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.
May 31, 2011 |
TRENTON - A year of political fireworks leading up to the confirmation hearing of Gov. Christie's first Supreme Court nominee ended in praise and mostly friendly questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval 11 to 1 today. The hearing for Anne Patterson lasted 2 ½ hours but contained none of the confrontational atmosphere expected for a nominee whose progress has been stalled for months by Democrats angry with Christie's efforts to remake the court. The Republican governor picked the Morris County lawyer in May 2010 to replace John Wallace, a justice whom Christie decided to deny tenure after seven years over concerns that he and the top court were legislating from the bench.
May 31, 2011 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Pro-Palestinian activists, marking the first anniversary of a deadly raid by Israel on a Turkish aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip, gathered Monday on the deck of the same boat, refitted and preparing to sail for Gaza again next month. An international coalition of activists said Egypt's removal this past weekend of a four-year blockade of Gaza would not affect their plans for a new flotilla, which will depart from various European ports to try to breach Israel's sea blockade.
April 2, 2011
The Cards may want to call a do-over It hasn't been the smoothest of seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, and there are still 161 games to go. The ride got a little bumpier on Friday when rightfielder Matt Holliday was scheduled for an appendectomy. The Cards said they won't know until Saturday how long the 31-year-old all-star will be out of the lineup. "I think they caught it early, so I think that's good news," GM John Mozeliak said. "I don't think it's that bad of a blow to the team.
March 18, 2011 |
Big East? Or Big Easy? Displaying some of its very best basketball of the season, Gonzaga dispatched 18th-ranked St. John's, 86-71, last night in the Southeast Regional of the NCAA Tournament, setting up a meeting tomorrow with Brigham Young and player-of-the-year candidate Jimmer Fredette. The Zags burst to a double-digit lead in the first 8 minutes and were never really threatened seriously thereafter against the athletic Red Storm, which became the second team from the vaunted Big East - which sent 11 teams into the tournament - to bite the dust at the Pepsi Arena in Denver.