September 30, 2013 |
RADNOR TWP. Villanova University is considering joining the ranks of colleges with a full-service police force, a national trend that has accelerated since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and amid stepped-up concern about student safety. But the Main Line university - which announced a series of campus meetings to discuss a possible upgrade from its current public-safety department - will not yet discuss details of what it is considering, such as whether officers would carry guns.
September 9, 2013 |
'Win the day. " "The best ability is durability. " "Other guy is a chin-strap away. " Of all the Chip Kelly-isms, "Big people beat up little people" may be the best example of his philosophy on football. The new Eagles coach doesn't necessarily want to stockpile his roster with 350-pound behemoths, but he does prefer long athletes with large wingspans. Why? "Long levers are strong levers. Do you want to get hit with a big stick or a little stick?" Kelly said. "So arm length determines how big you are and how big you play.
September 8, 2013 |
The L3 Thermal Eye Renegade 320 is a rifle scope designed to help American troops detect an enemy combatant a half-mile away in the dark. For $12,000, it's also just an online click away. That's why U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were suspicious when they got a tip in 2010 that a Northeast Philadelphia man had bought that scope and other military-grade night-vision items. There are no battlefields in Bustleton. The investigation that sprung from that tip entered its final phase Friday when a Philadelphia judge opened a sentencing hearing for a Belarusian national accused of illegally exporting at least 100 scopes, goggles, and similar devices.
September 7, 2013
The Phillies' team ERA for starters and relievers: Starters 2011: 2.86 (1st in MLB) 2012: 3.82 (10th) 2013: 4.29 (21st) The bullpen 2011: 3.45 (8th) 2012: 3.94 (21st) 2013: 4.31 (28th)
July 26, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - A senior U.N. team tasked with investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war began a mission to Damascus Wednesday, trying to hammer out with Syrian officials the terms for their investigation. It is the first such trip by international experts, and the talks were expected to be thorny - focusing on about a dozen incidents in which chemical arms were allegedly used. The rebels, the United States, and others have accused the government of using the weapons of mass destruction, while Damascus and its ally Russia have blamed the rebels.
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.