May 7, 2015
IN "THE D TRAIN," Jack Black is Keyser Soze. He's the psychologist who treats a kid who sees dead people, then realizes he's dead. He's the guy in "The Crying Game" whose girlfriend has an Adam's apple. He is, in short, a guy at the center of a jaw-dropping plot turn. Should this plot point be revealed? In the case of "The D Train," opening Friday, it's a divisive question. Some critics are doing it, some aren't. So, we put it to the highest authority we could think of - Jack Black, who stars in "The D Train," and who produced it. "Its tricky!"
February 6, 2015 |
So, where does your checked bag go after you drop it at the airline ticket counter? Like many passengers, bags may have a quarter-mile journey from the ticketing lobby to the aircraft. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Wednesday offered a rare glimpse behind the scenes at how baggage is screened at Philadelphia International Airport, where an in-line system of conveyor belts and explosive-detection machines can process up to 1,000 bags an hour. "Some people think the TSA opens and physically screens every single bag," said TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy.
September 1, 2014 |
It was the messiest of political situations, a real schmear campaign in which the Jenkintown mayor stood to make a lot of dough. Literally. If you went past the window of Fill A Bagel one morning this month, you might have seen Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley wearing a white chef's hat and apron while making tie-dye-colored bagels to promote the forthcoming Jenkintown arts festival. After kneading, he walked to a machine with a small conveyor belt that forms the dough into circles.
October 21, 2013 |
Last week I traveled to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, where a cousin was recuperating from a brain aneurysm. Before seeing her, I needed to drop off an equally sick computer at The Inquirer. Walking down Cherry Street, I turned left on Broad and headed north. It wasn't until I stood virtually beneath the iconic white tower that I remembered The Inquirer didn't live there anymore. And my cousin was the one with the brain trauma. Memories die slowly and painfully. Take the World Series.
July 3, 2013 |
What's an airline baggage handler supposed to do when a passenger's luggage falls off the conveyor belt, pops open, and spews forth an untidy trail of socks, pajamas, and shampoo? The answer, customer service baggage handler Bosco F. Sylvince, 47, of Willingboro, says in a lawsuit filed last week, is to grab the contents, stuff them back into the suitcase, fasten the clasps, and send the bag on its way. That's company policy, and that's what Sylvince says he did on July 12, 2010, while working for United Airlines at Newark Airport.
March 5, 2010 |
As if on a conveyor belt, games keep coming at the 76ers. Monday night they played the Orlando Magic, Wednesday night the Atlanta Hawks, and tonight they face the Boston Celtics. Since returning from the all-star break on Feb. 16, the opponents have been superior and the Sixers' play - especially on defense - has been inferior. Heading into the game at the Wachovia Center, the Sixers have lost seven of their last nine games; in those seven losses, they have trailed by at least 22 points six times, and in those nine games, they have allowed at least 100 points seven times.
November 9, 2006 |
A baggage conveyor belt in Philadelphia International Airport's A-West Terminal has broken down six times in the last week, delaying about two dozen overseas flights and forcing some to leave without all the passengers' luggage, US Airways and airport officials said yesterday. The belt, which carries outbound bags from US Airways' international check-in counters to a ground-level sorting area, has stopped working for periods of a few minutes to more than four hours since last Thursday, city Aviation Director Charles J. Isdell said.
October 8, 2006 |
One year after new owners took control of US Airways, they are pledging to spend millions to fix the airline's baggage operation in Philadelphia. Tony Grantham, appointed in January to run the rescue operation in Philadelphia, said the airline was spending more than $20 million to buy new equipment and refurbish facilities. Right off, the company set aside $4.5 million to buy more than 120 pieces of equipment - baggage carts, "tugs" to pull them, belt loaders that roll up to cargo holds, trucks loaded with drinks and snacks, and "lav trucks" to empty waste from onboard restrooms.
December 18, 2005 |
Hundreds of miles from any land, the waters of the North Atlantic suddenly developed an oddly deep-blue hue and turned incongruously warm. Patches of peculiar brown seaweed rode the surface, and the ocean brewed mild, damp winds that the muscular 20-year-old could feel on his skin. To the sailor, Benjamin Franklin, it was a puzzle, one that would baffle and bedevil him for decades. It would take him 40 years to figure out what he had encountered back in 1726. He had crossed a moving, meandering mass of warm water, 300 times stronger than the flow of all the rivers emptying into the Atlantic Ocean.
April 11, 2005 |
Maybe it was a certain guilty pleasure of standing around, usually drinking coffee, while others worked. But for a reporter, nothing ever beat getting out of the office and spending a day with people in worlds different from mine. I boated up the Schuylkill with an aquatic biologist, and leaned against the fence with a trainer as horses rounded the racetrack at dawn, poetry in motion against a pink sky. One rainy spring day, I ducked under a Tilt-A-Whirl with a ride inspector to make sure the ride would be safe when the carnival opened.