August 17, 2015 |
Theodore J. "Teddy" Paluch, 92, a World War II veteran and a survivor of the infamous Malmedy massacre of American GIs during World War II, died Saturday, Aug. 8, of congestive heart failure at the Philadelphia Veterans Community Living Center. Mr. Paluch, a Philadelphia native, was drafted into the Army at age 20 and deployed to Europe with the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion. He was witness to the Malmedy massacre, a wartime atrocity in which 84 American soldiers who had surrendered in a field in Belgium were gunned down by the Waffen-SS on Dec. 17, 1944.
April 17, 2015
THIS IS my year for beer travel, with group tours planned to Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, as well as several Eastern U.S. destinations. I got things started earlier this month by leading about 150 beer lovers on a very cool river cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium. Eight breweries, two lectures, a beer dinner and many onboard bottle-shares later, and I'm left with exactly what I look for in travel: a sense of surprise. Here are a few discoveries that caught me off guard.
December 5, 2014 |
Thomas J. Morrison Jr., 90, of Ambler, a decorated World War II veteran and recipient of the French Legion of Honor, died Thursday, Nov. 27, of complications from a stroke at Abington Memorial Hospital. Born in Jenkintown, he graduated from Ambler High School in 1943 and was drafted into the Army. He served from October 1943 until January 1946. Mr. Morrison served in the 101st Airborne Division. On June 7, 1944, he saw action as an artilleryman in the glider forces sent across the English Channel to replace others killed in action.
October 6, 2014 |
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday night that the sick passenger taken from United Flight 998 at Newark Liberty International Airport to be tested for Ebola did not have the virus in his system. The Boeing 777, which had arrived from Brussels, Belgium, with 253 passengers and 14 crew members, was quarantined at the airport after landing at 12:15 p.m. CDC officials in hazmat suits and officers from the Port Authority Police Department boarded the plane, said department spokeswoman Erica Dumas.
July 5, 2014
'I believe that we can win! I believe that we can win! I believe that we can win!" The chant is gone, but the sentiment still beats in the hearts of American sports fans whose dreams were dashed Monday with Belgium's 2-1 defeat of the United States in the World Cup. The Americans played better than many had predicted, finishing with a 1-2-1 record. They were just one kick away from advancing further. Goalie Tim Howard, who at 35 may not compete in another World Cup, will forever be remembered for his World Cup record 16 saves against Belgium.
July 3, 2014 |
CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI will undoubtedly have a recurring nightmare. Ever since he started kicking a soccer ball, he probably dreamed of a moment like this - every kid does. It's the closing moments of a World Cup elimination game and a game-winning opportunity is gifted to your foot. In your dream, you are perfect. You do everything right and slam the ball into the back of the net. Reality wasn't as kind. Wondolowski was far from perfect on his attempt in the closing moments of the United States Round of 16 loss to Belgium yesterday in Salvador, Brazil.
July 3, 2014 |
Going into the U.S.- Belgium soccer game Tuesday, social-media spies sorting tens of millions of Facebook, Twitter, and other posts for SAP AG found that the American team, led by goaltender Tim Howard , was viewed more positively than negatively. Several of the Belgians attracted more social haters than lovers, especially midfielder Marouane Fellaini , even though he scored a goal for Belgium against Algeria. Are American fans less critical? No. U.S. players got negative ratings last week, when Portugal tied the team in the last minutes, says SAP's Evan Welsh . But the American starters won back fans just by surviving the "Group of Death" to advance and face Belgium, said Welsh.
July 3, 2014 |
IN SAM FARINA'S eyes, the hundreds of fans who packed the Piazza at Schmidts courtyard in Northern Liberties last night to watch the end of the U.S. team's World Cup run had two options after the nail-biting loss to Belgium. "We can either go home or go to the bars and drink the depression off," joked Farina, 23, as hordes of disappointed fans vacated the plaza, leaving a layer of crushed Pabst and Budweiser cans in their wake. For Farina, a classroom aide from Chester Springs, and her group of friends, the latter was the better option.
July 2, 2014 |
U.S. NATIONAL team coach Jurgen Klinsmann took some heat when he made the honest assessment that it was not reasonable to think the USA could win the 2014 World Cup. But that was before the tournament started and his squad faced the daunting task of moving out of a "Group of Death" that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Klinsmann, however, also said that once a team gets to the knockout stage of the competition, anything can happen. The United States is in the Round of 16. It finished second to Germany to move out of Group G, and today will play Group H winner Belgium in the last match for a spot into the quarterfinals.
July 1, 2014 |
IF IT'S TUESDAY, this must be Belgium. No, we're not not referring to the old film starring the late Suzanne Pleshette. We're talking World Cup soccer. The U.S. team takes on Belgium in the round of 16 tomorrow afternoon (4 o'clock, ESPN). The Red Devils, who are favored, haven't lost a match to the United States in 84 years. That fact may have something to do with the cocky attitude of Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who recently tried to engaged President Obama in a friendly wager.