July 13, 2015 |
When rowers from Vesper Boat Club lower their shells into the Schuylkill for morning workouts, the routine is the same. Whether recreational or racers, they pull north and glide under the Girard Bridge, the Railroad Bridge, and the Columbia Bridge before bending slightly east to pass the grandstand just beyond their left shoulders. From there, they can pick out the silent, bronze rower who watches them go by, and that is John B. Kelly Sr., whose three Olympic gold medals make him the most accomplished Vesper racer in the 150-year history of the club.
July 10, 2015 |
When mating prospects are grim, certain females in Jersey Shore waters appear to have developed a clever strategy: changing sex. That is what Rutgers University scientists think is happening with black sea bass, apparently in response to declining numbers of males. The ability to take a swim on the wild side has been shown previously in lab studies, both in black sea bass and a few other marine species. Now the Rutgers team has shown it happens in the ocean. With the help of Jersey Shore boat captains, the researchers have been tagging, recapturing, and studying hundreds of the fish.
July 9, 2015 |
The family of the pedestrian killed by a Ride the Ducks vehicle in May filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the tour boat's operator, its manufacturer, and the city of Philadelphia. The complaint alleges that the accident that killed Elizabeth Karnicki, 68, at the intersection of 11th and Arch Streets on May 10 was due in part to "huge blind spots" inherent in the amphibious vehicles that operate on city streets and on the water. The suit came on the fifth anniversary of the fatal duck boat accident that killed two Hungarian tourists when the vehicle collided with a barge on the Delaware River.
July 9, 2015 |
NEARLY TWO MONTHS after a Ride the Ducks boat struck and crushed his wife at a Center City intersection, a Texas man is suing the company and the city of Philadelphia. Daniel Karnicki, of Beaumont, Texas, filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that Liz Karnicki's wrongful death was at the hands of Ride the Ducks. The lawsuit was filed on the fifth anniversary of another Ride the Ducks collision that killed two Hungarian tourists who were on board. Karnicki's attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, said that the duck boat's blind spots made it nearly impossible for the driver to see Liz Karnicki when she crossed the street, and that the driver was distracted because he also acted as a tour guide.
June 8, 2015
ISSUE | OIL TRAINS Safer routes The reality is that Bakken oil trains endanger thousands in the Delaware Valley, rail accidents are a daily reality, and federal regulations are too weak ("Good safety record, getting better," June 2). Better to transport oil by ship through the Great Lakes directly to refineries. Leaders in City Hall need to demand that no lives be imperiled so that Philadelphia can become an energy hub. |Michael Volpe, Philadelphia, email@example.com ISSUE | CLIMATE Role for church Climate-altering pollution is leading to more deadly storms, drought, and famine - impacts disproportionately felt by the poorest in our communities ("Santorum says Pope Francis should butt out of climate debate," June 3)
May 28, 2015 |
ROCKETS CENTER Dwight Howard was one of several hundred stranded at the Toyota Center after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night due to flash flooding in Houston. But instead of lamenting his fate, he went back onto the arena floor and mingled with the fans. Howard, signed autographs and posed for pictures while waiting out the harsh weather. His mom and young son - who played catch with fans - were also there. "I can't go nowhere, so I'm with the fans," Howard told KPRC News.
May 8, 2015 |
MOST COLLEGE students are busy. Most student-athletes are even busier. You don't know busy until you've seen Saint Joseph's graduate student Myra McCann's color-coded planner. In addition to pursuing her master's degree, she is a redshirt senior coxswain on the women's rowing team and a Miss New Jersey contestant. She also helps with the Precious Gem Pageant in New Jersey, a pageant for girls with special needs. With the Dad Vail Regatta coming up this weekend, McCann and her teammates are eager for the challenge that the largest intercollegiate rowing event in the United States will provide.
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.