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June 12, 1992 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Staff Writer
The jazz creeps in on little cat feet . . . how else can you say it? Volume VII of the Mellon PSFS Jazz Festival - more than 30 events between the crepuscular hours of this very day and the final pulsating cadenzas of Mr. C's mighty organ jam a week from Sunday - has dispensed with the customary big bang of a grand opening extravaganza in favor of a sort of sneak preview. Ours is not to reason why - but be ye not dismayed: The relatively self- contained sideshows of the opening weekend will build in intensity and excitement, while the Mellonfest equivalent of the Big Top, the Academy of Music, lights up on Tuesday for three successive nights of big-time headliners, leading into a second weekend of truly momentous proportions down by the riverfront and at the gates of West Philadelphia.
SPORTS
June 2, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fans roared before Chase Utley even stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning last night at Citizens Bank Park. Maybe they knew. Or maybe they just really love Utley. They love him even more after he smoked a 1-1 slider from San Francisco reliever LaTroy Hawkins for a two-out, pinch-hit grand slam over the right-field wall in a crazy 10-6 victory over the Giants. The Phillies can sweep the Giants with a victory tonight, and move to .500 for the first time since April 21. They have won 10 of their last 15 to improve to 26-27.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2012 | Dan Gross
Remember Craig Rabinowitz, the con artist who killed his wife and then staged a drowning in the bathtub of their Merion home — all while spending money invested in his latex business that didn't exist on a Delilah's stripper named Summer?   The 1997 murder of Stefanie Rabinowitz will be covered at 9 p.m. Thursday on Investigation Discovery's "Behind Mansion Walls. " Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, who was district attorney at the time, will be interviewed, as will medical examiner Dr. Ian Hood and Ken Englade, author of Everybody's Best Friend.
NEWS
August 7, 1998 | By Rusty Pray, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mayor Rendell yesterday named Amy R. Needle as executive director of "Philadelphia: The Millennium Starts Here," the big bash being planned to usher in 2000. Needle, the director of tourism development for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau since 1996, will begin her new job Oct. 1. The centerpiece of the city's plans, which include special events throughout 1999 and 2000, is a huge party to be held at the Convention Center on Dec. 31, 1999, a visitors bureau spokeswoman said.
NEWS
April 30, 1997 | By Claude Lewis
Marvin "Skeeter" Anderson, 11, squinted into the sun on Sunday morning, surveying the crowds of people moving past him on Germantown and Indiana Avenues. "My momma told me why they're comin' here, but I want to see for myself," he said to no one in particular. "They comin' to save children. They bringing in the President to help. " "What's the President going to do?" the boy was asked. "He's gonna make it safe in the street. Stop the shootin', clean off the wall-writin' and sweep up the broken glass.
SPORTS
January 21, 1992 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The adversaries for Super Bowl XXVI arrived at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last night and were undoubtedly pleased by the weather. A vigorous warm front had pushed temperatures almost 20 degrees higher than normal yesterday, and highs in the 40s were expected today. The forecast for Super Sunday calls for temperatures in the 20s, with no snow of any traffic- congesting consequence. Even if more snow than predicted appears, there should be no weather fears inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: The dome's 10-acre fiberglass roof has a built-in snow-melting system that handles most average snowfalls.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1992 | by Valerie M. Russ, Daily News Staff Writer
It's not easy being 15 years old. You're almost grown up but you're not quite there yet. By the time you're 15, you've usually established some kind of track record that gives an indication of how savvy you are and how successful you could be some day. But realistically speaking, there's still a tough road ahead and many snares and pitfalls to navigate. Today marks the 15th birthday of The Gallery, the city's pioneering urban mall. And, as with most adolescents, it has been tried and tested over the years, and to some analysts, its best days still may be ahead.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1986 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Daily News and USA Today.)
President Reagan turns 75 tomorrow, and he'll get two parties. Tomorrow he'll go to Washington's Constitution Hall, where he'll be saluted by appointees to his administration. But the big bash comes Friday night, when the President's California and New York cronies will throw him a party at the White House. That one's labeled "strictly private," which means no guest list is issued. The only known guests will be daughter Maureen Reagan and her husband, Dennis Revell, and Nancy Reagan's brother, Dr. Richard Davis of Philadelphia, and his wife, Patricia.
NEWS
January 18, 1993 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Robert E. "Bobby" Amen, who could warm up a room with a smile, died Thursday. He was 53 and lived in Ardmore. Bobby Amen liked to watch wrestling and nature programs on television, eat and listen to all kinds of music. He knew his music. Give him the name of a tune and he could name the artist who cut it. But what Bobby did best was show love. "He could brighten up a room. You felt great around him, a warmness that made you feel good," said Bill Malone, a family friend. "There was this tremendous love that seemed tangible.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1993 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you want to get the full flavor of the Mellon PSFS Jazz Festival, be prepared for some serious travel over the next 10 days: The eighth annual running of the region's biggest jazz series is spread throughout the city and into the suburbs. The festival abounds with what organizers call "community events" - concerts in West Philadelphia, Center City, South Philadelphia, North Philadelphia and Manayunk - and many of them are free. But virtually all of the major, "big-ticket" presentations will be at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside and the Valley Forge Music Fair in Devon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2012 | Dan Gross
Remember Craig Rabinowitz, the con artist who killed his wife and then staged a drowning in the bathtub of their Merion home — all while spending money invested in his latex business that didn't exist on a Delilah's stripper named Summer?   The 1997 murder of Stefanie Rabinowitz will be covered at 9 p.m. Thursday on Investigation Discovery's "Behind Mansion Walls. " Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, who was district attorney at the time, will be interviewed, as will medical examiner Dr. Ian Hood and Ken Englade, author of Everybody's Best Friend.
