July 10, 2014 |
Two Philadelphia officials say deteriorated rubble stone and mortar, set in place in the early 1900s, caused the sudden collapse of two Cobbs Creek rowhouses Monday. As a demolition crew worked Tuesday to tear down the pancaked homes, the commissioner and emergency services director of the Department of Licenses and Inspections said "the content and structure" of a foundation, made of rubble stone and mortar, under the party wall connecting 6015 and 6017 Spruce St. had broken down over decades.
March 29, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Mortar shells crashed into an outdoor cafe at Damascus University on Thursday, killing at least 10 students in the deadliest of a rising number of mortar attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital. The strikes have escalated as rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad try to enter the city, terrifying civilians whose support the opposition needs to advance its cause. It was unclear who fired the rounds. The government blamed "terrorists," its blanket term for those fighting Assad's regime.
March 20, 2013 |
HAWTHORNE, Nev. - A mortar shell explosion killed eight Marines and injured a half-dozen more during mountain warfare training in Nevada's high desert, prompting the Pentagon to immediately halt the use of some of the weapons worldwide until an investigation can determine their safety, officials said Tuesday. The explosion occurred Monday night at the Hawthorne Army Depot, a facility used by troops heading overseas, during an exercise involving the Second Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Lejeune, N.C. Several Marines from the unit were injured in the blast, authorities said.
October 11, 2012
By Brian Mello and Mark Stein The violence in Syria strayed beyond the country's borders last week, when mortar fire fell on the Turkish town of Akçakale, killing a woman and four children. The Turkish parliament moved quickly to authorize military retaliation, and Turkish mortars targeted Syrian military sites. Exchanges of mortar fire continued over the weekend. This marked a new phase in which one of Syria's neighbors was drawn into the fighting. Will the crisis grow into a regional war?
October 8, 2012 |
AKCAKALE, TURKEY - Turkey and Syria fired artillery and mortars across their volatile border for a fifth consecutive day on Sunday, in one of the most serious and prolonged flare-ups of violence along the frontier. The exchange of fire stoked fears that Syria's civil war will escalate into a regional conflagration drawing in NATO member Turkey, once an ally of Syria's President Bashar Assad but now a key supporter of the rebels fighting to topple him. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had warned on Saturday that Ankara would respond forcefully to each errant Syrian shell that lands on Turkish soil.
May 26, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - President Bashar al-Assad's forces killed at least 50 civilians, including 13 children, in central Syria on Friday, activists said, in one of the highest death tolls in one specific area since an internationally brokered cease-fire went into effect last month. Syrian troops using tanks, mortars, and heavy machine guns pounded the area of Houla, a region made up of several towns and villages in the province of Homs, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees activist groups said.
February 19, 2012 |
Sixty-seven years later, he still has dreams of that dark, volcanic island - and the unimaginable horrors he witnessed there. He recalls a friend shot through the head, an American flag fluttering atop a mountain, and the sharp sting of a bullet passing through his jaw. Pvt. Bob Scullin was 19 when he landed on Feb. 19, 1945, with tens of thousands of other Marines on Iwo Jima, whose very name conjures images of ferocious combat. Twenty-seven service members - 22 Marines and five Navy seamen - received the Medal of Honor for their actions during a two-month battle that claimed the lives of 4,590 Americans and more than 20,000 Japanese.
November 4, 2011 |
The skyline will look a little empty during the next two months for those used to seeing the Virgin Mary statue atop Camden's Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. The upper half of the 30-foot-high statue was taken down in three sections Thursday by Kreilick Conservation and transported to Swedesboro for repairs, hospital officials said. The Aug. 23 earthquake caused a shift of several inches in the middle section of the limestone statue, which resulted in a large, vertical crack.
November 3, 2011 |
The skyline will look a little empty during the next two months for those used to seeing the Virgin Mary statue atop Camden's Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. The upper half of the 30-foot-high statue was taken down in three sections by Kreilick Conservation on Thursday and transported to Swedesboro for repairs, hospital officials said. The Aug. 23 earthquake caused a shift of several inches in the middle section of the limestone statue, which resulted in a large, vertical crack.
September 2, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Safety nets are being installed beneath the ceiling of the Washington National Cathedral to guard against falling debris after the landmark building was damaged by last week's earthquake. Putting up the netting will allow the world's sixth-largest cathedral to be used for events marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11, including a concert that evening at which President Obama will speak. The cathedral's head stonemason, Joe Alonso, said Thursday that when workers entered the building after the 5.8-magnitude quake Aug. 23, they found the floor speckled in places with small pieces of mortar that had rained down from the ceiling.