December 6, 2013 |
UNITED STATES Naval Academy senior wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken recalled the first time he truly realized that the Army-Navy game was infinitely bigger than any other football rivalry. That moment of clarification had come at a most inopportune time. "My first play in an Army-Navy game was in my freshman year ," Aiken said. "I was setting up to return a punt, and I looked up into the stands, saw all the Navy guys, all the Army guys, realized that all of America was watching.
December 6, 2013 |
It has been a long time since Army won a game in its storied rivalry against Navy. How long? Well, it happened at Veterans Stadium, less than six months after ground was broken for the construction of Lincoln Financial Field, which will serve as Army-Navy host for the ninth time on Dec. 14. Before the Army victory in 2001, neither service academy had built a winning streak of more than five games. However, after Navy won the next year, it kept winning, and winning, and winning, to the tune of 11 straight.
December 2, 2013 |
At what used to be the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, dozens of workers are taking apart some of the same ships that thousands once built there. The Navy is paying $8.5 million to Philadelphia Ship Repair L.L.C. to pull out the marine jet engines, propellers and shafts, power transmissions, sonar systems, and compressors from five 1970s-era guided-missile frigates. The Navy is salvaging those systems so they can be used in surviving frigates - some in U.S. service, some in the navies of Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, and Turkey.
November 25, 2013 |
WHAT DO YOU get for the corporate hot spot that seems like it has everything? How 'bout some underground transit? U.S. Sen. Bob Casey called yesterday for extending SEPTA's Broad Street subway line into the Navy Yard, given the area's dramatic rebirth as a sprawling office park that's home to about 10,000 workers. Casey sent a letter to Brigid Hynes-Cherin, the Federal Transportation Agency's (FTA) regional administrator, urging her to discuss the potential project with SEPTA, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)
November 20, 2013 |
Working in classified intelligence aboard an aircraft carrier off the Philippines, Petty Officer Third Class Robert Nurse, a Philadelphia native, pores over aerial surveillance photographs of the typhoon-ravaged country, looking for safe places to land Navy relief helicopters. A 2011 high school graduate of the city's Science Leadership Academy, Nurse, 20, is in his second year in the Navy and is normally stationed in Japan. Now on temporary assignment to bring food, water, and medical supplies to the Philippines, he is part of the 5,500-person crew of the George Washington, the nuclear-powered supercarrier longer than three football fields (1,092 feet)
November 18, 2013 |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tried to hide behind an Argonauts jersey last week. Justifiably embattled for personal failings so gross and numerous they make Lenny Dykstra seem genteel, Ford apparently hoped the XXXL football top would obscure his troubles better than it hid his girth. It didn't work. First, he wore it into City Council's chambers. Most members responded by turning their backs on him, a protest that, we can assume, reflected their feelings toward Ford and not Canadian football.
October 25, 2013 |
The Navy has paid 1 cent to have the USS Forrestal, the first of the United States' supercarriers, towed from its berth in Philadelphia to Texas to be scrapped. The Navy said Tuesday it awarded what is called a procurement contract to All Star Metals of Brownsville. All Star Metals is expected to tow the 1,067-foot carrier from its berth at the Navy's Inactive Ship Facility in Philadelphia to Brownsville before the end of the year, the Navy said. Christopher Johnson, a spokesman for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
September 24, 2013 |
PAGE BOWSER was such a popular maitre d' at the Marriott Hotel restaurant in Bala-Cynwyd that some diners went there just to be greeted by him. Like maitre d's through history, his job was to make customers feel welcome and, with Page on duty, they could anticipate a fine dining experience. Through the '60s and '70s, Page welcomed guests to the Marriott, and later other hotels and restaurants in the area that catered to discerning patrons. If you were looking for a good dining experience in those years, Page Bowser was your man. Irvin Page Bowser Sr., a devoted church man, family patriarch and Navy veteran of World War II, died Sept.
September 12, 2013 |
Fall's dressy sweatpants, herringbone midi-skirts, color-blocked trenches, and sleek peplums embody a grown-up sophistication. The frill is gone, and thankfully, so is the phrase the industry has been using to describe everything: "feminine with a twist. " This season's vocabulary words: current, modern, futuristic . "Everything is edgier, darker," said Ann Gitter, referring to the plush fabrics and deep tones of the ready-to-wear collections she's carrying at her Center City Knit Wit store.
August 7, 2013 |
WHEN MAYOR NUTTER decided to beef up the long-dormant Commission on Literacy in 2010, he turned to people of proven devotion to community improvement. Among them was Douglas C. Howell, who ran a company that provided beauty products for African-Americans and was long involved with civic-improvement causes. Calling illiteracy in the city a "serious crisis," the mayor put the 16 new members of the commission to work with strong words about how illiteracy was undermining the city's economy.