeks before the Super Bowl, a game was played in a foot of snow on Lincoln Financial Field. It went off without a problem.

Also a few weeks ago, a football game was held on Lambeau Field in Green Bay with temperatures below zero during the event.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sunday's one-sided Super Bowl win by Seattle didn't provide much drama for fans but there were some off-the-field performances that did inspire us.

Former Super Bowl great Joe Namath, and John Harbaugh, a Super Bowl winning coach, made sure that those service men and women who sacrifice for our country are not forgotten.

Namath, who did the coin toss for Sunday's game, wore a bracelet to honor Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who was killed a year earlier at a Texas shooting range while helping another veteran overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Faced with budget cuts and a difficult economy, presidents at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities have been seeking greater fiscal autonomy.

Last Thursday, some of those wishes were answered when the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's board of governors approved a new flexible tuition policy.

The policy represents a first step in allowing schools to begin to set their own tuition rates within certain parameters.

It also addresses a longer-term concern: How schools will attract students in the face of a declining college-age population.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Growing up, our parents used to get us to finish our dinner by telling about all the starving kids in Africa who go to bed hungry.

A half century later, the number of starving people are still growing, not only in third world countries but here in America. That's what makes stories about food being wasted so disturbing.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg provided the most dramatic moment at Tuesday's State of the Union address, receiving nearly two minutes of applause after being recognized by the president for his service and sacrifice.

On his 10th deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, Remsburg was leading a Ranger squad into combat when a massive roadside bomb detonated. He was found face down in a canal, suffering shrapnel in his brain. The blast also cost him the use of his left arm and the sight in his right eye.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Feeling sluggish and slow these days, making it hard to just get out of bed in the morning?

If you feel in a funk with the "winter blues", you're not alone.

With this being a particularly harsh winter, millions are feeling down in the dumps. The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that "some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and may also feel depressed.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It can't be easy being a school board member. In the olden days, it was much easier to create school policies.

Many of the policies made were vaguely worded and were up to the discretion of the teachers. Hardly anybody ever questioned the enforcement.

Today, it seems everything has to be spelled out.

Here's what we're talking about.

As you know, virtually all schools prohibit smoking not only by students but also by staff members.

What about electronic cigarettes?

Apparently some people don't interpret them as smoking.