January 30, 2016
At a rally for veterans, Donald Trump was defiant. "When you're treated badly, you have to stick up for your rights. " A4.
January 30, 2016 |
Donald Trump opened a Thursday rally coinciding with the final GOP debate before Monday's Iowa caucuses saying he wanted to be participating, "about five minutes away. " But he cast his absence as principled opposition: "When you're treated badly, you have to stick up for your rights. " Angry over an escalating feud with debate host Fox News, Trump bowed out of the debate and held what his team called a "Special Event to Benefit Veterans Organizations" at a packed 775-seat auditorium at nearby Drake University instead.
January 28, 2016 |
MOBILE, Ala. - Before he was so rudely interrupted a year ago, Howie Roseman was trying to build an atmosphere in which players drafted by the Eagles would stay with the Eagles, would feel valued by the organization, and would build valuable continuity for the team. Roseman, back in charge of Eagles personnel after a yearlong hiatus at the insistence of former coach Chip Kelly, is moving to re-establish that initiative this week with new deals for the team's top two tight ends, Zach Ertz (five years, $42.5 million, on Monday)
January 20, 2016 |
In October 2015, a few veterans from Rockhill Mennonite Community, a retirement community in Bucks County, took part in a trip to veterans' memorials in Washington. "It was really emotional," for John A. Pavie Sr., a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps in England, said his son, John A. Jr. "It was an honor to be with him," his son said. "He was struck by how many people came out to shake their hand. " On Thursday, Jan. 14, Mr. Pavie, 92, who retired in 1984 after 25 years with IBM in Trenton, died at the Rockhill community in Sellersville, where he had lived since 2004.
January 9, 2016 |
Shane Battier visited the 76ers on Thursday. The team met with the former NBA player as a way to reach "out to basketball people . . . trying to grow our organization," coach Brett Brown said. Brown said the Sixers picked Battier's brain to see if there's a connection down the road. They may decide to offer him some type of role with the team. However, both sides ruled out Battier coming out of retirement to play for the Sixers. "That ship has sailed," said Battier, 37. "The playing ship has left the port.
January 4, 2016 |
SUNBURY, Pa. - Michael Johns and Tom "Randy" Chalmers became the best of friends in the worst of places. Barely 20, the fellow radio operators in an Army mortar platoon in Vietnam formed a bond as they tried to stay alive during some of the fiercest fighting of the war. Johns, of Kulpmont, and Chalmers, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., became so inseparable, they convinced some of the local villagers that they were brothers with different fathers. When his yearlong tour was up in October 1968, Johns, now of rural Sunbury, in Northumberland County, gave Chalmers one of his dog tags, and told him to give it back to him the next time they saw each other.
December 31, 2015 |
The Rev. Rick Curry embraced his disability as a gift and used it to empower thousands. When Richard Jerome Curry was born without a right forearm and hand, his mother wept, and his father fled to a bar near the family home in Southwest Philadelphia. The missing limb would define him, people told the boy - he could never be a soldier or a doctor or a priest. The difference did define him, but in no way that his parents or early teachers had imagined. After spending much of his life as a Jesuit brother, Father Curry received a special dispensation from the Vatican to become a priest at age 66. He earned a doctorate.
December 24, 2015 |
Several 76ers are excited that former NBA players Chuck Hayes and John Lucas III recently met with coach Brett Brown as the team possibly looks to add much-needed veteran leadership. "I think that will be good for us to have any type of veterans," Nerlens Noel said. "I think [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] is looking into that a little more. . . . You know Chuck Hayes is a big man and I think it's going to help us. " Tony Wroten would also welcome the additions. "We are just trying to do whatever we can to help the team get better and better in the future and the present.
December 22, 2015
Want to invest in something worthwhile for the holidays? Consider becoming an advocate for a foster kid or a homeless veteran. Support Center for Child Advocates, the foster-child advocacy group, is looking for volunteer attorneys. "As our caseload is increasing and we are taking more appointments from family court, we have a great need for attorneys to represent our child clients," said Moira Mulroney, director of development. "We train and support hundreds of attorneys each year who work pro bono , side by side with a staff social worker, to advocate for our kids" in the courts, Mulroney said.