November 5, 2012 |
BAB AL-SALAMEH, Syria - Walking from Turkey into Syria at the Bab al-Salameh gate takes you down a long, desolate road flanked by high walls and barbed wire. Just beyond the barbed wire sits the Kilis refugee camp, holding thousands of desperate families who fled the bombs and shelling in towns just beyond the border. I crossed with staff from the Syrian Support Group, a Syrian American organization working to help officers of the Free Syrian Army set up a more coherent structure.
August 9, 2012 |
AMMAN, Jordan - Syria's prime minister completed his defection by crossing into Jordan at dawn Wednesday after two days of hiding inside his homeland, according to Jordanian officials and a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army. They described an operation that involved deceiving the news media into reporting that Prime Minister Riad Hijab had already made it to Jordan so that the Syrians would stop looking for him. FSA spokesman Ahmed Kassem, who told the Associated Press on Monday that Hijab had defected, said Wednesday that he had actually been inside Syrian territory for the last two days waiting to cross.
February 12, 2012 |
In 1982, I interviewed Syrian Information Minister Ahmed Iskander in Damascus, shortly after the regime had killed at least 10,000 people in the city of Hama. On his office wall hung a painting of an old Hama neighborhood with one of the waterwheels for which the city was famous. "That is our lovely city of Hama," he told me calmly. "It's perfectly peaceful. You should visit it someday. " He knew that I knew this neighborhood had been leveled to the ground. Back then, under the regime of Hafez al-Assad, there was no Internet or Skype to send out pictures of carnage.
December 4, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Nearly nine months into the Syrian uprising, many protesters are pinning their hopes on an increasingly bold group of army defectors to give their revolution a fighting chance against President Bashar al-Assad's fiercely loyal forces. But as the Free Syrian Army gains power, the defectors could make it harder for the West to give strong diplomatic support to a movement that so far has been largely peaceful. The FSA also could give the regime an excuse to crack down even more strongly, adding to the body count in a country where more than 4,000 people already have been killed since March.
November 15, 2011 |
The largest emergency homeless shelter in Bucks County will have a new operator on Jan. 1, when the Family Service Association (FSA) replaces the Red Cross. The agreement, announced Monday, concludes a five-month search by the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Operating the Bristol Township shelter did not fit the Red Cross' mission of disaster preparedness and relief, officials have said. The FSA, based in Langhorne, has been involved with the shelter since it was established 25 years ago. "We have a family health clinic here," FSA chief executive officer Audrey Tucker said after meeting with the shelter's staff, which will be retained.
April 13, 2011
Dear Harry: My employer has had a wonderful program of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for employees' medical expenses. I have allocated $2,000 a year to cover most of my uninsured costs. I have never left any of the money in the account at the end of the year, so none of it was forfeited. This year is a different story. I'm fearful that I may run short because of what I have just heard. Is it true that I may no longer be reimbursed for over-the-counter medicines that I take?
November 25, 2003 |
She danced with the Jos? Lim?n company in New York and ran her own dance troupe in Philadelphia for more than a decade. But these days Temple University dance professor Ann Vachon is more focused on preserving legacies than perfecting footwork. This year she took over as director of the Lim?n Institute, which licenses performances of the late Mexican American choreographer's works and runs a school. But there's another figure whose creative legacy she has worked to promote: her late father, photojournalist John Vachon.
January 3, 1997 |
New Year's Eve wasn't a cake walk for Cecelia Robinson. In fact, it was pretty busy. If you're a retailer or entertainer, you kind of expect it. But an optician? "They wait till the last dog dies to get in here," said Robinson, co-owner of Shel-Kel Optics Inc. in Mount Airy. "They say they have to spend the money before the end of the year. " The they who made her Tuesday a little longer were participants in flexible spending account - or FSA - health insurance accounts and others who had to exhaust insurance dollars before 1996 disappeared.
September 6, 1996 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission sought an injunction yesterday to prevent a Yardley company and its owner from continuing to receive investors' money. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the SEC alleged that William R. Palmer, through his Yardley company, Financial Services of America Inc., had defrauded investors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey of at least $1.6 million since 1992. A significant amount of the money from investors, according to the SEC, went to pay Palmer's credit card bills, rent on his condominium, and other personal and business expenses.
March 30, 1995 |
As the house at 30 Old York Rd. remains quiet and obviously vacant, the social service agency that owns it has won its latest battle. For almost three years, the nonprofit Family Services Association of Bucks County has tried to move ahead with plans to convert the house into a group home - known as Bucks Villa - for eight people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But a few neighbors have fought the proposed home, saying it would violate borough zoning laws because the eight residents could not be considered a family.