Usual Suspects Top 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools List

Julia Reynolds Masterman School

We’re No. 1! (Or No. 2, or No. 51, depending on which list you’re using.) | Photo: Public domain image by Smallbones from Wikimedia Commons

The single best high school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania remains the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory School in Philadelphia.

But in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list, the school fell a few places in the national rankings. The school, one of only two in the Greater Philadelphia region to make it into the ranks of the top 100 nationwide, placed 51st.

Which makes it the second-best high school in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Top honors go to the Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware, which ranked 48th nationally. Read more »

At Least 42 Injured When Railing Collapses at Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Concert in Camden

Snoop Dogg’s High Road tour stops in Philly this weekend.

At least 42 people were reportedly injured when a railing collapsed at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on Friday night.

Video footage of the incident has of course spread like wildfire on social media. One clip, seemingly filmed from behind the stage, shows the railing suddenly give way as dozens of fans topple forward, landing on the ground below in a large heap of humanity. Read more »

Camden Waterfront Development Approved, With Tweaks

Waterfront View of the Camden Waterfront – copyright Volley for Robert A.M. Stern Architects

View of the Camden Waterfront from the Delaware River | © Volley for Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority signed off on Liberty Property Trust’s ambitious $1 billion plan to redesign the Camden waterfront last week after Liberty made some revisions and upgrades.

According to Greg Adomaitis at NJ.com, the plan’s cost has been trimmed to $830 million. Instead of the 1,638 residences that were first proposed, there will now be only 211. There are also now roughly 4,000 parking spaces in the plan.

There has also been a series of changes to the design of the massive development, which will now extend from the Ben Franklin Bridge to Market Street and encompass 26 acres. In addition to the extension of Market, Cooper and Penn streets to the river’s edge, two new north-south streets will be created that will form the boundaries for a mid-rise commercial building. Cooper Street will also be widened to help develop walkways.

According to the new plan, there will also be a shuttle service serving the development, City Hall and the Walter Rand Transportation Center, and there will also be a ferry stop connecting the Wiggins Park ferry terminal with Philadelphia.

Why Campbell Soup is Betting $125 Million on Startups

Campbell Soup Co. headquarters in Camden, N.J.

Campbell Soup Co. headquarters in Camden, N.J.

How does a 147-year-old food company reinvent itself in the face of a seismic shift in the way people eat? Partner with young, innovative startup companies disrupting the space.

For the past few years, Campbell Soup has been on a mission to become a healthier food company as people are looking for healthier, less processed food items. In 2012 it acquired Bolthouse Farms (makers of juices, bagged carrots and salad dressing), and in 2013 it bought Plum Organics (organic baby food and kid snacks). In 2015 it acquired salsa, hummus and dip maker Garden Fresh Gourmet for $231 million.

But this week the company added a new tactic to its arsenal — a $125 million venture capital fund. Read more »

Sixers Release Rendering, Photos of Camden Practice Facility

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A newly released rendering of the Sixers’ $82 million headquarters and practice facility in Camden, N.J. Photo courtesy of the Sixers.

The Sixers have released a new rendering and a few construction photos for its new practice facility and corporate headquarters in Camden. The team also announced that it secured a $44 million loan for the project from Firstrust Bank. That came just a few weeks after the Sixers signed Firstrust as their banking sponsor — despite playing in an arena, the Wells Fargo Center, named for a rival bank. Read more »

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