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November 17, 1988 | BOB LARAMIE/ DAILY NEWS
At least 13 people were injured and about 40 vehicles were damaged in 14 accidents along a 4 1/2-mile, rain-covered, oil-slicked section of I-95 yesterday afternoon. Police say the rash of accidents began when a southbound tractor-trailer jackknifed near Levick Street, causing other drivers to swerve into each other in an attempt to avoid the truck. I-95 southbound between Academy Road and Bridge Street was closed until shortly before 5 p.m., backing up rush-hour traffic for miles.
NEWS
July 29, 1988 | By ROBERTA W. SHELL, Daily News Staff Writer
It's hard not to like Clementon Amusement Park. There's the new and improved kiddie center; the huge picnic grounds, covered in case of rain; the array of twirling, jerking, battering rides; the game arcade, the diving show, and - surprise, surprise - the spacious, spotless restrooms for both sexes. But back to the important stuff. For people who don't want to be overwhelmed by an afternoon at an amusement park, Clementon's scale is appealing. It's big enough to dazzle the eyes of a five-year-old and his mother, but small enough to allow visitors to grasp its boundaries - an important consideration when your environment suddenly becomes a world of crazy-looking machines, screaming kids, loud noises and something new around every corner.
NEWS
October 18, 1992 | By Terri Sanginiti, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Pam Hartung and her family went to the Echelon Mall Monday afternoon expecting to catch a few good Columbus Day sales. But halfway from the parking lot to the Food Court entrance, Hartung realized her shopping was about to be sidetracked. Her 10-year-old twin boys, Chris and Andrew, and their buddy Michael Morrow, 9, caught sight of a shiny silver and white robot in the window of Exhilarama, a multimillion-dollar indoor amusement park complete with roller coaster. The youngsters started jumping up and down and quickly shot off toward the robot.
NEWS
August 10, 1998 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo and Rusty Pray, FOR THE INQUIRER
Four children were hospitalized last night for injuries they received when one of two towers supporting a bungee ride on Steel Pier collapsed onto a children's bumper-car ride below, police said. A 16-year-old girl, two 12-year-old boys and a 10-year-old boy were taken to Atlantic City Medical Center, where they were being evaluated late into the evening, said Atlantic City Police Sgt. Joseph LaTorre. The children, whose identities were not released, were among five or six people riding on the bumper cars when the tower collapsed, he said.
NEWS
January 2, 2004
REMEMBER bumper cars? And the great fun you had crashing into each other? Lotsa fun - no injuries! With the technology we have today, automobiles could be made entirely out of rubber, body and chassis. Properly painted, you could not tell it from metal or fiberglass. If you crash into someone, you just smile (like the bumper cars) and say, "Excuse me," and go your way. So why aren't we building safe rubber autos, especially when you consider the tens of thousands of deaths each year?
NEWS
May 26, 1991 | By Robert F. O'Neill, Special to The Inquirer
Left to their own musings, children will dream of castles and bridges, dinosaurs and caves. They will imagine tree forts they can scramble up, a gigantic four-wheeled guitar they can pretend to drive, and a mysterious maze of shrubbery in which to run and hide, never again to be found. Until their mother or father calls, "Dinner time!" All of those and many more youthful dreams are on the drawing board in Concord Township, where a group of parents have formed a committee to promote the construction of a unique "creative playground.
NEWS
April 23, 2012 | By Sheena Delazio, THE TIMES LEADER
WILKES-BARRE - At one time, several amusement parks were within a short drive for Wyoming Valley residents. Now, it takes at least an hour to reach a roller coaster, and the local parks are just memories. Local enthusiasts and historians are working to make sure those memories - of days spent at Angela Park in southern Luzerne County, Hanson's Amusement Park in Harveys Lake, and others - are preserved. Jim Fichter has mint-condition Angela Park memorabilia that he sells to those looking to hold on to a piece of history.
NEWS
June 18, 1998 | by Rob Laymon, For the Daily News
It seems a long time ago that horses jumped from high platforms into water-filled tanks below. And even longer that the likes of Frank Sinatra, Patti Page and a fuzzy-voiced Italian kid named Tony Bennett sang there. But time and economics have reduced the once-great Steel Pier - Showplace of the Nation - to an amusement pier much like any other at the Jersey shore. Kids jump on an air-filled cushion. Visitors from Brooklyn and South Philly ride the bumper cars and eat cotton candy.
NEWS
January 22, 1996 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Take an ample helping of movie theaters and spice with fast food, bumper cars and batting cages. Sprinkle with retail stores and serve just beyond the reach of the Pennsylvania sales tax. Developers are betting that recipe will draw consumers from southern Chester and western Delaware Counties to a $125 million entertainment-and-retail complex to open in November just over the border in northern Delaware. Site improvements for the project, called Brandywine Town Center, are well under way at the 115-acre location off Route 202 at Naamans Road, just south of Concord and Bethel Townships in Delaware County.
