December 23, 2015 |
HOLLIS, N.H. - As he fielded questions from New Hampshire voters Sunday night - summoning emotional stories about the days after Hurricane Sandy - Gov. Christie turned the floor over to another governor. "If you've got a tough decision to make, Chris Christie's the right guy. Some people don't realize what a loving, caring guy he is," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told the crowd at the Peterborough town hall. He then recounted advice Christie gave him during the recent Baltimore riots: "He told me to get up to Baltimore, show some leadership.
March 19, 2015 |
Willy Herbst, 93, of Philadelphia, a Holocaust survivor who later helped free prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp, died Tuesday, March 10, of complications from a hip fracture at the Hearth at Drexel in Bala Cynwyd. Mr. Herbst was born in Zaberfeld, Germany, and trained as a baker in Heidelberg. In 1939, at 18, he was among the Jewish men sent to the Paderborn concentration camp by the Nazis to perform forced labor. According to an oral history Mr. Herbst gave the Jewish Virtual Library, he collapsed while being marched to a quarry in late 1939.
May 10, 2014 |
Few TV shows have caused such heated debate in Germany as last year's Generation War , a three-part, 279-minute mini-series about WWII that aired on the nation's public TV network. Distinguished by solid acting, high production values, and slick editing, the story follows five young friends as they travel very different paths through Germany from 1941, when the Nazis were at the height of their power, to the war's disastrous aftermath. The story is narrated by the group's idealist, Wilhelm, an infantry lieutenant with a promising military career who fights out of a sense of duty, not ideology.
May 2, 2014
WELCOME TO Wonderland, home of Brotherly Love, Sisterly Affection and kowtowing to criminals - alleged, convicted, foreign and domestic. We start with a rogues' gallery of Philly cops who were videotaped with their hands in the cookie jars (or down women's pants) who didn't seem quite guilty enough for our D.A. to prosecute. (After an uproar, he is reviewing claims women were groped.) That's domestic. From abroad, we have "immigrants" (which is what language-abusing apologists call them, foreswearing the precedent "illegal")
August 12, 2013 |
Say what you will about Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, and plenty of people have, at least he's not known as "Governor Flintstone. " That would be Maine's Paul LePage, a fellow Republican that national pundits have listed alongside Corbett as an incumbent governor likely to lose in 2014. "Dead men walking," Politico recently called the two. And there are some similarities. Both have underwater approval ratings, and each has a frosty relationship with his legislature. But LePage, a bedrock tea party warrior, has earned his Stone Age nickname with a hard-edged and sometimes vulgar approach to politics that makes Corbett seem like a cuddly and softspoken centrist.
July 10, 2012
Texas refuses key health-care items LOS ANGELES - Texas turned down an expansion of Medicaid coverage and said it would not create a state-run health-care insurance exchange. In a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry laid out his objections. "I will not be party to socializing health care," said Perry, whose bid for the GOP presidential nomination fell flat this year, "and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding principles of limited government.
August 9, 2011 |
CANBERRA, Australia - Australian Nancy Wake, who as a spy became one the Allies' most decorated servicewomen for her role in the French Resistance during World War II, died in London Sunday, officials said yesterday. She was 98. Trained by British intelligence in espionage and sabotage, Wake helped to arm and lead 7,000 Resistance fighters in weakening German defenses before the D-Day invasion in the last months of the war. While distributing weapons, money and code books in Nazi-occupied France, she evaded capture many times and reached the top of the Gestapo's wanted list, according to her biographer, Peter FitzSimons.
September 18, 2009 |
Ole Christian Madsen, the Danish director of the exquisitely shot, exciting World War II film Flame & Citron, knows his Hollywood. Set in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen during the final years of the war, Flame is a terrific, if sometimes monotonous, real-life thriller about two members of the Holger Danske resistance movement whose heroism earned them each a posthumous Medal of Honor. With its moody, noir lighting and poetic voice-over, Flame rehearses virtually every element of the classic genre piece: violence, sex and romance, gunplay, spies, betrayals, a femme fatale, and a murderous Gestapo officer.
February 11, 2007 |
In 1999, all over Pennsylvania, thousands of people strapped for cash lined up at the storefront offices of a short-term loan company. They got money, fast, from a bank called Crusader, headed by a self-made millionaire named Tom Knox. The loans averaged $250 apiece. But the interest was so steep that community activists cried foul, and federal regulators zeroed in on the bank. Eighteen months after it began making these so-called payday loans, Crusader, under pressure from regulators, agreed to stop.