May 30, 2016
ISSUE | FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Try privatization? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Transportation Security Administration both fail in their stated purposes. Veterans wait too long to receive treatment; airline travelers are missing flights because of long waits to get through security ("TSA to fliers: Help us go faster," Wednesday). Maybe privatization would result in veterans getting treatment promptly and travelers proceeding through security more quickly. |David M. Levin, Vineland
May 29, 2016 |
For Tom Manion, a retired Marine Corps colonel and Johnson & Johnson executive, Memorial Day is more than just a holiday to remember veterans who didn't make it home. It's yet another day that he thinks of his only son, First Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed in action in 2007. Telling Travis' story - and those of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - is the focus of what Tom Manion calls his "third chapter. " Travis Manion was raised in Doylestown, graduated from La Salle College High School and the U.S. Naval Academy, and entered the Marine Corps.
May 28, 2016 |
James J. Matour, 91, of East Falls, a World War II veteran and a retired executive with the Philadelphia Gas Works, died Monday, May 23, of heart failure at home. Mr. Matour grew up in Germantown. He graduated second in his class at Simon Gratz High School in 1942 and entered what is now Drexel University to major in mechanical engineering. In 1943, he interrupted his studies to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He was a B-17 bomber pilot, and flew 19 bombing missions over Nazi Germany in 1944 and 1945.
May 20, 2016
THIS WASN'T the first email that Rilma Scott sent colleagues at Pathways to Housing PA alerting them that one of their clients had died. It was always sad to lose someone with whom she and her team members at the homeless housing group had worked. The emails were her way of offering a final remembrance of someone often forgotten in life. Last month, Scott sent an email about Mark Wilkins, 59, an Army veteran with PTSD and a long history of drug and alcohol addiction. But in addition to expressing sadness over the loss of a man they had come to know as a gentle giant, Scott's message was filled with a nagging sense of "what if?"
May 18, 2016 |
REMEMBER Tony Clark, the Flag Man, who went around on his own time, and at his own expense put up American flags at parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers required to display Old Glory? I wrote about him last month, and the city, instead of giving him a commendation for good citizenship, gave him an order to show up for a hearing into allegations he used "city equipment for personal gain. " That's according to the summons he got in the mail from Oneather Kent-Fulton of the Water Department's Employee and Labor Relations Unit.
May 13, 2016 |
BALTIMORE - For all that Sean Doolittle has accomplished in baseball, his legacy could ultimately be his long list of humanitarian deeds. Doolittle once stuck out 23 batters in a New Jersey state championship win for Shawnee High School. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball player of the year at Virginia. Then, his career seemingly stalled by injury, he made the successful - and unusual - transition from minor-league first baseman to eventual all-star relief pitcher.
April 24, 2016 |
The Eagles signed veteran wide receiver T.J. Graham to a one-year contract Friday after Graham tried out for the team during their three-day minicamp this week. Graham, 26, was a third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2012 out of North Carolina State. He has 61 catches for 794 yards and four touchdowns in four seasons with four teams. Almost all of that production came in his first two seasons, and he played only four games with the New Orleans Saints last year. At 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds, Graham provides speed to the Eagles receiving corps.
April 20, 2016 |
Dreams are the bridge between our subconscious and our reality; they also can become a bridge between us. On Friday at the Perelman Theater, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts hosts the Philadelphia premiere of Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dream Project , created by Grammy-nominated pianist-composer Vijay Iyer and poet Mike Ladd. A multidisciplinary show featuring music, poetry, and video monologues created from the dreams of veterans, the project premiered at Harlem Stage in 2012 and was made into a 2013 album.
April 12, 2016 |
NEW YORK - There were a lot of relieved and excited players in the Flyers' locker room after they completed a second-half surge - they climbed past four teams - and clinched a playoff berth Saturday. None seemed more satisfied than Sam Gagner, the winger who will be going to the postseason for the first time in his nine-year career. "It's why you play hockey - to play in meaningful games and play in the playoffs," Gagner said. The Flyers will face Alex Ovechkin and powerful Washington in the opening round.
April 1, 2016 |
It was the "Erin Express" — a day of partying with friends the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day — and Casey Walsh said she and her friends had started at 2 p.m. in a house in Rittenhouse Square. Twelve hours later, after a pub-crawl around the square, Walsh saw one of her friends, Colin McGovern, 24, of Bucks County, stabbed after making an offhand remark about a stranger's New Jersey Devils sports cap. Walsh was the prosecution's main witness at Wednesday's preliminary hearing for Steven Simminger, a 40-year-old Delaware County man charged with fatally stabbing McGovern shortly after 2 a.m. March 13. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Bradley K. Moss ordered Simminger to stand trial on first- and third-degree murder charges.