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May 21, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Back when single-celled organisms ruled Earth, a gigantic black hole lurking quietly at the center of a distant galaxy dismantled and devoured a star. This month, astronomers reported that they watched the whole thing unfold over a period of 15 months starting in 2010, the first time such an event had been witnessed in great detail from start to finish. "The star got so close that it was ripped apart by the gravitational force of the black hole," said Johns Hopkins astronomer Suvi Gezari, lead author of a paper about the observations that was published online by the journal Nature.
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December 8, 1990 | By Lee Dye, Los Angeles Times Inquirer wire services contributed to this article
Scientists circumvented two faulty computers aboard the space shuttle Columbia that had jeopardized its astronomy mission and yesterday reported major scientific discoveries, including stunning evidence that black holes lurk at the hearts of some galaxies. After losing 22 hours of work time after what appeared Thursday to be a disastrous hardware breakdown, the observatory in the shuttle's cargo bay began to operate yesterday with normal efficiency, scientists said. "It's working as well as it ever could possibly have worked," said Arthur Davidsen, who works with one of the telescopes.
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July 23, 2009 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
"G-Force" leaps immediately to the front rank of 3-D action movies about talking guinea pigs. Where it will remain for eternity, given that after "G-Force" lands with a thud, there will likely never be another. On the other hand, one must never underestimate the power of a Disney marketing blitz. Saturation advertising has pre-Potter kiddies primed for some talking-animal yuks. But you should know that this is not "Babe. " Do what you must to ensure that somebody else ferries your kids to this dud. Thank me later.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2011
"We're gratified that Boscov's will remain a family business. " - department store chairman Albert Boscov, 81, on the appointment of his nephew Jim Boscov, 61, as vice chairman "I call them the black hole because they suck up everything and nothing comes out. " - Bill Quimby of TollFreeNumbers.com, on Philadelphia-based PrimeTel Communications Inc.'s aggressive acquisition of toll-free numbers for phone-sex services "If this...
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January 8, 1998 | By Robert S. Boyd, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Astronomers reported new evidence yesterday that an immense black hole, weighing as much as 2.6 million suns, squats at the hub of the Milky Way, gobbling up elderly stars while the rest of the galaxy wheels around it. Younger stars, like one nicknamed the Bullet, are zipping by the center of our galaxy at such high speeds that even the enormous gravity of the suspected black hole cannot capture them, the astronomers said. The unusual motions of these stars - and the tremendous mass of the stationary object in their midst - provide the strongest confirmation yet that the center of the Milky Way is occupied by a black hole, astronomers told a news conference here sponsored by the American Astronomical Society.
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June 19, 1991 | By Jim Detjen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The year: 27291. The place: On board the starship Quasar en route to a giant black hole in the heart of the Milky Way galaxy. Astronaut Tim Golden has prepared for this voyage since his youth and now stands on the brink of being the first human to visit these mysterious objects that have fascinated people for thousands of years. During his long voyage he has experienced a dazzling light show, passing through a region where stars are 100 million times more common than in the region near our sun. After penetrating a watermelon-shaped mass of stars guarding the core of the galaxy, he sees huge currents of superhot gases and a 90 trillion-mile-long river of cold gases streaming toward a violently spinning disk of dust and superheated gas. As he approaches, he puts the Quasar on automatic pilot so that it orbits the black hole.
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May 5, 2001 | By B.G. Kelley
Prison life can press time flat, can press the contour right out of a man's life. But not Stan Rosenthal's life. Rosenthal has made the most of his time at Graterford State Prison to redeem his crime. Which was murder. I certainly don't condone what Rosenthal did to deserve his life sentence without parole. In a drug-induced rage of jealousy, he stabbed his girlfriend, Dawn Tepper, to death one day in 1986. He is now inmate number A50828 at Graterford. At 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 152 pounds, Rosenthal contradicts the hardened criminal image, hardly fits the profile of the rest of the human cargo warehoused at Graterford.
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January 12, 1995 | Daily News wire services
HOLLYWOOD REPORT: LETTERMAN TO HOST OSCARS Popular late-night talk-show host David Letterman will host this year's Academy Awards ceremony, the entertainment industry trade newspaper Daily Variety reported last night. Columnist Army Archerd wrote that the deal had been struck with Letterman for the March 27 show "even though he supposedly once kidded, 'But it's on my bowling night!' " Archerd said, citing no sources for his two-sentence report. Letterman has been winning the ratings in the late-night talk-show wars after defecting from NBC to rival network CBS, where he hosts "The Late Show With David Letterman.
LIVING
May 22, 2000 | By Faye Flam, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rumors that the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider could destroy the world seem to have started innocently last summer in the letters section of Scientific American. A physicist named Walter Wagner suggested that the tremendous concentrations of energy created in the collisions could collapse, creating a teeny-tiny black hole that would swallow the planet. The magazine published the letter, along with a rebuttal by theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.
