December 8, 2014 |
One of the oddest and most frustrating episodes of Philadelphia's long-running governmental soap opera faded to a close Thursday. It did so absent any heroes, with a baffling plot, and its two stars shouting over one another's lines even as the curtain fell. Regardless of who ultimately is deemed at fault, the sorry debacle of the aborted sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works seems a drama fully deserving its scathing reviews and one that has done nothing to enhance the stature either of its lead actors - Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke - or the city.
September 21, 2014 |
One of the casualties of Syria's civil war is history. Five of the country's six World Heritage sites have "significant damage" and some buildings have been "reduced to rubble," according to a new report that includes work by University of Pennsylvania experts. The report, which was released this week, relied on high-resolution satellite photos to chronicle damage to mosques, Roman buildings, and a Byzantine castle. The Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science wrote the assessment with help from the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Syrian Heritage Task Force.
April 26, 2014 |
LEMOYNE, Pa. - Cure International has long gone where others fear to tread. The global health-care nonprofit has set up clinics in war zones and regions plagued by civil unrest since its founding in 1996, including taking over a bombed-out Red Cross hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2005. It was there that the group on Thursday suffered its first fatality as a result of violence. As news broke that an Afghan gunman had killed three Americans at the site, the spotlight turned to the group, based in a small office building on a residential street in a borough outside Harrisburg.
March 18, 2013 |
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, it's clear who lost the war that followed. But it may be years before we know if anyone won. Topping the loser's columns, of course, is Saddam Hussein, with the world better for it. Yet, despite his demise, America is also the loser. The goals the Bush administration set for the war were never achievable, and the costs were greater than most Americans realize, not just in lives and money squandered but in reputation lost. Iraqis were freed from Hussein, but a botched American occupation led to a civil war that killed more than 100,000 civilians and forced millions to flee the country.
January 18, 2013 |
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian special forces launched a rescue operation Thursday at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert and freed foreign hostages held by al-Qaeda-linked militants, but estimates for the number of dead varied wildly from four to dozens. Militants claiming revenge for France's intervention against rebels in Mali seized the Ain Amenas natural gas complex on Wednesday, taking dozens of foreign workers hostage. Algerian state television said Thursday that four captives - two Britons and two Filipinos - had died.
November 11, 2012 |
One crisp fall morning in 1987, at the dedication of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Thomas Corcoran was nearly as heartbroken as he was in June 1969, when two uniformed men knocked on his door in Torresdale. They told him that his son Patrick M. Corcoran, 19, had been killed, and lost at sea. The harsh finality of it all, as 646 Philadelphia families know well, never went away for this grieving father. Crowding the sidewalks near Penn's Landing in 1987, many of those families stood at the newly dedicated memorial to see the names of their boys, their brothers, their fathers etched in stone.
January 18, 2012
DEAR ABBY : My 18-year-old-daughter, "Olympia," graduated from high school last spring, was accepted to two universities and started her first job. When she lost it recently, she was devastated. Instead of trying to find another one, she decided to turn to prostitution. She said she doesn't want to work her butt off for peanuts. I am extremely frustrated with her decision. I have warned her about the dangers she'll face in that "occupation. " I know she's of age now and needs to make her own choices, but I'm afraid for her and don't want to lose her if we have a huge argument over this.
November 9, 2011 |
ROME - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi conceded Tuesday he no longer had the support to govern and announced he would resign like his Greek counterpart, becoming the biggest political casualty yet of the European debt crisis. Berlusconi promised to leave office after Parliament passes economic reforms the European Union has demanded to keep Italy from sinking into Europe's debt mess. He came to the decision hours after a vote on a routine piece of legislation made it clear he no longer commanded a majority in the lower Chamber of Deputies.
October 2, 2011 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - The body of a gazelle lies near an empty feeding bin, flies swarming around the corpse. A male lion growls angrily, leaping toward the front of his cage when a rare visitor approaches the bars. This is life in the Tripoli Zoo, which has found itself a casualty of the war to oust Moammar Gadhafi. Once one of the city's best-loved destinations, today it is 110 dusty acres of listless animals and overgrown, sunburned grass. Empty bullet casings are scattered everywhere.
September 19, 2011 |
The Twins, it seems, just can't win for losing. On the heels of losing former MVP Joe Mauer on Friday for the rest of the season because of pneumonia, the team announced Sunday that their other MVP, Justin Morneau , will likely be out for the rest of the season. Morneau has concussion symptoms and a cyst on his left knee that needs to be removed, meaning that the slugger would have played in only 69 games this season. Morneau, who missed two months because of neck surgery, hit .227 with four homers and 30 RBIs.