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October 23, 2010
St. Malachy Church in Philadelphia will celebrate the third anniversary of the beatification of World War II conscientious objector Franz Jagerstatter at 6 p.m. Monday with a discussion of his life, followed by Mass. The church is at 1429 N. 11th St. Jagerstatter, a husband and father of three, was executed for his refusal to serve in the military under the Nazi regime in Austria. Beatification is the first step in the Catholic Church toward canonization as a saint.
NEWS
July 31, 2011 | By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - An AWOL soldier accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood was defiant during his first court appearance on Friday, yelling out the name of the Army psychiatrist blamed in the 2009 shooting rampage at the same Texas base. Federal prosecutors charged Pfc. Naser Abdo, 21, with possessing a destructive device, two days after he was arrested at a motel about three miles from the front gate of Fort Hood. He told authorities he planned to construct two bombs in the motel room using gunpowder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers and then detonate the explosives at a restaurant frequented by soldiers, court documents released Friday said.
NEWS
July 30, 2011 | By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - An AWOL soldier accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood was defiant during his first court appearance on Friday, yelling out the name of the Army psychiatrist blamed in the 2009 shooting rampage at the same Texas base. Federal prosecutors charged Pfc. Naser Abdo, 21, with possessing a destructive device, two days after he was arrested at a motel about three miles from the front gate of Fort Hood. He told authorities he planned to construct two bombs in the motel room using gunpowder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers and then detonate the explosives at a restaurant frequented by soldiers, court documents released Friday said.
NEWS
June 3, 1990 | By Dan Hardy, Special to The Inquirer
Stephen Langfur, who spoke in a Havertown synagogue recently, was a conscientious objector in 1961, refusing to serve in the U.S. military. But when he immigrated to Israel in 1979, he was willing to join the army. Since then, he has had second thoughts. "I had been a conscientious objector in the United States . . . because I wanted to live according to the principle that another person's life is as important to him or her as mine is to me," Langfur said. But he said he felt he could "serve in the Israeli army without contradicting that principle because of the vision of Israel and the Israeli army that I had. My vision was of an army that didn't want to exist, that was there only because it was forced to exist.
NEWS
November 6, 2002 | By WILLIAM C. KASHATUS
'WEST Chester," according to a local wisecrack, "is the only town where you can drive in 'Gay' and exit 'High.' " The wordplay, of course, refers to street names. But it also reflects a growing homophobia among suburbanites concerned about the borough's decision to name a new high school after the late civil-rights leader and native son Bayard Rustin. That is why the West Chester Area School Board recently moved to reconsider the issue, citing Rustin's conscientious-objector status during WWII and his imprisonment related to it as the reason for their decision, rather than his homosexuality.
NEWS
November 24, 2006 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. John Rogowskyj Jr. says he is a conscientious objector and should be discharged from the service. He has been interviewed by a military chaplain, examined by a psychiatrist, and questioned by a hearing officer who recommended C.O. status and immediate separation. But this month, Rogowskyj was deployed to Iraq. The 22-year-old Pennsauken man now serves on a heavily armed patrol boat protecting hydroelectric plants along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and Lake Qadisiyah.
NEWS
July 26, 1991 | By Kimberly J. McLarin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Away from the homecoming parades and the flag-waving ceremonies, one group of soldiers has been forgotten by fellow citizens, members of the American Friends Service Committee said yesterday. They are the trained fighters who refused to fight during the Persian Gulf war. Many of the estimated 2,500 service people who sought conscientious objector status immediately before or during the war are now facing charges of desertion, Harold Jordan, coordinator of the AFSC's youth and militarism program, said during a news conference at Friends Center.
NEWS
April 9, 2010 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Adelbert Mason, 87, a groundbreaking Quaker educator, died of multiple systems atrophy Thursday, March 18, at Foulkeways in Gwynedd, where he had lived for more than a decade. Mr. Mason was headmaster at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown from 1966 to 1977. He was executive director from 1977 to 1988 of the Friends Council on Education, which aided Friends schools and colleges nationwide. And in 1981, he helped establish and until 1999 ran the Tyson Memorial Fund, which supports Quaker schools across four states.
NEWS
December 27, 1999 | By Teresa Leo
I used to call it like this: stun gun, flamethrower, harpoon, maimer. Whatever the charge, the scarred heart followed; I loved like an army at the brink of war - all battle plans and camouflage, shoot to kill, seizures. The romance: first tear gas, then morphine, nights of white heat, sutures, slash and burn, shock. But then, right at the end of the 20th century, in the year of the hostage, as if dropped by chopper, a bomb that didn't explode - you, conscientious objector, accident, rapture, and me, auto-aim and rapid-fire.
NEWS
August 18, 2011 | By Peter Mucha and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Asking nicely is often a wise course of action. But maybe not when a drug deal is going down. On Wednesday afternoon, please didn't prove to be a "magic word" in West Philadelphia. Wednesday afternoon, a 28-year-old man was sitting on the steps of an apartment building on Master Street near 56th Street, when he saw two men attempting a possibly illicit transaction. "Please don't do that in front of my apartment," the sitter said, according to police. One of the men said, "Whatever," and started walking away.
