October 6, 2014 |
E. Weldon Jones, 89, of Malvern, a decorated World War II veteran and owner of Jones Disposal, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Paoli Memorial Hospital from complications of pneumonia. Mr. Jones and his identical twin, Edgar Kinzer Jones, were born in the Homeopathic Hospital in West Chester. Mr. Jones grew up near the Paoli Train Yard and attended Tredyffrin/Easttown schools; his twin died of an infection at age 4. During World War II, Mr. Jones was drafted as a private first class and eventually deployed with the Ninth Armored Division to central Europe.
October 5, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Four days into training camp and 76ers majority owner Josh Harris gave his state-of-the-team talk with reporters while the team was on the practice floors at Richard Stockton College. Not surprisingly, Harris is happy with the team's direction, saying that it's "bottomed," but now everything is going up, not down. He says he knows the process is long, but is confident that the fans are on board and that the team will be a championship contender when the rebuild is complete.
October 5, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – General manager Sam Hinkie is recognized as the architect for the 76ers' rebuilding plan. But manager/owner Josh Harris gave Hinkie the freedom to sacrifice wins now in order to secure a winning future. So for the second straight preseason, the billionaire businessman backed the rebuilding methods. He also talked of potential changes to the NBA lottery and supported second-year coach Brett Brown. "I think he's awesome," Harris said during his training camp state-of-the-team address at Richard Stockton College.
October 4, 2014 |
Robert P. Thompson, 94, of Huntingdon Valley, a lumber company owner who traveled the world in search of exotic hardwoods to be made into high-end products, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, of heart failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Thompson spent his entire career as president of Thompson Mahogany Co., the Philadelphia firm started by his great-grandfather in 1843. Beginning in 1946 and until retiring in the mid-1990s, he traveled to Africa and South America seeking out mahogany and arranging for it to be shipped into the ports of Philadelphia and Camden.
October 3, 2014 |
Brookfield Asset Management, which seemingly came out of nowhere to win the bankruptcy auction for Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel, will have two key advantages over the property's current owners. First, the Toronto real estate investment firm with $200 billion in assets will pay $110 million, just 4.5 percent of the $2.4 billion cost of building the soon-to-be-former Revel. That means debt is not likely to be a significant factor. Second, Brookfield already owns two other casinos, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, giving it a Rolodex of customers to entice to its reopened Atlantic City gambling hall with special deals.
September 20, 2014 |
Steve Coburn, a lifelong westerner, had never been to Philadelphia before this week, so he put his pearl-gray Stetson on his head and took his wife, Carolyn, to see the Liberty Bell on Wednesday. The line was pretty long and stretched down the block, so Coburn went around the side to see whether there might be another way in. Not really, but he came to a glass wall and right there was the Liberty Bell, and they both got a good, long look at it. "People were standing in line a long time to get their picture taken next to it, but I saw it. I even saw the crack," Coburn said.
September 20, 2014 |
Two Connecticut gas utilities owned by the would-be buyer of Philadelphia Gas Works scored below average for customer satisfaction in their inaugural evaluations by J.D. Power & Associates, the market research firm. Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas, owned by UIL Holdings Corp. of New Haven, were ranked slightly below the average score for 12 medium-size Eastern gas utilities in J.D. Power's annual survey. The UIL utilities scored well on corporate citizenship and field service, but lagged in billing/payment and customer service, according to John Hazen, a senior director with the research firm.
September 18, 2014 |
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, ready to race Saturday for the first time since his ill-fated bid for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes, is the even-money favorite in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Is facing Chrome right off a layoff the best shot for his opponents? That would make sense. "It does leave him a little vulnerable in my book," said Ron Winchell, owner of Tapiture, also running in the Pennsylvania Derby, and Untapable, the favorite in the $1 million Cotillion.
September 16, 2014 |
For months, the peculiar saga of a downtown Swedesboro liquor shop owner scaring away customers - many of them shouted down with racial epithets in a manner reminiscent of a bygone era - has been the talk of the borough. Some were shooed from the store without the booze (or, in one case, the Coke) they had come to buy. Others were locked out. A handwritten note on the door warned patrons: "The clerk does not want to talk. " Complaints about store owner Mario "Mike" Falciani's outbursts led the mayor to call him a "known racist.
September 15, 2014 |
How do you get a giant creature named after you? The world's largest dinosaur, Dreadnoughtus schrani - Schran's Fearless - honors Adam Schran , founder of a Philadelphia software firm, who looks and sounds as if he is still a student at brainy Haverford College, where he graduated in 1998. Schran's name was pinned on by the dinosaur's discoverer, the rugged, precise scholar Schran calls "Dr. Ken. " That would be Drexel paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara , whose team found fossil bones of the 65-ton creature in Argentina's barren Patagonia region, shipped them home to Philly, and put scholars to work decoding them in his top-floor lab at Papadakis Hall.