May 28, 2013 |
TOKYO - An outspoken Japanese politician apologized Monday for saying U.S. troops should patronize adult entertainment businesses as a way to reduce sex crimes, but defended another inflammatory remark about Japan's use of sex slaves before and during World War II. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, coleader of an emerging nationalist party, said his remarks two weeks ago rose from a "sense of crisis" about cases of sexual assaults by U.S. military personnel on...
October 14, 2012 |
Sixty-seven years did not blot out the searing memories of the Battle of Okinawa for World War II infantryman Montraville "Monte" Lybrand. He held his hand to his quivering chin, bowed his head, and whispered, "You always remember the ones that didn't make it. " With blue eyes welling up, he waited for composure. "I was with them for such a short period of time," he finally managed to say. "We were buddies. " Over the decades, Lybrand, of Drexel Hill, rarely spoke of his experience in one of the war's bloodiest episodes, dispensing his fighting past only in "little bits and pieces," said his oldest daughter, Kathleen Murtaugh.
August 27, 2012
Libyan official quits under fire TRIPOLI, Libya - Libya's interim interior minister resigned Sunday after members of the newly elected parliament accused his forces of neglect when attackers bulldozed a Sufi shrine and mosque while police stood by a day earlier. Saturday's attack on the shrine was the latest in a string of assaults on Sufi places of worship, sparking fears of stewing sectarian troubles in a country that is still without a strong central government and largely without a functioning police or military.
December 7, 2011 |
It was a few minutes before 8 on a Sunday morning, and Army Tech. Sgt. Dave Coonahan of Philadelphia was riding in a truck with some fellow soldiers headed for Mass. Initially, he didn't think there was anything unusual about the planes traveling west through the clear, blue Hawaiian sky above. Planes were always taking off and landing at Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station, so he assumed it was just normal traffic. As the drone of the planes grew louder, though, Dave looked up and was puzzled not only by the large number of them, but also their strange shape.
September 9, 2011
THE NEW OFFICE of Property Assessment is taking the steps necessary to ensure that the people carrying out the city's first full reassessment in decades are expertly qualified. While, as the Daily News reported, the state exempts Philadelphia assessors from needing evaluator certifications, under the leadership of Chief Assessor Richie McKeithen, OPA is ensuring that all assessors meet state standards. The city strongly supports legislation to require all assessors to obtain a certified Pennsylvania evaluator (CPE)
October 15, 2010 |
Kendrick Vaughan had a job that you don't see much of anymore. He was a milkman. But Kendrick loved it. He loved associating with people, and his customers loved him. "He had one of the biggest routes, and he was very popular," said his son, Eric Vaughan. "He was very personable and outgoing. " Kendrick, an Army veteran of the Pacific Theater in World War II, died Oct. 6 of a heart attack. He was 82 and lived in West Philadelphia. He was born in Philadelphia to Colen and Annie Vaughan.
November 15, 2009 |
Former Marine Corps Col. Francis Fox Parry had at least one memorable moment far from the battlefield. A Publishers Weekly review of a 1987 book by Mr. Parry reported that he "is a salty, tell-it-like-it-was writer whose comments on the military milieu are well worth reading. " The review noted that the twice-married Mr. Parry had spectacularly interrupted his military career for his first wife. "Learning that his wife had become a Conover model and nightclub singer," the reviewer wrote, "he obtained emergency leave, flew from the Okinawa battlefield to New York, and snatched her barely in time from the claws of showbiz.
July 13, 2009 |
John E. Littleton, 86, a Philadelphia lawyer and a viola player for suburban ensembles, died June 21 of complications of prostate cancer at the health center of the Quadrangle in Haverford, the retirement community where he had lived since 2002. From 1972 to 1981, Mr. Littleton was bond counsel to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the Haverford School and Harvard College and became a World War II naval officer. During the Battle of Okinawa in April 1945, his daughter Joanna said, his landing craft support vessel came to the aid of the USS Bush.
October 1, 2008 |
Daniel B. McCormack, 90, formerly of Holmes, a retired SEPTA superintendent, died of kidney failure Monday at Brendenwood Assisted Living in Voorhees. Mr. McCormack dropped out of Overbrook High School at 16 to work on buses and trolleys operated by Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co. The company later became Philadelphia Transportation Co. and then was absorbed by SEPTA. During World War II, he served in the Navy and was assigned to a new destroyer, the Twiggs. The ship saw action in several battles in the South Pacific, and Mr. McCormack saw the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima from his ship.