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NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A spill of about 1,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River near Trainer, Delaware County, was largely cleaned up Tuesday, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The spill happened about 1 p.m. Monday when a pipe burst in the marine off-loading area at the Monroe Energy L.L.C. refinery, just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge. The majority of the oil is gone, said DEP spokeswoman Deborah Fries. "What is remaining is sheen. " She said the cold weather helped response workers do their job. Cold oil has a higher viscosity, which made it easier to collect and contain, she said.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - A shivering two-year-old pit bull who was stranded on a frozen patch of the Delaware River for hours Sunday is safely home with his family after being rescued by two daring dog-lovers. Russ Miller, a former firefighter, and Ciro Silvestri, a bystander who refused advice to stay off the ice, ventured about 200 yards out into the river to reach the frightened dog as the sun was setting on a frigid day. Miller took along an ocean kayak to use for flotation if he fell in and to carry the dog back to the shore.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
After nearly four hours of trying to coax a frightened 85-pound mastiff stranded on a frozen section of the Delaware River Sunday afternoon, four men ventured onto the ice. "He was about 200 yards out, and we were throwing hot dogs to him and whistling, but he wouldn't come," said Richard Hutchinson, a Ewing Township animal control officer who had received a call to help. No one knows how the 2-year-old mastiff became stranded near the Calhoun Street Bridge, but crowds soon appeared on both sides of the river.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
More snow fell on the region Saturday, glazing roads and slowing traffic. And continued subfreezing temperatures are starting to threaten the Delaware River traffic that feeds produce markets, energy plants, and other key industries. Three inches of snow fell on Ardmore and Ridley Park, two inches in Warminster and Wayne, and 1.7 inches in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, said the National Weather Service's Anthony Gigi at his Mount Holly office, as snow tapered off Saturday evening.
NEWS
January 22, 2014
This story has been corrected from an earlier version. The earlier version incorrectly described how the new reservoir management system in New York works. The system will predict when water levels should be reduced, not emptied. BUCKS COUNTY New system in New York affects Delaware River About two weeks after the Bucks County commissioners called on New York City to lower water levels in three of its reservoirs to prevent downstream flooding in the Delaware River, the city's Department of Environmental Protection announced that it would introduce a high-tech reservoir management system.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
The region is about to experience at least a mini-January thaw, but it might extract a price. Along ice-clogged portions of the Delaware River, flood warnings and watches were posted for Friday morning, and the National Weather Service said temperatures rocketing to 60 on Saturday might conspire with heavy rains to set off more-widespread flooding. On Thursday, the Coast Guard dispatched an ice-breaking harbor tug to the Delaware near Trenton to break up ice locked in place by the region's coldest outbreak in 20 years.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood watch until 10 p.m. Thursday. --- After the most frigid temperatures in two decades, an ice jam developed on the Delaware River near Trenton, and the National Weather Service warned that it might precipitate flooding in the next two days. The weather service on Wednesday posted a flood warning for parts of Bucks and Mercer Counties after the ice jam formed about a mile south of the Route 1 bridge and the river approached the 20-foot flood stage.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Mayor Nutter is not letting his passport collect any dust. Less than a week after returning from a 10-day trade mission to England and Israel, Nutter will be joining Vice President Biden, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and mayors from Baltimore and Atlanta on a two-day trip to Houston and the Panama Canal. Nutter received Biden's invitation by phone Wednesday, the day after his return from Israel. The mayor said he didn't hesitate. "The city will be more than fine on Monday and Tuesday," Nutter said, adding that he would stay in constant contact with staff here.
NEWS
October 26, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
After delays from a protracted legal fight among partners and a redesign forced by changing market conditions, SugarHouse Casino is ready to launch its $155 million expansion. In architectual drawings released to The Inquirer, Greg Carlin, chief executive of SugarHouse, said the expansion would take advantage of the casino's location on the Delaware River. "We really want to engage the river," Carlin said. "There will be a lot of window space. " The expansion will include a second-floor banquet hall with a wall of windows and a riverside balcony.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The Race Street Pier, alongside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge off North Columbus Boulevard, extends into the Delaware River like a woman's slender hand slipping into an elegant opera glove. By day, the pier's landscaped, dual levels of metal, reclaimed plastic, and wood hover beautifully over the waters of the Delaware. By night, lit by more than 200 LED solar light blocks embedded into its paving, the pier is positively haunting. With the new FringeArts building across the boulevard, there couldn't be a more dramatic setting for the wistfully cinematic soundscape that Philadelphia musician Michael Kiley has created for the pier, a popular spot for picnics, weddings, and live concerts since it opened in 2011.
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