March 3, 2014 |
John Sergeant Price, 90, of Bryn Mawr, a cultural leader and World War II veteran, died Saturday, Feb. 22, of cancer at his home. For 60 years, Mr. Price was president and executive director of the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia, a cross-cultural institution. Blessed with a knack for managing investments, he made sure the society was well enough endowed to offer the Italian lessons, films, lectures, art exhibits, and study tours abroad for which it was known. The society subsidized the Amerita Chamber Players, a subset of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
October 11, 2013 |
CHARLES P. BRAXTON was there when the U.S. Army fought its way across Europe in World War II, culminating in the bitter Battle of the Bulge. But Charles Braxton wasn't allowed to do much fighting. He was African American, and the American military didn't think black men were able to fight. He performed service duties as the Army battled through Northern France, the Rhineland, central Europe, culminating in the Ardennes in Belgium in December 1944 when the German army made a last, desperate effort to win the war. But after his discharge, Charles Braxton was not finished with war. He returned to combat in the Korean War in the early '50s, when black soldiers were allowed to fight and die for their country, as they had been doing since the Revolution.
June 8, 2013 |
BUDAPEST, Hungary - The mighty Danube is not the only river in Europe bursting its banks this week, but it packs the biggest punch. Winding 1,777 miles across 10 nations, the Danube is the second-longest river on the continent, making its way from Germany's Black Forest to the Black Sea bordering Romania and Ukraine. Only the Volga in Russia is longer. In the last decade alone, the Danube has been at the center of two major floods, several devastating droughts, and a winter cold snap that froze the vital waterway for hundreds of miles.
June 3, 2013
Europe facing flood threat BERLIN - Authorities in parts of central Europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defenses Sunday as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks. Several people have died or are missing in the floods in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland since Thursday. Some residents also have been evacuated from flooding in southwestern Poland, as well as in Austria and Switzerland. Czech officials said waters of the Vltava River could reach critical levels in Prague and metal walls were being erected to prevent flooding.
January 27, 2012 |
BUCHAREST, Romania - Parts of Eastern and Central Europe were hit hard by heavy snow and frigid conditions for a second day Thursday, leaving hundreds trapped in cars, dozens of communities without power, and at least one person dead. Some areas had as much as 10 feet of snow. Some 340 people were evacuated overnight from stranded vehicles on roads across Romania, Prime Minister Emil Boc said, and 100 people more were transported during the day to Bucharest after getting stuck on two major roads.
May 23, 2011 |
LONDON - President Obama was to visit Ireland today and the tiny village of Moneygall, home of his great-great-great grandfather on his mother's side. The president's quick stop in Ireland will begin a six-day trip across Europe that will include a state visit to the United Kingdom, talks about Libya and the Arab Spring with allies at a summit in France. It will also involve and an effort to smooth over relations with Poland and Central Europe after his administration canceled plans to build a missile-defense system there.
August 9, 2010 |
WARSAW, Poland - The death toll in flooding in central Europe rose to 11 as Poland's interior minister said yesterday that two more people had died in the southwestern region of the country. The flooding has struck an area near the borders of Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. Heavy rains in Poland caused flooding in the southwestern town of Bogatynia and one person was already reported dead on Saturday. In the northern Czech Republic, five people were found drowned over the weekend.
October 18, 2007 |
Morris "Moe" Shames, 89, of Northeast Philadelphia, a retired shoe-store-chain manager and theatrical booking agent, died Saturday at Abington Memorial Hospital of complications from a fall. For more than 60 years, Mr. Shames booked entertainers for events at synagogues and for local fund-raisers, and engaged talent for Atlantic City casinos and resorts in the Poconos and elsewhere. He was known from Connecticut to Florida, his son Stuart said. He worked with a whole generation of entertainers, including comics Jackie Mason and Henny Youngman, his son said, and more recently booked impressionist Marilyn Michaels and was negotiating to book comedienne Joy Behar, cohost of ABC's The View, for a local fund-raiser.
March 3, 2006 |
Before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and heralded the ultimate toppling of the whole Soviet system, the antiques of central Europe were mostly unavailable to the rest of the world. Pieces backed up in people's cellars, attics and barns for decades. It wasn't until after the end of the Cold War that a market for antiques began to evolve again here. But these days, with vintage pieces increasingly scarce and expensive in western Europe, former Soviet bloc countries are becoming a hot spot for dealers, designers, and lovers of goods that wear the patina of age. "I've seen dealers from France, Italy, the Netherlands, and particularly Belgium bringing trucks to some of the places we go," says dealer Tom Conrad, who last year launched Heart of Europe Tours (www.
May 11, 2004 |
One of the most expensive films ever made is about to open, and the gossip vultures already are circling. The movie is Troy, Wolfgang Petersen's sweeping adaptation of Homer's Iliad, starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and the gracefully aging Julie Christie. The flick, which opens Friday, is said to have cost more than $200 mil, so a lot of folks are naturally very nervous about whether Troy sinks like Waterworld or clean ups like Titanic. Their anxiety can't have been eased by hearing that Troy's German director is comparing the film's plot to the war in Iraq.