February 6, 2012
Meet Shaquil Keels. The senior at Randolph Technical High was recently accepted by the Naval Academy Preparatory School, a yearlong program that offers a gateway to the U.S. Naval Academy. "Class of 2017," he notes proudly. Shaquil introduced himself to me in an e-mail last week. He wanted me to know about his Naval Academy news. "I just thought this would be something good to send to you, being a teen in Philadelphia and all the violence and bad news with teens going on I thought it would be great for you to know this," he wrote.
February 1, 2012
THE GOOD Ship Gingrich, launched 10 days ago in South Carolina but scuttled last night in Florida, faces some rough sailing ahead if history is a guide. A peek at the GOP calendar suggests a near future not good for Newt. Not that he's having a terrific present. Mitt Romney's double-digit win in the first large, diverse state of the primary season blew Newt out of the water. In a victory speech, Mitt ignored Newt and went straight for President Obama: "My leadership will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity.
January 6, 2012 |
Jeffrey S. Chiesa, a longtime colleague and confidante of Gov. Christie, eased through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning on his way to being confirmed as New Jersey's top law enforcement officer. Chiesa, who was unanimously approved by the committee for confirmation as attorney general, is to face a full Senate vote Monday. Last month, Christie appointed Chiesa as acting attorney general to replace Paula Dow, who is headed to a judgeship. The senators at Thursday's hearing asked a few questions but mostly praised Chiesa as fair, intellectual, and apolitical.
December 25, 2011
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - We stood on the sidewalk waiting for the Santa Parade on Queen Street and took in the crowd around us; it was the usual mix of families, old-timers, and teens traveling in packs. One thing was different, though, for a December activity: Almost everyone was wearing T-shirts and shorts. This was our first Christmas season Down Under, where the calendar is turning the page from spring to summer and the holidays take place beneath palm trees and sunny blue skies.
December 17, 2011 |
Charles Augustus Ernst Jr., 98, a company executive and World War II Navy veteran, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne. Mr. Ernst grew up in Ridley Park and graduated from William Penn Charter School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1935 and then was an analyst at Eastman Dillon & Co. in New York City. In 1938, he married Jacqueline Walker, whom he had met at a dance. During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the destroyer Bristol.
November 10, 2011 |
Despite having the apparent support of Congress, Sunoco's plan to transport ethane from the Marcellus Shale through the Philadelphia area is far from a sure bet. Energy analysts say that the Mariner project, which would pipe ethane derived from shale gas to a Sunoco dock on the Delaware River and then by sea to the Gulf Coast, is an unlikely path for the commodity to find its way to market. Ethane is a valuable raw material for manufacturing plastics. "There are other ethane projects that don't have as many hurdles, that don't require an act of Congress to get going," said Kristen Holmquist, an analyst with Bentek Energy L.L.C.
November 8, 2011 |
Three huge 900-foot fuel tankers have little in common with the sleek yachts that compete in the America's Cup race. But two Pennsylvania federal lawmakers have found a way to lash the vessels together in one piece of legislation. The U.S. Senate on Monday night was poised to approve the America's Cup Act of 2011, which would waive a law that requires certain vessels that sail in U.S. waters to be flagged in the United States. At the behest of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, both Republicans, the America's Cup legislation was amended to allow three foreign-flagged tankers to work in the Philadelphia area for Sunoco Inc. The massive tankers are the linchpin of Sunoco's Mariner East project, which the Philadelphia refiner announced last year.
September 16, 2011 |
Families can enjoy the riverfront, public sails, pirate fights, and more this weekend as the Independence Seaport Museum presents its Philadelphia Seaport Festival. From Friday through Sunday, the A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey's official tall ship, will be docked at the museum and will host a series of public sails as part of the monthlong festival at Penn's Landing. On Friday, families can sail from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 7:30. Attendees can also cruise the Kalmar Nyckel ship, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the A.J. Meerwald's public sails are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and continue with an Irish music sail from 1:30 to 4 with a performance from Irish band Friends of Eric, and a 5-to-7:30 p.m. sail.