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December 24, 1998 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Back when he was doing press for "Blade," Wesley Snipes kept dropping plugs for a self-produced little movie called "Down in the Delta. " He sounded like a proud father. And as it turns out, he has some reason to be proud. Though likely to be overlooked in the holiday crush, "Down in the Delta" is a pleasant, modest movie about a troubled urban family that heals itself while spending a summer with relatives in rural Mississippi. The movie stars Alfre Woodard as Loretta, a harried single mom with no prospects for employment and enormous pressures at home - a mother who criticizes her, a son who resents her and an autistic daughter who needs constant attention.
NEWS
February 18, 1997 | by Sara Sherr, For the Daily News
What if your favorite band isn't big enough to play the Trocadero or the Electric Factory? And what if all the clubs where they do play are off-limits to anyone under 21? One band that does serious outreach to its teen-age audience is Philly's hot new punk-and-rhythm-and-blues band the Delta 72, who invites everyone to their party, with or without ID. They're playing an all-ages show at 7 p.m. Friday at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. (Info: 215-567-6661.) We caught up with them last week and got the 411 on '72. Who they are: Guitarist Gregg Foreman, 24; organist Sarah Stolfa, 22; drummer Jason Kourkounis, 25; and Goats bassist Bruce Reckahn, 28. Where can I hear them?
NEWS
November 16, 2000 | By Mark Bowden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Delta soldiers who arrived in Colombia just four days after Pablo Escobar left his prison in July 1992 had initially hoped to hunt down the notorious narco-terrorist themselves. Given the clumsy track record of the Colombians, it seemed the best chance of finding Escobar quickly. Delta specialized in this kind of quick strike. The men trained constantly and could move rapidly anywhere, day or night. They preferred orders that explained the what and why of a mission without precisely spelling out the how. This time the initial order was, vaguely, to assist in the hunt for Escobar, who had escaped from prison just four days before.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 1998 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
At the shabby Chicago bus terminal, the parting of mother and daughter seems bland and innocuous. "Have a wonderful journey," urges the mother, but her tone is caught somewhere between love and exasperation. In Down in the Delta, the journey undertaken by Loretta, a crack addict who has grievously neglected the two children who clamber aboard the bus with her, will become a voyage of halting and painful self-discovery. It is the kind of trajectory that forms the spine of many movies, but in this instance the guide is unusual, and the results are profoundly affecting.
NEWS
November 17, 2000 | By Mark Bowden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After an unnerving trip from Bogota, the two Delta soldiers finally arrived at the Medellin headquarters of the Colombian police units searching for Pablo Escobar in July of 1992. The two Americans slept that night in sleeping bags on the floor of a storehouse just inside the main gate of the Holquin police academy - close enough, they thought, to be obliterated by a car bomb parked outside. They awoke to their first view of the city. Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city, had a reputation for mercantile genius and industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 1997 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
When the Delta 72 hit the stage, front man Gregg Foreman promised "35 minutes of soul. " What the Philadelphia-by-way-of-D.C. quartet played at a jampacked Upstairs at Nick's on Saturday night wasn't exactly soul in the traditional sense. Like the Make-Up and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Delta 72 seeks to reclaim the intensity of early-'60s rhythm and blues while filtering it through indie rock's anything-goes sensibility. Of course, in the been-there-done-that '90s, it's impossible to really go back to that era's pre-Kennedy assassination innocence.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2013 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
'Sometimes things just fall out of the sky; sometimes you're tugging on it pretty hard," says Iris DeMent. She's talking from her Iowa City home about the songwriting process of Sing the Delta , her first album of original songs in 16 years and the impetus for the short tour that brings her to Wilmington's World Cafe Live at the Queen on Tuesday. "There's one song on there that there's a line that I literally, I'm not exaggerating, sat on the floor six or eight hours a day for three or four days in a row just to get that one line.
BUSINESS
February 2, 1995 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Delta and Kiwi International Air Lines yesterday announced changes in flight schedules for airports in the Philadelphia area. Delta said that, as of May 1, it would eliminate its two daily round-trip flights between Philadelphia International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth. But the same day, Comair, a commuter-airline partner of Delta, will begin flights between Philadelphia and Cincinnati, using 50-passenger jets. Delta already offers nonstop jet service between Philadelphia and connecting-flights hubs in Cincinnati and Atlanta, which will continue.
BUSINESS
June 19, 1996 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer Daily News Wire services contributed to this report
ValuJet customers who had hoped to use their tickets on other airlines may be out of luck. Delta and many other airlines aren't honoring ValuJet tickets. And USAir, one of the few airlines that had been accepting them, stopped last night. Since May 17, USAir had been permitting ValuJet passengers to fly USAir on a space-available basis at no additional cost. "As of tomorrow, [ValuJet customers] will be treated the same as any other customer," said Rick Weintraub, a USAir spokesman.
