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TRAVEL
February 12, 2012 | By Natalie Zellat Dyen, For The Inquirer
When the driver turned left onto the dirt road, we thought he'd made a mistake. On one corner a group of men stood beside a pile of burning trash; on another, women sold fish from a makeshift stall. The travel agent had booked us into a hotel at least two stars above what we had requested in Thanjavur, a temple city in southern India, but this bumpy road couldn't possibly be the right one. Finally the driver slowed down, and there, on the other side of a metal gate, stood our hotel - an upscale resort with stunning river views, manicured gardens, and a swimming pool.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
NBC Sports, now owned by Comcast Corp., has sold a record $250 million in advertising for Sunday's Super Bowl game and is hoping that audience spillover from the big game will boost two prime-time shows, The Voice and Smash . The best scenario for NBC would be a nail-biter Super Bowl that draws a big audience, delivering for sponsors who shelled out an average $3.5 million for 30 seconds of airtime. Experts say more than 100 million homes could tune in. "They will do very well with the Super Bowl.
NEWS
January 22, 2012 | By Jessie L. Bonner, Associated Press
POCATELLO, Idaho - Don Aslett may be more than a half-century into his fight against dirt and clutter, but he still can't take a stroll without bending to pick up litter from the sidewalk. He can remember cringing as a child at the site of spilled coffee grounds and, in high school, finding it strange the other boys didn't like to clean their rooms. Even now - he's 76 - his battle against grit and grime has yet to relent. Those who might not understand his devotion, he reasons, have probably never felt the satisfaction of making a toilet bowl shine.
SPORTS
December 12, 2011
   With two touchdowns Sunday against the Dolphins, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy moved to within one touchdown of Steve Van Buren's team records of 18 touchdowns in a season and 15 rushing touchdowns in a season. Here are the lists: Most touchdowns in an Eagles season:   Player              Year TDs Van Buren 1945 18 McCoy           2011 17 Brian Westbrook 2008 14 Terrell Owens     2004 14 W. Montgomery 1979 14 Van Buren        1947 14 Most rushing touchdowns in an Eagles season: Player              Year TDs Van Buren        1945 15 McCoy           2011 14 Ricky Watters     1996 13 Van Buren        1947 13
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
US WEEKLY KNOWS where its bread is buttered, so it has come out firmly for Team Kim in the tabloid-loving Kim Kardashian - Kris Humphries divorce. Even though Kim has looked like a shallow twit during her over-accessorized, extravagant TV wedding and too-brief marriage, Us quotes Kim K pals as saying Kris is the bad guy. "He belittled her in front of people," one insider said. "He'd call her stupid. It was truly sickening. " Us 's inside source says Kris resented Kim's faux fame and fortune - neither of which should have been a surprise to him when their multimillion-dollar wedding was filmed for TV. Kris also allegedly called Kim "fat ass. " Tattle does acknowledge he could have meant it as a compliment.
SPORTS
October 22, 2011 | By Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - When Mike Napoli was playing for the other team, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler had a serious dislike for him. Sure, a lot of that had to do with Napoli playing for a division opponent for five years before he became part of a World Series team in Texas. There was also the way Napoli flipped his bat after hitting a home run or how the top button of his Angels jersey was often undone. "I would never tell you last year I would probably enjoy having him in the clubhouse," Kinsler said.
NEWS
August 13, 2011
IN 12 years of tracking murderabilia, Houston victim advocate Andy Kahan, its chief opponent, has seen some wacky stuff. Here's a look at the most grim and gag-worthy: * Ted Bundy's fried hair: A former prison guard scooped up the locks that fell to the floor after the prolific serial killer's 1989 execution in Florida's electric chair. A rapist and necrophile, Bundy confessed to killing 30 women in six states in the mid-1970s. Experts think he killed even more. * Wayne Lo's semen: The school-massacre shooter shot something else all over a pornographic picture.
NEWS
June 1, 2011 | By JULIANA REYES
THE PROBLEM: The vacant lot across from Deborah Staton's Francisville home never caused her much grief. Sure, no one seemed to be caring for the land, but, fortunately, Staton always found someone to keep it decent. When the lot's weeds grew too wild, she called City Councilman Darrell Clarke's office, and someone would tidy it up. Later, when a Coldwell Banker Welker real-estate sign surfaced on the lot, she called the realty agency and someone took care of the overgrown weeds and litter.
NEWS
May 31, 2011
NEWARK, Del. - A Newark teenager died and another teen was hospitalized in serious condition after two dirt bikes collided Monday afternoon, according to Delaware State Police. Cody J. Kegelman, 14, was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital, where he was taken after the 1:15 p.m. crash on a dirt access road about a quarter mile east of Delaware Route 72, state police said in a news release. Authorities say Kegelman was traveling west while Nicholas Schrader, 16, of Newark, was traveling east on the same access road.
NEWS
April 11, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two people were killed in separate hit-and-run collisions in Philadelphia during the weekend. Police investigations into both incidents were continuing Sunday night. The first crash occurred at 6:40 p.m. Saturday when a motorcycle was cut off and struck by a pickup truck in the 1100 block of East Cayuga Street. Police said Franko Garcia, 19, of the 4500 block of H Street, was driving a dirt bike west on Cayuga, behind a westbound green Chevrolet pickup. As the vehicles neared the intersection with Lawndale Street, the truck made a left turn, and the motorcycle collided with its left front door, police said.
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