July 19, 2014 |
President Obama used I-495 - the out-of-service six-lane highway that stretches from Delaware County almost to the end of the New Jersey Turnpike and includes a damaged bridge that has jammed traffic this summer on nearby I-95 - as a backdrop for a vague speech about encouraging private investors to finance upgrades of American highways, bridges, ports, and airports. That's because his administration has been unable to get higher highway taxes passed by Congress. The day was also an opportunity for Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to effusively thank Obama, his fellow Democrat, for bailing out East Coast drivers by shifting bridge- repair assets from elsewhere to I-495 so the state could accelerate repairs.
July 19, 2014 |
The latest iteration of Franklin Flea - the marketplace for vintage and handmade wares that temporarily enlivened the vacant Center City Strawbridge & Clothier space on Saturdays this spring - pops up Saturday outside McCall School at Seventh and Delancey. The market, whose wheelhouse includes reclaimed-wood frames, ironic tropical-sunset "Philadelphia" T-shirts, vintage furniture, handmade jewelry, and single-origin pour-over coffee, also is transitioning from a weekly affair to a bigger monthly one as a way of driving more excitement.
June 8, 2014 |
Market Share, coming off a world-record performance on May 25 at Harrah's Philadelphia, is the 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Scioto Downs in Ohio. Owned by Blue Bell's Richard Gutnick, Market Share will faces nine rivals in the Charlie Hill. He starts from post four for trainer Linda Toscano and driver Jeff Gregory, who is subbing for Tim Tetrick because Tetrick will be racing in Canada. The Charlie Hill Memorial field also features Arch Madness, Archangel, Creatine, Undercover Strike, Modern Family, Fusion Man, Major Athens, Rompaway Beau, and DW's NY Yank.
May 27, 2014 |
Market Share trotted the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths-mile track to win Sunday's $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational in 1 minute, 50.2 seconds at Harrah's Philadelphia. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick settled into fourth place behind Sevruga, Arch Madness, and Daylon Magician in the early part of the race. Market Share moved into second place on the backstretch before challenging Sevruga for the top spot on the final turn. He drew off in the stretch to win by two lengths and break the previous record of 1:50.3 shared by Sevruga and Uncle Peter.
May 24, 2014 |
Market Share heads to Sunday's $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia looking to bounce back from an uncharacteristic break in the Cutler Memorial last weekend. In 40 previous career races, Market Share went off stride only once - when he lost a shoe in the 2012 Dexter Cup. In the Cutler, Market Share made a break heading into the first turn as he raced alongside eventual winner Sebastian K. The Cutler featured the much-anticipated encounter between the two-time Dan Patch Award-winning Market Share and the 2012 Swedish Horse of the Year Sebastian K. Both had won their respective Cutler eliminations, Market Share in 1:50.3 and Sebastian K in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1.
May 16, 2014 |
Market Share will not head to Sweden to race in the Elitlopp at the end of the month, and a Swedish horse is one of the reasons the two-time Dan Patch Award winner is staying home. Richard Gutnick, who heads the Market Share ownership group, said the 5-year-old trotter will race in Saturday's $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial final at Meadowlands Racetrack and then point toward the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational on May 25 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Elitlopp also is May 25. The reasons for the decision were the demands of racing and traveling, not to mention the budding of a potential rivalry with 2012 Swedish Horse of the Year Sebastian K. Sebastian K made his North American debut Saturday night, winning his Cutler elimination in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 mile at the Meadowlands.
February 28, 2014 |
Cargoes were up 15.1 percent in 2013 in the Port of Philadelphia, the fourth consecutive year for gains and an indicator the economy is recovering, officials said. More steel, more paper, more cocoa beans, and more sugar accounted for the increase. Total tonnage: 5.1 million. The year was not all rosy. Unconventional cargoes, known as "project cargoes," were down 10.8 percent. Automobile imports from Hyundai and Kia were down 9.8 percent, due in part to labor strife in South Korea and Japanese automakers' bouncing back to regain market share, said Robert Blackburn, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority's senior deputy executive director.
February 3, 2014 |
This evening about 6:30 in East Rutherford, N.J., a soprano from the Metropolitan Opera will join the NFL. Televised to more than 100 million listeners, she will sail "The Star-Spangled Banner" aloft with operatic vibrato, and by Monday morning all of America will be so stirred by her voice that apps will collapse under the strain of the sudden demand for Verdi and Wagner. Scratch that. Authorities have charged a pair of New Jersey Metallica fans with organizing a massive classical-music ticket-scalping scheme after hearing pianist Lang Lang rocking out with the heavy metal band on last Sunday's Grammy broadcast.
December 24, 2013 |
When Paul Steinke, 49, became general manager of the Reading Terminal Market in 2001, a voice in his head cautioned him that he might be joining a dying institution. Hard to imagine why, considering that the market, especially crowded around big food holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, attracts 115,000 visitors a week. One of America's oldest and largest public markets, it is also one of the city's top tourist attractions. Question: What worried you in 2001?
August 15, 2013 |
In a move that caught shareholders, creditors, analysts, and the airline industry by surprise, the U.S. Justice Department; six states, including Pennsylvania; and the District of Columbia sued Tuesday to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. No one saw it coming, two days before a federal bankruptcy judge in New York City was scheduled to approve American's reorganization plan. The news sent airline stocks tumbling. American's creditors, along with shareholders of both airlines and European Union regulators, had given a green light to the $11 billion deal.