January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - It was altogether a more intimate affair than four years ago. Just a party of untold hundred thousands, chilling in the nation's backyard. President Obama's inauguration Monday brought out a festive crowd of flag-wavers who filled the National Mall to overflowing, hailed his moment with lusty cheers and spent their down time spotting celebrities amid the bunting. No match for the staggering masses and adrenaline-pumping energy of his first turn as president on the west front of the Capitol.
December 19, 2012
In the Region New CEO at Royal Bank Royal Bank America 's parent company, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania Inc. , of Narberth, named F. Kevin Tylus its president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Robert R. Tabas, the CEO since 2009, will retire from day-to-day management but remains as chairman, the bank said. Tylus was president of Mercer County, N.J.-based Yardville National Bank when it was acquired in 2007 by PNC Financial Services Group Inc. , which made him a regional president.
April 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Retired space shuttle Discovery streaked across the sky one last time Tuesday, piggybacking on a modified Boeing 747 jetliner to Washington Dulles International Airport as it headed for its final resting place: the Smithsonian Institution. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Caroline Boucher, who was visiting from Bangor, Pa. Tourists and locals gathered on the National Mall, on rooftops and at other sites around the nation's capital to see the historic shuttle in flight before it goes on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. A 7-year-old boy dressed as an astronaut posed for pictures as his sister stomped on a toy air pump, firing a foam rocket into the air. Bystanders gazed with binoculars, pointing and taking photos as the conjoined crafts took a tandem flight over Washington at an altitude of 1,500 feet - less than three times the height of the Washington Monument - perfect for viewing.
January 20, 2012
Storm paralyzes Washington state SEATTLE - A monster Pacific Northwest storm coated the Seattle area in a thick layer of ice Thursday and brought much of Washington state to a standstill, sending hundreds of cars spinning out of control, temporarily shutting down Sea-Tac Airport and knocking down so many trees that members of the Washington State Patrol brought chain saws to work. Oregon experienced torrential rain that swept away a car from a grocery store parking lot, killing a mother and her 1-year-old son. East of Seattle, a man was killed by a falling tree, authorities said.
December 23, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The earthquake-damaged Washington Monument has extensive cracking and chipped stones near its peak that have left it highly vulnerable to rainfall, and inspectors found cracks and loose stones along the entire length of the 555-foot structure, according to a report released Thursday by the National Park Service. The report was prepared by the engineering firm whose employees rappelled down the sides of the monument in September to inspect the damage. It offers the most detailed portrait yet of the condition of the 127-year-old monument, which has been closed to visitors since a 5.8-magnitude quake shook the nation's capital on Aug. 23. The report does not estimate how long repairs would take or how much they would cost.
October 2, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Emma Cardini never envisioned herself rappelling down the sides of buildings. She's a civil engineer, not a thrill-seeker. But for a second straight day last week she was a high-wire celebrity and object of fascination for tourists as she made her way up and down the east face of the Washington Monument to document earthquake damage. Cardini, 32, is part of the four-person "difficult access team" using harnesses and ropes to traverse the exterior of the monument and test each individual stone.
September 29, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - In what looked like a scene from a Hollywood action movie, an elite team of professionals rappelled down the Washington Monument on Wednesday - not to carry out a covert mission but to inspect the damage done to the 555-foot marble obelisk by last month's earthquake. As tourists squinted at the tiny figures, two men and two women climbed from a hatch and observation windows at the top of the monument and slowly began lowering themselves with ropes and harnesses down its pyramid-shaped cap, where a large, inch-wide crack was located and where they expected to find the most damage.
August 25, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - There was a crack in the Washington Monument, and capstones were broken at the National Cathedral. In the District of Columbia suburbs, some people stayed in shelters because of structural concerns at their apartment buildings. A day after the strongest East Coast earthquake in 67 years, inspectors assessed the damage and found that most problems were minor. But the shaking raised questions about whether this part of the country, with its older architecture and inexperience with seismic activity, is prepared for a truly powerful quake.
August 24, 2011 |
MINERAL, Va. - No deaths or serious injuries were reported after tens of millions of people from Georgia to Canada were jolted Tuesday by the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II. The White House said advisers told President Obama there were no reports of major damage to the nation's infrastructure, including airports and nuclear facilities, but cracks appeared in the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral, which...
May 30, 2010
Philadelphia is home to several monuments dedicated to the men and women who died while in military service, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in Washington Square. In 1682, William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme, laid out the city grid to include five planned squares, one of which was Southeast Square at Locust and Sixth Streets. For much of the 18th century, this square was a grazing land and a potter's field. During the Revolutionary War, it was used as a burial ground for fallen colonial soldiers.