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NEWS
August 8, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
THINK IT SOUNDS fishy that largemouth bass swim in the Delaware River? Well, forget it. They do, and they're getting baited, bagged and tossed back. For the first time, the Bassmaster Elite Series is being held in Philadelphia, and yesterday's late-afternoon launch at Penn's Landing was anything but floundering. For the next three days, pro anglers and bass fishermen will have spectators and fishing fanatics hooked as the Elite pros troll the river to compete for a prize at the end of a four-day excursion.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time since slot machines were introduced in Delaware in 1995, Delaware Park, near Wilmington, has cut horse-racing purses in the middle of a racing season, according to a racing official. The new purses, which take effect Saturday, range from $31,000 to $33,000. They are down by about 15 percent, or $5,000 to $6,000. They reflect a continued slide in slots revenue, which subsidizes horse racing in Delaware, as it does in Pennsylvania. The cuts will enable the track to finish its season of 81 race days, an official with the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Weeks ahead of schedule, Delaware officials Thursday afternoon reopened the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge that spans the Christina River in Wilmington. The bridge's concrete piers had started to lean sideways after a construction company stored 50,000 tons of dirt at its feet, compressing the soft, underlying soil. Contractors have been working night and day to fix the problem since early June, first removing the dirt, then drilling 150-foot shafts to accommodate new underground concrete supports, and finally erecting steel towers so the bridge could be jacked back into a level position.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Greek-owned cargo ship has been anchored in the Delaware River for nearly 16 weeks, with 20 crew on board, caught in a quagmire between U.S. Coast Guard demands for operational repairs, and an owner who has not paid bills incurred since April. The Nikol H, which is registered in the Marshall Islands, needs additional repairs before sailing, and the owners allegedly owe as much as $1.2 million, which prompted vendors and others to sue to recover costs for providing fuel, food, and supplies while the ship has been here.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
LEAH PEREZ had just finished her dinner at Spasso Italian Grill, on Front Street near Chestnut, when a black Volkswagen sedan sped past her down Chestnut. "It was all smashed up like [the driver] had hit something," she said. "He had trouble controlling it. " Minutes later, that erratic driver - who police said was fleeing a crash with a parked car - launched his damaged vehicle into the depths of the Delaware River. And about an hour after that, the 36-year-old man was dead.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
HEFTY GRANTS were awarded to 15 projects yesterday with one overarching objective: to protect the drinking water of 15 million people. The money, announced at a news conference at Race Street Pier, comes from $7 million in funding by the William Penn Foundation, which is a part of a $35 million multistate investment. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was given $2.4 million in grants to delegate to the projects as a part of the Delaware Watershed River Initiative. Some of the initial grant recipients include Brandywine Conservancy Inc., Stroud Water Research Center and Berks County Conservancy.
NEWS
July 17, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A far-reaching $35 million effort by the William Penn Foundation to study and improve water quality in the Delaware River watershed is working its way into specific on-the-ground and in-the-water projects across the region. On Tuesday, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced $2.4 million in grants to 15 organizations that will not only do the work, but also bring in partners and additional funds. Amanda Bassow, director of the Eastern Partnership Office for the wildlife foundation, said that the grantees "are able to leverage more than twice that amount" for the projects.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
LOOK, YOUR natural instinct might have been to think of puns when you heard that a couple got busted for having sex on the roof of a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Delaware on Saturday. You could have made jokes about someone other than a staffer stuffing tacos at the restaurant. If that would have been too obvious, or maybe too crude, you could have riffed on some of the banners that appear on the company's online menu, like: "Don't ever call it an appetizer," or "I'm not addicted, I just eat 'em everyday," or "Our menu isn't long - but it's long on options.
SPORTS
July 15, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
STANTON, Del. - How races are run often is more determinant in results than what horses are running in those races. How horses undergo subtle changes over time also matters every bit as much as the history of those horses. When 2014 began, the idea of Belle Gallantey beating Princess of Sylmar in any race, much less Saturday's Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap would have been laughable. In 2013, Belle Gallantey was 1-for-14 and was claimed for $35,000 from her final race of the year.
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