October 14, 2013
In 1777, George Washington's bedraggled Continental Army hunkered down at Valley Forge for a winter that one in five would not survive. In marking the centennial of that season, the Philadelphia lawyer Henry Armitt Brown alluded to the 23d Psalm, calling the former encampment "this valley of the shadow of that death out of which the life of America rose. " The nation born of that struggle is now struggling to marshal its vast resources to maintain Valley Forge as a swath of lightly staffed open space.
June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Whenever Kyle Blasy took his girlfriend to a place with a great view, he joked that it would be a good spot to propose. The Jenkintown native did it at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, at historic Williamsburg, Va., and when he and Nora Przybylowski went hiking in Pennypack Preserve. So when Blasy repeated their running joke atop the U.S. Capitol dome Monday morning, Przybylowski didn't think much of it. Only this time, Blasy had a ring and was on one knee, about 220 feet above the base of the Capitol, with stunning views of the National Mall and Washington Monument.
June 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Philanthropist and media mogul Oprah Winfrey is donating $12 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, officials announced Tuesday. Combined with the $1 million she gave in 2007, it is the museum's largest donation. In recognition, Winfrey's name will go on a 350-seat theater. The chairwoman and chief executive of the Oprah Winfrey Network has been a member of the museum's advisory council since 2004. "I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole," Winfrey said in a statement.
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.