September 12, 2012 |
Bomboy is editor-in-chief of the nonpartisan National Constitution Center . The U.S. government's role in the detention and trial of alleged terrorists at its Guantánamo Bay Naval Base is still under debate on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. On Monday, the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Said al-Shihri, was reportedly killed in Yemen. That group is considered one of the world's most dangerous terrorist groups by U.S. authorities. Al-Shihri was a Guantanamo prisoner, officially #327, who was released by the U.S. in 2007, and it appears he was killed Monday in a drone attack in southern Yemen.
August 28, 2012 |
FRANKFURT, Germany - Debate raged on among Europe's top bankers Monday over the merits of a proposed plan for the European Central Bank to buy government bonds to lower borrowing costs for financially troubled governments. Germany's national central bank, the Bundesbank, is increasingly isolated in its opposition to the plan, saying it would expose taxpayers to risks and could leave countries dependent on the financial relief as though on a drug. Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann says bond purchases would also be too close to an outright bailout of governments, which the ECB is forbidden from doing by treaty.
August 17, 2012 |
DiNic's roast pork - sliced thin with broccoli rabe and extra-sharp provolone on a seeded Carangi's roll - is a damn good sandwich. But the best in America? A day after the Reading Terminal stalwart was named the best sandwich in the country by a Travel Channel show, some competitors and their devotees questioned whether host Adam Richman had cast a wide enough net. Richman announced the winner Wednesday night after sampling 28 sandwiches throughout the country and naming 10 regional finalists and two wild cards.
August 13, 2012 |
Detectives continue to investigate the beating death of a Philadelphia man found lifeless beside his vehicle in Kensington, possibly after a road-rage incident. Roberto Perez, 41, of the 1600 block of Fillmore Street in East Frankford, was pronounced dead beside his white Chevrolet Suburban at Emerald and Cambria Streets just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday. A window of the Suburban had been broken, authorities said. Police said no arrests had been made. Investigators have spoken to witnesses and believe the victim was beaten in the head with a crowbar after a dispute with others.
August 2, 2012 |
A two-alarm fire ripped through a garage building in Kensington today, sending black smoke billowing into the sky and damaging or destroying at least 15 classic cars. One firefighter was taken to a hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion suffered while battling the blaze at Jasper and East Cornwall Streets. The fire was reported around 9:30 a.m. and escalated to a second alarm about 9:45 a.m. as 150 firefighters and 22 pieces of equipment responded to the blaze, officials said.
July 31, 2012 |
A 52-year-old Medford man has been arrested and charged with shooting another motorist's vehicle after a dispute in Cherry Hill, police said today. The incident started when two motorists got into an argument over one of them not moving fast enough in the area of North Kings Highway and Chapel Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Friday, police said. The dispute moved to a nearby parking lot after which one motorist, identified as Charlie Williams, followed the other, identified as Timothy Strunk, 42, of Maple Shade, into a nearby neighborhood, police said.
July 21, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Rebels pressed their guerrilla fight to topple Syria's regime deeper into the capital on Friday, ambushing troops and attacking police stations as thousands of civilians fled to Lebanon and Iraq to escape some of the worst violence of the 16-month conflict. The two-day death toll was more than 470 people, marking some of the deadliest of the uprising. The U.N. refugee agency said that between 8,500 and 30,000 Syrians had entered Lebanon in the last 48 hours, and thousands of Iraqis have also returned home, a bitter trip for many who fled to Syria from their own country's civil war. In Damascus, Syrian forces recaptured one battle-scarred neighborhood and proudly showed reporters the bodies of rebel fighters lying in rubble-strewn streets.
July 20, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made his first appearance Thursday since a bomb killed some of his top lieutenants, looking calm and composed on state TV even as his forces turned parts of Damascus into combat zones and rebels seized two of the country's border crossings. The unprecedented attack on Assad's inner circle Wednesday, along with the government's inability to crush the rebels after five days of intense clashes in the Syrian capital, point to an unraveling of his grip on power after 16 months of violence.