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December 31, 1986 | By Ron Wolf, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hercules Inc. has encountered immediate complications in its effort to play white knight for AccuRay Corp. of Columbus, Ohio. Combustion Engineering Inc. yesterday increased its offer for AccuRay to $45 a share from $35, only one day after Hercules agreed to acquire the company for $40 a share. Two weeks ago, Combustion Engineering presented AccuRay with the unsolicited $35-a-share offer. AccuRay asked its investment bankers to seek better offers, a search that resulted Monday in a merger agreement with Hercules.
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April 16, 1988 | The Inquirer Staff
Hercules Inc., the Wilmington maker of specialty chemicals and aerospace products, reported sharply lower net income for the first quarter. The comparison was affected, however, by a large one-time gain during the 1987 period. Hercules reported a nonrecurring gain of $90.5 million from a public offering last year of stock in a joint-venture company, Himont Inc. Hercules said that net income from continuing operations decreased 4 percent for the first quarter. David S. Hollingsworth, chairman and chief executive officer, said the current earnings represented an important achievement for the company.
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July 3, 1990 | By Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
David S. Hollingsworth, chairman of Hercules Inc., said yesterday that he would retire next year after more than four decades with the chemical company. Hercules lost money last year for the first time in its 78-year history, after predicting a performance breakthrough. Profits of $33.7 million in the first quarter of this year were 25 percent below first-quarter profits of $44.8 million in 1989. Hollingsworth, 62, who took over as chairman and chief executive officer of the Wilmington company in 1987, said that in 1986, when he agreed to take the job, he did so with the understanding that he would retire before he was 65 and would hold the job no more than four years.
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October 27, 1989 | By Glenn Burkins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hercules Inc. of Wilmington will sell its Electronics & Printing Products division, which has annual sales of about $80 million, officials said yesterday. The decision comes during a major restructuring at Hercules. Since earlier this year, the company has been focusing its efforts on its core businesses - chemicals, food ingredients and space propulsion. The Electronic & Printing Products business, with about 500 employees in Wilmington and Middletown, Del., is not part of those operations.
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February 4, 1993 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Hercules Inc., the Wilmington chemical and aerospace firm, yesterday reported double-digit increases in its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings, some of it because of unusual gains and charges. Sales for the fourth quarter and the year were down slightly, principally the result of excluding the sales of the flavors business, which was transferred to a joint venture in the first quarter. "The performance in the fourth quarter of 1992 was a fine accomplishment for our company," said Thomas L. Gossage, chairman, president and chief executive.
BUSINESS
October 21, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff
Although Hercules Inc. yesterday reported higher profits for the third quarter, the company's top executive said he was disappointed in results from a number of units and companies in which Hercules owns substantial stakes. Among the trouble spots cited by David Hollingsworth, chairman and chief executive officer of the Wilmington chemical and aerospace company, were the resins group, because of difficulties in starting up a plant in Brunswick, Ga.; aerospace, because of development costs associated with several missile contracts, and engineered polymers, because of the loss of an important piece of business to competition.
BUSINESS
April 18, 1986 | The Inquirer Staff
Hercules Inc., the chemical and aerospace firm based in Wilmington, yesterday reported that its first-quarter earnings rose sharply on a modest increase in sales. For the period, Hercules earned $45.4 million or 81 cents per share, up 27 percent from $35.8 million or 65 cents per share in the comparable period a year ago. Sales were up just 1 percent to $645.2 million from $638.4 million last year. During 1985, however, Hercules sold several businesses with sales of about $50 million.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2000 | By Harold Brubaker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ten days into his second stint as chief executive officer of Hercules Inc., Thomas L. Gossage went back to Wall Street yesterday and left no doubt that the Wilmington specialty-chemical maker's days as an independent company are numbered. "There will be a point . . . sooner or later that Hercules will have to be part of a bigger company," Gossage said in a meeting with analysts, emphasizing that by Thanksgiving the company's strategic direction should be clear. In a release, the company also said it had hired Goldman, Sachs Group Inc. to explore its options, including the sale of the company.
