May 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House released 100 pages of e-mails Wednesday that reveal differences between intelligence analysts and State Department officials over how to initially describe the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The internal debate did not include political interference from the White House, according to the e-mails, which were also provided to congressional intelligence committees several months ago. Since the assault that killed four Americans, Republicans have accused President Obama and his senior advisers of mischaracterizing the attack during a close reelection campaign.
May 16, 2013 |
A POSTAGE stamp for Wilt? According to a recent report, the late Wilt Chamberlain, an NBA star who starred at Overbrook High, is on the short list of those being considered for next year's U.S. Stamp Program. In the upcoming May 27 issue of Linn's Stamp News, Bill McAllister reports that Wilt, the Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Jobs, Julia Child, Sarah Vaughn and James Brown are among those on the list. According to Donald Hunt, of the Philadelphia Tribune, the Chamberlain stamp is tentatively scheduled to be issued in February, which coincides with Black History Month.
May 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Political considerations influenced the talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Benghazi, Libya, with State Department and other senior administration officials asking that references to terror groups and prior warnings be deleted, according to department e-mails. The latest disclosures Friday raised new questions about whether the Obama administration tried to play down any terrorist factor in the attack on a diplomatic compound just weeks before the November presidential election.
May 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he's determined to answer any questions related to the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, as the House Republican leader pushed for more information from the Obama administration. One day after a lengthy House hearing on the Sept. 11 attack, Kerry told reporters as he traveled overseas that anyone culpable of wrongdoing will be dealt with appropriately. But he's withholding judgment on testimony in Congress suggesting that senior State Department officials were pressured or demoted for objecting to the administration's initial and since-debunked explanations for the attacks.
April 30, 2013 |
JACK McBRIDE'S DOOR was always open. Friends, friends of friends, his sons' friends - all were welcome to drop in anytime, check out the refrigerator, have a meal, sleep over if they wanted to. A happy, congenial Irishman, Jack was the kind of guy who always gave of himself, whether it was to his five sons, his cherished grandkids or his many friends. Jack was there with an open door and an open heart. And his grandkids could wrap him around their fingers. They were spoiled rotten by Grandad.
April 19, 2013 |
OXFORD, Miss. - A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Obama and a senator that tested positive for the poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge days after the Boston Marathon bombings. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. at his apartment in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line about 100 miles east of Memphis. It was not immediately known where he was being held.
April 12, 2013 |
With his Devo-esque brand of electronic music and highly physical live performances, Dan Deacon has been a Philly favorite since 2007's Spiderman of the Rings . Deacon thinks as much of this town as its fans do of him. "It's a major DIY city, with a good scene and a lot of community-based spaces that remind me of Baltimore," says Deacon, recalling his hometown. Deacon returns to Philly this weekend, not only to hype his Record Store Day exclusive, "Konono Ripoff No. 1," an homage to the legendary Congolese band Konono Nº1 ("I've been playing that music live for years and tried to record it, unfinished, until this," he says)
March 31, 2013 |
The U.S. Postal Service slogan is: "If it fits, it ships. " Evidently, however, a Philadelphia man learned the hard way that some restrictions apply. On Tuesday, police in Cheltenham Township received a tip that a delivery to an apartment complex would contain a "large amount of drugs. " They were alerted that the package would be picked up by a man driving a white Infiniti, police said in a statement released Friday. When Lawrence Rowe Graham, 31, of Philadelphia, the driver, showed up to claim the package at the Towers of Wyncote apartment complex in the 8400 block of Limekiln Pike, police with a drug-sniffing dog were on hand to greet him. Police said the parcel contained 17 pounds of high-grade marijuana that they valued at more than $150,000.
March 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are traveling less and worrying more about meeting office salaries. Their aides are contending with long lines to get inside their offices and fewer prospects of a raise. Such are the indignities thrust upon the men and women who this month brought the country $85 billion in government spending cuts. There probably won't be much sympathy for a senator or Congress member making $174,000 a year who is in no danger of being furloughed or laid off, at least until the next election.
March 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The spending bill passed by Congress on Thursday appears to continue the requirement for six-day mail delivery, but some lawmakers and postal officials say plans to cut Saturday service should proceed. The financially troubled Postal Service announced last month that it would switch in August to five-day service for first-class mail and continue six-day package delivery. The government at the time was running on a temporary spending measure and postal officials invited lawmakers to spell out the way ahead in the 2013 spending bill.