August 26, 2015 |
A Federal Aviation Administration report details 765 sightings of unmanned small aircraft, commonly called drones, in the nation's airspace - a surge in encounters with remotely piloted mini-planes. It contains a new list of pilot, air traffic, and citizen reports of possible unmanned aircraft sightings covering Nov. 13, 2014, through Aug. 20, 2015. "Because pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year," the agency said, "the FAA wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal.
August 22, 2015 |
Chemours Co., a chemical maker split off from DuPont Co. last month, said it will close its titanium dioxide plant at Edge Moor, Delaware. The closure will idle 200 workers and 130 contractors, as part of a general reduction in production of the compound, which is used in PVC pipe, appliance paint and other industrial materials. The company will "redeploy" staff or pay them severance, the Wilmington-based company said.
August 20, 2015 |
A Chinese restaurant in Radnor Township, long praised as one of the best in the country, was temporarily shut down Tuesday by health officials because of a "significant" roach infestation, police said. Superintendent William Colarulo said officers responded to Yangming in Bryn Mawr on Friday to resolve a dispute with a customer who complained about roaches in her Thai noodles. Managers had offered to compensate her with a free meal and gift certificate, but she refused, according to Colarulo.
August 17, 2015 |
Western University, founded in 1865; Leland University, 1870; Bishop College, 1881; St. Paul's College, 1888; Daniel Payne College, 1889: These are some of the historically black colleges and universities across America that shut down after years of fighting financial calamities. Without major changes, Pennsylvania's Cheyney University, founded in 1837, could close too. There are a number of reasons. Perhaps at the top of the list is a lack of the leadership needed over the past decade to make Cheyney more competitive in attracting students of any race.
August 17, 2015 |
When Bethenny Frankel speaks, she's direct and unblinking. Honesty is very much a part of her brand - and her fans love her for it. More than 200 of them lined the VIP Shopper's Lounge for Frankel's appearance Saturday as part of the four-day grand-opening celebration at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood. Fans cradled bottles of Skinnygirl alcoholic drinks or Frankel's books, ready for her signature. "She's real," Heather Blum, 40, said. "I never met a celebrity like that.
August 16, 2015 |
Joe Rauh Jr. is the owner of a new supermarket in Egg Harbor Township, JR's Fresh Market, that specializes in organic produce, meats, and other specialty items. It has opened in the wake of a jobless glut and faltering economy after the closings of four Atlantic City casinos and the domino effect of other business closings in the Shore region, including several supermarkets. Rauh, 48, of Williamstown, has been in the supermarket business for three decades and once managed the Acme in Mays Landing and the now-closed Super Fresh in Northfield.
August 15, 2015 |
City officials released detailed road closure and security fencing plans Thursday for the September papal visit, and said they were working with the U.S. Secret Service to accommodate businesses that need to stay open that weekend. "We, the city, and our many, many partners . . . are working to ensure the World Meeting of Families be held in a safe and secure environment for the Holy Father, and for the hundreds and thousands and millions of faithful who will want to come and see and hear him," Nutter said, flanked by city officials and Secret Service agents based in Philadelphia.
August 10, 2015 |
On the picturesque streets surrounding Periwinkle Lane in Lower Merion, summer typically follows a pleasant suburban script: Children splash in backyard pools, families take their dogs on neighborhood strolls down quiet streets. But residents are preparing for the bubble to burst in late September, when one of the world's most famous figures is expected to move in for a few days next door. "I have no idea how we're going to even get out of the development," said Natalie Landro, 62, whose house abuts the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where Pope Francis is expected to stay during his visit to Philadelphia.
August 9, 2015 |
CamConnect, a nonprofit that helped develop the first comprehensive survey of Camden's vacant properties, is closing because of funding problems. The data-collection and analysis group was created in 1999 with the goal of helping Camden residents and other stakeholders better understand the city's problems. Over the years it published reports on the crime rate, taxes, census trends, and poverty, and last year finished a study of the city's abandoned buildings, which was completed last year with help from the Camden Community Development Association.
August 8, 2015 |
It's official: Amoroso's Baking Co. will close its longtime Southwest Philadelphia bakery this fall and make bread and rolls at a new plant in Bellmawr, the company told employees starting with the production shift Wednesday night. About 200 employees will be laid off. The layoffs will start Oct. 6, with the closure expected no later than Dec. 4, the company said. "It's a sad thing," said Hank McKay, president of Local 6 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents many Amoroso's employees.