March 18, 2013 |
When Briana Gess of Haddonfield was 4 years old, she decided she was over riding in her parents' jogging stroller. They competed in local road races, usually with their daughter in front. Her protests grew so loud that her father let her out of the stroller during a 5K, figuring she'd run for a bit then want to get back in. That never happened. She finished the race on her own. "I've liked it ever since," said Gess, 14, chatting in the Saxbys Coffee in downtown Haddonfield.
March 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The military has stopped production of a new medal for remote warfare troops - drone operators and cyber warfighters - as it considers complaints from veterans and lawmakers over the award, which was ranked higher than traditional combat medals like the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the Distinguished Warfare Medal, which was to be awarded to troops who operate drones and use other technological skills to fight America's wars from afar.
March 8, 2013 |
SEA GIRT, N.J. - The museum was prepared for the worst. A line of sandbags ringed the building, and priceless artifacts and records were raised about four feet off the floor. But when Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the effort to save the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey "was not enough," said curator and Army Guard Capt. Vince Solomeno. The storm surge from the ocean less than a quarter-mile away crashed through a garage door, then poured into a large room where a Civil War-era submarine, antique military vehicles, and other memorabilia were displayed.
March 7, 2013
The New York Rangers have added veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik. New York claimed the 38-year-old Hamrlik off waivers from the Washington Capitals one day after Marc Staal was struck in the right eye by a deflected puck in the third period of the Rangers' 4-2 win over the Flyers. Staal will be out indefinitely, but doctors said he would make a full recovery. The defenseman was not wearing a visor. Hamrlik, the active leader with 1,383 NHL games played, is in the final season of a two-year, $7 million contract.
March 5, 2013 |
There are a handful of incarnations of the indie rock band Eels, a decades-long project led by Mark Oliver Everett. Over the course of 10 studio albums, the band has been quiet and introspective, aggressive and defiant, witty and sweet, and a spectrum in between. Live shows have likewise covered the gamut, from full string orchestra to rock band to solo Everett and his guitar. This time around, Eels is an all-out rock band. Five men, wearing dark sunglasses and clad in black Adidas track suits, took the stage Saturday night at World Cafe Live.
February 28, 2013 |
President Obama's first pick to head the once-fearsome Department of Justice Antitrust Division scared would-be monopolists, at least for a moment. "When markets are competitive, the consumer wins," Christine Varney told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce back in 2009. She blamed the ideology of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush that, she claimed, let industries regulate themselves. "Higher prices, reduced product variety, and slower innovations" were the result, Varney said.
February 26, 2013 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - There was Ryan Howard legging out a double to the wall and Jimmy Rollins stealing second base and Roy Halladay showing the velocity and late life on his fastball that was missing for much of the 2012 season. The Phillies' veterans have talked a good game for the first couple weeks of spring training, and two games into the Grapefruit League schedule their actions have followed suit. Energy is a difficult entity to measure in objective terms, so you'll just have to trust the opinion of somebody who has been around this team for the last six spring trainings: There is a unique feeling emanating from the locker stalls where the veterans dress that was not present the last few Februaries.
February 22, 2013 |
India Spellman, the 17-year-old whose one-day robbery spree with a 14-year-old boy ended in the 2010 shooting death of a World War II veteran, was found guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday by a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury. The announcement of the verdict after about two hours of deliberations drew shrieks from Spellman's family, some of whom ran from the courtroom. Spellman's face fell and her lower lip began quivering as she heard the emotion erupt behind her. Twice since the trial began on Feb. 13, Spellman had rejected prosecution guilty-plea deals that would have put her in prison for 20 to 40 years.
February 21, 2013 |
Who killed the banks? And why aren't they in prison? It's past three years since Wachovia, National City , and other giant lenders that made too many dumb loans to borrowers who couldn't pay were forced into oblivion in government-aided discount sales to new owners, destroying share values and hometown jobs. Last time banks failed on a big scale - back when George H.W. Bush was president - scores of bad-bank operators and lying business borrowers went to prison. That hasn't happened much under President Obama , whose administration prefers fines and wrist-slapping.
February 20, 2013 |
Kevin J. McAleese, 55, of Fairmount, a retired colonel in the Army Reserve who revived the Miss Philadelphia Pageant, died Friday, Feb. 15, of cancer in hospice care at a friend's home in Pottstown. He had been active in the Miss America Pageant as a volunteer. In the early 1990s, Mr. McAleese was called to escort some Miss America contestants in the Philadelphia area. It was through his work with Miss America that he became interested in reviving the Miss Philadelphia pageant, which had gone dormant in the mid-1980s, colleagues said.