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ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nineteenth-century Philadelphia is often characterized as a center of abolitionist thought and a haven for Southern slaves seeking freedom. But that is a simplification, as we learn from the latest installment of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment , an ongoing half-hour documentary series produced by Philadelphia entrepreneur Sam Katz's History Making Productions. It will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on 6ABC. Titled "Disorder: 1820-1854," the sixth installment of the 13-part series explores the racist sentiment widespread among working-class whites who felt displaced by the city's growing number of free blacks.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
The number of oil trains has fallen in the last year along with the price of crude oil, and so has the number of accidents that kept oil trains high on the public agenda. But oil-train economics and safety were on the mind of U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) on Friday when he made a fact-finding tour of the Eddystone Rail Co., the Delaware County railroad unloading facility that handles mile-long "unit" trains that deliver North Dakota crude to the region. The congressman, whose district includes the Delaware County waterfront, paid his first visit to the facility that opened two years ago at Exelon Generation's Eddystone power plant.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
BIVALVE, N.J. - Years ago, when Meghan Wren was hiking through a boat "graveyard" in nearby Leesburg, she discovered the rotting remains of a wooden yawl. The hundred-year-old wreck so intrigued Wren - founder and executive director of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve - that she began studying how these boats were traditionally used as auxiliary craft to schooners and other vessels along the Delaware Bay and elsewhere. Usually rigged as a two-masted sailing craft, yawls often were favored over other types of dinghy in commercial fishing operations because the mizzen sail is in the aft, creating easier handling in rough seas.
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | By Joseph N. Distefano, Staff Writer
DuPont Co. will cut 1,700 of the 6,100 jobs in its home state of Delaware next month, chief executive Edward Breen told staff in a memo Tuesday. The cuts, at offices and labs along the I-95 corridor, are part of Breen's effort to eliminate more than 5,000 of the company's 54,000 worldwide jobs before DuPont's proposed merger with Dow Chemical Co. and their planned breakup into separate pesticide, materials, and "specialty products" companies....
SPORTS
December 24, 2015 | Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
This idea that Villanova's armada of guards can't shoot too well - 'Nova's early-season numbers may have said that, but past evidence said that those stats wouldn't hold, that the ball would start going into the basket. The ball has started going into the basket. At one point during the first half of Villanova's 78-48 victory over Delaware on Tuesday night at the Pavilion, the 17th-ranked Wildcats had made 8 of 17 threes, after missing their first three. Jay Wright talked afterward about how early in the season they were teaching the new players and even the new starters to be aggressive offensively - but they were being a little "too aggressive," Wright said.
SPORTS
December 21, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Delaware State hadn't found a way to win yet this season - many of their opponents had paid the Hornets to show up in deeper waters - but Temple let the Hornets dream a little bit before the Owls eventually took care of business in a 78-63 win Saturday at the Liacouras Center. "I think there's a lot of danger," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said later. "It's exactly what we thought as we're sitting there on the sidelines. We started off, we just didn't make any shots early. I thought we had some really clean looks and made no shots.
SPORTS
December 20, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Who: Delaware State (0-10) at Temple (4-5). Where: The Liacouras Center. When: Saturday, 4 p.m. TV/radio: ESPN3; WPHT 1210 AM. Delaware State's Top three: G DeAndre Haywood, 6-2, Jr., 9.0 ppg., 2.9 rpg.; G Devin Morgan Jr., 5-10, Fr. 8.1 ppg., 2.0 rpg.; F Todd Hughes, 6-3, So., 5.3 ppg., 2.8 rpg. Temple's top three: G Quenton DeCosey, 6-5 Sr., 14.6 ppg., 6.0 rpg.; F Jaylen Bond, 6-8, Sr. 10.9 ppg., 7.3 rpg.; F Obi Enechionyia, 6-9,...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
WILMINGTON - At first glance, the 1982 movie Diner seems an odd choice for a musical. Writer-director Barry Levinson's cult classic (which launched the careers of Kevin Bacon, Mickey Rourke, and Ellen Barkin) concerns a group of friends navigating the transition to adulthood in 1959 Baltimore. In the vignette style of the film, nothing happens. Levinson's and composer-lyricist Sheryl Crow's adaptation transforms Diner into a character-driven, slow-burning battle of the sexes that endears in its reflection on the great social divide between 1950s America and today.
NEWS
December 10, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tractor-trailers are a too-frequent sight on Richmond Street, business owner Tom LaCroix said. "For years, Richmond Street has been unbearable, impassable at times," said LaCroix, owner of an Allstate Insurance office in the neighborhood. A Delaware Avenue extension, for a sixth of a mile, that will give trucks an alternative route of travel between Bridesburg and Port Richmond opened to traffic Tuesday morning. The $14.5 million extension, funded with federal dollars, passes though an industrialized area on land once used for parking between Orthodox and Lewis Streets and over Frankford Creek.
SPORTS
December 1, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Temple's Obi Enechionyia went to the locker room after hurting his right ankle with 3 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first half of the Owls' home opener Sunday against Delaware, it created some anxious moments. Enechionyia, the 6-foot-9 sophomore who missed the opening loss to North Carolina with a right ankle injury, returned with 33 seconds left in the first half, and his form returned in the second half during a 69-50 win over Delaware at the Liacouras Center. Enechionyia scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half.
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