June 29, 2015 |
I spent my first semester of college in London making friends, traveling, and having all sorts of unexpected adventures, thanks to a program my university calls the First Year Study Abroad Experience. Lots of cool things happened, but my best story is the time my friend Sara and I got lost in Pompeii at night. We were the last ones allowed inside for the day, and we had only an hour to spend there. They had run out of maps by the time we arrived, so we were left to our own devices to explore.
June 22, 2015 |
During a monthlong European vacation, my husband and I made a detour to the Italian Alps to visit the world-famous "Iceman," Ötzi. There, we found the mummified, centuries-old Copper Age wanderer and much more - a delightfully surprising day among the dead and living. Our destination was Bolzano, a small city tucked into a mountainous corner of Italy near the Austrian border, on the train route from Munich to Verona. Bolzano is home to a museum that showcases the 5,000-year-old Iceman, whose miraculously preserved body was discovered in 1991 by hikers in glacial ice nearby.
June 16, 2015
One person was injured Sunday afternoon in a two-alarm fire at a house in Northeast Philadelphia, authorities said.Firefighters responded shortly before 4 p.m. to a two-story home in the 3500 block of Woodhaven Road. The blaze was declared under control about a half hour later. The injured person, whose condition was not released, was being treated at Aria Health, Torresdale campus in Northeast Philadelphia. The cause of the fire has not been determined. - Matt Gelb
June 15, 2015 |
The small plane banked steeply to give us a better view of the remains of a circular hilltop city rising from the wide plain barely a mile below. "Megiddo," the pilot said, pointing. "This is the Valley of Armageddon. " Israel lies at the meeting point of three continents, but it is also a temporal nexus of past and present, where the ages of settlement can be seen and even touched in the layers of its ancient towns. As a teacher of history, I came to Israel seeking its past but found the current events taking place amid its archaeological sites competed for my interest, and in a few places like Megiddo, steeped in Biblical portent, it was the future that cast the longest shadow.
June 8, 2015 |
When you travel to a foreign country, you see amazing sights and beautiful scenery. Sometimes, however, the most amazing and beautiful thing you experience is the people. Most of us in our lifetimes have done something incredibly stupid - something you look back on and think, "How could I possibly have done that?" My friend and I are seasoned travelers. On our trip to Spain, the 12th European country we've visited, we had no reason to believe everything would not be as wonderful as before.
June 3, 2015
ISSUE | CAMPAIGNS Votes, not dollars Like many of those who advocate that money equals speech, George Will sees it as a violation of free speech to limit a person's right to introduce as much advocacy money as they want into a political campaign ("Enough reform mischief," May 29). But campaign-reform advocates are not trying to limit free speech; they are merely trying to maintain a separate element of democracy: one person, one vote. Just because someone has the loudest horn in the room does not mean he has a right to drown out all others.
June 1, 2015 |
A PERSON OF interest in a pair of sexual assaults in South Philly surrendered to police yesterday, a law-enforcement source said. Earlier in the day, an arrest warrant had been issued for Raheem Felder, 32, on a parole-violation charge, according to that source. About 5 p.m., Felder turned himself in to authorities alongside his attorney at the police Special Victims Unit's headquarters in North Philly. Felder, whose family said they last saw him before Memorial Day, is on parole after being released from prison two years ago on an attempted-murder charge.
June 1, 2015 |
The children sat impatiently waiting for school to begin, until one of their classmates called them to the window. Crowded around the pane, they watched as KGB men arrested their teacher outside. They never saw him again. Andris told me this story as we stood in the same spot. He was one of those kids. It was after World War II, and Latvia was under Soviet occupation. My grandfather had gone to that school, too, as did his brother, Andris' father. I was traveling with my wife and kids.
May 29, 2015 |
SOMETIMES A caller will ring Dr. Lou's Place, order a sandwich and not come by to pick it up. That had been the worst prank call that owner Lou Pica could recall at his little corner bar near the Delaware River in Roebling, Burlington County - until the phone rang on a Saturday afternoon last month. "They said there was a bomb in the building, and the bartender laughed it off and hung up," Pica said. "It sounded like a kid. " The caller also called the police. That's how a SWAT team wound up in Lou Pica's bar on April 11, rifles drawn, moving slowly past his pool table, his pictures of Elvis and half-empty beer bottles, looking for a bomb that wasn't there.
May 25, 2015 |
My father, Maurice "Moose" Berry, was in the 104th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division and fought in the Ardennes, where he was wounded, and in the Battle of the Bulge. Over the years, he revisited places where he had seen combat, and he toured American Battle Monument Cemeteries with my mother and my husband. In 2005, he photographed the grave markers of all the men of the 26th who lost their lives in Europe. When my father told me in November 2013 he wanted to return, I wanted to go with him. We planned our visit to coincide with the 2014 Memorial Day ceremony at the Lorraine Cemetery in St. Avold, France; with more than 10,000 military dead interred, it's the largest American burial site in Europe.