May 17, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - A plan to turn Mali into a stable democracy rather than a terrorist haven drew massive support Wednesday as various nations and international groups pledged $4.22 billion to help reconstruct the West African nation. The objective of the donors' conference in Brussels had been to raise $2.6 billion to support a $5.6 billion plan drafted by Malian officials aimed at helping what many observers view as a failed state reemerge as a stable, secure democracy. By Wednesday evening, the pledges made far exceeded that goal.
May 16, 2013
Downingtown East senior Jay Harris will be pursuing a rap career instead of heading to Michigan State on a football scholarship. Sports, D3.
May 13, 2013 |
From the broken concrete of Deemer's Beach, you can see north up the Delaware River toward Philadelphia, south down Delaware Bay toward the Atlantic, and east over two miles of sun-tipped waves to hazy New Jersey to get a sense of what people lost when they turned their backs on the waterfront. "There was the tidal bathing pool, and the trolley, and the baseball ground, and the roller rink, and the dance hall, and the arcade, and the 1,500-foot-pier, and the place where the Wilson Line ships used to dock," said Harold West, owner of the property since 1987.
May 10, 2013 |
IN AN IDEAL basketball world the 76ers would be set to move forward with a new coach, perhaps a new president, maybe a new general manager or at least word that the one in place (Tony DiLeo) will be here beyond June 30, when his contract expires. Since April 18, when it was announced that coach Doug Collins was resigning and majority owner Josh Harris stated that the organization is now basically a blank canvas, we have heard nothing from the team. There have been reports of background checks on perspective coaches, various names thrown about as to whom may replace Collins.
May 9, 2013 |
NETANYA, Israel - The huge reservoirs of natural gas discovered off the coast of Israel now flowing toward shore have the potential to transform the once energy-strapped country into a lean, green manufacturing machine - capable of supplying cheap, clean energy to its citizens, factories, and vehicles for a generation. Until now bereft of the petroleum bonanza that created the modern Middle East, Israel suddenly finds itself a major player in the Mediterranean, and perhaps even the European, natural gas market.
May 2, 2013 |
CHICAGO - A 2-year-old born without a windpipe now has one grown from her own stem cells, the world's youngest patient to benefit from the experimental treatment. Hannah Warren has been unable to breathe, eat, drink, or swallow on her own since she was born in South Korea in 2010. Until the operation at an Illinois hospital, she had spent her entire life in a hospital in Seoul. Doctors there had told her parents there was no hope. The stem cells came from Hannah's bone marrow, extracted with a special needle inserted into her hip bone.
May 2, 2013 |
Looking at unraced horses, hundreds of them, plucking out a thoroughbred with a future, maybe even in the Kentucky Derby - it takes a certain confidence. Tom McGreevy had it even before he began picking horses out. On his first day on Penn State's campus as a transfer student in 1972, McGreevy knocked on the head football coach's door. He wanted a tryout as a placekicker. "I think we have enough kickers," Joe Paterno told him. McGreevy, who believed Penn State's kickers had been lousy, persisted, explaining he'd been practicing for a couple of years before transferring over from York College.
May 2, 2013 |
Air-traffic controller furloughs ended over the weekend. Snarled operations that caused delays for travelers, especially in the New York City area, are back to normal. But no one knows for sure what the legislation untangling the situation, passed by Congress and signed by the president, will mean for 149 small airport traffic-control towers slated for reduced hours or closure June 15 because of the federal spending cuts. Airfields affected by the closures - including Trenton-Mercer Airport, where Frontier Airlines now flies to 10 cities, and the Harrisburg, Latrobe, and Lancaster airports in Pennsylvania - are hopeful the transfer of up to $253 million from an airport-improvement program to prevent reduced operations and staffing through Sept.
April 26, 2013 |
It was at the height of the mango season in west Kenya that Phil Hughes saw a way to bend the future. He was a Peace Corps volunteer at the time, 10 years ago. And the mangoes were, well, awesome - creamily lush and sweet, a variety called Ngowe, indigenous to Zanzibar, reddish-yellow. They were beautiful things. Hughes is not an animated speaker. But over a salad at the Reading Terminal Market one recent afternoon, he was getting worked up recalling his days in Africa. "Most of the year you can't get mangoes.
April 25, 2013 |
The little East Greenwich Library operated for 57 years on a shoestring budget and the efforts of an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Four years ago, the Gloucester County Library System took it over at the local library association's request. Then the county system decided that the library was too small, too expensive, and too little used. Last month, the county Library Commission announced that it was not renewing the lease on the four-room redbrick schoolhouse where the library is housed, so the facility will close in January 2014.