March 27, 2013 |
Frank W. Wellons, 93, an engineering executive and former resident of the Philadelphia suburbs, died Friday, March 15, of pneumonia at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Wash. Mr. Wellons lived in Devon and West Chester for 72 years before moving to Seattle in January to be near his daughter, Amy. He was recognized as an expert in roller bearings and was instrumental in developing a version of the buffering mechanisms that were used in aircraft turbine power plants. He also helped develop international engineering standards for roller bearings, his family said.
March 21, 2013 |
Navy sailor Pasquale Troisi completed four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, served in combat, and had once dreamed of becoming a Navy SEAL. But during his most recent deployment, his chief responsibility was perhaps the closest to his heart: protecting military chaplains, doctors, and others who did not carry weapons. Troisi built his military career on a foundation of his strong Catholic faith, according to those who knew him. For Troisi's loved ones, that dedication to God and country has made the events of the past weeks even harder to accept.
March 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel appeared more at ease during his first day on the job at the Pentagon on Wednesday than he did during his turbulent confirmation process, as he repeatedly paid homage to a military that has been engulfed in war for nearly 12 years. Hagel, sworn in earlier in the day, is the only Vietnam combat veteran to serve as defense secretary. In his remarks Wednesday, the former enlisted infantryman did not dwell on his experience or the two Purple Hearts that he was awarded for wounds in combat.
January 4, 2013 |
SEOUL, South Korea - The South Korean military will punish pop star Rain for meeting with a top actress while on duty during his mandatory military service, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Paparazzi photos showing Rain meeting with Kim Tae-hee have raised suspicions that highly sought-after entertainers may be receiving special favors during their military service. The ministry denies Rain has received special treatment. However, Rain, an "entertainment soldier," broke rules by meeting with Kim at least three times late last year while on duty, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said in a briefing.
October 7, 2012 |
Louis W. Schneider, 97, of Glenmoore, who aided victims of war and poverty for more than four decades as an administrator with the American Friends Service Committee, died Thursday, Sept. 20, at his farm. Mr. Schneider grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and graduated from Union Theological Seminary. Mr. Schneider, whose grandfather and four uncles were Protestant ministers, then became a minister at a nondenominational church in Riverside, N.Y., after graduating from the seminary.
August 12, 2012 |
LONDON - The U.S. women's soccer team made no secret of the fact that Thursday's gold-medal showdown with Japan was a grudge match since Japan beat the Americans in penalty kicks in last summer's World Cup final. And, after their 2-1 win before a crowd of more than 80,000 at Wembley Stadium, the women learned that payback can make you rich. That's because each U.S. athlete who wins a gold medal in the London Games gets a cash reward of $25,000 from the United States Olympic Committee.
July 17, 2012
Mubarak leaves hospital for prison CAIRO - Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak returned to prison Monday after weeks in a top-line military hospital, a security official said. A prosecutor said that the 84-year-old former president's health had improved from several weeks ago, when he was reportedly on the brink of death. Others in Egypt see the move as an attempt to allay skepticism that officials sympathetic to Mubarak were exaggerating his health crisis to give him a more comfortable imprisonment.
July 4, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday dissolved a high-profile committee assigned to overhaul the country's military draft law to spread the burden among more sectors of society, conscripting ultra-Orthodox Jews and requiring Israeli Arabs to perform civilian service. The issue is one of the most charged in Israeli society and could create a coalition crisis. The country's secular majority considers the mass exemptions unjust, while the ultra-Orthodox say they are serving the state by serving God. Compulsory service for Israel's Arab minority is just as fraught.
July 4, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister on Tuesday moved to contain the first crisis in his newly expanded coalition government after his most significant partner threatened to quit in a dispute over how to overhaul the country's military draft. Benjamin Netanyahu is rushing to meet an Aug. 1 court deadline to end a contentious system that has exempted tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews from serving in the army. The issue is threatening to drive Netanyahu's new coalition partner, Kadima, out of the government, although he would retain a narrow parliamentary majority if Kadima bolted.