NEWS
July 21, 1997 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
An idea born last fall to attract athletes to an inner-city industrial area to participate in sports seems to be working. The Sports Super Centre, a privately owned 220,000-square-foot facility at Erie Avenue near G Street in Kensington, announced it is adding new services. The center, housed in an old industrial building, primarily is for soccer, in-line roller hockey and field hockey. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people a week are expected at the center in the busy fall and winter seasons, said manager George Roddy.
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March 7, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
THE BACK ROOM on the second floor at Tattooed Mom, a bar on South Street near 5th, was perfectly equipped for a collision of Philadelphia's political generations. Members of Philly for Change, which styles itself as "reform-minded progressive Democrats," sat in old bumper cars while three politicians asked for their support and bashed one another. The bumper cars, like everything else in the room, were covered in graffiti, a Thunderdome decor for Wednesday evening's grudge match among state Reps.
SPORTS
September 18, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
BRENT CELEK is a runaway truck of a tight end. He is more physical than sleek, more rambunctious than anything. His most memorable plays are not when he runs away from defenders after catching a pass but when he drags them places against their will. This time, though, in the third quarter of the Eagles' latest festival of excruciation, Celek chose a different route. He played Edwin Moses and Ravens all-everything safety Ed Reed played the hurdle. "I'm not the most athletic tight end, to say the least," Celek was saying.
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April 23, 2012 | By Sheena Delazio, THE TIMES LEADER
WILKES-BARRE - At one time, several amusement parks were within a short drive for Wyoming Valley residents. Now, it takes at least an hour to reach a roller coaster, and the local parks are just memories. Local enthusiasts and historians are working to make sure those memories - of days spent at Angela Park in southern Luzerne County, Hanson's Amusement Park in Harveys Lake, and others - are preserved. Jim Fichter has mint-condition Angela Park memorabilia that he sells to those looking to hold on to a piece of history.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Two weeks in, and already this season of The Bachelorette should be rebranded Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places . How can Ashley Hebert actually be falling for the supremely caddish Bentley? The guy is so vile and villainous, all he needs is a waxed handlebar mustache to twirl. Yet she seems drawn to him, like a moth to a bugzapper. She's been warned both by the show's producers and by texting friends that Bentley is toxic. I half expected to see Jim Lange, host of the old Dating Game , run onto the set waving his arms to put an end to this ghastly charade.
SPORTS
April 5, 2009 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first glance, Thaddeus Young's sprained right ankle - requiring two to three weeks of rehabilitation - appeared to create a gap in the 76ers' lineup they could neither fill nor hurdle. As word came that Young would not pop right up, as he has done this season after many spinning, off-balance drives to the hoop, the Sixers seemed to walk toward the void and peer into the darkness. They have faced this before, just not on the last bend of the race, not two weeks before the finish line, not while racing, nip-and-tuck, for the crucial fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
NEWS
January 16, 2006
ROTAN LEE'S recent op-ed piece defending Carl Singley struck a chord. Like Messrs. Singley and Lee, I am an attorney. I do not know if Mr. Lee tries cases before juries, but, like Mr. Singley, I do. Both Mr. Singley and I share the experience of working hard to prepare a case for trial and working hard to represent our clients zealously within the bounds of the law. I, too, have experienced the sinking feeling when a jury has returned a verdict...
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December 22, 2004 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vicki McNeal told her husband not to plan on seeing her much yesterday - it was the day the new Cherry Hill Public Library opened, and there was no place the township resident would rather be. "I found this beautiful fireplace, and this lovely niche, and I sat down to read the newspaper," McNeal, 56, said from a puffy, sueded armchair. "This is just great. " It was a common theme as the often-delayed, much-heralded and sometimes-controversial $21.6 million building swung open its doors to the public.
NEWS
January 7, 2004
JOHN ELLIS writes in his letter (Dec. 30) that it took a lot of "chutzpah" on our part to go to war based on weapons that we gave to Saddam. Well, John, you're right - we do have a lot of chutzpah. The same kind that enabled us to break away from England and their unjust behavior. The same that Winston Churchill had when he stood against Hitler when Neville Chamberlain and most of England wouldn't back him. If you gave your neighbor a gun because he told you he had been threatened, and then find out later that he had used the gun to commit a crime, does that mean you're a lying hypocrite because you report him to police?
NEWS
January 2, 2004
REMEMBER bumper cars? And the great fun you had crashing into each other? Lotsa fun - no injuries! With the technology we have today, automobiles could be made entirely out of rubber, body and chassis. Properly painted, you could not tell it from metal or fiberglass. If you crash into someone, you just smile (like the bumper cars) and say, "Excuse me," and go your way. So why aren't we building safe rubber autos, especially when you consider the tens of thousands of deaths each year?
NEWS
October 23, 2002 | By Paul Conlow
Sometimes I watch television to be entertained, sometimes to be informed. Mostly, I watch television to escape, to crowd out my thoughts with whatever's on the tube. Escape was my goal when I sat down to watch an action-adventure movie not long ago. I can't remember the title - something snappy like Big Mistake. The movie featured dazzling visuals and big stars modeling the latest in body armor while firing handguns, discharging automatic weapons, and lobbing incendiary devices.
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