April 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday that it has reached a preliminary agreement on a complex $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, in what would represent the latest major weapons sale to U.S. allies in the Middle East. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attempt to finalize the arms package next week when he is scheduled to visit the three countries. Ultimately, the deal will need the assent of Congress. Defense officials said they have kept lawmakers apprised of the negotiations and revealed basics of the agreement to lawmakers on Thursday.
August 13, 1989 |
The road to Baughman Farm is shady and narrow, winding past country estates to an unspoiled tract in the heart of pastoral Charlestown Township. The farm is prime Chester County land - 59 acres so desirable that some of the area's most prominent residents are battling to control it. The fight has soured longstanding friendships and led to a lawsuit filled with allegations of chicanery and malice. On one side of the court battle are Arnold Bartschi, the elderly millionaire who owns the land, and Henriette Bumeder, his beautiful longtime companion, 36 years his junior.
May 23, 2013 |
As the result of a historic agreement between the New York Public Library and the State of Pennsylvania, the National Constitution Center will exhibit one of the original copies of the Bill of Rights that President George Washington dispatched to the states in 1789 for ratification. Pennsylvania and the library will jointly care for and display the document for the next century. Announcement of the agreement is set for a Wednesday news conference at the center on Independence Mall.
July 23, 2013
JERUSALEM - Israeli and Palestinian officials voiced skepticism yesterday that they can move toward a peace deal, as the sides inched toward what may be the first round of significant negotiations in five years. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced late last week that an agreement has been reached that establishes the basis for resuming peace talks. He cautioned that such an agreement still needs to be formalized, suggesting that gaps remain. In his first on-camera comment yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to lower expectations by saying the talks will be tough and any agreement would have to be ratified by Israelis in a national referendum.
September 28, 2004 |
QVC show host Lisa Robertson has a tenacious fan club - evident by the growing number of court cases she generates. Yesterday, the third in a string of overly determined admirers learned that obsessing over the former Miss Tennessee costs more than the products she pitches on the home-shopping network. The price for Peter Ferreira: 132 days in Chester County Prison on a stalking charge. Yesterday, Ferreira, 41, of Plainfield, Conn., received credit for time served and was paroled as part of a plea agreement accepted by Chester County Court Judge Paula Francisco Ott. Ferreira must also spend three years on probation and receive a mental-health evaluation.
May 20, 1989 |
A Philadelphia company yesterday accused Dun & Bradstreet Inc. of using a "nationwide pattern of fraud" to dupe customers into buying more credit information than they needed. Frank Sussman Co., a wholesale clothing distributor in Old City, charged that Dun & Bradstreet, a New York financial-information services company, "taught" its salesmen how to mislead customers and that it fired those who refused to participate in the alleged scheme. The allegations were contained in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
October 19, 1991 |
Aaron Jones, leader of the Junior Black Mafia, and one of his top lieutenants ordered and planned the execution-style slaying of a West Philadelphia food store owner, according to testimony yesterday in Municipal Court. The slaying was ordered in retaliation for the murder of the JBM's head of operations in Southwest Philadelphia, according to Christopher Anderson, 21, who testified at a preliminary hearing. Anderson said that under orders from Jones, 29, and JBM boss Samuel Brown, 30, he and another gunman burst into Mommie's Food Market, on 54th Street near Master, Aug. 18, 1990, and opened fire, killing the shop owner, Bruce Kennedy, 26. Anderson, who said he was a JBM enforcer at the time, testified that Jones ordered Kennedy's murder and Brown helped plan it to avenge an killing of Leroy "Bucky" Davis.
April 16, 2014 |
Labor unions at US Airways will meet with CEO Doug Parker and senior management April 29 to discuss concerns and "critical issues" that they say remain unresolved since the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in December. When Parker and his team pulled off the $11 billion deal, endorsed by pilots and flight attendants at American, the combination to create the world's largest airline appeared to have the blessing of labor at both companies. But four months later, five US Airways unions say they aren't happy with the way things are going.
April 15, 2014 |
IT WAS FINALLY warm on the Sunday when North Philadelphia's Bright Hope Baptist Church hosted a special guest preacher, the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, once led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But inside the church, at Cecil B. Moore Avenue and 12th Street near Temple University, there was a palpable chill. "It almost seemed like it was a funeral in there," one member said. That Sunday, March 23, no white-gloved ushers were there to greet worshippers at the church's glass-door entrances.
January 13, 2014 |
This was a moment for the Phillies to keep pace with their competitors, David Montgomery said. But Montgomery, the Phillies president, oversees a team that encountered few financial threats in the National League until the Los Angeles Dodgers unshackled themselves from destructive ownership. The Phillies just signed a 25-year deal with Comcast SportsNet that will pay them more than $2.5 billion, and Montgomery used the occasion to say his Phillies should continue to rank in the top five of Major League Baseball's payrolls, as they have for each of the last four seasons.