September 2, 1990 |
To make sense of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's claims that Kuwait is really part of Iraq, it helps to go back nearly 70 years to a meeting in a tent in the Arabian desert, where a British high commissioner arbitrarily drew what became the Kuwait-Iraq border. One night in November 1922, Sir Percy Cox, Britain's representative in Baghdad, summoned to his tent Sheik Ibn Saud, soon to become ruler of Saudi Arabia. Cox announced in sharp tones that, in view of an impasse on boundary disputes, he would decide the borders of Arab nations.
March 13, 2013 |
TO AT LEAST some Delaware Valley residents, early morning, rush-hour-traffic hassles have looked a lot better since August. Not that things have improved on the Blue Route or I-295, but the snafus have been monitored for Fox 29's morning news and gabfest "Good Day Philadelphia" by Kacie McDonnell. If the buzz is to be believed, she is well on her way to becoming Philly TV's next It Girl. There are plenty of folks - especially those who used to fall under the heading of "red-blooded American males" - who may assume that they get why the 5-foot-4-inch, hazel-eyed, raven-haired Pottsville native is garnering such attention.
October 27, 1996 |
Since we were in the neighborhdd traveling through Italy, we thought we'd bop in on San Marino for lunch. San Marino is one of those cute little European countries that have managed to wangle their way through history as independent entities while the rest of the continent bumps and grinds through rough-and-tumble times. Along with Andorra, Monaco, Liechtenstein and Vatican City, San Marino relies on the good humor of the rest of the world to let it stay cute, little and independent.
December 2, 2013
Council chores first In a city with so many problems, I find it outrageous that Councilman David Oh and most of his peers are considering a charter change that would let them run for higher office while on Council ("Resign-to-run change gains in City Council," Nov. 23). Before they figuratively line up again at the trough, Council members should devote themselves to efforts that promote growth and prosperity in Philadelphia. They should rethink the business-killing tax structure that has robbed us of so many employers, buy down the staggering pension-fund deficit and rethink pensions for new hires, design a public education system that works, and streamline a government that has nearly as many employees as when 2 million people lived here.
May 8, 1986 |
Despite President Reagan's ban on U.S. business dealings with Libya, the Pentagon will be permitted to buy a fleet of new bulldozers built by a company partly owned by Moammar Khadafy's government. "An award to a wholly owned subsidiary of a foreign corporation that is 15 percent owned by the government of Libya will not violate the Libyan sanctions regulations severing all direct economic relations with that government," concluded the General Accounting Office, which routinely adjudicates government contracting disputes.
December 21, 2011 |
Looking like a cross between an imperial storm trooper's helmet and a Dustbuster, the innovative 2012 Hyundai Veloster exudes offbeat charm, but needs refinement. A noisy interior, poor iPod and phone compatibility, and troublingly large blind spots reduce the appeal of its great looks, good handling, and appealing price. The Veloster's striking styling will win it plenty of fans. The aggressive front end features slots, scoops, and LED running lights. A tapering roofline and scalloped flanks create an equally attractive profile.
May 14, 1986 |
After initially suggesting that they were bound to award the contract to the lowest bidder, Pentagon officials reversed themselves yesterday and suggested they would try to avoid giving a $7.9 million contract for bulldozers to Fiat because the company is partially owned by Libya. "We're concerned that no profits resulting from our contracts end up in Libya," said Glenn Flood, the Pentagon spokesman. "We don't want that. " Flood said that Pentagon attorneys were reviewing existing regulations to determine whether there was any way to reject the bid by Fiat-Allis to build 178 combat bulldozers for the Marine Corps.
May 3, 1986 |
Some senators are incredulous, but Pentagon officials insist they had no choice but to award a $7.9 million contract for combat bulldozers to an Italian company in which the Libyan government has 15 percent ownership. Since the company, Fiat-Allis, was the low bidder, the Pentagon's legal opinion was that it must get the work, Fred C. Ikle, undersecretary of defense for policy, told a Senate subcommittee Thursday. Since 1977, Fiat, the Italian car company and parent company of Fiat-Allis SpA, has been partly owned by the state-run Libyan-Arab Foreign Investment Bank.
March 25, 2007 |
A last-minute goal by Kyle Fiat capped a long comeback as the Wings pulled out a 12-11 win over the Chicago Shamrox in a National Lacrosse League game last night at the Wachovia Center. The Wings had not held the lead until the winning goal was scored. Goalie Matt Roik stopped all 10 Chicago shots in the fourth quarter to break a four-game losing streak. Sean Greenhalgh led the Wings with four goals and two assists. Athan Iannucci scored three goals and Jake Bergey added a pair for the Wings.
May 16, 1986 |
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger, citing national security concerns, has decided to reject a controversial $7.9 million military contract with a company that is partially owned by the Libyan government, a Pentagon spokesman announced yesterday. Robert Sims said Weinberger made his decision out of concern that the Libyan government would benefit if the Pentagon awarded a contract for 178 combat tractors to Fiat-Allis, a subsidiary of Fiat SpA, which is 15 percent owned by a government-owned Libyan bank.