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May 16, 1987 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Musical chairs, a game that was de rigueur in my partygoing rounds during grade school, used to fill me with trepidation. To be left standing while everyone else was seated (snugly and smugly in their chairs) was the ultimate humiliation. Maybe this is why there was an extra pleasure in being an onlooker while the dancers of the ZeroMoving Dance Company played the game in Karen Bamonte's The Attic, a dance that was performed for the first time last night at the Port of History Museum at Penn's Landing.
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September 5, 1991 | By Shaun Stanert, Special to The Inquirer
Bensalem police said they took two fugitives into custody after finding them hiding in the attic crawl-space of a home in the 4500 block of Remo Crescent Drive Tuesday morning. Police said that one of the fugitives, a 17-year-old whose name was withheld, had twice escaped from authorities. The other, Joseph Taggart, 19, of no fixed address, had escaped Aug. 26, from the Bucks County Rehabilitation Center, where he was being held on charges of simple assault, theft of services, disorderly conduct and violating parole, police said.
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August 21, 2003 | By Larry Lewis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David Douglas had known about the family letters for a long time. But it had been years since anyone had lifted them from the little, black tote bag in the attic, undone the plastic wrap that kept them dry, and read the marvelous passages written amid the turmoil of the Civil War. They were the words of Leonard Williams, a captain in the 2d South Carolina Cavalry, to his young wife, Anna, at their modest Greenville, S.C., farm. The bundle of 135 letters describe the Confederate officer's hopes and fears over four years of the bloody war. They talk of the innermost details of military campaigns as well as routine life in the camps - the scourge of fleas, sore backs, and staving off hunger by eating the crackers they found in deserted Yankee camps.
NEWS
November 21, 1987 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Far from the novel's page-turning excitement, the film Flowers in the Attic provides all the thrills of watching an exterminator work. You can understand why the book was so popular. It tapped into every child's fear of a parent's death - and suggested there was a fate worse than Dad dying, namely Mom's indifference. Plus, it offered just about every imaginable Gothic-novel situation: the gloomy grand manor, hidden secrets locked in the attic, slow poisoning by arsenic, child abuse, incest and disinheritance - all shrouded in cobwebs, infested with mice and presided over by Monster Mommy.
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August 5, 2012 | By Dan Majors, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For close to 50 years, it sat in a corner of an attic, just another dusty, forgotten piece of wood with an obscure name stamped into it: Momen Clemente. That piece of lumber - a Roberto Clemente bat from the seventh game of the 1960 World Series - was among memorabilia auctioned Thursday night at the National Sports Collectors Convention at Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It sold for $41,825. Other items up for bid included a loving cup given to Honus Wagner in 1917 ($44,812.50)
NEWS
February 11, 1988 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Lying dust-covered in a New England attic, a white silk banner carried in the Grand Federal Procession in Philadelphia 200 years ago might have been lost forever if not for the march of progress bringing the Blue Route past the doors of the Leiper House in Wallingford, Delaware County. The recently discovered six-foot-square banner, carried in the historic parade by tobacconist Thomas Leiper, may be the only one remaining of the 60 banners used in the procession on July 4, 1788, to celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, said James Green, curator of printed books for the Library Company of Philadelphia.
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September 7, 1989 | By Lynn Hamilton, Special to The Inquirer
Mary Beyer, who left the security of 20 years as a civilian employee with the Navy to open a consignment gallery in Wayne, recalled recently that the Smithsonian Institution is referred to as "the attic of the United States. " She likes to think of her new store as the "attic of Delaware County. " And the evidence inside the 2,300-square-foot store at 163 W. Lancaster Ave., which is primarily culled from local homes, makes her point. Consignment Galleries, a franchise that cost $25,000, falls somewhere between an antiques shop and a thrift store.
NEWS
September 3, 1995 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Delaware State Police might call it "America's Worst Home Video. " A 50-year-old Lewes man was arrested after police found him hiding in an attic videotaping vacationers in the house he had rented to them. John M. Kwiatkowski of North Heron Drive was charged with burglary and five counts of invasion of privacy. He appeared before a magistrate yesterday in Georgetown and was released after posting $6,000 bail. State police said Kwiatkowski rented out his neatly furnished home in Lewes to five people.
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June 14, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We have an attic with a set of steps that pulls down from the ceiling. In the winter, we keep an insulated foam dome in the attic that covers the folded steps and the trap door that they are attached to. This helps to keep the heat in the house and to keep the cold air in the attic. My question is, should we leave the foam dome in place in the summer? My thoughts are that heat needs to escape and we should move the foam dome off of the folded steps and door. But then I'm concerned that the heat going up to the attic will also pull our air-conditioned air along with it. Answer: Warm air rises and cold air falls, but since your attic gets hot in the winter, you might want to have the dome in place to keep the warm air in the attic and not leaking into the space around the folding stairs where it might add to the efforts of the air-conditioning.
