July 20, 2013 |
The Eagles quarterback competition would be easier to unravel if it was determined based on arm strength. Michael Vick, for whatever criticism he has endured, still throws a ball that looks different from those of the other quarterbacks on the roster. But arm strength is not a determining factor. In fact, Chip Kelly said in April that too much emphasis is sometimes placed on arm strength when judging a quarterback. "Sometimes the arm strength aspect of it is overrated because people are trying to paint it with a brush," Kelly said, responding to a question about Matt Barkley's arm strength.
July 19, 2013 |
HAVANA - Cuba's admission that it was secretly sending aging weapons systems to North Korea has turned the global spotlight on a little-known link in a secretive network of rusting freighters and charter jets that moves weapons to and from North Korea despite U.N. sanctions. The revelation that Cuba was shipping the arms, purportedly to be repaired and returned, is certain to jeopardize slowly warming ties between the United States and Havana, although the extent of the damage remains uncertain.
July 16, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister insisted Sunday that he would not allow "dangerous weapons" to reach Lebanon's Hezbollah militants, following reports that Israel recently carried out an airstrike in northern Syria against a shipment of advanced missiles. The airstrike in Latakia reportedly targeted Russian Yakhont antiship missiles, one of the types of advanced weapons that Israeli officials have previously said they would not allow to reach Syria. It would be the fourth known airstrike against Syria this year.
June 28, 2013 |
The challenge was to build a working prosthetic arm for an impossibly low price: less than $40 in materials. It took just one visit to Lowe's last fall for the West Philly middle schoolers to realize that meant cutting some painful corners. Appearances would have to go, for one. Forget about using all five fingers. But last week, four members of the team from Harambee Institute of Science and Technology capped seven months of invention and engineering trial and error with a triumph: Their arm won a second-place trophy at the National Engineering Design Competition of MESA USA in Portland, Ore. MESA, which stands for Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement and is funded largely by the Navy, is a decades-old program that is a newcomer to the region.
June 23, 2013 |
DOHA, Qatar - The Syrian opposition's major international backers agreed here Saturday to provide "urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment" to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The agreement did not specify what kinds of weapons would be sent or which supporters would provide what. But officials attending the Doha conference said that both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prepared to quickly supply shoulder-launched antiaircraft missiles and armor-piercing shells to be used against Assad's air force and tanks.
June 18, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan - The U.S. military began laying the groundwork to arm and support Syrian rebels more than a week ago, using a military exercise currently being held in Jordan as a cover for bringing in personnel and equipment. Despite official statements by the Obama administration that a decision to arm the rebels was made on June 13, preparations were seen by McClatchy on the ground days earlier. In addition to the 300 U.S. Marines who Jordanian officials said were currently stationed along Jordan's northern border with Syria, meetings were held between Syrian rebels and U.S. officials more than 10 days ago to establish what type of weapons the White House is willing to provide.
June 16, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian troops pushed forward with their offensive against rebels Saturday, capturing a suburb near the Damascus international airport as the U.S. warned that the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the involvement of the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah in the civil war threaten to put a proposed political settlement out of reach. The United States and Russia have been pressing for a peace conference to end Syria's civil war in Geneva, but prospects for that have been dampened after a series of regime battlefield victories and hardened positions by both sides as the death toll from the more than two-year-old conflict has surged to nearly 93,000.
June 9, 2013 |
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The gunman who went on a chaotic rampage, killing four people before being fatally shot by police at a college campus, planned the attack and was capable of firing 1,300 rounds of ammunition, the police chief said Saturday. "Any time someone puts on a vest of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun, and has a semi-automatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people, and has to be neutralized at the hands of the police, I would say that that's premeditated," Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said.
June 5, 2013 |
LIKE MANY boys growing up in Germany, Dirk Breiding played with toy knights and visited historic castles and museums. Unlike most men, he still gets to do that today. Breiding is the new curator of arms and armor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and as he showed a recent visitor around what will soon be his corner of the museum, he was as giddy as a kid showing off his new toys. "As long as I can think back, I was fascinated with knights and chivalry," Breiding said. As PMA's J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor, he will leave his current post as an assistant curator in the Arms and Armor Department at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and come to Philly in July.
May 30, 2013 |
LONDON - A day after securing an end to the European Union's weapons embargo on Syria, Britain and France are facing criticism from Russia, and pressure at home and abroad, to show restraint before acting to arm the rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Britain, along with France, scored a diplomatic victory in Paris on Monday, effectively blocking an attempt by other European nations to extend the regional embargo that has prevented them from sending weapons to help the Syrian opposition.