August 3, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - More than 15 years after a fertilizer bomb was used to blow up a government building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, the federal government is proposing to regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate. The proposal comes nearly four years after Congress gave the Homeland Security Department the authority to develop a program to regulate the compound. Ammonium nitrate is one of the most common farm fertilizers in the world, and instructions for turning it into a bomb are available on the Internet.
August 28, 2010
DROP woes linked to workforce size Since the very beginning of the DROP program controversy, the city workers' unions and their employees have consistently told us that it costs the city nothing. If they are not getting anything extra, then why the great rush to get their snouts into this particular trough? In the 1950s, Philadelphia had a lot more population and a lot fewer municipal employees. As our mayor goes looking to save money on fire houses and libraries, all around him union vampires suck the life out of our city.
May 6, 2010
POWELL PLAYED a controversial role in the MOVE story: He's the man who dropped the bomb on the roof of the MOVE house. The bomb was a mix of Tovex, one of the explosives used in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and C-4, which was used during the Vietnam War. The MOVE Commission concluded that the bomb ignited the fire that killed 11 people and destroyed 61 rowhouses. 1985: Powell was commanding officer of the Philadelphia Police Department's bomb-disposal squad. In an effort to dislodge the bunker MOVE had built atop their house, he balanced on the skid of a helicopter and dropped a bag of explosives on to the roof.
May 8, 2005 |
Twenty years ago this Friday, Philadelphia became "The City That Bombed Itself. " On the evening of May 13, 1985, in the Cobbs Creek section of West Philadelphia, police dropped explosives onto the headquarters of the radical group MOVE. The explosion started a fire that city officials allowed to burn. When the blaze was out, 61 homes were gone and 11 people, five of them children, were dead inside MOVE headquarters. The days that followed were a period of sadness and shame unlike any in the city's history, the start of a civic funk that lasted for nearly a decade.
April 2, 2005 |
FBI blew bomb search Pursuing information that they had missed evidence a decade ago, FBI agents searched the former home of convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and found blasting caps and other explosive materials apparently related to the 1995 attack, officials said yesterday. FBI officials said the material was found buried in a crawl space of the house in Herington, Kan., which wasn't checked by agents during numerous searches during the investigation of Nichols and Timothy McVeigh.
March 26, 2004 |
Terry Nichols, a man no one presumes to be innocent, this week went on trial again for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing - even though most Oklahomans didn't like the idea, and even though the federal courts almost certainly will reject the death sentence his state court judge and jury almost surely will impose. He went on trial again at enormous relative cost to a financially strapped state. Nichols already was serving a federal life sentence as Timothy McVeigh's co-conspirator in the massive bombing that left 168 people dead at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.
February 16, 2003 |
On June 17, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua turns 80, the age at which Pope John Paul II asks most of his cardinal-archbishops to step down. Who might succeed the cardinal - and when - rests solely with the Holy Father. But around the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and in Roman Catholic circles across the nation, there is lively speculation as to who might be selected to next lead the region's nearly 1.5 million Catholics. Cardinal Bevilacqua, who marked his 15th anniversary as archbishop Tuesday, says it is "premature" to discuss his retirement, and he will not speculate on his successor.
September 11, 2002 |
Finally, a place for Stan Maslowski to grieve, close to home. Since his daughter, Diane, was killed in the 1988 Pan Am bombing, Maslowski has traveled to monuments in Washington and in Lockerbie, Scotland, the site of the crash. Where did he grieve at home? "It was called a pillow," said Maslowski, who lives in Haddonfield. So he welcomes a new Victims of Terrorism Memorial to be dedicated today on the banks of the Cooper River. Maslowski helped plan the monument, a cherry tree surrounded by seven stone pillars bearing the names of South Jersey victims of the Sept.
November 9, 2001 |
"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. " - Philip K. Dick WILL ROGERS, who was part Native American, once said, "I never met a man I didn't like. " Well, he never met Osama bin Laden. And Rogers also believed that "fanatical religion, driven to a certain point is almost as bad as none at all. " But before you presume where Will would stand on our present crisis, consider his statement that "Politics is the best show in America.