April 9, 2014 |
JOSEPH FLEMING survived the Great Depression and war, but he could not survive the two bullets a gunslinging burglar pumped into his abdomen and pelvis on May 17, 2012. Fleming, a decorated Korean War veteran, husband and father of six, died 36 days after gunman Sean Johnson, 20, and his sidekick, Aaron Pitts, 22, broke into the victim's home on Yocum Street near 66th, Southwest Philly. After gunning down Fleming, 80, Johnson stole a laptop computer, and the two thieves fled.
April 8, 2014 |
Michael Carter-Williams is young in basketball terms. The 76ers' rookie point guard is a wide-eyed pup who has had limited veteran guidance this season. The 22-year-old still has a lot to learn, and the hard-knock lessons have piled up at times. Sixers coach Brett Brown and his staff have been racking their brains, trying to figure ways to help ease his growing pains. Perhaps the best option is bringing in a 10- to 12-year veteran point guard this offseason to help nurture the rookie-of-the-year favorite.
March 23, 2014 |
A former deputy superintendent of public works is suing Franklin Township, saying he was fired without being given the reasons and the hearing guaranteed him under state law for veterans. Richard Yusko, an Army veteran, submitted his suit against the Gloucester County township Friday, citing a law sometimes referred to as the Veterans Tenure Act. Under the act, veterans who are public employees cannot be fired "except for good cause shown after a fair and impartial hearing, but such person shall hold his employment, position or office during good behavior, and shall not be removed for political reasons.
March 22, 2014
Honor roll call Last year, I had the privilege to escort my father on a trip to Washington with the Honor Flight Philadelphia group, which takes mostly older veterans to the National World War II Memorial and many others. We filled seven buses with dozens of veterans. This trip meant so much to them and to all of us. Sadly, many World War II veterans did not live long enough to see the memorial, which opened in 2004. Honor Flight (honorflightphiladelphia.org) seeks to find as many of the remaining men and women as possible and take them there free on an upcoming trip.
March 21, 2014 |
AS FAR AS Bill Platt was concerned, there's a right way of doing things and a wrong way, and anything in between is suspect. And Bill didn't hesitate to call out anyone who violated this principle, be it politicians, government officials, greedy business executives, incompetent doctors or referees and umpires with vision problems. He would fire off an angry letter with the slightest provocation, making it unquestionably clear how he felt about anyone who didn't abide by his code of honor and responsibility.
March 19, 2014 |
PHILLY NATIVE Walter George Bruhl Jr. is a dead person; he is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker. Thus wrote Walter George Bruhl Jr., of Newark, Del., and Dewey Beach, Del., in preparing his own obituary. His rich sense of humor is obvious. He wrote: "His spirit was released from his worn-out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe. " Walter Bruhl, a native Philadelphian, longtime DuPont Co. technician and Marine veteran of the Korean War, died March 9. He was 80. His self-composed obituary is full of sharp witticisms.
March 16, 2014 |
LANGHORNE Military deployment is hard on the soldiers who serve around the world and on the families back home who worry about them. So, this year, the Phillies made a big deal for Upper Darby native Joe Andreacchio and his girlfriend, Corrie Gorman. On Friday morning, three days after Andreacchio, 29, a sergeant with the 333d Engineering Company, Army Reserve, out of Reading, returned from a nine-month tour of Afghanistan, the Phillies paid him a special visit. As he chowed down on a breakfast of bagels and coffee at the house of Gorman's parents in Langhorne, Andreacchio was shocked to see a crowd gathering in the front yard.
March 14, 2014 |
A PHILADELPHIA police officer has been suspended and criminally charged after he allegedly yanked a war veteran off a Center City corner last year, handcuffed him and drove him around in his SUV, irked that the man and his friends had criticized his driving. The 16-minute saga started when Officer Kevin Corcoran, 33, a nine-year veteran of the force, was patrolling in his SUV near 13th and Lombard streets about 2 a.m. last March 31, according to the District Attorney's Office. A pedestrian, part of a group of people on the sidewalk nearby, yelled to Corcoran that he'd made an illegal turn, prompting the officer to get out of his car and yell at the group, the D.A.'s office said yesterday in a statement.
March 11, 2014
SEN. Pat Toomey has angered a lot of his constituents lately - and we're not even talking about the progressives who are appalled at his triumphant effort last week to block the nomination of Debo Adegbile for assistant attorney general. We're talking military veterans. Despite proclaiming himself a champion of veterans and making grandiose statements about our society's obligation to take care of them, Sen. Toomey was one of 41 Senators - all Republicans - who defeated a recent bill that would have expanded veterans' benefits and restored a cost-of-living pension cut. Veterans are furious.
March 7, 2014 |
THE BACK ROOM on the second floor at Tattooed Mom, a bar on South Street near 5th, was perfectly equipped for a collision of Philadelphia's political generations. Members of Philly for Change, which styles itself as "reform-minded progressive Democrats," sat in old bumper cars while three politicians asked for their support and bashed one another. The bumper cars, like everything else in the room, were covered in graffiti, a Thunderdome decor for Wednesday evening's grudge match among state Reps.