March 23, 2013 |
President Obama will sign a proclamation Monday to designate several historic properties in Delaware and 1,100 acres of the Brandywine Valley along the Delaware-Pennsylvania border as First State National Monument, a White House office has disclosed. The property, which includes acreage in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, is the state of Delaware's first inclusion under the National Park Service. The park will be a testament to early Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, and English settlements, as well as Delaware's role as the first state to ratify the Constitution.
February 23, 2013 |
Services are set for Friday for the Rev. Alphonse T. Mascherino, 69, a Downingtown native who founded the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel in Shanksville, Pa., after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He died Friday, Feb. 15, of cancer at a hospice in Somerset, Pa., where he lived. "Father Al" attended Bishop Shanahan High School through the 11th grade before graduating from St. Mary Seminary, formerly in Penndel. His brother, Jim, said that after the attacks, Father Mascherino felt that although a national monument at Shanksville was in the works, the relatives of those killed in the crash should have a place to go in the meantime.
October 18, 2012
Reason to celebrate Eagles' loss For the remainder of this Eagles season, please join me in raising a glass in celebration of every Eagles loss ("Just like fold times," Monday). Why, you ask? For 14 years we have been living with Andy "Gotta do a better job" Reid, who pulverizes game plans by not playing to his strengths or the opponents' weaknesses. For 14 years we've been watching ineffectual quarterbacks play from "X. " For 14 years we've had to endure poor tackling, dumb penalties, lack of focus, nonsense time-outs, "not so special" special teams, and management blind spots in personnel (remember those years where we didn't need a punt returner, didn't need a fullback, didn't need a linebacker, didn't need a real defensive coordinator)
October 9, 2012 |
KEENE, Calif. - President Obama on Monday designated the home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, calling Chavez a hero who brought hope to millions of poor, disenfranchised farmworkers who otherwise might have remained "invisible" to much of the nation. "Today, we celebrate Cesar Chavez," Obama said at a ceremony at La Paz, the California farmhouse where Chavez lived and worked for more than two decades. "Our world is a better place because Cesar Chavez decided to change it. " Chavez, who died in 1993 at age 66, is buried on the site where the monument was dedicated.
October 7, 2012
Maker of deadly film set for court LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in Los Angeles will decide this week whether the man behind an anti-Islamic film that sparked violence in the Muslim world should be sent back to prison for violating his probation. Mark Basseley Youseff, 55, is expected in court Wednesday. He was convicted in 2010 of bank fraud. Prosecutors say Youseff had eight violations. Federal authorities say he was behind the film Innocence of Muslims , which led to the deaths of dozens, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.
August 28, 2011
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was often called a drum major when he led America's civil rights movement. In fact, he preached about it in a 1968 sermon, saying, "If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. " Forty years after his death, King's still a leader. His memorial, which would have been formally dedicated today if not for Hurricane Irene, is the first monument to a person of color on the National Mall.
June 25, 2010
We took our first big camping trip as a family of three to Yosemite National Park when our daughter, Alexis, was 5. We had looked longingly at Ansel Adams' photographic essays and had read about the natural wonders of giant trees, ancient rock formations and enticing hikes and rock climbs. The natural beauty, the fresh air, the pristine streams and the wonder we felt made us realize how important it was to experience as much of the grandeur of the United States as we could. The national parks in the West are rich in natural wonders and history.
July 16, 2007 |
In a bold new strategy to avoid a congressional subpoena, Vice President Cheney today declared himself a national monument. Cheney took the unorthodox step only after failing in his attempt to invoke a little-known legal principle called the separation of Cheney and state. Aides to Cheney confirmed that being a national monument gives the vice president not only immunity from subpoenas, but also a draft deferment in perpetuity. President Bush presided over a solemn White House ceremony this morning in which a plaque documenting Cheney's status as a national monument was affixed to the vice president's midsection.
February 28, 2007 |
Almost five years after controversy flared over the ignoring of George Washington's old slave quarters on Independence Mall, a designer for a memorial to those slaves and to the presidential house they lived in was announced yesterday. Kelly/Maiello Architects & Planners of Philadelphia, selected by city and National Park Service officials - with substantial community and academic input - will now break ground this summer on the $5.2 million President's House memorial. An extensive archaeological examination of the site will first be performed.
June 11, 2004 |
Ninety-eight years ago this week, President Theodore Roosevelt carved out a strong conservation legacy for himself and the country when he signed the Antiquities Act. The act, designed to protect historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest for future generations, has been a fundamental tool for protecting an array of national treasures. In 1908, Roosevelt used the act to proclaim more than 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon a national monument.