December 23, 2015 |
THEY CALLED themselves "the Goon Squad" - a kind of A-Team of strong, burly African-American men who drove the streets of Wilmington's predominantly black neighborhoods in the late 1960s looking for early signs of gang violence and telling young people to keep it cool. Herman Holloway Jr., a veteran community activist in the Delaware city who helped organize the Goon Squad when he was in his early 20s, recalls that the team included a former Navy heavyweight boxing champ and a man who moved broken-down cars with his bare hands.
February 13, 2013 |
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.
July 12, 2013 |
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.
December 24, 2014 |
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.
January 30, 2016 |
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.
May 8, 1996 |
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)
September 9, 1996 |
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.
April 22, 1992 |
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.
October 14, 2015 |
None of the promising package that is Gerald Washington frightens Wilmington heavyweight Amir Mansour. Not the undefeated record (16-0, 11 knockouts), not the hype surrounding the fighter, and definitely not Washington's height advantage, which is about five inches. "I've been fighting bigger guys than me my entire life," said Mansour, who says he's slightly taller than 6-foot-1. "I'm not intimidated by height. For me, as long as I can reach your jaw or your head, you're just right.
October 12, 2015 |
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Exploring this city is like opening a time capsule. Many historic destinations embody a specific period in our nation's history: Philadelphia and Boston for colonial America; Natchez, Miss., for the South's antebellum heritage; even Honolulu for World War II. Wilmington provides an authentic glimpse into all these eras in one compact, walkable downtown. Founded in 1740, the city was an important port along the Southeastern seaboard during the 18th and 19th centuries.