July 25, 2013 |
The DuPont Co. reported a decline of nearly 12 percent in second-quarter earnings Tuesday, partly because of lower prices for titanium dioxide, a widely used whitening pigment, and said it was considering selling or spinning off its performance-chemicals unit. The chemical giant is a global leader in production of titanium dioxide, or TiO2, but has wrestled for more than a year with sluggish demand for the whitener, used in a broad range of products, from automotive and house paints to toothpaste.
July 23, 2013 |
Insidious helmer James Wan 's lil' $20 mil demon-infested house shocker The Conjuring beat the big-budget boys at the box office, earning $41.5 mil in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates. Starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga , the picture even earned critical acclaim with an 85 percent positive rating among critics on rottentomatoes.com . The Steve Carell -voiced animated sequel Despicable Me 2 is at No. 2 with $25.1 mil. The family pic has earned almost $585 mil since its July 3 release.
July 9, 2013 |
I HATE THE Phillies . . . well, more specifically, I hate what the Phillies do to you. This team is the definition of frustration. By now everyone should know that they are not good enough to make a legitimate run at the National League playoffs. But on the other hand, they aren't quite bad enough for you to feel completely comfortable with writing them off. Just when I thought I was out . . . they pull me back in. Frankly speaking, it would be less complicated had the Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves yesterday instead of winning, 7-3. The Phillies took two of three from NL East-leading Atlanta and moved to 7 1/2 games out. Once again they offer a shiny tray of fool's gold for anyone who still wants to believe.
June 30, 2013 |
TORONTO - Shares of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion plunged 28 percent Friday after the company posted a loss and warned of future losses despite releasing its make-or-break new smartphones this year. RIM also announced that it will stop developing new versions of its slow-selling tablet computer called the Playbook. Analysts were looking for insight into how phones running RIM's new BlackBerry 10 operating system are selling. It wasn't good. RIM said it sold 6.8 million phones overall versus 7.8 million last year.
June 19, 2013
IN THE FIGHT OVER money for Philly schools, it's easy to get lost in numbers that aren't always what they appear to be. Take something as simple as the number of students. The school district says it's 149,535. The state Department of Education says it's 201,694. Can't Harrisburg and Philly agree on anything? Not even how to count kids? Nope. The state counts all public pupils, including those in charter schools. The district doesn't count charter-school pupils, despite the fact that they, too, are tax-funded.
June 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House approved a measure Friday that would require all branches of the U.S. military to share the same camouflage uniforms - instead of the 10 different camouflage patterns in use today. The measure, written by freshman Rep. William Enyart (D., Ill.), was passed as part of the broader National Defense Authorization Act, which sets the Pentagon's budget. The measure passed by a vote of 315-108. That idea needs the approval of the Senate, which is crafting its own version of the defense authorization bill.
June 7, 2013 |
It was D-Day, and Abe Milkis found himself up to his neck in the war right away. When the boat ramp was dropped off Utah Beach, the 101st Airborne troopers piled out with all their combat gear. The boat crews didn't want to get too close, so the soldiers disembarked far from shore. "We had some little guys, we had to carry them. I only went in up to my neck," said Milkis, who was 5 feet, 111/2 inches tall. Speaking in a strong, assured voice at his home in Wynnewood last week, Milkis reached across 69 years of history to bring alive the baptism of fire for a 20-year-old soldier from West Philadelphia.
May 21, 2013 |
Calling a typical American engineering school a boys' club would be an understatement - on average, women make up 18.2 percent of engineering undergraduates nationwide. It's a statistic that hasn't gone unnoticed, with colleges and universities across the country scrambling to draw more women and minorities into engineering majors. Villanova University is no exception - and on Sunday, 31.4 percent of the engineering students who crossed the stage at graduation in Radnor were female.
May 20, 2013
MATTHEW STITT CAN take apart a proposed bill and tell you if it's financially feasible, or translate the mayor's $3.75 billion budget into less-wonky language. But Stitt, the 25-year-old assistant chief financial officer for City Council, doesn't have to crunch numbers to see that his brother Edwin, 12, and the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club travel baseball team are kicking butt out there. And it's only the third inning. "He's pretty good. Faster than I was at his age. Strong arm," Stitt says Sunday, breaking down his bro's game like a scout.