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January 28, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Though technically a half-debut, Yannick Nézet-Séguin's first outing with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra didn't actually happen until the Sunday program's second half. But a good 80 minutes of Shostakovich - in a piece that musically encompasses much of World War II - easily counted as a concert in itself. The Symphony No. 7 Op. 60 ("Leningrad") is just the sort of thing that's been absent from the current Philadelphia Orchestra season - a long, serious, not traditionally ingratiating piece that audiences may or may not take to, especially as it needs a performance with a well-examined strategy.
SPORTS
October 6, 2013 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Columnist
JERRY LEWIS, uh-huh, that Jerry Lewis, the slapstick comic, looks Muhammad Ali right in the eye, and screeches, "You're a big bag of wind. " A startled Ali interrupts, sputtering. Lewis finally yelps, "Shut up and let me finish . . . you're a big bag of wind but you're one of the greatest entertainers . . . " It's just a moment in "The Trials of Muhammad Ali," a lively new documentary being shown at the Ritz at the Bourse. A defining moment? Entertainer? Is that what Ali was?
NEWS
August 24, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
He suffered it in the Warner Theater, where black people were restricted to the balcony, and at the YMCA, where the young and athletic Bayard Rustin couldn't play. In West Chester, a town that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the civil rights legend, named this month to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, had his first encounters with inequality. But the Chester County borough of 18,000 people also was where Rustin learned the Quaker principles that would propel his activism.
SPORTS
September 14, 2012 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
MUHAMMAD ALI is in town Thursday night to accept the prestigious Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center. Wednesday, a press conference was held at City Hall to announce the intent to build a statue honoring the late Joe Frazier. Once again, these two men are linked, their legacies this time celebrated within a mile and a day of each other, within the same city that Frazier lived, worked and died in, the same city where Ali made his home once as well. Parallel again.
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
The selection of boxing legend Muhammad Ali to receive the 2012 Liberty Medal has sparked debate, given his refusal four decades ago to fight in the Vietnam War. But his standing up for religious principles only makes the award more appropriate. The boxer known more now for his advocacy of civil rights at home and abroad has been an ardent promoter of world peace and humanitarian causes. A sufferer of Parkinson's disease, he also has helped raise funds for the Special Olympics and for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Research Center in Phoenix.
NEWS
July 6, 2012 | BY Sean Carlin and Daily News Staff Writer
IN WHAT Mayor Nutter described as a "fantastic choice," the National Constitution Center announced Thursday that boxing icon Muhammad Ali will receive this year's Liberty Medal.   Ali, 70, was lauded by Constitution Center president and CEO David Eisner for being an "ambassador for peace around the world and a humanitarian and philanthropist. " Eisner said that Ali "embodies how far we've come as a nation and how far we continue to go if we fight for the liberty of each individual and group.
NEWS
August 18, 2011 | By Peter Mucha and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Asking nicely is often a wise course of action. But maybe not when a drug deal is going down. On Wednesday afternoon, please didn't prove to be a "magic word" in West Philadelphia. Wednesday afternoon, a 28-year-old man was sitting on the steps of an apartment building on Master Street near 56th Street, when he saw two men attempting a possibly illicit transaction. "Please don't do that in front of my apartment," the sitter said, according to police. One of the men said, "Whatever," and started walking away.
NEWS
July 31, 2011 | By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - An AWOL soldier accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood was defiant during his first court appearance on Friday, yelling out the name of the Army psychiatrist blamed in the 2009 shooting rampage at the same Texas base. Federal prosecutors charged Pfc. Naser Abdo, 21, with possessing a destructive device, two days after he was arrested at a motel about three miles from the front gate of Fort Hood. He told authorities he planned to construct two bombs in the motel room using gunpowder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers and then detonate the explosives at a restaurant frequented by soldiers, court documents released Friday said.
NEWS
July 30, 2011 | By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
WACO, Texas - An AWOL soldier accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood was defiant during his first court appearance on Friday, yelling out the name of the Army psychiatrist blamed in the 2009 shooting rampage at the same Texas base. Federal prosecutors charged Pfc. Naser Abdo, 21, with possessing a destructive device, two days after he was arrested at a motel about three miles from the front gate of Fort Hood. He told authorities he planned to construct two bombs in the motel room using gunpowder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers and then detonate the explosives at a restaurant frequented by soldiers, court documents released Friday said.
NEWS
October 23, 2010
St. Malachy Church in Philadelphia will celebrate the third anniversary of the beatification of World War II conscientious objector Franz Jagerstatter at 6 p.m. Monday with a discussion of his life, followed by Mass. The church is at 1429 N. 11th St. Jagerstatter, a husband and father of three, was executed for his refusal to serve in the military under the Nazi regime in Austria. Beatification is the first step in the Catholic Church toward canonization as a saint.
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