November 19, 2015
RECENTLY, I joined a group of business leaders and bipartisan elected officials - including U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, U.S. Reps. Bob Brady and Pat Meehan, state Sen. John Rafferty, state Rep. Bill Keller and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney - to announce funding for a new study to explore extending the Broad Street Line subway into the Navy Yard, a growing employment hub in Philadelphia. When was the last time so many Democrats and Republicans joined forces to support any project? The Navy Yard employs more than 11,000 at more than 140 firms, and PIDC has aggressive expansion plans in the coming decades.
November 13, 2015 |
THE DAY before he died, Solomon Boyd Jr.'s mind was on the future. "We have a new mayor," he told his son, Solomon III, in a conversation Nov. 4 in his home in Southwest Philadelphia. "He was excited about newness," his son said, "new ideas, fresh blood. He was a hopeful kind of guy. " Solomon wasn't a man to live in the past, to believe things used to be better in the "good old days. " He was always looking ahead with a positive attitude, seeing what could be done with the kind of hard work and dedication that had marked his own life.
November 12, 2015 |
The USS Lansdale sank in minutes. Six minutes, Robert Dott recalls. Maybe four. When the German torpedo slammed into the destroyer's side on an April night in 1944, the Philadelphia native did not have time to look at the clock. The blast knocked him unconscious for a few seconds. When he picked himself up, Dott saw the ship's doctor trying to treat one of his shipmates. The man was burned so severely that Dott did not recognize him. Water streamed into the hatch. Dott knew only one person could fit through the door at a time.
November 10, 2015 |
DALLAS - Temple moved up two spots in the rankings after a 60-40 win at Southern Methodist on Friday that was much closer than the final score indicated. The Owls were ranked No. 21 Sunday in both the Associated Press poll of writers and the USA Today coaches poll. Temple was No. 23 in both polls last week. The Owls were also No. 22 in the first College Football Playoff rankings released last week. The next rankings will be released Tuesday. Temple has appeared in the top 25 for four consecutive weeks.
November 7, 2015 |
Two Defense Department payments to the Phillies totaling $48,085, cited in a report released by U.S. Sen. John McCain a day earlier, were for tickets and concessions purchased by a Navy supplier, a team official said Thursday. "The things in that report were two group purchases that a Navy supply company made to entertain their employees," said John Weber, vice president for ticket sales and operations. "It's just like any other Delaware Valley company that's looking to entertain their clients by taking them to a ball game.
November 6, 2015 |
On the banks of the Delaware on Wednesday, Gov. Wolf said his priorities for the Port of Philadelphia are investing in its aging infrastructure, creating jobs, and keeping Pennsylvania economically competitive. The governor said one of his goals is to develop the 196 acres at the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport, the first major maritime expansion in Philadelphia in 50 years. In recent months, more than a dozen port operators, energy firms, and private investors have expressed interest in developing all, or part, of the empty land south of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
October 30, 2015 |
IT'S BEEN A while since the Irish's eyes smiled on Philadelphia, but it wasn't always that way. From 1952-74, Notre Dame played 16 times in Philadelphia and won most of those games handily. Here is a look at each game the Irish played here: Notre Dame 9, Penn State 0: Irish coach Knute Rockne seemed more worried about his team's depth than the Nittany Lions. "We have so few good men this year that every time a player goes down, I am worried about him getting up," said the coach.
October 10, 2015 |
Adaptimmune, an Oxford, U.K.-based biopharmaceutical company, has moved its U.S. operations from the University City Science Center and will relocate to a new facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the company said Friday. The 47,400-square-foot building being developed by Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners will accommodate a manufacturing plant and Adaptimmune's U.S. headquarters, according to the company, which focuses on cancer therapies. The new facility, which will enable Adaptimmune to increase its staff by 110, is scheduled to be completed in late 2016, chief executive James Noble said in the release.
September 30, 2015 |
THE HISTORIC football rivalry between Army and Navy continues Dec. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field, but it won't be the only Philly-flavored matchup between the schools in 2015, as their soccer teams will face off 7 p.m. Friday in the Army-Navy Cup IV at PPL Park. Seventh-year Navy head coach Dave Brandt and the Midshipmen (4-4-1, 1-0 Patriot League) lead the Cup matchup with a 2-0-1 record. After the teams played to a scoreless tie in 2012, Navy won the next two meetings; both wins were 1-0, in the second overtime period, with the game-winning goal in the 107th minute each time.
September 11, 2015 |
Axalta Coating Systems has selected the Navy Yard as the site of a new international research-and-development hub, drawn by the campus' open green spaces, its existing name-brand tenants, and a generous helping of public funds. The 175,000-square-foot research and development center at the sprawling South Philadelphia site will replace a facility in Wilmington, Axalta chief executive Charles Shaver said Wednesday at a news conference. When fully operational in 2018, the $70 million project will have drawn at least 190 employees north to Philadelphia, according to the company, which makes specialty paint and coatings for the automotive and other industries.