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September 30, 2006 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Dandy Don Meredith used to sing on Monday Night Football, "Turn out the lights, the party's o-v-e-r. " With Tiger Woods owning a 5-shot lead over three players after two rounds of the American Express Championship, this is one party as good as over. Has Woods, who is going for his sixth consecutive win on the PGA Tour, ever lost a 5-shot lead? Any time, anywhere, at any age? "I don't know," he replied yesterday, grinning. "You do the research. " Not so far as anybody call tell.
NEWS
October 8, 1998 | By George F. Will
Sophisticated weaponry can serve, or even produce, simple-minded policy. We may yet see again how some marvels in the U.S. military inventory, cruise missiles, produce a retrograde policy that can properly be called high-tech isolationism. When U.S. leaders who are ill at ease with U.S. power hear the word "duty," they reach for their cruise missiles. Those weapons provide telegenic, antiseptic action-at-a-distance. They make possible illusory decisiveness, without follow-through.
BUSINESS
June 17, 1998 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even overcast skies and intermittent rain could not dim the view of the Delaware River and its docks, as seen from the foot of South Broad Street last weekend. For a few moments, as two big cruise ships were berthed at the old Philadelphia Navy Base, framed between their bulk was a third ocean liner, steaming slowly down the river. The activity on the river Sunday brought an end to a four-week wave of what port officials and cruise marketers expect to be the busiest season ever for passenger cruising from Philadelphia.
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January 24, 1994 | By Robert Zausner, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Gov. Casey is to make his first public appearance dealing with government affairs in seven months this week as he delivers his final State of the Commonwealth address to a joint session of the legislature. Although the speech, scheduled for Wednesday, may be more personal than usual since Casey has not appeared before most lawmakers since undergoing heart-liver transplant surgery in June, it also is meant to show that the still-recuperating governor has no plans to relax in his last year in office.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 1997 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Speed 2: Cruise Control isn't up to Speed. Jan De Bont's sequel to the sleeper hit of the summer of '94 manages to make a voyage on a luxury cruise ship in the Caribbean a lot duller than a ride on a banged-up city bus in Los Angeles. When Keanu Reeves passed on starring as intrepid bomb squadder Jack Traven in the follow-up, the consensus in Hollywood was that he had made the dumbest career decision in memory. But as each inane scene of Speed 2 sails aimlessly by, Reeves begins to look like a pretty smart guy. Jason Patric dons the bulletproof vest in Reeves' place as a vacationing LAPD SWAT team member, and Willem Dafoe throws caution and just about everything he ever learned about acting to the winds as this week's vengeful psychopath.
SPORTS
October 19, 1992 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Seth Joyner hopes to see a lot fewer fat cats in the Eagles locker room today. The linebacker hopes some of his teammates thought long and hard on the bus ride home, and he hopes they realize now that football seasons aren't four games old. He hopes a bunch of people heard an alarm in yesterday's 16-12 loss to the Redskins and wake the heck up before 4-2 turns into a lot worse. That, Joyner said, is the biggest difference between the 4-0 Eagles and the team that showed up here.
NEWS
June 13, 1997 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Speed," the movie that made Sandra Bullock a star, is also the street name for the illegal substance you will need to stay awake during "Speed 2: Cruise Control. " In fact, as cruise ship dramas go, you'd be far better off watching Gopher and Julie try to fix Robert Goulet up with Joey Heatherton on an episode of "The Love Boat. " Incidentally, how many Hollywood geniuses did it take to come up with the idea for an action movie called "Speed" that takes place aboard a cruise ship?
NEWS
July 9, 1997
Interesting piece in the paper Tuesday about how Hollywood labors to name, rename and re-rename the films on which it wagers fortunes. Did you know this tidbit? Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was known on the lot as Teeny Weenies. Ycccch. Politicians have begun to mimic the tricks of their Left Coast marketing betters, concocting warm-and-fuzzy names for dubious laws. The Contract With America (remember that?) worked this gambit to a fare-thee-well, though the effect was more Orwell than Spielberg.
SPORTS
March 13, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Richards is the Flyers' quiet captain, a hard-working player who leads by his actions on the ice. Chris Pronger is the team's unofficial captain, a defenseman who leads on the ice and in the locker room, someone who, like Bobby Clarke back in his day, isn't afraid to scold a teammate - even if he happens to be the Flyers' best all-around player. (Hello, Claude Giroux.) Danny Briere is the Flyers' voice of reason, an always accessible player who, more than anyone in the locker room, is adept at analyzing a situation, whether it's a game's turning point or a four-game losing streak.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Infiniti JX35 AWD: This is the crossover Volkswagen's Touareg wishes it was. Price: $52,205 as tested; $41,550 base price. Marketer's pitch: Choose to be inspired. (My own) conventional wisdom: Expensive machines that are heavy on gizmos, light on feeling. Reality: Some pretty cool and useful gadgetry in a smart package. Gizmo-heavy? The first thing that caught my eye was seeing my garage in the backup camera. The Around View Monitor shows drivers not just what's going on behind them, but a view of all sides of the JX35.
