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April 25, 2013 | By Barbara Surk, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The minaret of a landmark 12th-century mosque in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was destroyed Wednesday, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard. President Bashar al-Assad's regime and antigovernment activists traded blame for the destruction to the Umayyad Mosque, which occurred in the heart of Aleppo's walled Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was the second time in a little more than a week that a historic Sunni mosque in Syria has been seriously damaged.
NEWS
March 24, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER MEMBER of the board of directors of a federal credit union that had been founded to serve low-income Hispanics pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement and money-laundering, which caused the bank's collapse. Miqueas Santana, 43, who served on the board of the Borinquen Federal Credit Union, at Allegheny Avenue and Front Street, faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, five years of supervised release and more than $1.2 million in fines when he is sentenced in federal court on June 21. Between July 2009 and June 2011, Santana stole more than $500,000 from the bank, aided by a former manager, and used the money to buy real estate around the city, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
TRAVEL
February 24, 2013 | By Manuel Valdes, Associated Press
TULUM, Mexico - The all-inclusive Cancun resorts are not known for topless women on the beach or Argentinians with scraggly beards playing Gypsy music. But that's the norm in Tulum, a Mexican seaside spot south of Cancun that attracts a mix of bohemians, deep-pocketed New Age types, and sun-seekers to its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Despite its proximity to Cancun and its party neighbor Playa del Carmen, Tulum is not for the same spring-break crowd. "The college kids go to Cancun.
NEWS
February 23, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A late-night fire Wednesday on McKean Street in South Philadelphia heavily damaged two houses, displaced nine people, and left a young girl with serious injuries, officials said. The child was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to fire officials. Neighbors in the 700 block of McKean, where the fire occurred, said the girl is 10. Officials did not release her name. Firefighters evacuated both homes during the blaze, which began about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in the first floor of the residence where the child lived with six other people.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A late-night fire Wednesday on McKean Street in South Philadelphia heavily damaged two houses, displaced nine people, and left a young girl with serious injuries, officials said. The child was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to fire officials. Neighbors in the 700 block of McKean, where the fire occurred, said the girl is 10. Officials did not release her name. Firefighters evacuated both homes during the blaze, which began about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in the first floor of the residence where the child lived with six other people.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The gravel lot tucked into a remote area of Gloucester County once housed a fleet of 100 yellow school buses that would rumble back and forth on weekdays. But when Hurricane Sandy hit in the fall - soon after the bus company moved out - the empty lot in Glassboro was assigned a new purpose: More than 300 vehicles that were damaged by raging rivers of saltwater were hauled to the five-acre property, Glassboro officials said. In New Jersey, lots like these have been tapped to temporarily hold an estimated 72,000 devastated cars, trucks, boats, and jet skis while they are processed for resale or salvaged parts.
NEWS
February 9, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The stone wall in the excavation trench is low and humble, and until recently was buried under a compost pile. But to officials in East Pikeland Township, it is part of a national treasure, the most important piece of the Chester County community's claim to a place in the nation's history. It is the remnant of a gunpowder mill destroyed by Hessian troops in September 1777 during the Revolutionary War. "It was the very first U.S. government armory," James Garrison, chair of the township historical commission, said in an interview.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For two centuries, give or take a few years, an enormous stone barn has occupied a patch of land now at the end of a winding Main Line driveway on Waterloo Road in Easttown Township. In the township's historic archives, it is known as the Kennedy Barn. For residents in the area, it's Mrs. Rossi's barn; for years, it was part of the estate of Rose Rossi, one of the cofounders of ANRO Inc., a printing company. But lately, it has been the central figure in the Battle of the Barn, pitting longtime Main Line residents against a builder of some of the region's largest and most luxurious residences.
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - First, the good news for this resort: Fewer people now erroneously believe the Boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The bad news? Twenty-five percent of respondents to an online survey still think it was. Tourism officials fear the misconception is discouraging some visitors. The Atlantic City Alliance, the new marketing arm of the casino resort, said the survey represents an improvement from a similar poll in November, in which 41 percent of respondents believed the entire Boardwalk was gone.
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