October 17, 2012
THE FUNERAL for Pennsylvania's longest-serving U.S. senator, Arlen Specter, will be held at noon Tuesday at the Har Zion Temple, in Penn Valley. The synagogue is on Hagys Ford Road near Hollow. His burial will immediately follow at Shalom Memorial Park, on Pine Road near Byberry, in Huntingdon Valley. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend the funeral services, which are open to the public. Recording devices and cameras are prohibited. Specter's family asks that donations be contributed to Philadelphia University or another charity in lieu of flowers.
January 30, 2012
SURE, BULLETS were flying in the barroom at Dante & Luigi's on Halloween night in 1989, when a masked man pulled a gun out of his trick-or-treat bag and starting pumping round after round into Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia mob boss. Before that, the Italian restaurant at 10th and Catharine streets was a hangout for Angelo Bruno, the mob boss who was killed outside his Snyder Avenue home in 1980 by a hitman with a shotgun. You'll still see a wiseguy having dinner there from time to time.
January 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday vowed urgent action against gun violence in America, pledging steps by the Obama administration that he said could "take thousands of people out of harm's way" and improve the safety of millions more. But a day ahead of a meeting with the National Rifle Association, which has sunk past gun-control efforts and is opposing any new ones, Biden signaled that the administration is mindful of political realities that could imperil sweeping gun-control legislation, and is willing to settle for something less.
March 19, 2010 |
Israel and the United States yesterday backed away from a week-old confrontation over Israel's plans to build 1,600 apartments for Jewish residents in East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Arabs in the 1967 war. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, offered to take steps to help restart peace talks, and Clinton directed U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell to travel to the region this weekend...
November 7, 2011 |
President Obama is planning to roll into Delaware County tomorrow for an ostensibly nonpolitical event that could finally give Democrats the Election Day boost they need to break the GOP's 35-year monopoly of County Council. Not likely, though, if recent history is any guide. The ghost of JFK could descend on Delco and Republicans would probably still dominate at the polls. Democrats have cut deeply into the GOP voter-registration advantage in recent years, but that hasn't translated into success in countywide races.
December 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - Sen. Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, was remembered Thursday as a man who gallantly defended his country on the battlefield and gracefully sought to better it during the 50-plus years he represented his beloved state of Hawaii. Colleagues and aides lined the Capitol rotunda five deep to say farewell. The rare ceremony demonstrated the respect and good will he generated over the years. Only 31 people have lain in the Capitol rotunda; the last was former President Gerald R. Ford nearly six years ago. The last senator who died in office and was accorded the honor was Democrat Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, in 1978.
May 19, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The White House and key lawmakers are considering reductions in student-loan subsidies, farm payments and support for federal workers' pensions as they search for cuts that can clear the way for an increase in the national debt limit, according to officials in both parties. The negotiations, led by Vice President Joe Biden, are still in the early stages, with no final decisions made, these officials said yesterday. "We're talking [about cuts totaling] $200 billion, $150 billion and we have to get up into the trillion range or more," said Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., one of six other lawmakers taking part in the talks at Blair House across the street from the White House.
January 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - With a quick and simple swearing-in ceremony at the White House, President Obama ended his first term in office Sunday and embarked on another four years of leadership. The president stood next to his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 35-word oath, more smoothly than he did four years ago, in front of cameras and a small group of Obama's family and friends. The intimate ceremony was a quirk of the calendar and an adherence to tradition.
November 17, 2013 |
A WEEK AFTER returning from a 10-day trip to the United Kingdom and Israel, Mayor Nutter is taking his act on the road once more. Nutter on Monday will join a trip led by Vice President Joe Biden to tour the Panama Canal's expansion project, which the city is hoping will boost business at Philly's port. "There is great potential to increase economic activity at our port and create good-wage-paying jobs for Philadelphians," Nutter said in a statement. Nutter has traveled a lot in the past year, with trips to China, Italy, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Chicago and many others.
December 21, 2012 |
POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles Ramsey will travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday to take part in a discussion about gun violence with Vice President Joe Biden and other law-enforcement leadership in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. Ramsey heads the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think tank. "This happened rather suddenly," Ramsey said. "The email came in late [Tuesday], so I had to juggle some things on my calendar to be able to go tomorrow.