July 13, 2016
A 46-year-old volunteer firefighter died after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise in lower Delaware, police said. The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown during a training exercise with the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit and the Delaware Air Rescue Team. The firefighter was among four people in the helicopter when he stepped onto a skid and fell to the ground, police said. Authorities on Tuesday morning identified the firefighter as Tim McClanahan, of Lewes.
July 9, 2016 |
Moody's Investors Service downgraded $32 million of Delaware Valley University debt to junk-bond status, citing deteriorating financial performance caused by stagnant revenue from students and the Doylestown school's decision not to adjust its expenses. Despite the ratings reduction to Ba1 from Baa3, the outlook remains negative because Moody's expects it to be difficult for Delaware Valley to break even and maintain stable liquidity in the near term. Nearly all of Delaware Valley's financial measures tracked by Moody's deteriorated in recent years, according to the June 30 Moody's report.
July 9, 2016
A 16-year-old boy drowned after he jumped in the Delaware River near Fishtown late Thursday afternoon, police said, authorities said. Around 5 p.m., the boy jumped into the river near Penn Treaty Park and did not resurface, police said. Police and fire department boat crews were deployed to search for him, and his body was recovered about an hour later by the police marine unit. Rescuers attempted to resuscitate the teen, who had no vital signs. He was transported by medics to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:39 p.m. - Robert Moran
July 1, 2016 |
Police are looking for a man accused of taking a golf cart from a player at a Delaware course, then stealing the victim's truck and driving it to Camden. Police said Nathan Lewandowski, 26, is suspected in the vehicle thefts Monday morning at Baywood Greens in Millsboro, Del. Lewandowski stole the cart from someone who was playing on the course, drove it to the parking lot, and took vehicle keys from a storage compartment in the cart, according to Delaware State Police. He then used the key fob to find the victim's truck and drove off, police said.
July 1, 2016 |
NEWARK, Del. - Chrissi Rawak never set a university athletic director's job as her top professional priority. "I never managed my career that I want to be X," Rawak, the University of Delaware's new athletics director, said in a recent interview in her office. "If you focus on being X, you lose out on a lot of opportunities around you. " Rawak, 46, was an outstanding swimmer for Germantown Academy and Team Foxcatcher. Later, she swam for the University of Michigan. "(At GA)
June 15, 2016 |
The great mystery of the Ryan Howard Bottle Toss has been solved, according to police. Authorities announced Monday that Sidney Smith - a 21-year-old student at the University of Delaware - turned himself in to police last week and was cited for disorderly conduct for throwing an aluminum Bud Light Lime bottle toward the Phillies' struggling slugger on June 4 at Citizens Bank Park. Howard had just grounded out to end a 6-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers when Smith hurled the beer toward him, police said.
June 14, 2016 |
As he prepares to convene a hearing Monday that could shape the fate of a controversial measure to let Pennsylvania child-sex abuse victims sue over decades-old attacks, Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery) has declined to publicly take a position on the bill. But the law firm that bears his name has not always been so reserved. In 2008, records show, lawyers for the firm, Elliott Greenleaf, were among advocates who unsuccessfully argued that a similar proposal under consideration in Delaware was unconstitutional.
June 13, 2016 |
The city where the nation began is once again in serious start-up mode. So many people in so many places trying to come up with the next hot thing. An app to steer consumers to locally sourced foods. A natural deodorant . A clip to keep a lid attached to a coffee cup, to avoid having to set it down on a dirty countertop as you add sugar and cream. A bacteria-detection process to save beer and wine from spoilage. A smiling sponge that went on to be the highest-selling product featured on ABC's Shark Tank . A wearable help-summoning device . All emanate from Philadelphia-area start-ups I've written about since the Inquirer assigned me to cover that inventive and inspiring sector of the economy six years ago. Philadelphia Media Network wants to find and highlight even more through Stellar Startups, an inaugural competition open to an unlimited number of entrants from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
June 9, 2016
The state of Delaware said Tuesday that it would phase in a new policy to treat all hepatitis C patients in its Medicaid program. States have been under pressure from the Obama Administration and lawsuits - in Delaware's case, Harvard Law School's Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation had threatened litigation - to abandon money-saving policies that limited treatment with effective but costly new medications to the sickest patients. More than three million Americans are estimated to be infected with hepatitis C, a bloodborne virus that may cause no symptoms for decades but is the leading cause of liver cancer and transplants.
June 6, 2016 |
Body is pulled from Delaware in South Philadelphia Philadelphia police pulled a body from the Delaware River in South Philadelphia just before 7 p.m. Saturday, near the 4500 block of South Broad Street, close to where the river meets the Schuylkill. The race and sex could not immediately be determined, police said. The body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for further evaluation. - Jonathan Lai