September 20, 2013 |
Martin Bodrog lived his dream. At Audubon High School, he twice made the National Honor Society. He played varsity sports in his sophomore year. In 1977, his senior year, he was among an elite group of young students accepted to the Naval Academy. On Monday, Bodrog's decorated military career ended tragically at Washington's Navy Yard, where he was among 12 people shot dead that morning by 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a civilian employee. Bodrog was 54 years old. The Navy commander retired in 2003 to work as a civilian senior analyst for the Navy.
September 19, 2013
A RADIO station that I listened to on the day of the latest gun massacre described it is "a surprise. " The president asserted that the victims encountered "unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home. " Both accounts are wrong. Ours is a country that is rife with mental illness, rage, hatred and the easy availability of guns that are designed to mow down human beings in rapid succession. We have seen this pattern time and time again, so what is "surprising" or "unimaginable" about it?
September 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The shootings at the Navy Yard here brought renewed calls on Capitol Hill for tougher gun laws, including the background-check plan cosponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.). But with the pleas came acknowledgments that the measures still don't have enough votes. With congressional politics against them, neither Toomey nor his cosponsor, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), was eager to bring the bill up, even as other lawmakers urged its passage. "The Senate spoke on this issue and we came up five votes short," Toomey said Tuesday in a statement.
September 14, 2013 |
Lured by $40 million in tax incentives, Destination Maternity Corp., a leading maternity apparel retailer, announced Thursday that it would move its corporate headquarters from Philadelphia to South Jersey. The move by the longtime Philadelphia firm caught city officials off guard, leaving them chagrined and disappointed. "This took us completely by surprise," Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger said. Greenberger said the city, through the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., had been in discussions with Destination Maternity for some months about its moving operations to new quarters within the city.
August 9, 2013
What to eat : You really can't go wrong with any choice on the "Korean with a twist" menu, which is why Ka'Chi is one of this Truck Stop reviewer's favorite spots in the city. The details: The spicy pulled-pork sliders with pickled cucumbers (two for $7) hit the spot, but Ka'Chi also sells lots of Bulgogi (beef) and soy-ginger chicken tacos (one for $3 or three for $8) and rice bowls ($8), made with red cabbage and vinaigrette slaw. Get a side of cheese fries with house-made kimchi ($4)
July 7, 2013 |
The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, an ambitious Pennsylvania State University research venture that was hailed as a cornerstone of the Navy Yard redevelopment when it was founded in 2010, is in danger of getting its plug pulled. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended Congress cut the hub's $22 million budget for the forthcoming fiscal year and order the Department of Energy to terminate the three-year-old program. The hub, which employs about 30 people, is funded almost entirely with federal money.
July 5, 2013 |
Cool futuristic looks, courtesy of Drexel University students, sauntered down the run- way at last month's annual senior fashion show. The presentation, held on Urban Outfitters' campus at the Navy Yard, featured amazing examples of the latest in women's wear, menswear, bridal, eveningwear, and children's clothing. Some designs popped, like Kate Murphy's lace shorts. Others sizzled, as in Jaizelle Hanna-Sten- dardo's grouping of silver- tiered eveningwear. Flashes of color were big trends, too, including Yeon Son and Alice Stevenson's menswear.
June 20, 2013 |
Iroko Pharmaceuticals Inc., a small developer of pain drugs based at the Navy Yard, will try to raise $145 million through an initial public offering, according to a registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Iroko, begun by several former GlaxoSmithKline executives in 2007, generated 2012 sales of $6.7 million from two medicines, Aldomet and Indocin. The company filed a new-drug application with the Food and Drug Administration seeking approval for Zorvolex to treat acute pain in February.
June 20, 2013 |
Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin know that the building that houses Vetri at 1312 Spruce St. had a storied past as the first home of Le Bec-Fin , which Georges Perrier operated on that spot from 1970 till its move to Walnut Street in 1983. With the closing last week of Le Bec Fin (a year after Perrier's own departure), Vetri wanted to pay homage to Perrier. "I just think Le Bec and Georges' legacy should be celebrated," said Vetri. For three nights (July 18, 19, and 20, which have already sold out)