June 8, 2013 |
BUDAPEST, Hungary - The mighty Danube is not the only river in Europe bursting its banks this week, but it packs the biggest punch. Winding 1,777 miles across 10 nations, the Danube is the second-longest river on the continent, making its way from Germany's Black Forest to the Black Sea bordering Romania and Ukraine. Only the Volga in Russia is longer. In the last decade alone, the Danube has been at the center of two major floods, several devastating droughts, and a winter cold snap that froze the vital waterway for hundreds of miles.
May 19, 2013
Mary Stevenson Cassatt was one of the first American-born Impressionist painters. Though we often associate her with Philadelphia, she was born in 1844 in Allegheny City, Pa. (now part of Pittsburgh), and lived most of her life in Paris. Cassatt spent much of her youth in Europe. Her Philadelphia connection began in the 1860s, when she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She was one of a group of female students who helped to introduce "life" classes - those dedicated to drawing from live models - by posing for one another.
May 14, 2013 |
Before he walked into an honors communications course at West Chester University, Grant Hubbard's ethnic identity was the stuff of skin color and oral history. He was the white guy with European roots whose family came to the United States shortly after the Mayflower arrived. Then science took over. The swipe of a cotton swab inside his cheek and a DNA test indicated that he had ancestors from Europe, and elsewhere. "My results came back 60 percent Southeast Asian," said Hubbard, 20, of Downingtown.
May 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Small was beautiful this week. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 15,000 for the first time Tuesday, then held above that milestone for the next three days. But an index of small-company stocks put the blue-chip gauge to shame for the week. On Friday, the Russell 2000 closed the week up 2.2 percent, more than double the Dow's gain. Small stocks stand a greater chance of surging than those of global companies do if the U.S. economy continues to fare better than those of Europe and Asia.
April 4, 2013 |
Trainer Naazim Richardson shouted down from the ring apron toward his fighter: "You're not in Europe anymore, baby. " The crowd, he said, will be behind West Philadelphia's Steve "U.S.S. " Cunningham on April 20 when he fights heavyweight Tyson Fury in a 12-round afternoon bout at Madison Square Garden. And Livvy Cunningham, Steve's wife, prays that Richardson is right. Too many times, Cunningham sat alone in European stadiums cheering for her husband as he fought European fighters.
March 30, 2013 |
FRANKFURT, Germany - This week's deal to rescue Cyprus and its banks from financial collapse has renewed fears about Europe's shaky financial system and where trouble might next appear. Many banks have been struggling for more than three years as losses on government bonds and bad loans pile up. Some governments, meanwhile, have taken on more debt trying to prop up their banks, to the point where they needed bailouts themselves. In Cyprus' case, the banking sector became bigger than the government could afford to rescue, seven times the size of the economy.
March 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Investors just can't get past Europe. Renewed worries about the long-running debt crisis weighed on the Dow Jones industrial average Wednesday and held the Standard & Poor's 500 index back from reaching an all-time high. Investors are watching to see whether Cyprus can shore up its banking system. They are also keeping an eye on Italy, where political parties are struggling to form a new government in the eurozone's third-largest economy. The Dow fell 33.49 points to close at 14,526.16, a loss of 0.2 percent.
March 27, 2013 |
BRUSSELS - Europe's leading institutions clashed Tuesday in a rare sign of public discord over what shape future financial rescues will take following the bailout for Cyprus, creating further uncertainty and concern about the safety of keeping large deposits in European banks. In a 10 billion euro ($12.9 billion) bailout deal clinched early Monday, Cyprus agreed to dissolve the country's second-largest bank, inflicting significant losses - possibly up to 40 percent - on all deposits larger than 100,000 euros ($130,000)
March 26, 2013 |
Stocks reversed early gains on Wall Street Monday as traders returned to worrying about the European economy. Optimism about a deal to prevent financial collapse in Cyprus had briefly pushed the Standard and Poor's 500 index to within a quarter-point of its record closing high, but stocks soon turned negative. The S&P 500 closed down 5.2 points, or 0.3 percent, at 1,551.69. The loss was offset in part by jumps for Apollo Group and McGraw-Hill. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 64.28 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 14,447.75.
March 23, 2013 |
The drugmaker AstraZeneca, which announced big job cuts Monday in research and development, said Thursday morning that it was would lay off 2,300 more people from sales and administrative departments over the next three years throughout its worldwide operation. AstraZeneca has facilities in Wilmington and Newark, Del. A company spokesman declined to specify the immediate local impact. The spokesman said that the majority of the 2,300 workers had been notified or soon would be, and that those people were largely in sales in Europe.