December 6, 2013 |
Seth Berger probably had to pinch himself - and more than once. In January, a man from Greece called Westtown and inquired about visiting the Quaker school with his then-15-year-old son and possibly enrolling him for the fall semester. The prospective student just happened to be Georgios Papagiannis, a 7-foot-1, 240-pound center who many, including Berger, believe could be a first-round selection - maybe even a lottery pick - in the 2016 NBA draft. Word spread in the spring that the wunderkind, who at 14 drew NBA scouts to a Greek Basket League game, was indeed coming to the United States.
November 29, 2013 |
For a kid who grew up along the trolley tracks just outside of West Philadelphia, it's amazing how a few olive trees in Greece can always bring tears to my eyes. It happened again in September, as I said goodbye to my mother's farmer-sister, set to walk across the village of Asopos, and turned that first corner where, eventually, she and all the others were no longer in view. Because, for the last two decades, here is how it has gone down every time I've hit that corner: I realize the time with family is over.
April 2, 1990 |
Center City took on aspects of Athens yesterday for a celebration of Greek Independence Day with a parade that included guards of the Royal Army (far left), and a float from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with Debbie Kiziriglou, 17, and Alex Varkados, 22, portraying the Virgin Mary and the angel Gabriel. A wreath-laying at the Liberty Bell by state Supreme Court Justice Nicholas P. Papadakos also marked the 169th anniversary of the struggle that ended Greece's domination by the Turks.
May 15, 2012
Concerns grew that Greece's departure from the euro was near. Yet there were also hints that a new phase of talks with European lenders could begin. A3.
November 4, 2011 |
ATHENS, Greece - Greece was in turmoil and the world economy in limbo Thursday as political brinkmanship in Athens led Prime Minister George Papandreou to abandon his explosive plan to put a European rescue deal to a referendum. The developments overshadowed the G20 summit of world leaders in the French resort of Cannes, where President Obama implored European leaders to work out a eurozone plan quickly to deal with the continent's crisis, which threatens to push the world back into recession.
November 18, 2012 |
ATHENS, Greece - Greeks took to the streets by the tens of thousands on Saturday to commemorate the 39th anniversary of a deadly student uprising against the country's former dictatorship. While the marches went on peacefully, clashes between anarchists and police erupted briefly in the capital, Athens and Greece's second-largest city of Thessaloniki, in both cases far from where the marches took place. Police announced they detained 70 people in Athens and 19 in Thessaloniki. With more than 6,000 police deployed in the city center, protesters marched from the National Technical University of Athens, where the 1973 uprising kicked off, to the U.S. Embassy.
May 11, 2012 |
ATHENS, Greece - Hopes rose slightly Thursday that Greece could end its post-electoral deadlock without having to hold new elections, as international partners warned that Athens must stick to its hugely unpopular austerity program or abandon the euro. Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos, who received the presidential mandate to try and form a government after two other party chiefs failed, said a meeting Thursday with a left-wing potential kingmaker had proved encouraging. If this third mandate fails, President Karolos Papoulias will convene party leaders in a last-ditch effort to get a deal - otherwise new elections will be held in a month.
July 1, 2011
ATHENS, Greece - Greece has faced down street violence and strikes for the sake of financial aid it was promised and needs to avoid bankruptcy. Now its fellow European countries will be expected to come up with a second rescue package to convince investors that the 17-nation euro will survive the debt crisis. A new austerity package that lawmakers cleared in Athens is required to get more rescue loans but will force deep changes on all parts of society. Minimum wages will be taxed more and key assets like water, gas and oil companies will be sold, possibly to foreigners.
September 6, 1997 |
After the snub of 1996, the Olympics are returning to their Greek birthplace in 2004. Athens was awarded the first Summer Games of the new millennium yesterday, bringing the Olympics to the Greek capital for the first time since the modern games began in 1896. "We're giving back to the Greeks what they gave to us," International Olympic Committee member Jacques Rogge said. "The extra value of the Greek tradition made the difference. " The decision set off celebrations in the streets of Athens, where young people linked arms in traditional Greek dances near the Acropolis and motorists honked in joy. Some of the jubilant Athenians said the decision was a sweet payback for Greece's devastating loss to Atlanta for the 1996 Centennial Games.
September 27, 1986 |
There is a wall map of Greece beside Paul Kotrotsios' desk. A colored pushpin marks the city of Yiannena, which once was his home, just as other pushpins mark the former homes of other employees of the Greek Radio Network of America, based in Media. The red pin stuck into the southern city of Kalamata is there for a different reason: It marks disaster. Ever since Sept. 13, when an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale severely damaged the seaside city, the cable radio station has directed its efforts toward relieving the town's distress.