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NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A blur of motion on the ice, Haley Beavers spun into the air to attempt a triple loop - one of the standard jumps in the repertoire of an elite skater. She did not quite make it, stumbling on her landing at the University of Delaware. No matter. Within minutes, a sleek computer simulation showed the 14-year-old that if she drew her arms in just a bit closer, she would be golden. Call it better skating through physics. Four of the five U.S. Olympic singles skaters competing this month in Russia have used the simulation software, in a joint project between researchers at Delaware and a Maryland company called C-Motion Inc. The next generation of Olympic hopefuls, such as Beavers, has lined up as well, using it to practice more efficiently and, ideally, cut down on the number of bone-jarring falls and injuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his burly physique and woolly beard, Brandon Barnhart looks every inch the laid-back country kid from tiny West College Corner, Ind. But don't be fooled. This guy is driven. After eight years in the Air Force working on nuclear cruise missiles, Barnhart returned to civilian life in 2010 and immediately reenrolled at Indiana University to finish his undergraduate degree in general studies and history. And while he grew up around conventionally grown sweet corn, soybeans, and hay on his family's farm, he intends to do things his way - as an organic farmer.
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.
SPORTS
January 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drexel became the latest team that could not shut down the high-powered Delaware offense. The Blue Hens, who entered Monday averaging a league-leading 80.6 points, used a potent transition, halfcourt and inside game to defeat Drexel, 90-77, in a Colonial Athletic Association contest Monday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. It was the seventh consecutive win for the high-flying Blue Hens, who are 13-7 overall and 5-0 in the CAA. Drexel fell to 10-8, 2-3. Delaware, which trailed at halftime in its previous four CAA games, led by 48-32 at intermission as the Blue Hens hit 19 of 32 shots from the field (59.4 percent)
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 20, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Activities are scheduled throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. For information on Day of Service activities in the area or to volunteer for a project, go to www.allforgood.org . For other information, go to www.inquirer.com/ mlkevents or www.mlkdayofservice.org or call Global Citizen at 215-851-1811.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When Wayne Kursh opened his first running store in 1977, amateur races were a little bit different than they are today. "The way we timed races back then was to hand runners a Popsicle stick with a number on it and send them to a scoring table," he said. He had just bought his first computer, an IBM, for $12,000. His first cellphone? It looked like a brick. "Technology is constantly changing. The business has changed too," he said. Kursh, 60, has changed right along with it, and today he runs three successful companies that time and manage running events in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
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.
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