REAL_ESTATE
September 14, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I had our attic spray-foamed in 2010. Our HVAC contractor recently did a semiannual service. The technician came down from the attic, where he was checking the air handler, and he was wringing wet with sweat. Another technician said we needed an energy consultant to check the spray-foam job since leaks in the foam were likely allowing hot, humid air into the attic. The consultant suggested removing all the batt insulation in the ceiling and redoing the spray foam to totally encapsulate the attic.
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October 14, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
"RACE RECORDS. " Today, the term sounds prejudiced - evil in a not-quaint, old-fashioned way. But with "Hand Me Down the Silver Trumpet," a musical world premiering at Rutgers University Camden this week, race records are being remembered and evoked anew as a great breakthrough for and celebration of African-American culture. "That's what this ragtime, blues and gospel music represented in the 1920s and '30s, when it was first being recorded and released," said Rutgers professor and show author Kenneth Elliott.
REAL_ESTATE
September 14, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I had our attic spray-foamed in 2010. Our HVAC contractor recently did a semiannual service. The technician came down from the attic, where he was checking the air handler, and he was wringing wet with sweat. Another technician said we needed an energy consultant to check the spray-foam job since leaks in the foam were likely allowing hot, humid air into the attic. The consultant suggested removing all the batt insulation in the ceiling and redoing the spray foam to totally encapsulate the attic.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
They don't call it Mud Island for nothing. On Sunday, two days of rain and drizzle had left widening pools and fields of shoe-sucking muck in and around Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River. No one at the fort cared, it seemed. Certainly not the more than 40 volunteers who swarmed the place as the British never did. They were intent on cleaning and polishing and ripping out burned and bedraggled building elements, casting all debris into growing piles of soggy timbers and woebegone insulation.
REAL_ESTATE
February 10, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A few weeks back, a reader contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet. In my household, we have run humidifiers in bedrooms because, for example, one son suffered from croup-like symptoms as a baby and the house we owned back then had radiators and the air was very dry. I never saw any evidence of mold as a result, but...
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
This story was updated at 8:45 a.m. Retired Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony Defino was killed in a fire in his South Philadelphia home Sunday night, officials said Monday. The fire in the house on the 2500 block of South 20th Street around 7 p.m. and firefighters battled the blaze for about 45 minutes before bringing it under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No other injuries were reported. "It looked like mostly the back of the house was really engulfed in flames bad. The third floor, it looked like one of the bedrooms or the attic, they had the hardest time putting it out. It kept raising," said Mario Leonardo, who lives across the street from DeFino, 86, and his wife.
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June 14, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We have an attic with a set of steps that pulls down from the ceiling. In the winter, we keep an insulated foam dome in the attic that covers the folded steps and the trap door that they are attached to. This helps to keep the heat in the house and to keep the cold air in the attic. My question is, should we leave the foam dome in place in the summer? My thoughts are that heat needs to escape and we should move the foam dome off of the folded steps and door. But then I'm concerned that the heat going up to the attic will also pull our air-conditioned air along with it. Answer: Warm air rises and cold air falls, but since your attic gets hot in the winter, you might want to have the dome in place to keep the warm air in the attic and not leaking into the space around the folding stairs where it might add to the efforts of the air-conditioning.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The book chosen for next year's One Book, One Philadelphia tells a story many American families keep hidden in the attics of memory. For that reason alone, it's a very American tale. It's Julie Otsuka's Buddha in the Attic , a fictional retelling of the personal odysseys of hundreds of Japanese "picture brides" who sailed from Japan to the United States in the 1920s to marry men, most of them itinerant Japanese workers without other options, who had arranged for a wife to be sent over.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2012 | By Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
The stop-motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent in Toys in the Attic , a 2009 Czech feature that has been retrofitted with an English-language voice cast led by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes. JirĂ­ Barta's blend of live action and handmade and computer effects puts a Toy Story slant on The Perils of Pauline by way of 1984 and any number of dystopian nightmares. But the plot is the least of it in a film whose transporting aesthetic is a tattered brocade of industrial grunge and old-fangled whimsy.
NEWS
August 5, 2012 | By Dan Majors, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For close to 50 years, it sat in a corner of an attic, just another dusty, forgotten piece of wood with an obscure name stamped into it: Momen Clemente. That piece of lumber - a Roberto Clemente bat from the seventh game of the 1960 World Series - was among memorabilia auctioned Thursday night at the National Sports Collectors Convention at Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It sold for $41,825. Other items up for bid included a loving cup given to Honus Wagner in 1917 ($44,812.50)
SPORTS
July 12, 2012 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano went 1 for 2 in the All Star Game on Tuesday, fouling out to third in the first inning and singling in the fourth - and setting a record for consecutive days, and volume, of being booed. Seems the fans in Kansas City were unhappy with Cano leaving hometown hero Billy Butler of the Royals off the American League team for the home-run derby, and didn't think it was enough to let him know, often, how displeased they were during the slugging display on Monday.
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