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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
March 8, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Senior guard Nick Schlitzer scored a career-high 36 points for host Philadelphia University in an 84-82 overtime win against University of the Sciences in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference tournament semifinal Friday at the Gallagher Center. Schlitzer was 10 for 17 from the field for the Rams (23-7), who are the 10th-ranked team in the NCAA Division II East Region rankings. They have reached the CACC championship game for the second consecutive season and will host Wilmington, a 75-71 winner over Holy Family, at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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
October 14, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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.
SPORTS
May 17, 1988 | By Alex Rosen, Special to The Inquirer
Stephanie Marek of Wilmington, perhaps the top junior girls' bowler in the country, has been selected to represent the United States at an international tournament. Marek, 17, a student at St. Elizabeth High in Wilmington and the reigning champion of the National Junior Girls Tournament, is one of four bowlers who will represent the United States at the Pan-American FIQ Youth Bowling Championships, to be held July 23 to 28 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The letters FIQ stand for Federation Internationale des Quilleurs, or International Bowlers Federation.
REAL_ESTATE
July 20, 2014 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Patty and Jim Seif had always yearned for a waterfront home. They just never envisioned theirs would be overlooking the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington. Eager to downsize from their five-bedroom farmhouse in Blue Bell, the Seifs considered other Pennsylvania suburbs and Center City, but they couldn't agree on what would best work for them. Then, in 2011, Patty accepted a job in financial communications with DuPont in Wilmington. "I then pushed Jim for us to live closer to my work," says Patty.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
The corporate parent of Terminix has reached a tentative agreement to pay $87 million to a Wilmington family sickened by dangerous pesticides at a vacation condominium in the U.S. Virgin Islands. That is on top of $3 million the company already has paid, an amount equal to its insurance deductible, according to an earnings report filed Thursday by ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. of Memphis, Tenn. The company's insurance carriers also have paid the family an amount not disclosed in the filing.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that it would cut or move 1,200 jobs from its facility in Wilmington by the end of 2015, with the research and development functions mainly going to Gaithersburg, Md. The British-based pharmaceutical giant has struggled in recent years as profits from key drugs plummeted because of generic competition, and it has been cutting operations in Delaware. About 650 U.S. jobs will be eliminated, with most of those coming from the Wilmington total.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hugh Campbell started running at age 86, joined a   running   club at 87, and broke the world indoor record in 3,000 meters for his age group at the University of Delaware last month, at 88. "They got all excited," said Campbell, "because they found when they had a world-record beater, there was a need for a drug test, and they didn't know what in the world to do about it. " He waited for nearly an hour as officials huddled. "The new masters drug-testing rules were difficult to interpret," said Robin Jefferis, a meet official.
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