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September 13, 2012 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Infiniti JX35 AWD: This is the crossover Volkswagen's Touareg wishes it was. Price: $52,205 as tested; $41,550 base price. Marketer's pitch: Choose to be inspired. (My own) conventional wisdom: Expensive machines that are heavy on gizmos, light on feeling. Reality: Some pretty cool and useful gadgetry in a smart package. Gizmo-heavy? The first thing that caught my eye was seeing my garage in the backup camera. The Around View Monitor shows drivers not just what's going on behind them, but a view of all sides of the JX35.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
In a bid to become this era's James Dean, teen throat Justin Bieber is vroooming his cool $100,000 Fisker Karma headlong down the highways of L.A. Each report ups the speed. Accounts now have him rocketing down the roads at 100 m.p.h. on Friday. He was duly pulled over, for the second time that week. Bieb's team says it was only 80, in flight from paparazzi. He even made a 911 call afterward to complain about the other drivers. Jimmy Kimmel played the call on his show. Canadian boy in the big U.S. city, it all goes to your head ... and right foot.
SPORTS
March 11, 2012 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
I got the horse right here, The name is Paul Revere . . . Can do, can do - From "Guys and Dolls"   Your first thought is, Lord but he's big. Freight train big. And that white blaze that runs down his forehead, it reminds you of a lightning bolt. Could it be an omen? Is this, at long last, The One? Steady there, Pilgrim. Throttle back. We know you're ready to fall in love all over again, that you've been standing out here in the rain waiting forlornly and forever and a day for the next Big Red. But it's not fair, and you ought not to be saddling this one with all your Secretariat expectations.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
It makes perfect sense that the man who directed Pixar's The Incredibles, and won a best animated feature Oscar for his trouble, is behind the camera on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The Tom Cruise franchise, about a crack team of special agents who save the world by performing impossibly impossible acts of deception, detection, and derring-do, has become a kind of cartoon anyway. No one really believes that Cruise's Ethan Hunt and his gang have inner lives, or even outer lives beyond the machinations of the mission at hand.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2011 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2012 Honda Civic EX Navi: All new. All the fun of a . . . Civic. Price: $22,775, including destination charge, and that's with all of the typical features including, as the name implies, navigation. (A Civic sedan can be had for $15,805.) Conventional wisdom: Honda = reliability, not excitability. As for this redesigned model, Consumer Reports was less than pleased. "Compared with its predecessor, the 2012 Civic is less agile and has lower interior quality.
SPORTS
April 17, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
She has scored with such consistency that sometimes it's easy to take for granted the efforts of Cherokee's Melissa Arthur, or any other noted lacrosse scorer. Yes, teams frequently hit double figures in goals, as lacrosse is a sport in which they come in bunches. And Arthur, who has 193 in her career, has done her share of scoring, but that doesn't mean it's easy. What it means is that she has had to elude quite a bit of tight marking, just to get the opportunity to score. Since she has been a varsity player for four years, was a standout on a state-title team as a sophomore, and made an oral commitment to Rutgers by the middle of her junior year, Arthur hasn't been able to sneak up on any opponent.
NEWS
April 16, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
She has scored with such consistency that sometimes it's easy to take for granted the efforts of Cherokee's Melissa Arthur, or any other noted lacrosse scorer. Yes, teams frequently hit double figures in goals, as lacrosse is a sport in which they come in bunches. And Arthur, who has 193 in her career, has done her share of scoring, but that doesn't mean it's easy. What it means is that she has had to elude quite a bit of tight marking, just to get the opportunity to score.
SPORTS
April 7, 2011 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once Kate Poppe's cleats find their place on the pitching rubber, there's not much that bothers her. Not the unusually cold spring weather that had many spectators wrapped in blankets Wednesday. Not the slight drizzle that came and went. And not the bases-loaded, one-out jam she smoothly worked out of in the first inning of her two-hitter against visiting Coatesville, as Bishop Shanahan earned a 4-1 win in a Ches-Mont League game. With a mixture of pitches, Poppe kept the Red Raiders off-balance, striking out 12, including four that were caught looking.
SPORTS
March 13, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Richards is the Flyers' quiet captain, a hard-working player who leads by his actions on the ice. Chris Pronger is the team's unofficial captain, a defenseman who leads on the ice and in the locker room, someone who, like Bobby Clarke back in his day, isn't afraid to scold a teammate - even if he happens to be the Flyers' best all-around player. (Hello, Claude Giroux.) Danny Briere is the Flyers' voice of reason, an always accessible player who, more than anyone in the locker room, is adept at analyzing a situation, whether it's a game's turning point or a four-game losing streak.
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