November 4, 2014 |
ROBERT BERGHAIER probably could have been a writer or an artist. He didn't take up either trade, but his son, Robert, said his father, a veteran of two wars, had a discerning eye. "He was very observant," his son said. "He had a very good eye and a gift for being very descriptive. He could process information and tell you exactly what happened. " What happened to Robert Berghaier might have made a good book. He and his son would sit around the kitchen table and the elder Berghaier would regale his son with stories of his adventures, down to the smallest detail.
November 4, 2014 |
Eric Frein will get a legal team with decades of murder trial experience, including a lawyer who has both prosecuted and defended death penalty cases. The Pike County Public Defender's Office on Monday confirmed that a judge had appointed Robert Bernathy and Michael Weinstein to represent Frein, the alleged killer of a state trooper, who was captured Thursday after a 48-day manhunt in the Poconos. Weinstein confirmed that he was appointed at a rate of $178 an hour and that he met Monday with Frein in prison.
November 1, 2014 |
EDWARD F. Crawford Sr. packed enough drama in his life to severely tax any normal man. He was a highly decorated Marine veteran of three wars, who received five Purple Hearts for wounds. He was an Upper Darby Township Police Officer, state constable serving into his 80s, a boxer with a few professional bouts, and the founder of a boxing gym that saved many kids from the temptations of the streets. Ed Crawford, who served a total of 40 years in the Marines, including stints in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, and retired with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gunner, died Sunday.
October 25, 2014 |
A chill wind blew off the Delaware River as the U.S. women's soccer team ran onto PPL Park's field Thursday evening to prepare for its CONCACAF Women's Championship 2014 semifinal match with Mexico a night later. Instinctively, as if they were students drawn to her for wisdom, several of the American players gathered around Christie Rampone. Rampone, a 39-year-old New Jersey mother of two, is the aged guru of the U.S. squad, which can guarantee itself a spot in the 2015 World Cup with a victory Friday night.
October 21, 2014 |
The gently rolling land at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery is usually a quiet, contemplative place. Flags flap in the breeze, visitors kneel at graves with flowers, and a line of cars heads to graveside services. But these days, the peace and serenity of the state-operated Burlington County cemetery is often broken by the sounds of heavy construction - part of a federally funded $18 million, three-year-long improvement project making way for more burials.
October 13, 2014 |
THE ACTIVITY ROOM was full of quiet men in wheelchairs. Women in nursing scrubs popped in to say hello to one of them, Edward Brown, and he smiled and blew kisses back in their direction. A therapist who worked at the Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, Cumberland County, hugged Brown briefly and leaned against a doorway, drying her eyes as she smiled at him. "He's a beautiful man," the woman, Donna Hickman, said. Brown, 94, seemed untouched by age on this October morning, his memory sparkling in high-definition, his electric wheelchair far too fast for the administration's comfort.
September 30, 2014 |
WHEN JIM THOMPSON was growing up in South Philadelphia, he worked for a time at a newsstand across the street from his home on 24th Street. It was there that he developed an abiding interest in current events, digesting the headlines and stories in the local papers of the happenings of his day. He carried this interest through his life, and always enjoyed engaging family and friends in discussions of what was going on in the world, including the...
September 29, 2014 |
At one point during the chaos and carnage of D-Day, the USS Frankford sailed so close to Omaha Beach that it scraped bottom. The destroyer's big guns blasted German machine-gun positions and helped pinned-down GIs advance on June 6, 1944, when all seemed lost. Tom Potts, then a teenager from Moorestown, was manning an antiaircraft gun on the Frankford's deck amid the cacophony of fire - and lost most of his hearing that day 70 years ago. After numerous surgeries and hearing aids, the now-89-year-old from Upper Pittsgrove, Salem County, still has trouble following conversations and is among four million disabled service members who returned home with the lingering effects of war. Next Sunday, all of them will be honored with the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington.
September 17, 2014 |
SHE SPENT THE weekends in her car, driving from one corner of the city to another, looking for something that she couldn't quite put her finger on. On the one hand, Joan Ryan, the director of recovery services for the Philadelphia Department of Veteran Affairs, had an idea of what she was searching for: a building that could house 40 military veterans. But it needed to be more than just walls and a roof. It needed to be a sanctuary for people whose lives had fallen to pieces, a place that could help them learn to stand again - and in a way that few VA facilities had ever tried.
September 12, 2014 |
More than 75 veterans and their family members, many fuming, packed a town-hall meeting at Philadelphia's veterans hospital Wednesday, scolding administrators about the quality of care and voicing deep skepticism that change is possible. What was billed as a question-and-answer session turned into a mostly one-way onslaught, the most heated of three Veterans Affairs town-hall meetings held in the city in an attempt to repair trust lost by the national scandal over delayed care. A panel of administrators, nodding in recognition of the fury from a table at the front of the auditorium, listened, apologized, and promised to do better.