July 23, 2016 |
After being trained as an Army reconnaissance trooper in 1966 in Texas and Colorado, Thomas J. Casey Sr. survived a year of combat in Vietnam. Mr. Casey and other infantrymen often went out in helicopters, which "dropped them in the jungle," son Thomas J. Jr. said, so they could "go out to find the bad guys. " As a member of an Army cavalry unit, his son said, Mr. Casey and his buddies "were called the Ruthless Raiders. " After being dispatched to Vietnam in January 1967, "he came home in January 1968.
July 8, 2016 |
BERLIN - On a trip to the beach, a German friend recently saw two teenage Afghan refugee boys stare in shock at female bathers in scanty bikinis. She overheard one youth agitatedly ask the German volunteer accompanying him: "Where are their fathers? Where are their fathers?" The good news is that the boy spoke German and had a German friend who could explain the culture gap between Afghanistan and Europe. The bad news is obvious: Germany has an overwhelming task trying to integrate many of the million or so Muslim migrants who arrived in 2015.
January 19, 2016
WEST BANK Palestinian stabs pregnant Israeli A Palestinian attacker stabbed and wounded a pregnant Israeli woman in the West Bank Monday before he was shot, Israeli officials said. The attacker entered the Tekoa settlement and stabbed the 30-year-old woman, the Israeli military said, before being shot by the settlement's head of security. The attacker's condition was not known. As a result of the attack, the military said "security measures" have been imposed in the West Bank and that effective immediately, Palestinian workers will not be allowed to enter Israeli settlements, though they will still be able to enter industrial zones.
October 21, 2014 |
THE WORLD has officially gone mad. Last week Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft for allegedly shoplifting a package of men's briefs and a tester bottle of cologne at a shopping mall in Frisco, Texas, a Dallas suburb. Now comes word that MeUndies, which manufactures men's and women's underwear, is partnering with Randle to promote its brand. In addition, the fee Randle receives from MeUndies will help pay off the $29,500 fine imposed by the Cowboys.
July 31, 2014 |
WHEN YOU'RE one of 13 children, who needs friends? Robert Collins had a built-in playground with all those siblings. Maybe there was a problem when more than one had to use the bathroom, but basically all the brothers and sisters got along and enjoyed one another as playmates. Robert was the 10th of the 13 children of Jeannette Collins and Henry Stokes, and grew up in West Philadelphia. A man of many talents and interests, Robert was employed for 25 years by the international real-estate company Tishman Speyer, working in engineering on the Bala Plaza complex in Bala Cynwyd.
February 3, 2014 |
For years, Ford has been building pocket-rocket variations on its Fiesta subcompact for European consumption. Now, finally, in the 2014 model year, North Americans are allowed to buy one, too. It's called the Fiesta ST, and it is a hoot. In fact, I can't remember having this much fun in a car that starts well under $22,000. The ST is essentially a garden variety Fiesta that received a large injection of anabolic steroids in its rear fascia. As a result, it is more muscular and athletic than its sensible-shoe sisters, and advertises that fact with sporty styling cues.
November 25, 2012 |
Maybe it's the cozy wooden chalets, clustered in cobblestone squares and filled with wooden toys that could have been crafted by elves. Or perhaps it's the likelihood of snow. Then again, it could be the abundance of free-flowing Glühwein, served in ceramic mugs decorated with wintry scenes of horse-drawn sleighs and reindeer. Whatever it might be, Germany's Christmas markets have the recipe for holiday cheer patented, bottled, and served up for conspicuous consumption. An evening spent mingling with the rosy-cheeked crowds in its historic cities could convert the most curmudgeonly Scrooge and the greenest of Grinches into a carol-singing, spiced-wine-swilling, stocking-stuffing seasonal junkie.
April 23, 2012
Serena Williams defeated Lesia Tsurenko , 6-3, 6-2, on Sunday to send the United States back into the Fed Cup World Group by clinching a series victory over Ukraine in Kharkiv. Williams' win gave the U.S. an unassailable 3-0 lead. Christina McHale later won, 7-5, 6-3, against 17-year-old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina to secure a sweep of the singles matches. Americans Liezel Huber and Sloane Stephens finished a 5-0 rout with a 6-4, 6-1 doubles win over 19-year-old twins Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok . Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1, to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the eighth straight year.
September 2, 2011
EXCERPTS from the handwritten first draft of Ralph Natale's memoir. * Referring to the 1918 flu pandemic that killed his paternal grandparents: "I write this to show where I came from and to explain also why I turned out to be what I am. My father never knew love or kindness from a mother or father, so how was he to know how to give this to his son? . . . So this made me unfeeling when, as a man, I took men's lives who wanted to take mine, or something that belonged to me or what I believed in at that time, 'La Cosa Nostra.' " * Philadelphia mob boss Angelo Bruno talking about Natale to Gambino crime-family boss Carlo Gambino in the 1960s; the conversation apparently was reconstructed by Natale, a former associate of Bruno: "He has killed without hesitation on my orders before, and has done this without creating a storm with the police.
January 20, 2011 |
More than a month since his deal was reported, Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon is expected to be one of two newcomers the Union is scheduled to introduce this afternoon at a Center City watering hole. In fact, the announcement has taken so long, the event will take place at Fado Irish Pub (1500 Locust) perhaps because Union brass could use a drink after the diligence required to draw the 39-year-old to Philadelphia. First reported in the German magazine Kicker, the Daily News confirmed rumors on Dec. 13 that Mondragon had agreed to a contract, pending approval from Major League Soccer.