January 27, 2016
CALIFORNIA Hospital searched after gunfire report Authorities found no gunman or signs of a shooting on Tuesday after receiving a report from a Department of Defense employee that shots had been heard at one of the nation's largest naval medical facilities. The report of a shooting grabbed attention across the country and led to the lockdown of Naval Medical Center San Diego in Balboa Park. Authorities lifted the lockdown at nearby schools and hours later at the facility after military police finished a thorough sweep of the building.
January 19, 2016 |
The search continued Sunday for 12 Marines - including two from Pennsylvania - reported missing after two helicopters crashed late Thursday off the coast of Hawaii during a nighttime training mission. Among the missing are Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, of Malvern, and Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, a native of Gardners, Pa., located north of Gettysburg in Cumberland County. By late Sunday, military officials had released only the names, ages and hometowns of the Marines. Rescuers battled high waves that dispersed debris from the aircraft and complicated the search in the waters off Oahu.
December 28, 2015 |
SAN DIEGO - A University of San Diego professor's protest against discrimination toward Muslims resulted in a campus controversy when she and students wore stars similar to those Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany and Europe before the Holocaust. Representatives of various Jewish groups called the protest an inappropriate use of an image that should not be misappropriated. "While the intentions may have been very good, the appropriation of a symbol that carries so much weight in the Jewish community was not a good choice," said Michael Rabkin, executive director of Hillel of San Diego.
December 11, 2015 |
FOR THE lucky few, the next few months are known as awards season. For the unlucky many, it's snub season. With the Golden Globe nominations announced yesterday (see Page 34), the Washington Post was quick to weigh in on those who were unfairly (or fairly) dissed. The Post cited broadcast TV as a major loser this year, with almost all the nods going to pay-cable and streaming services and individually called out "The Americans," "Black-ish," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Inside Amy Schumer " as shows that were underappreciated.
December 11, 2015
THIS WEEK, I spent one unseasonably warm evening at St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne, listening to children, kindergarten through fourth-graders, sing Christmas songs while struggling to act as grown up as they'd been dressed up to be (never saw so many miniature bow ties in my life, and I used to teach at a boys' school). On the whole, they succeeded. The singing part, that is, which was angelic. The grown up part was a bit harder because the equation "7 p.m. + late dinner + under 10 + grandparents snapping photos" yields lots of energy.
December 5, 2015 |
In 2002, Nicholas Thalasinos resigned his job with the Cape May County Health Department and left for San Bernardino, Calif., where he took a similar job as an inspector, married a woman he met in a quirky online group, and went from being Greek Orthodox to identifying as a Messianic Jew. On Wednesday, the father of two, remembered in New Jersey as a hard worker and nice guy who kept in touch with old co-workers, became one of 14 people killed by...
December 4, 2015
I DIDN'T KILL three people at Planned Parenthood. I didn't wake up one morning, forget to take my meds, get my fill at some of my favorite pornographic websites, smoke a few joints, load up my (probably registered) semi-automatic, pull out my map, get in my car, drive toward the clinic in Colorado Springs and take aim. I didn't scream about Jesus to my neighbors while cheating on my significant other-of-the-moment, produce numerous children with numerous partners, abuse my spouse, gamble, or call people who kill abortionists "heroes.
December 3, 2015 |
The victims of a double homicide Sunday in Hatfield Borough were identified Tuesday by Montgomery County authorities. Gretchen Viglione, 48, was killed in her home by a gunshot to the head. Her son, Robert Peploe, 28, who also lived in the house, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, the Coroner's Office said. Paul Marshall, 48, who owned the house, was found in the same room dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was ruled a suicide. Neighbors told 6ABC that Marshall and Viglione were engaged.
November 27, 2015
GROWING UP in a world where irony and humor are banned by governmental fiat is a dangerous thing. It turns healthy human beings into all-purpose victims. I've written about this before when the kids at Yale and Mizzou got their pre-Paris attack 15 minutes of fame which, by the way, they were annoyed at losing when the grown-ups took control of the news cycle. But really, it's the gift that keeps on giving, and since this is the week when we talk about gratitude and happiness, who am I to reject another example of millennial idiocy?
November 26, 2015 |
Kenneth R. Rocks Sr., 65, an Army paratrooper and Philadelphia city patrolman who rose to become a vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, died Saturday, Nov. 21, of lung cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. A longtime Philadelphian, he had retired to Lewes, Del., in 2010. "The world lost a great man yesterday," a niece, Claire Rocks, wrote on Facebook. "Protect and serve: It was not just a job, it was a way of being. This wasn't just for his family but also for the rest of the country, as he served in the Vietnam War, and as a Philadelphia police officer and FOP leader.