September 18, 2015 |
AGATHA HALL was a Temple University senior learning French so she could study abroad. Shazim Uppal had just graduated this summer from Temple's James E. Beasley School of Law. Both were gunned down a week and 40 miles apart. But yesterday, police in Philadelphia and Delaware announced arrests in their unrelated slayings. In the more recent case, Hall, 21, of Park Avenue near Dauphin Street in North Philadelphia, was shot in the head in her bedroom sometime before 1 a.m. Aug. 31. Investigators initially suspected her death was a suicide partly because they found a 9 mm handgun underneath her body, Philadelphia police said.
September 5, 2015
The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival Highlights are always bountiful at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, the three-day event at New Jersey's Salem County Fairgrounds. This year, Friday brings the reunited Hot Rize, touring behind their first album since 1990, in a set also featuring their comic alter-ego, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. Also Friday: the classic Cajun band Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, proving that it's not all bluegrass at the Bluegrass Festival. Saturday's headliner is Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, who last year released Saturday Night/Sunday Morning , an excellent double CD exploring two sides of country music.
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 15, 2015 |
Rabbi Martin Rubenstein, 87, of Upper Darby, a well-known figure in the Jewish community, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, of congestive heart failure at Harlee Manor in Springfield. He was the rabbi at Temple Israel of Upper Darby from 1978 until it merged in 2002 with Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall. He served as the associate rabbi in Broomall for many years. On the final day of services at Temple Israel, in June 2002, Rabbi Rubenstein told The Inquirer he was wistful about leaving the old location after 50 years of preaching and serving, but looked forward at age 74 to a new challenge.
July 28, 2015
State and local police were searching late Sunday night for six unidentified tubers who set out on the Delaware River for a float downstream and then disappeared near Point Pleasant in Bucks County, New Jersey State Police reported. The police said seven tubers began their ride at some point Sunday afternoon. One tuber, an unidentified woman, came ashore in the evening, but her companions did not. At 8:45 p.m., police received a report that the six were missing. State and local police from Stockton, Lambertville, and Hunterdon County were all involved in the search.
July 17, 2015 |
TWO GRADE I stakes are run in the Delaware Valley each year, at least until the graded stakes committee wises up and makes the Pennsylvania Derby a Grade I. The Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies will be run Sept. 19 at Parx Racing. The venerable Delaware Handicap will be run for the 78th time tomorrow at Delaware Park. The $750,000 race for fillies and mares is at the classic American distance, a mile and a quarter. Through the years, the race has been won by many special horses, including Susan's Girl and Our Mims back in the day and, more recently, Royal Delta and Blind Luck.
July 1, 2015 |
A charitable foundation that earlier this month pledged $1 million to put 50 students from low-income families through Rowan University has made a similar, and bigger, pledge in Delaware. The Give Something Back Foundation, which is dedicated to helping financially disadvantaged students go to college, has donated $3 million to put 150 low-income Delaware residents through the University of Delaware, foundation officials said Monday. "This is going to be very impactful for the most needy students in Delaware, and it's very exciting for us," said Chris Lucier, vice president for enrollment management at the university.
July 1, 2015 |
KELLEN KEMP still remembers the first time he saw Jarin Giesler arrive on campus in 2006 at Delaware State University in Dover. Kemp watched as a raised Ford F-150 with 6 inches of lift added and 40-inch rims drove up. "The first thing everyone is thinking is, 'Who is this?' " Kemp said. "Out of that hops a 5-7, 200-pound long snapper. Everyone is looking around, going, 'What is going on here?' " "It kind of stuck out like a sore thumb," Giesler recalls. Add to the equation that Delaware State is a historically black university, and Giesler's arrival to the football team as a short white kid from Cortez, Colo., was certainly out of the ordinary.
June 30, 2015 |
Delaware has become the second state in the region to make its debut in the burgeoning medical marijuana industry. A long line formed Friday when its first dispensary, First State Compassion Center, opened in a former tile market in a bustling Wilmington industrial park. CannaCare Docs, a company that employs physicians to certify eligible patients, fielded questions from curious passers-by a few doors away. New Jersey led the way in the area when it legalized medical marijuana in 2010.
June 27, 2015 |
In its second ruling in three years upholding President Obama's health-care law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday turned back challengers' claims that the law barred health insurance subsidies to millions in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The 6-3 opinion, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., upheld a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act and allows the administration's five-year-old initiative to get health coverage to more Americans. The decision lifted a cloud that threatened to end coverage for millions of Americans, disrupt state insurance markets, and pressure politicians whose constituents receive the subsidies to find a way to save them.