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NEWS
February 27, 1988 | Los Angeles Daily News
Nineteen-eighty-eight is shaping up to be another banner year for Beatlemania - in movies, records and television. Fans can look forward to an animated musical titled Strawberry Fields Forever. Produced by Yellow Submarine producer Al Brodax, the film's soundtrack features new artists singing "Blackbird," "Hey Jude" and other Beatles favorites. Michael Jackson, who owns the Beatles song catalogue, is reportedly investigating the possibility of making feature-length films based on Fool on the Hill and Eleanor Rigby.
SPORTS
August 21, 1990 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Ross Grimsley once proved, almost anybody can win 20 games. But you have to be somebody special to lose 20. That must be true, or else it wouldn't be 10 years since anybody has done it, right? When you think of all the lousy pitchers who have passed through baseball in the last decade, you recognize how impressive it was that Oakland's Brian Kingman was the only 20-game loser of the '80s. Why, Kingman did it way back in 1980, and people still talk about him in reverent tones.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2011 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
I VIEWED "The Big Year" and for the first time in my life left a movie thinking: needs more bird-watching. Weird, since it's putatively ABOUT competitive bird-watching, loosely based on a nonfiction book about three actual people who devoted a year of their lives to an obsessive, continental bird-spotting contest. There is a rich premise here for a distinctive comedy about a singular subculture - think of how "Best in Show," for example, looked for laughs by delving into the details of dog-show culture.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1988 | By Bruce Cook, Los Angeles Daily News
Max von Sydow can do more with a walk than most actors can do with 10 pages of dialogue. See him in "Pelle the Conqueror," and you'll know just what that means. As Lasse Karlsson, Pelle's itinerant farm-worker father, he shambles across the screen, all elbows and knees, hands flapping, duck-footed, head bobbing down in habitual obeisance with every step. It's a walk that speaks of a lifetime of oppression. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that that is not the way that he walks as Max von Sydow.
NEWS
May 10, 1995 | By Matt Toll, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
This hasn't been easy for Ryan Luzinski. The starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers' double-A farm team in San Antonio, Texas, missed 11 games because of injury. It's been a seemingly interminable stretch. Sure, he has a fractured right cheekbone. But hey, Luzinski played for two weeks after the home-plate collision in El Paso, Texas, on April 15 before realizing how serious it was. Luzinski was activated prior to last night's game against Jackson, Miss., the second of a five-game series.
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LEANING ON metal crutches in the Lincoln Financial Field locker room tunnel yesterday, Jeremy Maclin said he had no regrets. "You can't think like that," Maclin said the day after he suffered a right ACL tear when he stepped off the line of scrimmage during a 7-on-7 passing drill at NovaCare. "The minute you start doing that, you start doubting yourself, and that's not the type of person I am. " Maclin, 25, was planning on having a big year as he looked toward free agency next spring.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Monday to Ukee Washington, who'll wake up with the city (or, as he says, his "morning family") by celebrating his 54th on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " The West Philly-born news vet's been at Channel 3 since 1986, first as a sports anchor, now as the anchorman for both "This Morning" and "Talk Philly. " (You can also catch him on the CW.) Recently recovered from a left-hip replacement, Washington has a big year ahead of him, starting with a few more squats and lots more fabulous Fridays.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
AND NOW THE least surprising turn of events in the Phillies' season: Charlie Manuel digs the long ball. A former longtime, big-league hitting coach and a power hitter in Japan, Manuel can't help but be intrigued with Double A slugger Darin Ruf, who tied Ryan Howard's Reading franchise record with his 37th homer on Tuesday night against the Binghamton Mets. Of Ruf's 37 blasts, he has hit 19 of them in 28 games in August. With Reading's regular season set to end on Monday, Manuel said he'll bring up Ruf's name when the Phillies make decisions on September call-ups this week.
SPORTS
October 21, 2011
Spotlight: Triton RB/DB James Burns It's easy to overlook James Burns. On a Triton team that features quarterback Brian Keller and running back Josh Woods, Burns is the guy who does a little bit of everything. And all of it well. "I think people do overlook me sometimes," Burns said. "I'm a guy who fills in the gaps. " Triton (4-1) will need Burns to play his typical complete game Friday night at Bishop Eustace (3-2) in what looms as a tough WJFL interdivision clash.
SPORTS
March 23, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brett Myers does not want to talk about whether he will start for the Phillies against Atlanta on opening night. "What, am I going to say no? I'll do whatever they need," Myers said when asked if he wanted the ball April 5. The righthander threw five innings in yesterday's 3-0 loss to Boston, allowing five hits and two runs. He walked five and struck out one. Asked which pitches he was unhappy with in yesterday's loss, Myers said: "Every one of them, but I think I made the pitch when I had to. . . . I'm going to have games like that during the year.
