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Predators come in all shapes and sizes. And the holidays can bring out the monsters. We hear a lot about scams at The Herald-Mail. Once or twice a week we receive news releases from police about residents who have been scammed out of hundreds and...
The Hartford CourantAs the nation mourned for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, scam artists who prey on human tragedy were cashing in already. Within three days of the Dec. 14 shootings, the SANS Internet Storm Center watchdog site warned of related...
Dear Readers: I love the holiday season. For me, Christmas is a celebration of possibilities accompanied by an explosion of generosity. Every year I publish a column devoted to spreading the spirit of giving. My recommendations are subjective and...
The first time I met Iraqi refugee Abbas Hameed Khalaf, he told me that after so much hardship for him and his family, "We have a future." A future is what's created every time one of these refugee families, fleeing persecution and terrible hardship in...
Medicaid is a lifesaver for millions of Pennsylvania's poorest and sickest people, allowing them to receive the medical care they need. And with millions of public dollars at stake, the state government is supposed to make sure the money is going to...
Have you ever tried to put yourself in someone else's head, imagining what he's thinking, what he's feeling? That's what I found myself doing late Tuesday night as Iraqi refugee Abbas Hameed Khalaf paced the sidewalk outside Lehigh Valley International...
Tonight President Barack Obama will try to repair the damage from the last debate. No, not just the first one, the one he sleepwalked through against Republican Mitt Romney. I also mean the vice presidential debate between Republican Paul Ryan and Vice...
Before Tom Vanden Berk's 15-year-old son was shot and killed at a Rogers Park house party in 1992, Vanden Berk didn't think much could be done about gun control. But since then, the gun violence prevention movement has been front and center in his life....
A few weeks ago I visited a soup kitchen as part of my reporting for a story about Catholic Charities, the social agency of the Diocese of Allentown. The story was mainly about the end of a couple of prominent agency programs, refugee resettlement and...
Last week, when a boy in Los Angeles foster care appeared before Judge Amy Pellman, she welcomed him warmly and clearly knew his history. Pellman asked how his martial-arts class was going, complimented him on his grades and urged him to enroll in a...
Lemonade Day squeezed out plenty of success in Marion County. According to new numbers from Lemonade Day Indianapolis, the May 19th event brought in an estimated $2.4 million. Participants donated an estimated $800,000 to local charities. 15,000 kids...
Tags: Mitch Daniels, Charity, Social Issues
Social workers with Indianapolis Pubic Schools are going door-to-door in hopes of finding hundreds of missing students. Summer vacation ended for the state's largest school district on Monday, but many students have yet to return. The first week of...
Tags: Teaching and Learning, Students
Dec 10, 2012 |Column| Herald Mail
Dec 24, 2012 |Column| Hartford Courant
Dec 19, 2012 |Column| Chicago Tribune
Nov 5, 2012 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
Oct 27, 2012 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
Oct 20, 2012 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
Oct 16, 2012 |Column| Chicago Tribune
May 8, 2013 |Column| Chicago Tribune
Oct 2, 2012 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
Jul 30, 2012 |Column| Los Angeles Times
Jul 30, 2012 |Column| WXIN-LTV
Aug 10, 2012 |Column| WXIN-LTV
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