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NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
The small shorebird - a ruddy turnstone - was not happy. Moments ago, it had been feasting on horseshoe crab eggs along the waterline of Delaware Bay near Villas, N.J. But now, University of Georgia researcher Deb Carter had a gentle but inescapable grip on the bird, and her colleague Clara Kienzle was sticking a cotton swab down its throat. Next, they swabbed the bird's other end and then jabbed a slim needle into a vein to draw blood before releasing it. Their goal: to see if this healthy bird was carrying a flu virus.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware Investments, a Center City money manager with $180 billion in assets under management and 486 employees here, has a new president. Shawn Lytle started Monday, taking over from Patrick Coyne, who has been with Delaware Investments since 1990 and led the firm since 2006. Coyne's retirement was announced in February. Lytle joins Delaware Investments from UBS Global Asset Management, where he worked for 13 years, including the last five as leader of the business in the Americas, Delaware Investments said.
NEWS
May 23, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some free advice from rapping, rhyming Skatewoman: Hold the magic table to keep you stable, bend your knees to absorb the G's. You get the drift. So push off and go. Scores of people will do just that starting at 11 a.m. Friday, during the Memorial Day-weekend opening of the new outdoor roller-skating rink on the Delaware River. The beach-themed rink looks to be a party on wheels, drawing the novice and expert to its smooth, confetti-patterned floor. Keep an eye out for Skatewoman - a skating-teaching star who in real life is Jen Goldstein, a forty-something financial officer who has rounded a thousand rinks in a thousand places.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 75 percent of the Delaware River navigation channel is now at or deeper than 45 feet, and the dredging work that began in March 2010 should be completed in mid-2017, state and federal officials said Tuesday. Gov. Wolf last week released an additional $18.6 million for deepening a 103-mile stretch from Philadelphia and Camden to the Atlantic Ocean from 40 to 45 feet to accommodate larger ships. The state of Pennsylvania, as the local project partner, will contribute 35 percent of the cost of the $360 million multiyear deepening project.
NEWS
May 13, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission voted yesterday to renew the charters of 12 schools and not to renew two others. Delaware Valley Charter High School and Universal Bluford Charter School were not renewed based on recommendations from district staff. Both schools will remain open, pending an appeal process that could take more than a year. Delaware Valley, located on Old York Road near Wagner Avenue in Olney, opened in 2000 and has 696 students. According to the district, the school failed to meet academic standards, with declining reading and math scores over the last three years.
NEWS
May 13, 2015 | By Martha Woodall and Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
During a special meeting devoted to charter schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to begin the process of closing two for academic and management shortcomings. One of the schools - Universal-Bluford, an elementary with nearly 600 students - is run by Universal Cos., the nonprofit founded by music mogul Kenny Gamble. In a 4-1 vote, the SRC voted not to renew Bluford's charter for five years. It was the first time a school run by Universal has been targeted for closure.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River pier where the KatManDu nightclub once operated is for sale. Pier 25, now the site of Cavanaugh's River Deck, has been listed by Colliers International, the brokerage said today in a statement. Bids on the 90,400-square-foot property at 417 N. Columbus Blvd., between Waterfront Square and Dave & Busters, are due on August 15, according to Colliers. The property would be well-suited for a residential complex with retail, the brokerage said. Colliers also said it was listing Downey's Restaurant, a nearly four-decade-old pub at Front and South streets.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A company bought a parcel beside Waterfront Square towers along the Delaware River and plans a residential development at site, the broker who handled the deal announced Monday. Michael Barmash of Colliers International said in a statement that Pier 35 1/2 - same name as the site - acquired the 2.13-acre tract from SA Group Properties on April 29. Barmash did not immediately return a phone message regarding pricing details and specifics about the buyer's plans. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
The federal investigation into the improper use of a pesticide that apparently poisoned a Delaware family vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands has expanded west to another Caribbean island, Puerto Rico. The Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday that there was evidence that the pesticide, methyl bromide, had been used improperly "at various locations" in Puerto Rico. However, officials were unable to further characterize the settings - whether they were residences, resorts, or other locations.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Get ready to roll: The city will kick off summer by opening a beach-themed, outdoor roller-skating rink on the Delaware River. The first day will be May 22, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and the day the pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for a second season of urban boardwalk fun. Both will be open every day through the end of September. "The summer of 2015 is really going to be cool," said Mayor Nutter, who helped announce details of the plans at City Hall on Thursday.
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