April 15, 2015 |
America last went to war with Spain when Admiral George Dewey famously instructed the captain of the Olympia - the storied cruiser now docked at Penn's Landing - "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley. " That was in 1898. And yet these bygone hostilities seem strangely fresh in the minds of members of Philadelphia City Council, alongside an understanding of economics that is similarly rooted in the 19th century. Since Council rejected Connecticut-based UIL Holdings' $1.87 billion offer for the Philadelphia Gas Works without so much as a hearing, its members have taken to noting UIL's subsequent merger with the Spanish utility Iberdrola as if it somehow justifies their abdication of duty.
February 15, 2015 |
Andrew Biddle, the champion offshore powerboat racer from Egg Harbor Township who emerged this week to face criminal charges after vanishing nearly seven months ago, remained a free man Friday after posting $50,000 bail, his lawyer said. Biddle, 45, was declared missing last July after a boating accident. Though some who knew him feared he was dead, local authorities soon came to believe he orchestrated the accident to avoid fraud charges stemming from the boat-sales company where he worked.
February 3, 2015 |
* FRESH OFF THE BOAT. 8:30 and 9:31 p.m. Wednesday, 6ABC. * ALLEGIANCE. 10 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. WHAT DOES it mean when we call something groundbreaking? I think it should mean we can come back in a year or two and find more than a deep hole. So I'm not going to saddle ABC's very funny "Fresh Off the Boat" with the G-word. Because it's been a little more than 20 years since comedian Margaret Cho became the first Asian-American to star in a network sitcom.
January 22, 2015 |
WHEN JOSEPH Sindoni bought a boat for seagoing outings from the Jersey Shore, he thought his wife would be thrilled. But when she saw it, Margaret's reaction was less than enthusiastic. "Where's the bathroom?" she wanted to know. So, Joseph, always the devoted husband, went out and bought a bigger boat - a 24-footer with a bathroom. The family kept the boat for about eight years at North Wildwood, but, even though he was a former Navy man, the family didn't get that much use out of the boat and he finally sold it. Part of the problem was that Joseph Sindoni was the kind of guy whose favorite activity was work.
December 29, 2014 |
Unspoiled white-sand beaches, turquoise-blue waters, frolicking green sea turtles, and bays, lagoons, and reefs so idyllic you have to pinch yourself just to make sure they're real - the Grenadines are one of the most spectacular sailing destinations in the world. In this archipelago of sun-splashed Caribbean islands that stretch from Grenada to St. Vincent, there's so much to explore that it would take a lifetime to truly appreciate it all. With only two weeks and a chartered sailboat, my photographer and I did our best to get a taste of this fabled paradise.
December 22, 2014 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - Buoys bobbed in the bay near the tip of this town on a recent frigid day. Many of the waterfront homes were empty - their inhabitants absent and elsewhere. Gone, like Andrew Biddle. It has been five months since Biddle, an internationally honored powerboat racer, was declared missing after a pontoon boat he was said to have been aboard struck a buoy and crashed into a jetty. What at first seemed to be a tragic boat accident turned into the launch of Biddle's plunge into mystery.
October 16, 2014 |
Alice McGlynn Moran, 98, of Ocean City, president of Marine Services Group in Philadelphia and Marcus Hook, died Monday, Oct. 6, at home. The firm provides transportation for people and goods from Shore points to ships anchored in the Delaware River, from the Delaware Bay to Morrisville, a son, James, said. Mrs. Moran's husband, William J. Moran II, died in 1974 and, since 1976, Mrs. Moran had shared ownership of the firm with sons William J. III, the corporate secretary, and James, the corporate treasurer, he said.
October 11, 2014 |
More than seven months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search for the plane is expected to resume in the Indian Ocean this month with crews trolling 23,000 square miles. Might the kernel of a better approach be found in a pond in Phoenixville? That is where Villanova University students are tinkering with a robotic boat, a two-pontoon craft equipped with a camera, a laser, and other electronics that let the boat locate obstacles and navigate on its own. The four-foot vessel is a prototype for a 16-foot version that the students and two faculty members will enter this month in a competition in Singapore, along with partners from Florida Atlantic University.
August 25, 2014 |
Whales are curious creatures, and naturalist Michelle Barclay has seen them do some unusual things in the waters off Massachusetts. One even quieted a crying baby, leaving a boat full of whale-watchers speechless. "A passenger's baby was crying, and everyone was getting annoyed," she said. "Suddenly, a humpback came up to investigate and looked right at the mother and baby. The baby stopped crying, and everyone onboard said, 'Oh, my God.' " There was complete silence after that.