NEWS
September 19, 1993 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Delta Community Supports Inc. has changed its name, and it hopes to change people's attitudes about those who have mental or physical disabilities. Delta, now using the name of the Greek letter symbolizing change, is a 15- year-old, nonprofit agency that changed last week from Community Interactions - Bucks County, said Delta's president, David A. Wyher. "Last year's passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act underscores the fact that we are living in liberating times for Americans with disabilities," Wyher said.
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BUSINESS
August 10, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Delta Air Lines grounded flights worldwide for nearly six hours Monday, snarling flights for hundreds of thousands during the busy summer travel season because of an equipment problem. Shortly before 9 a.m., Delta said the ground stop was lifted, and limited departures were resuming, but delays and cancellations would continue. As of 1:30 p.m., Delta said it had canceled 451 flights due to a power outage, while operating about 1,679 of its nearly 6,000 scheduled for Monday. At Philadelphia International Airport, Steven Bowles, of Allentown, arrived at 7:45 a.m. for a 10:20 a.m. Delta flight.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines' refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, posted a $10 million loss in the three months ended June 30, after a $28 million loss in the first three months of this year. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings for the latest second quarter on Thursday, said the refining industry is cyclical. "We'll have good times, and bad times, with that refinery, but we are absolutely committed to it, irrespective of its profits," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said on a conference call with investors.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
After seven consecutive quarters of profitability, Delta Air Lines' refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, posted a $28 million loss in the first quarter of this year. Delta did not detail on a conference call with investors Thursday why the refinery lost money, after reporting an $8 million profit in the last three months of 2015 and a $106 million profit in the third quarter last year. Oil analyst Ben Brockwell at the Oil Price Information Service, who follows the aviation industry, said Trainer went "from black to red" for a couple of reasons: Higher costs for production ingredients and lower returns on the gasoline and diesel products the refinery produces and trades in exchange for jet fuel.
NEWS
January 21, 2016
Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that its refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, produced a profit of $8 million in the fourth-quarter and a profit just under $300 million for the full-year 2015. "For the fourth quarter our total fuel expense declined by over $700 million driven by lower market fuel prices," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said in a conference call on the company's earnings. Falling oil prices will help Delta save $3 billion this year, Jacobson said. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report fourth-quarter results, earned $926 million, or $1.18 a share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31. Analysts had expected Delta would earn $928 million, or $1.19 a share.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its refinery in Trainer, Delaware County, posted a $106 million profit in the third quarter, compared with $19 million a year ago. "Our total fuel expense declined by over $1 billion in the quarter as lower market fuel prices more than offset higher consumption," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said in a conference call on the company's earnings. Lower crude-oil costs and increased production helped boost the refinery's profit, Jacobson said.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its Trainer refinery in Delaware County posted an $86 million profit in the first quarter of this year. Delta said the sharp drop in crude oil prices would translate into a $2.2 billion savings in jet-fuel costs in 2015. "Over the last four quarters, the refinery has produced a cumulative profit of over $220 million," chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said during a conference call on the company's earnings. Delta, whose report began airlines' earnings season, said it expected that the refinery would make about $80 million in the second quarter.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airline stocks soared Thursday after Delta Air Lines said the sharp drop in oil prices would translate into a $1.7 billion savings in fuel costs next year. Delta said at an investor conference in New York that its Trainer refinery in Delaware County would produce a $75 million profit in the current quarter, helping to offset losses on the airline's fuel-hedge contracts. Delta buys some of its fuel in advance, to hedge against higher costs. But when fuel prices dramatically decline, the airline is locked in and takes a hedge loss.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Thursday that its Trainer oil refinery in Delaware County produced a $19 million profit in the third quarter, and is expected to have a $20 million profit in the current fourth quarter. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings, had Thanksgiving revenues up by 8 percent, and Christmas and New Year's bookings "look solid," company president Edward Bastian reported on a conference call. Management said it has seen no change in booking trends due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its Trainer oil refinery in Delaware County produced a $13 million profit in the second quarter. Delta, the first U.S. airline to report earnings, posted a second-quarter profit of $889 million, or $1.04 a share, that beat analysts' estimates, driven by strong passenger demand and higher revenue from corporate contracts. Revenue rose 9.4 percent to $10.6 billion. "We will post even better results in the third quarter, with a forecast operating margin of 15 percent to 17 percent," Delta chief executive officer Richard Anderson said on a conference call.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delta Air Lines' subsidiary Monroe Energy L.L.C. has signed a five-year agreement with a Texas-based company, Bridger L.L.C., to receive 65,000 barrels of domestic crude a day at its oil refinery in Trainer, Delaware County. The contract will supply about one-third of the crude refined daily at the former ConocoPhillips refinery, which Delta bought in 2012. The Trainer refinery supplies Delta's Northeast operations with jet fuel, the largest and most volatile expense for airlines.
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