SPORTS
April 22, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
BOSTON - On a day when more than 200 former Red Sox players and coaches returned to the major leagues' oldest ballpark to help the team celebrate Fenway Park's 100th birthday, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez made some history, taking over fifth place with his 631st career home run as the New York Yankees spoiled Boston's celebration with a 6-2 win on Friday. Rodriguez's solo shot on the first pitch of the fifth inning put him past Ken Griffey Jr. and 29 homers behind Willie Mays' fourth-place total of 660. Eric Chavez added two homers and Nick Swisher and Russell Martin also connected for New York, while Derek Jeter moved into 18th place with his 3,111th career hit, passing Dave Winfield.
NEWS
December 11, 2011 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
NEW YORK - Call it the anti-Occupy movement. That, in many ways, is Pennsylvania Society, the annual gala for Pennsylvania politicians who travel to New York City for some government-like forums but mostly for schmoozing, networking, fund-raising, backslapping, wining, dining, and deal-making. Here, Pennsylvania's political elite congregate annually in the marbled halls of the Waldorf-Astoria and venture out for a weekend of dinners, receptions, and cocktail parties (many invitation-only)
NEWS
August 2, 2007 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is a love letter to a guy named Pinky. A guy named Pinky Kravitz. More Mr. Atlantic City than Mr. Peanut ever was, Pinky's an original, the ultimate insider in a town where everyone wants to believe they're the ultimate insider. For 50 years, Pinky (n? Seymour) Kravitz has been broadcasting his daily radio show Pinky's Corner from various hotels, tennis courts, theaters, and the occasional burlesque house, live from America's favorite playground, first on WLDB, then on WOND, first at night, now in the late afternoon, first during Atlantic City's heyday of the '50s, then during the decline, then the rise, the next decline, lately during the resurgence.
SPORTS
June 2, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fans roared before Chase Utley even stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning last night at Citizens Bank Park. Maybe they knew. Or maybe they just really love Utley. They love him even more after he smoked a 1-1 slider from San Francisco reliever LaTroy Hawkins for a two-out, pinch-hit grand slam over the right-field wall in a crazy 10-6 victory over the Giants. The Phillies can sweep the Giants with a victory tonight, and move to .500 for the first time since April 21. They have won 10 of their last 15 to improve to 26-27.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2004 | By Gene D'Alessandro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What better spot to celebrate the birth of one of Philadelphia's most famous painters than in the house he grew up in? For Saturday's "Celebration of the 160th Birthday of Thomas Eakins," the acclaimed artist's Fairmount home will host an afternoon fete that will include a street fair, barbecue, art activities, and carnival games. The Lutheran Tabernacle Church choir also will sing, and percussion ensemble Congresso will drum. Sponsored by the city's Mural Arts Program, the birthday tribute also will feature the opening of a summer exhibition that showcases students in the Advanced Big Picture and Mural ARTscape programs - a curriculum that teaches mural-making and its history.
NEWS
June 29, 2002 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dim the lights. Cue the schmaltzy music. It's time to say goodbye to the woman who promises she'll "always be mayor. " Susan Bass Levin resigned in January from the post she held for 14 years to head the state Department of Community Affairs. And she did not really leave Cherry Hill. She still lives here. She was, nevertheless, sent off with a bash at the Clarion Hotel here Thursday night. More than 400 attended. And the atmosphere was positively thick with goodwill for a woman known for more than a decade as a hard-bargaining, all-over-the-place, high-profile mayor.
NEWS
December 13, 1999 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
The second millennium is going out with not a bang, but a whimper. A year ago, promoters were calling New Year's Eve 1999 the biggest celebratory event ever. Now, they're canceling shows and returning tickets. Broadway will be dark that night, and the Big Apple's big, $2,500-a-head party featuring Sting and Aretha Franklin, was canceled. In San Jose, a planned concert by singer Luis Miguel was canned. Ray Charles won't play in Nashville. And Jewel won't sing in Anchorage.
NEWS
June 25, 1999 | by Joshua Rhett Miller, Daily News Staff Writer
With a possible 200,000 excited picnickers sardined into the Belmont Plateau for the 25th annual Greek Picnic on July 24, a firm handle on traffic and crowd control is a must. Problems in past years with bumper-to-bumper traffic jams, blaring music and horror stories of men ripping the clothes off young women have almost brought the annual shindig to a halt. The event's organizers, Mayor Rendell and other city officials have been meeting periodically since last year's picnic in an effort to make everyone happy.
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