July 14, 2013
It could be the start of something exciting when Tell a Great Story and Ile St. Molly meet in the $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park in Saturday's eighth race (4:45 p.m. post). Tell a Great Story defeated Ile St. Molly by only a nose in the mile-and-70-yard $75,000 Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park on June 15, Tell a Great Story almost did not survive her birth on April 5, 2010. The home-bred daughter of Bluegrass Cat was born tiny and unable to breath. She was termed a "dummy foal" because of her inability to feed from her mother after birth and was nursed to health by her handlers.
July 13, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed an Energy & Water Appropriations bill that included $19 million in federal funding for continued deepening of the Delaware River navigation channel. President Obama allocated $20 million for the project in his upcoming 2014 fiscal year budget. A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) said that the $1 million difference between $19 appropriated in the legislation and $20 million in the President's budget represented a 5 percent across-the-board cut due to the federal sequester.
July 12, 2013 |
WILMINGTON - It's been a case of dueling letters. Proponents and opponents of natural gas drilling - six in all - have recently written appeals to the Delaware River Basin Commission, increasing pressure on the agency that three years ago instituted a moratorium on natural gas development in the basin. Until rules are adopted, there can be no drilling. At its Wednesday meeting here, commission chair Michele Siekerka, New Jersey's assistant commissioner of water resources, responded: "We continue to confer in good faith and with forward momentum.
July 11, 2013
Tiarra Duffy and Kate Richard each had two hits and an RBI and Nicole Ullman added two hits and scored a run as Delaware South won the Carpenter Cup softball title with a 5-0 win over Tri-Cape yesterday at FDR Park. Danielle Bradley and Hailey Andrews held Tri-Cape to one hit over seven innings as South captured its third Cup title (2005, '09).
July 8, 2013 |
On a day with heat so punishing that even the shade offered little relief, sous chef Tom Sullivan found himself in a particularly unforgiving spot: manning the flaming grill for his restaurant's booth at this weekend's Taste of Philadelphia festival. "The heat, the smoke, you've just got to deal with it," said Sullivan, who would spend more than 15 hours this weekend at Penn's Landing roasting corn on the cob, chicken, sausages, and asparagus to represent the Twisted Tail, the Southern-style restaurant at Second and Lombard Streets where he works.
July 8, 2013 |
Routinely, the Philadelphia Water Department tests its product for 100 "regulatory parameters" - things that might not be so good for us. The main lab alone analyzes 2,400 water samples a month. But at least once a shift, a chemist will walk over to a spigot, fill a glass and . . . take a whiff. It's the ultimate reality check: Is this stuff that courses through 3,100 miles of pipes, 250 million gallons a day, OK to drink? The short answer, from an annual report that public water suppliers must give to customers, is: Yes. But it also shows what Philadelphia and other water providers are up against.
July 7, 2013 |
An honest misunderstanding, or politics as usual in Delaware County? Depends whom you ask. County Democrats want answers as to why David Boonin, a Democratic candidate for Delaware County controller, was told by Upper Darby Township officials to stop discussing his campaign with prospective voters at a fireworks event on the eve of the Fourth of July. According to Upper Darby officials, Boonin was campaigning on school property without permission. To Boonin and his supporters, the incident, in a county that traditionally has been a Republican stronghold, felt more like political intimidation.
July 2, 2013 |
When Kyle Lowry celebrated a dunk last season playing for the Toronto Raptors, he shared that moment with 17,229 people on an average night. Hundreds of thousands more watched on television. Compare: On a recent Wednesday at Haverford College, a dunk carried Lowry into the stands. This time, he shared a moment with two men on the bleachers. He flashed them a smile, muttered some smack, and took off down the court as the men doubled over with laughter. For 15 Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays this summer, the gym at Haverford College provides a decidedly intimate basketball experience for Lowry and the rest of the Philadelphia area's best basketball talent.
June 26, 2013 |
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated an additional $11 million this year for deepening the Delaware River navigation channel to 45 feet, from 40 feet, to accommodate bigger ships and promote commerce. President Obama had recommended $31 million in his budget. To date, $20 million has been received and an additional $11 million was expected. Now $22 million will be coming, said Ed Voigt, spokesman for the Corps' Philadelphia District. The Army Corps released its work plan Monday and specified $22 million, including an extra $11 million, for the Delaware River.
June 25, 2013 |
Just how well did last summer's inaugural Firefly Music Festival succeed in making a name for itself? So well that this year, twice as many people showed up. Starting Friday, when the Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined, the three-day, 77-band gathering at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway drew 60,000 people a day to the expanded 87-acre site hard by Route 1, 1 1/2 hours' drive from Philadelphia. Numbers-wise, that puts Firefly in the big leagues, getting in the neighborhood of long-standing mega-fests like Bonnaroo and Coachella, which pull in upwards of 90,000 a day. And talent-wise, Firefly is impressively competitive, as well.