February 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - When he started working on defense issues, Ashton Carter said Wednesday, there was just one big worry: the Cold War and its threat of nuclear disaster. "Those were the good old days," said Sen. James M. Inhofe (R., Okla.). Now, as Carter stands poised to become the civilian head of the U.S. military, the Abington High School graduate faces a much more complex tangle. "We are in a time where the number and severity of risks is not something I've seen before in my life," Carter said during the first hearing on his nomination to become secretary of defense.
February 6, 2015 |
IN A BEAT-UP maroon Toyota Corolla, Carol Rostucher drives slowly up Kensington Avenue, the street of tortured souls lost in heroin's handgrip. She scans the young faces, the ones with the faraway eyes of self-disgust. One of them might be her son, Drew, a handsome 25-year-old. He was her first-born, once an athletic, artistic "social butterfly. " She knows he is out here. "As long as he's breathing, there is hope," she says. Garbage bags filled with blankets, hats, gloves and feet warmers cover the back seat.
January 29, 2015 |
T. Milton Street Sr., the former state senator who ran for mayor in 2011 while on supervised release after doing time in federal prison, wants Philadelphia voters to know he is no felon. Street, a Democrat now mulling another run for mayor, is incensed that Nia Meeks, a regular panelist on 6ABC's Inside Story , referred to him during Sunday's broadcast as a "former felon. " Street spent 26 months in a federal prison and a halfway house after being convicted on three misdemeanor charges of not paying taxes on $3 million in income.
January 28, 2015 |
Through 25 years, the Iguanas have offered a distinct yet variegated sound, carving out their own Latinized niche in the teeming musical landscape of New Orleans. Ending a tour upstairs at the World Café Live on Sunday, the quartet stretched out for two engaging hours of Crescent City cumbias, Tex-Mex, boleros, and more before hitting the road home to Louisiana, ahead of the impending winter storm. New Orleans has long boasted a near-embarrassment of musical riches, one the Iguanas tap. That glorious tangle of cross-fertilized roots has yielded numerous strains of jazz, R&B, rock, and funk, along with the second-line sounds of those strutting brass bands and the earthy Afro-Native American Mardi Gras Indians (who lost a standout figure last week with the death of Bo Dollis, "Big Chief" of his Wild Magnolias ensemble for 50 years)
January 20, 2015 |
David Lowery is an industrious fellow. Only two years after the laid-back singer/songwriter ended his influential, smart-aleck, folk-punk-world music ensemble Camper Van Beethoven in 1989, he started another group, Cracker, whose riff-rocking take on still-sarcastic lyrics inspired indie bands from Gogol Bordello and Pavement to My Morning Jacket and Dr. Dog. Lowery reignited Camper Van Beethoven in the early 2000s and had them open for Cracker...
January 18, 2015 |
Despite a winter-long coming-out party for the polar vortex and the record snows around here, for the planet 2014 was the warmest in 135 years of record-keeping, U.S. climatologists said Friday. Averaged for the entire year, temperatures were 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of about 57, according to the National Climatic Data Center, nudging out 2005 and 2010 by a mere 0.07 degrees. At a joint morning briefing, NASA also said that 2014 was the warmest on its database, although its method of calculation is slightly different.
January 15, 2015 |
On the night before he died, 15-year-old Adnan "Ado" Halkic was texting with his dad, excited about the next day's Rose Bowl game between Florida State and Oregon. "He loved the Oregon Ducks," Adam Halkic recalled this week. "He said, 'Dad, let's get some wings. We'll watch it together.' " It was New Year's Eve. His parents and 19-year-old sister were driving to a party in Pennsylvania, but Ado declined, saying he would watch the ball drop at home on TV. He finished his text with "Happy New Year" and "I love you, too, Dad. " When the family returned to its Burlington Township home about 11:30 p.m., he joked with his father that "tomorrow is the Ducks' day," and headed to his room.
January 12, 2015 |
On Friday, the day French police killed the terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo, the liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged in Jeddah for insulting Islam. The two cases are bookends. The terrorists, who apparently had links to al-Qaeda and ISIS, murdered 10 journalists in the name of Islam because the journalists "insulted" the prophet Muhammad. Badawi, a brave human-rights activist, was sentenced to 15 years by a Saudi court - and 50 lashes once a week for 20 weeks - because he critiqued the way Saudi clerics interpret Islam.
January 11, 2015 |
Doane Academy, a small prep school in Burlington City, was "in pretty tired shape" when John McGee interviewed for the headmaster's job 15 years ago. "Everyone felt tired and discouraged," he told a news conference Friday. Enrollment across all 13 grades was only about 100, the aged brick buildings had grown unsafe, and "financially, we were really up against a wall. " But the threat of bankruptcy that once hovered over this quaint, 178-year-old campus has been banished, perhaps forever.