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.
June 18, 2012 |
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.
August 1, 2013 |
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.
March 28, 2016
Carbon monoxide kills 4 at apartments New Castle County police were investigating Saturday four deaths at a Wilmington apartment complex a day earlier from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Found Friday evening in two units of Building G of the Evergreen Apartments at Riverfront Heights on Homestead Road, police said, were Carl Dunfee, 60; Veronica Mousely, 58; Andrew Spanakos, 72; and Nancy Uniacke, 56. A dog also was found dead, police said. In addition, five adults and three children were stricken and treated at Wilmington hospitals.
May 17, 1988 |
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.
July 20, 2014 |
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.
April 9, 2013 |
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.
March 20, 2013 |
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.
April 9, 1999 |
Ben Chernow, president of Golden American Life Insurance Co., cut the ribbon yesterday to mark his company's move from Wilmington to Chester County. And already he is talking about bursting the seams of the new 125,000-square-foot headquarters leased in Glenloch Corporate Center. "We have about 300 employees. We anticipate in the next few years housing about 600 people in this facility and, with luck, I anticipate outgrowing this," he said. The company, which sells variable annuities, has been growing quickly.
March 13, 1998 |
"Wilmington?" That was the response of most people when they heard we were writing an article about what to do in the biggest city in the second-smallest state. Many folks know it as the home of the DuPont Co., or as the dateline for the sensational murder trials of Thomas Capano, and Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson. But if you went there, other than for commerce or litigation, it was probably for a touring Broadway show at the Playhouse, or a headliner at the historic Grand Opera House - and then you skedaddled out of town.