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SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The official diagnosis was rotator-cuff tendinitis with slight fraying. That might sound a bit ominous, especially if you combine it with a glance at the three walks and three runs Kyle Kendrick allowed yesterday in his first competitive action since a sore shoulder ended his 2013 season midway through September. But all is well, the 29-year-old righthander said after he pitched two innings against the Tigers in his Grapefruit League debut, and that must continue to be the case for the Phillies to avoid an early-season emergency situation in their rotation.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
For corporate America, 2013 was a banner year. The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index had its biggest gain since 1997, when the Internet boom was going strong. One Philadelphia-area company, Lincoln National Corp., a life insurer based in Radnor, was near the top of the heap in 2013. Shares in Lincoln, which markets itself as Lincoln Financial Group, nearly doubled, to finish with the 13th-best gain in the S&P. But the gains were widespread in the index, largely because corporate profits are at record highs nearly across the board, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester, said Tuesday.
SPORTS
December 27, 2013 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
IMAGINE Peyton Manning stepping to the podium to receive his award for winning the 2013 fantasy football MVP. He grabs the microphone and thanks Dr. Robert Watkins and former baseball star Todd Helton. Watkins is the surgeon who repaired the herniated disk in Manning's neck in 2011. It was Manning's fourth neck surgery and came during a labor lockout, forbidding Manning from using the Colts' facilities for rehab. That's when Helton, a college teammate of Manning's at Tennessee, invited him to Denver to work out and be monitored by the Rockies' medical staff.
NEWS
December 3, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Birthdays are a big deal at Ray's Happy Birthday Bar in South Philadelphia. Every day, the sign outside advertises the birthday of somebody, whether it's one of the '60s singers who once hung out at the bar or a Passyunk Avenue neighbor who stops in for a weekly drink. Visitors who come on their birthdays receive a free shot of cake-flavored vodka with a candle in it, and have their picture taken wearing the bar's special birthday hat. On Sunday, the watering hole that has been the site of so many birthday celebrations toasted its own big day. Ray's turns 75 this year, and the owners know how to put on a birthday party.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Most years, Hollywood saves the really good stuff - the awards contenders, the thought-provoking, life-changing, controversial, and challenging titles - for right now: The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve are when the floodgates open. But 2013 has already offered a rich, multicourse feast - 12 Years a Slave , All Is Lost , Captain Phillips , Gravity , Blue Is the Warmest Color , Enough Said , Mud , Fruitvale Station , The Place Beyond the Pines , to name just a few. Is it possible there is more greatness (or really, really good-ness)
SPORTS
September 5, 2013
GAMES TO WATCH: * Oct. 11: SCH Academy at Penn Charter, 3:45 Quakers coach Tommy Coyle makes his Inter-Ac debut. * Oct. 12: Haverford School at Malvern 2:30 A league opener with title implications? * Nov. 1: Malvern at Episcopal, 7 EA standout defensive lineman Evan Butts looks to shutdown Friars' ground game. * Nov. 9: Haverford School at Episcopal, 2:30 Last year, this matchup decided Inter-Ac honors. Possible repeat? * Nov. 9: Germantown Academy at Penn Charter, 1:30 The oldest continuous prep football rivalry in the country meets for the 127th time.
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LEANING ON metal crutches in the Lincoln Financial Field locker room tunnel yesterday, Jeremy Maclin said he had no regrets. "You can't think like that," Maclin said the day after he suffered a right ACL tear when he stepped off the line of scrimmage during a 7-on-7 passing drill at NovaCare. "The minute you start doing that, you start doubting yourself, and that's not the type of person I am. " Maclin, 25, was planning on having a big year as he looked toward free agency next spring.
SPORTS
January 18, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FOR JAKE VORACEK, the one benefit of the NHL's 119-day lockout was a chance to play in his native Czech Republic. "It was something I hadn't done since I was 18 or 19 years old," Voracek said. "It isn't every day that you have a chance to play at home, and play in the best league [KHL] in the world at the time, since there was no NHL. " There were a few downsides, though. One of them was living at home. "I lived with my mom, downstairs at their house," Voracek said with a smile.
NEWS
November 25, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
What a year for Powerball. The cash jackpot for Saturday's drawing is the game's second biggest cash jackpot ever - $212.8 million. And the record of $224.6 million was just set in August. Because no one matched Wednesday night's numbers (8, 18, 24, 30 and 39, with a Powerball of 26), the annuity prize rose again, to $325 million. That's the fifth biggest in the game's history - and two of the others also came this year, including $337 million in that August drawing and $336 million in February.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
AND NOW THE least surprising turn of events in the Phillies' season: Charlie Manuel digs the long ball. A former longtime, big-league hitting coach and a power hitter in Japan, Manuel can't help but be intrigued with Double A slugger Darin Ruf, who tied Ryan Howard's Reading franchise record with his 37th homer on Tuesday night against the Binghamton Mets. Of Ruf's 37 blasts, he has hit 19 of them in 28 games in August. With Reading's regular season set to end on Monday, Manuel said he'll bring up Ruf's name when the Phillies make decisions on September call-ups this week.
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