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April 17, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MY COLUMN last Thursday enraged readers like Bill Gradwell on behalf of Christina Sankey. "I can't get this story out of my head," emailed Gradwell, of Cape May. "Even with an endless pyramid of useless bureaucrats, a poor human being is dead and tossed away! What are we, The Black Hole of Calcutta? What was Christina, human garbage?" Also among those concerned about Christina: the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Deputy D.A. Ed McCann tells me that the office, along with Philly homicide detectives, will investigate the disappearance and death of the severely disabled and nonverbal 37-year-old.
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April 26, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Icarus without feathers - and with a semi-happy ending - can still be Icarus. In a new version created jointly by physicist/author Brian Greene, playwright David Henry Hwang, and composer Philip Glass, the paragon of youthful hubris lives in an age well beyond the wax wings of antiquity, piloting a spacecraft that veers too close to a black hole. You might think you know the rest, but Icarus at the Edge of Time , which enveloped Verizon Hall on Wednesday with a huge video screen, narrator, and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, has a smarter message: Respect the unknown.
NEWS
December 22, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Once again, the Earth has survived. Unless typing at this terminal is Heaven - and it's clearly far from Hell - no rapture or disaster happened overnight, contrary to movie-inspiring misreadings of Mayan calendars. Add that to the list of dead-wrong prophecies about the end of the world. Here are 10 previous apocalyptic flops: 1. Radio preacher's dud and redux. California evangelist Harold Camping said he could "absolutely guarantee," based on his Bible-based math, that on May 21, 2011, a grave-opening earthquake would let 200 million blessed souls get "caught up" or "raptured" into Heaven, while remaining billions would feel "horror and chaos" until Oct. 21, "when God will completely destroy this earth.
SPORTS
November 8, 2012
Here are some observations and notes after a review of the Eagles' 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday: On second thought Why were the Eagles so bad in the red zone on Monday night? On five trips inside the Saints' 20-yard line, they came away with only two field goals. There are a number of reasons. Turnovers, penalties, and bad execution stand out. But how about the play-calling? The Eagles ran 20 plays in the red zone but called only three runs. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg may say, "Well, look at the end result of those runs.
NEWS
May 21, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - Back when single-celled organisms ruled Earth, a gigantic black hole lurking quietly at the center of a distant galaxy dismantled and devoured a star. This month, astronomers reported that they watched the whole thing unfold over a period of 15 months starting in 2010, the first time such an event had been witnessed in great detail from start to finish. "The star got so close that it was ripped apart by the gravitational force of the black hole," said Johns Hopkins astronomer Suvi Gezari, lead author of a paper about the observations that was published online by the journal Nature.
NEWS
September 7, 2011 | BY JULIANA REYES
TARIQ ALI acted as soon as he saw the hole in the street. It was February, and the opening was small. But it was right next to a playground, so he figured he shouldn't wait another day. He called 3-1-1, and was told that the Streets Department would take care of it in about six weeks. Ali waited. The days grew longer in Frankford and the hole grew larger. Ali said it was about 5 feet wide. "It was like a black hole," he said. While he was waiting for the Streets Department, people got their cars "tore up," Ali said.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2011
"We're gratified that Boscov's will remain a family business. " - department store chairman Albert Boscov, 81, on the appointment of his nephew Jim Boscov, 61, as vice chairman "I call them the black hole because they suck up everything and nothing comes out. " - Bill Quimby of TollFreeNumbers.com, on Philadelphia-based PrimeTel Communications Inc.'s aggressive acquisition of toll-free numbers for phone-sex services "If this...
NEWS
April 20, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe you've seen the signs of the apocalypse. One was spotted in New York. Literally. The kind with lettering. Next to a sidewalk squatter, not far from the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum. This wasn't a vague the-end-is-nigh warning. This guy knew when: May 21, 2011. Billboards scattered around the country, from Vineland, N.J., to Nashville, also proclaim that's the date of Judgment Day, when Jesus Christ returns. The message comes from California-based radio evangelist Harold Camping, who did the math and calculated the time left to "turn away from your sins and humbly beg, beseech, and implore God for forgiveness," he writes at his familyradio.com.
NEWS
December 23, 2010
Business model is what Christie wants Gov. Christie has nominated former New York City deputy schools chancellor Christopher Cerf to be education commissioner. Is it me, or does anyone else see the incongruity of selecting someone to run New Jersey's schools from a state ranked lower than New Jersey in national academic assessments? Christie has made it no secret that he is a supporter of charter schools, and so is Cerf, who is a former chief executive of Edison Schools, the country's largest for-profit operator of public schools.
NEWS
April 14, 2010 | By David Holahan
I just mailed in my family's income taxes, and I'm not - I repeat, not - hopping mad. I don't own an assault rifle or a crossbow. A week of downpours just wiped out my early garden crops - the peas, beets, and the rest - and I'm already over it. I'll replant. I can't think of a single ethnic group that makes my blood boil - unless you count my own Fighting Irish, those gridiron delinquents. I just sent in the census form without giving it a second paranoid thought.
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