July 20, 2010
By Peter Binzen The tourist boat that capsized in the Delaware River this month, drowning two, was a direct descendant of the amphibious vessels that carried troops and supplies from ships to shore during World War II. The DUKWs - a designation based on the naming conventions of their manufacturer, General Motors - were used for landings in the Mediterranean, the Pacific, and on the beaches of Normandy. They also saw service on an Italian lake in the final days of the war. An Allied assault, led by troops of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, had driven German forces out of the Apennine Mountains and across the Po Valley to the foothills of the Alps.
May 10, 2006 |
For the first time in a while, Ilya Bryzgalov wasn't impeccable. He didn't have to be - because Joffrey Lupul was. Anaheim and its rookie goalie are still perfect against Colorado thanks to Lupul, whose three goals in regulation and one in overtime gave the visiting Ducks a 4-3 victory last night and a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series. Lupul became the first player in NHL playoff history to cap a four-goal game with an overtime score. "They just went in tonight," he said.
May 30, 2007 |
They make up Anaheim's "Kid Line," and they're big, tough and talented. The play of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, each of whom turned 22 earlier this month, and 24-year-old Dustin Penner has been a key to Anaheim's success. The Ducks' second line has combined for 27 points in 16 games heading into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final against Ottawa tonight. Getzlaf, a 6-3, 213-pounder, is Anaheim's top-scoring forward with five goals and eight assists. The 6-3, 202-pound Perry has four goals and five assists, and Penner, a 6-4, 245-pound rookie, has two goals and three assists.
June 27, 2014 |
ANIMAL-WELFARE agents and police rescued 25 live ducks left in a hot van Tuesday evening after a passer-by heard panting inside the vehicle and alerted authorities. Officials believe the ducks had been inside crates in the van, which was parked on Hamilton Street near 10th, in North Philadelphia, for more than a day with no food or water, Pennsylvania SPCA spokeswoman Sarah Eremus said. As one of their more famous, fictional brethren, Daffy Duck, might say: "That's despicable!"
March 11, 1990 |
On Feb. 24, Leslie Wright made her daily trip to the marina at Neshaminy State Park in Croydon to check on 14 white ducks that she and other denizens of the marina have adopted. When she got there, four adolescents were throwing rocks at the birds. Earlier in the week, park rangers had chased away teenagers who also were pelting the ducks. The two attacks injured two ducks, one with a broken leg and the other with a damaged eye. Another duck was missing and presumed dead. Wright said she couldn't understand what could make kids do such a thing to defenseless animals.
May 18, 2007 |
Teemu Selanne snapped out of his scoring slump with a goal and two assists last night and host Anaheim beat Detroit, 5-3, to even the series. The Ducks tied the Western Conference finals 2-2, with the best-of-seven series shifting to Detroit for Game 5 on Sunday. The Ducks built a 3-1 lead in the opening period, lost it in the second, then Ryan Getzlaf scored on a power play with 14 minutes, 36 seconds remaining to put them ahead to stay. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made that lead hold up, finishing with 36 saves.
July 10, 2012 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - They may not have the gravitas of bald eagles or the mysterious allure of condors, but North America's ducks - a classic harbinger every year of the changing seasons - have done something remarkable. Scientists say the number of mallards, teals, canvasbacks, and other ducks this year has reached the highest level ever recorded, with a total estimate of 48.6 million breeding ducks in Canada and the United States. The number is 7 percent higher than last year, according to a survey released this week from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and 43 percent higher than the historic average going back to 1955.
July 12, 2010 |
Six days after the tragic collision on the Delaware River, there's still no indication as to when Ride the Ducks will again begin offering the amphibious boat tours that have grown as a popular summer activity on Philadelphia's waterfront. The company has voluntarily suspended operations here, and needs no special approval from the city to resume the tours. Ride the Ducks began here in 2003. On Monday, Mayoral spokesman Doug Oliver said the company "agreed to keep us informed of their plans moving forward, and that is where things stand at this point.
December 24, 2010 |
Only one company wants to operate amphibious vehicles on the Schuylkill River and that's Ride the Ducks. Still, city officials stressed yesterday that a contract for the company with boats full of kazoo-playing tourists is not a done deal. "The city is not definitely going to award a contract," said Brian Abernathy, chief of staff to Managing Director Rich Negrin. Back in October, the city announced that Ride the Ducks would be moving to the Schuylkill in March. The boats, which previously toured the Delaware River, have not been in operation since a July 7 accident in which two tourists were killed.
June 13, 2003 |
So many ways to sightsee Philadelphia: by foot. On little touring trollies. In horse-drawn carriages. From above, atop City Hall or on a zoo hot-air balloon. And now, make way for ducks. I boarded a duck - an amphibious vehicle manufactured in 1942 for World War II ship-to-shore transport, but reconditioned to hold 38 sight-seeing passengers - at the new duck terminal, at the northwest corner of Sixth and Chestnut Streets. It hadn't been easy. First, I tried to ride the ducks - Ride the Ducks is the official name of the new attraction - when they were trotted out (or more aptly, waddled out)