April 20, 2016
JUNEAU, Alaska - A man who teaches classes on the outdoors was mauled by a bear Monday during a mountaineering class in the Alaska Panhandle, according to a university spokeswoman. Forest Wagner, 35, of Fairbanks, was with a group of 12 students on Mount Emmerich near Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked, according to University of Alaska Southeast spokeswoman Kate Bausler. A student hiked down the mountain to get cell reception and call for help. Alaska State Troopers got a call from the Haines Police Department at about noon Monday.
April 14, 2016
A Russian Mi-28 helicopter crashed in Syria Tuesday, according to a statement by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Its two crew members were killed, and the aircraft was said to have crashed because of technical reasons. Reports on social media indicated that the helicopter, known in Russia as the Mi-28 Night Hunter and among NATO countries as the Havoc, is an advanced gunship that appears to have first arrived in Syria in November but has only recently been used extensively in combat.
March 4, 2016 |
Leonard J. LaVassar, 97, formerly of Media, a helicopter test pilot and aviation industry pioneer, died Monday, Feb. 29, of pneumonia at Brandywine Senior Living at Haverford Estates. Mr. LaVassar learned to fly with the federal government's Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1938. He was a pilot for Pan American Ferries, transporting military equipment to Africa, before he joined the Navy in July 1942, hoping to see combat in World War II. Instead, the Navy trained him as a flight instructor, and he became so skilled that he was sent to train pilots at the Naval Air Station near Peru, Ind., said niece Margaret "Meg" Bowden Wolf.
January 19, 2016 |
The search continued Sunday for 12 Marines - including two from Pennsylvania - reported missing after two helicopters crashed late Thursday off the coast of Hawaii during a nighttime training mission. Among the missing are Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, of Malvern, and Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, a native of Gardners, Pa., located north of Gettysburg in Cumberland County. By late Sunday, military officials had released only the names, ages and hometowns of the Marines. Rescuers battled high waves that dispersed debris from the aircraft and complicated the search in the waters off Oahu.
January 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Do you think parents should intervene in arguments between 10-year-olds? My daughter, "Amy," was playing at a neighbor's house with two other girls, and they had an argument over something stupid. The neighbor's daughter, "Kathy," started to cry, so her mother asked my daughter and the other girl to leave because they had upset Kathy. Afterward, she called and wanted me to punish my daughter for upsetting hers. I didn't do it, because I think 10-year-olds are old enough to make amends with each other.
September 27, 2015 |
Mom was on the phone from Queens with a message for Philly. "Philly should feel so fabulously, wonderfully blessed," Patsy Newall was saying. I know, Mom. "It should be ecstatic and so proud to welcome him with open arms. " You're right, Mom. "Your last column on the pope wasn't strong enough. You weren't as excited as you should be. " OK, Mom. The spirit was really moving through her. She had been driving down Flatbush Avenue, on her way home from the Meat Supreme grocery store, when the man on the radio said the pope's helicopter had just left JFK airport.
September 1, 2015 |
Lunch time is less busy at Little Anthony's Pizza in Coatesville this month than it was in June. "Thirty percent of the lunch crowd lost," owner Mark Madanat said. Many of those lost customers worked at nearby Sikorsky Global Helicopter, which this summer began shedding 720 employees over 12 months from its Coatesville plant. Two doors down from the pizza parlor on Lincoln Highway, John Keesey has seen business for his shop, Keesey's Airport Automotive, dry up, too. "We used to get four cars a day from Sikorsky," he said.
July 28, 2015 |
DON'T DOUBT the "Ant-Man. " The diminutive superhero finished first again at the box office, narrowly beating out "Pixels," $24.8 million to $24 million. Critics crushed "Pixels," which combined two things reviewers usually hate: video games and Adam Sandler . An estimated 62 percent of "Pixels" goers were under 25. Age or IQ? Holdovers "Minions" and "Trainwreck" took the third and fourth spots with $22.1 million and $17.3 million, respectively. The R-rated boxing drama "Southpaw" surpassed expectations and finished fifth with a $16.5 million opening.
June 25, 2015
PHILLY, MEET Scott Wagner. He's a 59-year old first-term Republican state senator from (Gov. Wolf's home) York County who's loathed by unions, loved by conservatives and a growing force in the GOP Legislature. He wants to cut government costs, government pensions, taxes and regulations. He's a self-described rough-edged "garbage man who never graduated college. " But he's also a wealthy biz-guy - owns trucking and trash firms - who made Pennsylvania political history.
June 15, 2015 |
The prospect of layoffs at a Chester County helicopter manufacturer means more than a lost job for Brian Newhouse. "I love it," he said of his work. "It's a passion. " An Alabama native with a salt-and-pepper beard, Newhouse served in the military and moved around the South before starting at Sikorsky Global Helicopter in Coatesville eight years ago. "I've been here long enough to love the area, to make new friends and get to know people I consider family, and I would hate to leave," the 51-year-old said.