June 28, 2015 |
People who flocked to the Camden waterfront on a warm Friday afternoon for the second day of the Tall Ships Festival were met by sad news. Mama Duck, the world's largest known rubber ducky, was missing from the water. "This is like National Lampoon's Vacation . You drive to Wally World and it's closed," said Debbie Bettinger, 53, who had driven two hours to see the giant duck bobbing on the water, but instead found it lifeless and deflated on a flatbed truck. The rubber giant was injured Thursday as it was being towed to the Camden waterfront, said Ryan Whaley, spokesman for the event's organizer, Minnesota-based Draw Events.
June 26, 2015 |
Come to Mama. You'll have lots of company. Mama Duck, the world's largest known rubber ducky, will be making its Philadelphia-area debut on the Delaware River as part of the Tall Ships Festival Thursday afternoon. Weighing in at 11 tons and soaring 61 feet, the duck, which has drawn throngs around the globe, will be pulled by a tug for part of the 1 p.m. Parade of Sail, said organizer Craig Samborski of Minnesota-based Draw Events. Then, for the rest of the festival, which ends Sunday, this mountain of yellow vinyl with the friendly countenance will reign over the Camden waterfront.
March 3, 2015 |
"Absolutely not" is what scientist and engineer Donald E. Morel Jr. said when he was first approached to join West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. as its research director. "I have no interest in making rubber and metal for the rest of my professional life," he said. Funny how that worked out. Sometime in the spring, Morel, 57, will retire as chief executive of the Exton drug-packaging company (think syringes, vials, stoppers, drug patches). "From start to finish, it's been a wonderful journey with the company," said Morel, who rejected the first offer in 1991, joined as research director in 1992, and became chief executive in 2002.
November 21, 2014 |
A GROUP OF longtime educators and school advocates is taking Bill Green to court. The education advocacy group Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools filed a lawsuit yesterday in Common Pleas Court alleging that Green, as chairman of the School Reform Commission, and the rest of the body, violated the "letter and the spirit" of the state's Sunshine Law during its Oct. 6 meeting when it voted to unilaterally cancel a contract with the Philadelphia Federation...
November 28, 2013
Trusting the oversight of the nation's most secretive agency to its most secretive court never seemed likely to work. And as it turns out, it didn't. That's the impression left by the latest disclosures about the National Security Agency and the court established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, which is the shadowy venue in which the spy agency's activities are supposed to acquire a patina of legitimacy. The records were released with extensive redactions in response to lawsuits by civil-liberties groups in the wake of runaway contractor Edward Snowden's leaks.
October 15, 2013 |
William Knight can still see the flashing lights of the state police car and the trooper's bemused look when he tried to explain why he'd stopped along I-295 near the Rancocas Woods exit. "I said to myself, 'Remain calm, tell him you're an artist and that you're collecting raw material for your artwork,' " recalled Knight, of Burlington City, who had been picking up shredded tire treads along the shoulder. The trooper "just rolled his eyes and gave me the benefit of the doubt," he said.
July 8, 2013 |
Hidden in plain sight, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. is celebrating its 90th year in 2013, and part of the happiness is that its stock set an all-time high this week. Founded by Herman O. West in Philadelphia in 1923, the company completed a new headquarters in Exton in February. About 330 of West's 6,750 employees work there. West also is building a plant in India and has one in China. On June 20, chief executive officer Don Morel rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
June 5, 2013 |
Check out the video of the infamous snake toss . First tee at Merion, playoff for the 1971 U.S. Open championship. That's a hyper Lee Trevino grabbing a 3-foot rubber snake out of his golf bag and dangling it, head high. That's Jack Nicklaus, sitting on one of those walking sticks, in the shade. Trevino will tell you now that Nicklaus asked to see the rubber snake, so he tossed it to him and it slithered wide right, into some shrubbery. Now, check out the guy with the starched white face, wearing a starched white shirt, a regimental striped tie, a medal pinned to his breast pocket, a wide black armband on his left sleeve.
March 20, 2013 |
WILL THE third time still be the charm? That's the hope. Only one of Tuesday night's four PIAA basketball semifinals involving District 12 teams will be played in the city, and it will feature a pair of Public League powers that split their first two matchups. With a spot in Friday's Class A state final in Hershey on the line, Roberts Vaux will duel with Math, Civics and Sciences Charter at 6 p.m. at Ben Franklin High. Meeting No. 1 took place Jan. 24. MC&S won, 74-70, in overtime, as center Quadir Welton (Saint Peter's signee)
April 20, 2012 |
For those of us outside government, the astronomical figures our public bureaucracies pay for seemingly simple objects and services is an impenetrable mystery. Remember the military's $400 hammer and its $9,000 wrench? How about Councilman Jim Kenney's $29,000 Twitter service? And now, at the Schmidt Playground in West Kensington, we have the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department's $38,920 rubber mat. Technically, it is a "safety surface," a semisoft ground cover designed to cushion the blow for kids who tumble off play equipment.