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January 17, 2016
The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed a $65,000 civil fine against a cargo ship that delivered fresh fruit to the Port of Wilmington earlier this month. The Nassau, Bahamas-flagged Discovery Bay reefer was cited for "nonfunctioning" oil pollution prevention equipment, and other infractions, during a routine inspection by the Coast Guard on Jan. 4. The captain and 20 crew are being detained while the ship gets new equipment, and the crew is retrained, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Dennis Miller, chief of prevention for the Delaware River and Bay. The fruit came from Valparaiso, Chile.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Jessica Parks, and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
WILMINGTON - Emma Harding and about 100 others took cover behind the counter of the Dunkin' Donuts downstairs. Jennifer Robinson fled into a communications room. Crying, Victoria Warren, hiding in another room, phoned her brother. "I'm scared," she told him. "I heard gunshots. " About 8:15 a.m. Monday, a gunman opened fire in the New Castle County Courthouse in an incident that left the shooter and two women dead. Police said the shooting grew out of a child-custody dispute. Two law-enforcement officers were wounded but survived because of their bulletproof vests.
FOOD
July 12, 2013 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Bryan Sikora is back in business, opening La Fia Bakery + Market + Bistro in downtown Wilmington (421 N. Market St., 302-543-5574), catercorner from World Cafe Live at the Queen. Sikora and his wife, Andrea, dispense groceries and to-go breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, and other prepared foods from a small market, while the bistro side serves lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays). He may be a newcomer to Wilmington, but he's been on the Philly scene since 2001 when he and his now-former wife, Aimee Olexy, opened the BYOB hit Django in Queen Village, followed by a 2005 move to the nearby Brandywine Valley with Talula's Table in Kennett Square.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The long retreat of the DuPont Co. from the city it long personified took a giant leap Monday when the chemical-maker announced it would move about 1,000 employees, including its chief executive officer, from the center of troubled Wilmington to a suburban office park. DuPont said Monday it will consolidate its headquarters. Between 800 and 1,000 supervisors and staff will leave the high-rise complex that has loomed over the city's focal Rodney Square Park since Pierre S. du Pont created the modern company in the early 1900s.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2012 | Joe DiStefano
Soft-spoken Penn Ketchum seems an unlikely cinema mogul. The Brooklyn native married a Manheim girl he met on his first day at Susquehanna University, settled in Lititz, near Lancaster's airport, and spent 10 years working for Lancaster County, starting as a $20,000-a-year drug-and-alcohol counselor at the King Street prison. After losing the county's top staff job (county administrator) to a rival with an MBA, Ketchum turned to the private sector. Tired of driving his young family to distant theaters, he scouted the cinema business, dominated by national chains, haunted by bankruptcies.
NEWS
January 30, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, STAFF WRITER
Comcast Ventures, the venture capital arm of the cable giant, has invested in Wilmington's College Ave Student Loans. The College Ave Student Loans start-up operates an online marketplace to connect college students with loans for college. Comcast Ventures, part of Comcast Corp., was the largest investor in a $20-million financing round that includes Fenway Summer Ventures, DW Partners and former Sallie Mae CEO Albert L. Lord. College Ave Student Student Loans launched in 2014 and originated its first college loan in January 2015.
SPORTS
May 8, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
WILMINGTON - Marion Allen's two-run homer in the first inning sparked the Winston-Salem Warthogs to a 4-1 victory over Wilmington in the Carolina League. A scheduled second game was rained out and will played as part of a doubleheader this afternoon. NEW HAVEN 8, READING 0 READING 3, NEW HAVEN 1 NEW HAVEN - A two-run double by Jeremy Kendall in the top of the ninth of the second game gave the Phillies a split of an Eastern League doubleheader. BINGHAMTON 4, TRENTON 1 BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Mets' Mark Guerra (3-1)
SPORTS
September 9, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Wilmington Blue Rocks took advantage of two errors and a balk to score their final three runs without a hit last night, defeating the Kinston Indians, 4-2, in the first game of the best-of-five Carolina League championship series. The Blue Rocks were held to two hits, both in the first inning, when they scored their first run. But Kinston pitchers allowed six walks and balked twice. Trailing, 2-1, Wilmington took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth. Sean McNally walked, went to second on a walk to Ramy Brooks, reached third on a sacrifice, and scored on an error.
SPORTS
April 22, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The Wilmington Country Club began the defense of its Philadelphia Cup championship with a 6-1 victory over the Philmont Country Club yesterday in the opening round of the inter-club team series of the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia. Gail Anderson, Wilmington's No. 3 player, scored a par on the 19th hole for a 1-up victory over Ruth Scott. Bonnie George was the winner for Philmont by 5 and 3 over Doris Smith in the No. 1 singles. The two other Philadelphia Cup matches were close.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Port of Wilmington's top banana - Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and the 65 million pieces of the yellow fruit it ships there each week - could be lost to the competing port across the Delaware at Paulsboro. After 30 years in Wilmington, Dole is considering relocating one ship a week - 3.4 billion bananas a year - to a new port being built on 190 acres in Paulsboro. For Paulsboro, landing Dole and gaining 100 to 120 direct port jobs, as well as the trucking and related businesses catering to the fresh-fruit trade, would be a major shot in the arm. The port, directly across from Philadelphia International Airport, is on 130 acres that had been the BP Oil Paulsboro Terminal, and 60 acres that was the site of Dow Chemical's former Essex Chemical plant.
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