November 18, 2015 |
Americans can't help but empathize with France in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack in Paris Friday, which left more than 120 people dead and many more with serious injuries. Even as we shed tears with the French, we are reminded of 9/11 and the compassionate response of the international community, which bolstered this country's resolve to make the murderers pay for their crime. Emotion has its place, and this is a time for expressing feelings. Yet emotion must be set aside to make clearheaded decisions about an appropriate U.S. response to the massacre apparently engineered by Islamic State.
November 18, 2015 |
THE FRENCH national soccer team sent a bold message to ISIS on Monday. Screw you! On Friday, a match between Germany and France was interrupted at the Stade de France when terrorists detonated explosive vests just outside the stadium as part of the synchronized attacks on Paris. The next day, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, in which 129 were killed and 350 were wounded. There was talk of canceling future games, but the French team has decided to soldier on. On Tuesday afternoon, it will take on England at London's Wembley Stadium (3 p.m. Fox Sports 1)
October 21, 2015
The long: Now in its 25th year, "Terror Behind the Walls" is Eastern State Penitentiary's ingenious way to bring in coffins full of Halloween cash. The attraction is dark, loud, gory - and scary. If it were a movie, it would be PG-13. The actors/ ghouls also enforce a no-profanity rule. I know, because my 9-year-old son got busted. The short: It's fun to be scared, and they do a great job. The demo: ESP recommends that ages 7-12 attend Family Nights (Sundays until 7:30 p.m.).
October 3, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Bills sponsored by two Pennsylvania Republicans that seek to derail the international nuclear deal with Iran unless the country pays $43.5 billion it owes U.S. victims of terrorism moved ahead in the House and the Senate on Thursday despite a veto threat from the White House. The measure, led by Rep. Pat Meehan of Delaware County, passed the House in a largely party-line vote. His plan would bar President Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran until it pays restitution for terrorism it sponsored.
September 25, 2015 |
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate has introduced legislation that would make it easier for victims to sue foreign governments and private-sector financiers for support of terrorism. The bill, aimed largely at the government of Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf terrorism funders, has been pushed by victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They have been fighting a seesaw legal battle to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for what they say is its support of Islamist terror groups.
June 28, 2015 |
Air Products & Chemicals Inc., of Allentown, has more than 750 factories in 50 countries. One of its factories, in a town near Lyon, France, was in the global spotlight Friday after an attacker rammed a vehicle into a warehouse on the property, causing an explosion, and leaving behind a severed head on the factory entrance gate. "I am horrified and saddened by the attack on our facility in France. I believe I speak for all of our Air Products family around the world in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim of this unspeakable act," CEO Seifi Ghasemi said in a statement.
June 19, 2015 |
WHEN OPAL TOMETI, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors created #Blacklivesmatter, their "love note to black people," they couldn't have had Wednesday night's terrorist attack at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in mind. They were, however, mindful of the myriad ways in which black people throughout American history have been terrorized in their houses of worship, including the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. In the early 19th century, Mother Emanuel AME Church was itself destroyed by local white citizens who were committed to quelling the the embers of black rebellion sparked by Denmark Vesey.
April 28, 2015 |
In a seemingly nonthreatening golf course community in Camden County, Benjamin and Susan Hemme have started a business chasing off monsters. Their weapon: A plump, orange, big-eyed, big-eared plush toy named Zimbobo with green swirls on its belly and back that emit ultrasonic waves that scare away monsters. An accompanying 28-page book, Goodbye Monsters , explains how it works. The Hemmes are a long way from quitting their day jobs - he, 38, is an aerospace propulsion technician; she, 35, is a marketing consultant at United Parcel Service Inc. Besides, they say, their entrepreneurial success as toy designers and authors won't be measured solely in dollars, but in nights of terror-free sleep achieved for children.
April 18, 2015 |
I admit, I was quite horrified - like, shaken to my very core - by Unfriended , a horror pic with a new gimmick that likely will spawn an entire subgenre of more substandard rubbish. Unfriended unfolds entirely on a computer screen, the story and dialogue taking place among characters engaged in multiple acts of multiple-partner Skyping, Facebooking, and Googling. Possibly the single most uncinematic device ever used in a film, the gimmick must have made the studio suits jump with joy. Talk about low overhead!
March 2, 2015 |
The arrest last week of an alleged terrorism financier who sold kitchenwares and repaired phones at malls in Philadelphia and along the East Coast has cast new scrutiny on mall kiosks. The news had security analysts examining potential vulnerabilities in those relatively anonymous purveyors of bedazzled cellphone accessories, cheap jewelry, and names emblazoned on grains of rice. And talk among kiosk vendors at the city's shopping centers has turned toward trying to figure out where in Philadelphia Abror Habibov, 30, hung his shingle.