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SPORTS
February 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles released veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday in a move that opens $3.5 million in salary cap space but takes one of the most respected players off the roster. "What DeMeco Ryans has done for our organization, the class he brought, day in and day out, I just wish him the best as he goes forward with his career, and really, in life," said Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations. Ryans, 31, has been with the Eagles since 2012.
NEWS
February 13, 2016
A health technician at the Veteran's Affairs hospital in Coatesville was arrested Thursday and charged with multiple counts of tax fraud and theft. Federal prosecutors say Martin W. Kennedy, 68, prepared inflated tax returns for several of his coworkers and friends between 2010 and 2013, bilking the government out of nearly $250,000 in inflated deductions. According to an indictment filed Tuesday, Kennedy also scammed some of his clients by diverting portions of their refund checks totaling $9,000 over four years to his own bank account without their knowledge.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Milton Becket, 92, of Berwyn, a lawyer and decorated World War II Army veteran, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, of congestive heart failure at home. Known as "Mickey," Mr. Becket was born in Philadelphia to William and Anna Becket. At various times, he also lived in Pittsburgh, and New York City, but he had made Berwyn his home since 1988. He graduated from Central High School, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Mr. Becket was assigned to Company A of the 179th Infantry Regiment, the 45th Infantry Division, known as the Thunderbirds.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
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.
SPORTS
January 28, 2016 | BY LES BOWEN, Staff Writer
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)
NEWS
January 20, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 9, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | By Joe Sylvester, SUNBURY DAILY ITEM
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.
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