June 23, 2015 |
They've found musket balls and shell fragments, the expected refuse of battle. Archaeologists and volunteers combing the grounds of the Red Bank Battlefield this month have unearthed at least 150 artifacts, about 50 of them tied to the crucial Revolutionary War fight 238 years ago. But they have also discovered objects with a more personal, human connection, said Wade Catts, regional cultural director of JMA, a division of Commonwealth Cultural...
June 13, 2015 |
After meeting behind closed doors in Harrisburg earlier this week, Gov. Wolf and state House Speaker Mike Turzai said little about their talks to find common ground on a new budget. But as both swung through the Philadelphia region Thursday, they left little doubt their gap was as wide as ever. Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, used a stop in Delaware County to rip Wolf's plan to tax natural-gas drillers, a key plank in the Democratic governor's budget proposal. Fifty miles away, in Doylestown, Wolf and his wife sat with school officials extolling his plan to levy a 5 percent tax on extracted natural gas, which they say would raise about $1 billion for schools.
June 5, 2015 |
Elizabeth Emma Miller Zaro, 95, of Valley Forge, an officer in the Navy WAVES during World War II and later a homemaker and secretary, died Saturday, May 23, at Paoli Hospital of complications following a fall. Born in Williamstown, Pa., she was the daughter of Dr. Morris W. and Harriet E. Humphreys Miller. She grew up in Ebensburg and attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., briefly before transferring to the Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University), from which she graduated in 1941.
May 30, 2015 |
May the force be with you at the Franklin Institute's Star Wars Day. Show your Star Wars swagger and come dressed as your favorite movie character, see a huge Lego version of the Millennium Falcon space craft, and meet members of the Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming organization. They will be dressed in galactic fashion, and families can take selfies with their favorite hero or villain from the film series. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. Admission: $19.95, $15.95 ages 3 to 11, free for members.
May 25, 2015 |
My father, Maurice "Moose" Berry, was in the 104th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division and fought in the Ardennes, where he was wounded, and in the Battle of the Bulge. Over the years, he revisited places where he had seen combat, and he toured American Battle Monument Cemeteries with my mother and my husband. In 2005, he photographed the grave markers of all the men of the 26th who lost their lives in Europe. When my father told me in November 2013 he wanted to return, I wanted to go with him. We planned our visit to coincide with the 2014 Memorial Day ceremony at the Lorraine Cemetery in St. Avold, France; with more than 10,000 military dead interred, it's the largest American burial site in Europe.
May 24, 2015
* GRACE OF MONACO . 9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime. Nicole Kidman stars in this oddly filmed look at a tumultuous period in the life of the Philadelphia-born princess - and on her supposed role in helping to end a standoff between tiny Monaco and Charles de Gaulle's France. Widely panned at Cannes, it has landed here after a very public fight between director Olivier Dahan and producer Harvey Weinstein. Lifetime's put on much, much worse than this, though, and I don't blame you a bit if you can't resist.
May 22, 2015 |
A former 911 dispatcher has been charged with scamming the city out of $55,500 from a fund earmarked for members of the armed services fighting in the war on terror. Authorities say Pendarvis Williams, 51, forged paperwork to collect $500 a month allotted to employees serving in Operation Enduring Freedom, the military response to the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said Wednesday. He was charged this week with theft. Williams, a former National Guardsman, was eligible for the program for about a year: He served on active duty in the armed forces from Dec. 3, 2002, to Oct. 18, 2003, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
May 15, 2015 |
Suddenly, Republicans aiming for the White House find themselves knee-deep in the big muddy. Twelve years after the United States invaded Iraq, the party's presidential hopefuls are rehashing the decision to go to war, after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview that aired Monday that he would have made the same decision as his brother, former President George W. Bush. Jeb Bush has since tried to clarify his comments, but he has been dragged into a three-day political quagmire as, one after the other, his likely rivals have said they would not have ordered the 2003 invasion of Iraq, given the erroneous intelligence that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction.
May 14, 2015 |
Gov. Christie said Tuesday that if he'd been president in 2003 and had known that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction, he would not have gone to war. "Now, I think President Bush made the best decision he could at the time," given the information the intelligence community had provided to him, Christie told CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview. "But I don't think you can honestly say that if we knew then that there was no WMD, that the country should've gone to war," Christie said.
May 12, 2015 |
The War on Terror hasn't lasted that long - not compared with the Hundred Years' War (1337- 1453) or even the Thirty Years' War (1618-48). But most Americans are war-weary nonetheless, and there is no sign of relief. How can there be when any violent act by a lone wolf can be claimed by a terrorist organization as its latest attack on America? U.S. officials were trying to determine whether ISIS, which claimed responsibility for a shootout last week at a free-speech event in Texas, was actually involved.