BUSINESS
February 8, 1992 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Although the sale of some of its assets contributed to improved profits for the fourth quarter, Hercules Inc. yesterday reported a decline in sales for the quarter and all of 1991. In addition, while the quarterly net income of $34 million seems substantially higher than Hercules' 1990 fourth-quarter profit of $2.6 million, the difference is rooted in nonrecurring charges of $21.9 million Hercules took in the 1990 period. Also yesterday, Hercules said it had filed suit against Martin Marietta Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2008 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
"The Incredible . . . Hercules"? Following perhaps the most epic Hulk story ever seen in comics and with interest in the Hulk at a fever pitch leading into this past weekend's movie opening, it would take a truly larger-than-life character to take over the Jade Giant's long-running "Incredible Hulk" title. Consider those big shoes - or in this case, big sandals - filled. With great art, exciting stories, witty banter and epic stories that take us back and forth between Mythic Greece and world-saving jaunts in the modern Marvel Universe, Comics Guy finds it hard to believe anyone who picks up this title will be anything but entertained.
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July 27, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
From his signature mustache, his perfectly pressed and folded handkerchief, and the meticulous three-piece suits that curve ever so delicately over his rather rotund belly, there's no mistaking actor David Suchet's most enduring character: Agatha Christie's private detective, Hercule Poirot. Suchet, who has portrayed the peculiar little Belgian fellow for 25 years - and 70 gorgeously produced small-screen mysteries - is letting go of the character after five final feature-length episodes.
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July 26, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
North West triumphs Certain individuals are of such world-historical importance they bear their momentous destiny on their visages virtually from birth. Such a person is North Kardashian West . The proof: Kimye 's daughter, who turned 1 last month, can walk. "Our baby girl finished one week of swimming lessons today then took her 1st steps right when she got out of the pool!!!!" Kim K says in a caption to an Instagram pic of the li'l genius.   Saying 'bye to soap Alison Sweeney still is not used to the quiet.
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January 12, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's always a B-film bonanza when Greek myth meets Hollywood high-tech. 'Twas ever thus, since Jason and his Argonauts sailed Ray Harryhausen's wine-dark seas through the kraken's release in Clash of the Titans . Do not the gods deserve the best special effects we can lavish upon them? By Hera's hairy lip, they do! They also probably deserve a cohesive plot and dialogue that clarifies rather than confuses, but in The Legend of Hercules , they'll have to settle just for the special effects.
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July 15, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Avoid people who talk in extremes or try to sway you far to one side. Stick with the mild, reasonable types now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If time is on your side, consider yourself lucky. This evening, you'll learn how rapidly life is changing for someone you know. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Stick up for your friends. Take everyone's opinion with a grain of salt, even your own. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The problem you deal with day in and day out is shared by thousands of others.
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July 13, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania SPCA is launching a new initiative to stop animal cruelty, spurred by a recent spate of violence against dogs and cats in the Philadelphia area. At a rally Thursday night, PSPCA chief executive Jerry Buckley said the agency hoped to raise $100,000 to hire a full-time education coordinator and offer more programs for schools, community groups, camps and after-school activities. The rally was held in front of the agency's building on East Erie Avenue in North Philadelphia.
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July 11, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the last four weeks, at least four dogs and cats have been set on fire in the Philadelphia area. The cases have alarmed authorities and horrified the public, but officials at the Pennsylvania SPCA hope some good may come from the abuse. "In a way, Chloe and Hercules are like the ambassadors for all animals, to speak against all forms of cruelty," PSPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano said, referring to two pit bull mixes who were badly burned. During a rally Thursday night at PSPCA headquarters, the agency will announce a public-education initiative aimed at preventing and solving animal-abuse cases.
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April 11, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
HERCULES was barely a dog anymore, confined and forgotten in a Gloucester County basement like a box of dusty, old toys. Meanwhile, upstairs, Roxanne Notaro's chocolate Labrador, "Little," had food, warmth and love. Officials with the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say it's a miracle that Hercules, an American bulldog, is alive after cops found him locked in a small crate and covered in feces, urine and fleas in the basement of Notaro's home on Vassar Road in Wenonah last week.
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October 12, 2011 | staff
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December 16, 2010 | By REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
PHILADELPHIA MADE history once again yesterday with the opening of the President's House on Independence Mall, believed to be the country's first federal commemoration of slavery. The $11.2 million project, known officially as "President's House: Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation," stands on the footprint of the original structure where presidents George Washington and John Adams resided from 1790 to 1800. The open-air site, at 6th and Market streets, also pays homage to the nine slaves of African descent who were owned by Washington and worked in the house: Austin, 32, Christopher Sheels, 16, Giles, 32, Hercules, 36, Joe Richardson, 26, Moll, 51, Oney Judge, 17, Paris, 16 and Richmond, 14. Hercules was Washington's chef and Oney Judge was maid to Martha Washington and her grandchildren.
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