October 23, 2015 |
In the middle of a major capital campaign that could reach $900 million, Drexel University recently gave its entrepreneurial president, John A. Fry, a second five-year contract, running to August 2020. The board of trustees unanimously approved the pact Sept. 30, said trustees chairman Richard Greenawalt. Fry received a boost in pay for good performance, Greenawalt said, but declined to provide the amount. Drexel, like most private colleges, does not release pay until it becomes public on tax forms.
July 12, 2014 |
The Rev. Robert Nelson McIntyre, 89, of Doylestown, a pastor in the Reformed Episcopal Church, died Thursday, July 3, of Parkinson's disease at his home. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Northeast High School in 1942 and attended Philadelphia College of the Bible and Temple University. He graduated from the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary in 1956. Mr. McIntyre joined the Navy in 1943 and served in the Pacific. His military discharge papers show that he trained at various naval stations before being assigned to a flight crew.
March 5, 2014 |
As commander of the community relations division of the Philadelphia Police Department in the early 1980s, E. Robert Korn enjoyed not only dealing with law-abiding citizens, but also at times being a face of the city, his son Warren said. "He got to travel on behalf of the city as a representative of the Police Department," his son said. One of Mr. Korn's favorite memories was briefing crew members of the aircraft carrier Saratoga at its port near Jacksonville, Fla., in the early 1980s, before joining them on the voyage to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for the Saratoga's extensive repairs.
February 6, 2014 |
It was like living aboard a floating city. There was recreation. Allen Polixa, a crew member on the USS Forrestal from 1980 to 1982, often took "swim breaks" miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, jumping into the water from just below the ship's top deck. There was order. Fight a colleague or steal from another crew member, said Jimmie Stewart, who served on the Forrestal from 1960 to 1962, and it was down to the brig. No questions asked. And there was chaos. In July 1967, a devastating fire and a series of chain-reaction explosions took the lives of 134 sailors aboard the Forrestal.
July 11, 2013
Army suspect backs Taliban FORT HOOD, Texas - The Army psychiatrist charged in the mass shooting at Fort Hood asked pointed questions about religion and used several opportunities Wednesday to declare his support for the Taliban and a fellow American-born Muslim who killed a U.S. soldier, as he was allowed to zero in on potential jurors during the second day of jury selection. Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is serving as his own attorney in his military murder trial, participated as nine of the remaining 14 Army officers in the group were questioned.
May 16, 2013 |
ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH - The Navy for the first time Tuesday launched an unmanned aircraft the size of a fighter jet from a warship in the Atlantic Ocean, as it wades deeper into America's drone program amid growing concerns over the legality of its escalating surveillance and lethal strikes. The drone, called the X-47B, is considered particularly valuable because it is the first designed specifically to take off and land on an aircraft carrier, allowing it to be used around the world without needing the permission of other countries to serve as a home base.
February 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they have faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday. Panetta, who is retiring soon from his post, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that if the reductions are allowed to stand he would have to throw the country's national defense strategy "out the window. " But he also assured lawmakers the Pentagon would take the steps necessary to deal with possible threats in the Persian Gulf region after he approved the Navy's request to halve its aircraft carrier presence in the area.
December 2, 2012 |
NORFOLK, Va. - The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was retired from active service on Saturday, temporarily reducing the number of carriers in the U.S. fleet to 10 until 2015. The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career during a ceremony at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, where thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy. "It'll be a special memory.
November 8, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - As Jim Foster grows older, his thoughts often flood back to those he has known who have passed on. Maybe that's expected for a 64-year-old who spent three years in the Army, including 18 months in Vietnam, before a lifetime as a teacher and coach. "As you age, you start to think a little bit more relative to guys who you went to school with and served with that died in the service," he said softly. That his Ohio State team opens its season Friday on an aircraft carrier, surrounded by servicemen and women, enhances his memories.
November 6, 2012 |
ABOARD THE USS ENTERPRISE - The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ended its remarkable career at sea on Sunday when it pulled into its home port for the final time after participating in every major conflict since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The USS Enterprise began shutting down its eight nuclear reactors almost as soon as it arrived at its pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, where thousands of cheering family members and friends welcomed the ship home from its 25th and final deployment after nearly eight months at sea. The ship will never move on its own power again and will eventually be scrapped in Washington state.