June 15, 2016 |
In Pennsylvania, buying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon is about as easy as buying lunch, experts say. Go to a licensed gun store, sign the papers, complete an instant background check, pop down the money and walk out with the weapon. No waiting period is necessary. "You can buy an AR-15 as quickly as you can buy a cheesesteak," said Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. "It is astonishingly easy," said Bryan Miller, spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
June 9, 2016
Winslow Township Middle School was put on lockdown for a while Tuesday after a student was found to have a kitchen-style steak knife and a spring-loaded pellet gun in a classroom, police said. The student did not threaten anyone, and no students were in danger, police said. Officers responded around 12:40 p.m. to the school after receiving a report of a student with a weapon. Police said the student was charged with possession of weapons for an unlawful purpose. - Michael Boren
June 2, 2016
ISSUE | HIROSHIMA Get serious about abolishing nuclear weapons "We must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without" nuclear weapons, President Obama's said during his moving visit to Hiroshima, site of the world's first use of such a bomb against a city ("Death fell from the sky," Saturday). Those words echoed his Prague declaration, in which he called for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, leading to a Nobel Peace Prize. Obama's visit to Hiroshima was a noble gesture, but the logic of his words - and of our times - demands that we begin the process of serious negotiations to abolish nuclear weapons so that never again can a Hiroshima happen anywhere on Earth.
May 18, 2016 |
At the Arden Theatre, a rich array of local acting talent is cultivating The Secret Garden , the Marsha Norman/Lucy Simon musical, innovatively co-conceived by Jorge Cousineau and company artistic director Terrence J. Nolen. In the show, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel, vocal powerhouses Jeffrey Coon, Alex Keiper, and Steve Pacek sing of illness, loneliness, and neglect in the setting of a gloomy Yorkshire estate in the early years of the 20th century. Each Philadelphia thespian has showstopping moments of Celtic pop song.
May 9, 2016 |
Brandon Moss hacked helplessly at Hector Neris' offering. The swing was so off-balance that the Cardinal's body spun in a circle Tuesday night. Neris made another opponent look foolish. The Phillies pitcher claimed his latest victim by way of his dominant splitter. Neris - the surprise force of the Phillies' surprising bullpen - removed his cap and pointed to the sky as he walked off the mound. His wild season and unlikely baseball journey continued. Neris spent last season between the majors and triple A. He did not play a vital role with the Phillies.
March 13, 2016 |
NEW YORK - There were more than two words on the Villanova defensive game plan against Providence on Friday night in the Big East semifinals, but there really didn't have to be. Dunn and Bentil. That was really what the night would be about for the Wildcats. Point guard Kris Dunn, soon to be an NBA lottery pick, and Ben Bentil, a dominating power forward coming off a 38-point performance in the quarterfinals. If Villanova was going to reach the conference championship game for the second straight year, it would be because the Wildcats didn't let those two get in the way. The only question was how exactly that might happen.
March 11, 2016 |
MAKHMOUR, Iraq - From a fortified Kurdish hilltop bunker I could overlook the frontline town of Gwer and across the Great Zab river to stands of trees and derelict buildings where ISIS fighters are dug in. On Monday night, ISIS rockets whizzed over this bunker. Several kilometers to the rear, framed by dusty hills, sits Black Tiger Camp, the spartan headquarters of Gen. Sirwan Barzani, the Kurdish commander of the Gwer-Makhmour region. The camp gets its name from the 1990s, when the burly, mustachioed Barzani led peshmerga fighters in their rebellion against Saddam Hussein and earned the nickname "Black Tiger.
January 9, 2016
ISSUE | HUMAN RIGHTS End female mutilation Congratulations to Gambia for banning female genital mutilation and setting a $1,250 fine and up to three years in prison for those who practice it ("Bill banning mutilation passes," Jan. 1). The removal of external female genitalia for nonmedical reasons is practiced in countries around the world, though it is banned by the United Nations. The girl is often held down on an unsterile kitchen or coffee table and cut with scissors or shards of glass.
November 19, 2015 |
DWIGHT EVANS seeks a new political place. After 34 years in the Legislature during which he ran, then lost, the powerful House Appropriations Committee, after failed runs for lieutenant governor, governor and twice for mayor, he's now running for Congress. I wonder why. Why leave one mess in one Capitol for an arguably bigger mess in another? Especially since Washington runs on seniority, so if he wins, he starts on the bottom rung of the ladder. Maybe he's bored with Harrisburg.
November 5, 2015 |
After a three-inch hunting knife and a loaded handgun were found on school property this fall, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is planning a community meeting on school safety. "Parents are legitimately concerned," school board member Jeff Hellrung said. The meeting at 6 p.m. next Wednesday at Unionville High School will review the school's safety plan and "what else needs to be addressed" to keep students safe, a memo on the school's website said. "There has been district-wide concern and outrage over this incident, understandably so," Superintendent John Sanville said in a news release about the gun, which was left in an unlocked car outside Charles F. Patton Middle School.