March 20, 2016
La Lancha is a boutique hotel near Guatemala's second-largest lake, Peten Itza, and a 90-minute drive from the Mayan ruins at Tikal. Rates: $149-$445. Cost includes free WiFi and a continental breakfast. Information: 800-746-3743, 011-502-7928-8331, thefamilycoppolaresorts.com.
January 1, 2016
HAWAII Executive action on guns expected President Obama is expected to take executive action next week to expand background checks on gun sales, according to an individual whose gun-control advocacy group has been briefed by administration officials about the timing. The person was not authorized to discuss details before the announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. White House officials would not confirm the timing. Spokesman Eric Schultz said the president would prefer that Congress act, but he knows that prospect is unlikely.
November 6, 2015 |
Growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, Phedel Saye played soccer in the streets of his country's capital. His parents, Wilfred and Helena, encouraged him to play as often as he could, so much so that the forward joked that they "forced him" outside sometimes. When he was 12 years old, Saye and his family left Liberia. But before that, for seven years, he learned how to play the game in much different conditions than those of a grassy yard. After he moved to Philadelphia, he took his talents to Northeast.
September 17, 2015 |
IT MIGHT not sound like much, but Christopher Jones was proud of having deciphered the Mayan words for "mother" and "father. " To nonexperts, hieroglyphs might look like a lot of childish doodling, but to archaeologists, like Christopher Jones, they tell stories, recount history and maybe make a grocery list. So, being able to transcribe a couple of words is considered a feat among those who dig in the dirt around ancient temples and monuments where people lived and thrived in the centuries before the birth of Christ.
May 31, 2015 |
Artsy. Edgy. Transitional. Distinctive tags describing Old City. But Ted Newbold, who owns a rowhouse here with wife Helen Cunningham, called the area home back when descriptions such as warehouse and fashionable weren't commingled. Newbold, 84, an urban pioneer, is a descendant of Nathan Trotter, founder of Nathan Trotter & Co. Inc., a metal-products company established on Front Street in 1789. In the 1950s, he worked for the firm and lived in Society Hill and on Elfreth's Alley.
November 11, 2013 |
THREE YEARS AGO, Brennan O'Donnell, now 17, wanted to see the world and make a difference. So O'Donnell, who lives in Flourtown but has family roots in the city's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, joined Teenagers Inc., an organization based there that allows teens to get involved with community service - both in the city's Northwest neighborhoods and abroad, with an annual 10-day service trip to Guatemala. O'Donnell, a senior at LaSalle High School, is now gearing up for his fourth service trip to Guatemala.
December 13, 2012 |
MIAMI - Antivirus software founder John McAfee arrived in the United States on Wednesday night after being deported from Guatemala, where he had sought to evade police questioning in the killing of a man in neighboring Belize. The American Airlines commercial jet carrying McAfee landed in Miami shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, said Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin. A short time later, a posting on McAfee's website announced that he was at a hotel in Miami's upscale South Beach neighborhood.
November 8, 2012
Guatemala quake kills at least 48 SAN MARCOS, Guatemala - A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Guatemala on Wednesday, killing at least 48 people as it toppled thick adobe walls, shook huge landslides down onto highways, and sent terrified villagers streaming into the streets of this idyllic mountain town near the border with Mexico. One hundred people were missing, and hundreds were injured. The quake, which hit at 10:35 a.m., caused terror over an unusually wide area, with damage reported in all but one of Guatemala's 22 states.
September 14, 2012 |
ESCUINTLA, Guatemala - A long-simmering volcano exploded into a series of powerful eruptions outside one of Guatemala's most famous tourist areas Thursday, hurling thick clouds of ash nearly two miles high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks, and prompting evacuation orders for more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities. Guatemala's head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the evacuees were ordered to leave some 17 villages around the Volcan del Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest from the colonial city of Antigua, a popular tourist area and home to 45,000 people.
September 13, 2012 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The United States rebounded from a loss at Jamaica in World Cup qualifying, beating the Reggae Boyz, 1-0, Tuesday night as Herculez Gomez curled a free kick in the 55th minute. The U.S. scored after Clint Dempsey was fouled by Rodolph Austin. The U.S. is tied with Guatemala (2-1-1) at seven points in Group A of the North and Central American and Caribbean semifinals. Jamaica (2-1-1) also has seven points but trails on goal difference.