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August 29, 2013
LET'S TALK about suspension of disbelief and cognitive estrangement. Wait, wait don't go. I think they're part of a major political plan. Perhaps you've noticed Tom Corbett can't catch a break. Maybe you sense he needs some help. He just lost another top aide, William "we hardly knew ye" Harner, his acting education secretary, axed after less than three months. The Patriot-News reports Harner's former employer, a large Harrisburg-area school district, was not renewing his contract after investigating 15 to 18 allegations of, um, "awkward comments" to co-workers.
SPORTS
December 18, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In his brief time as a Phillie, Cliff Lee grew comfortable enough to make a comical basket catch on the mound at Yankee Stadium during Game 1 of the World Series. He found a team that suited him perfectly, and said he wanted to play here for the rest of his career. Then, abruptly, he became a Seattle Mariner this week. "My initial reaction was shock and disbelief," Lee said last night in a conference call with reporters facilitated by his new team. The lefthander said he expected to sign a contract extension with the Phillies this off-season.
NEWS
August 16, 2004 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the sprawling city where Golan Cipel was raised and served as municipal spokesman, neighbors yesterday expressed disbelief that the ambitious, well-spoken man could be involved in a sex scandal that would topple an American governor and lead Israel's largest-circulation Hebrew daily to label him "this year's Monica Lewinsky. " At the seven-story, stucco-faced building where Cipel's parents, Leah and Avraham, live in a top-floor apartment, no one answered a knock on the door yesterday.
NEWS
May 16, 1998 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A fire that heavily damaged a Bucks County church and destroyed its day school Sunday night was deliberately set, fire investigators said yesterday. Investigators declined to say how the fire was ignited at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury Township, and there have been no arrests. Special Agent Stephen Haskins of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said investigators did not believe that the church was firebombed or that the incident was related to a string of six church firebombings this year in Western Pennsylvania.
NEWS
November 13, 2001 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
First came horror, followed by worry that this, too, might be the work of terrorists. Then came sorrow, reflection and prayer, as people throughout the region tried to make sense of yesterday's latest assault on New York City - a plane falling from the sky into a residential neighborhood in Rockaway Beach, Queens, apparently killing all 255 people aboard, and at least six others on the ground. Interviewed as they went about the business of their daily lives - working, shopping, eating lunch, stopping by a church to pray - many said they immediately thought the crash could not have been an accident, which by late in the day the National Transportation Safety Board said it appeared to have been.
NEWS
April 20, 2007
Today, for the first time, I picked up the Daily News, looked at the front cover, and put the paper down in disbelief WITHOUT buying it. I don't need to tell you that the cover of the sad individual who killed all those Virginia Tech people pointing a gun at me was indeed the most outrageous, self-serving, greedy, deplorable and downright wrong cover you could ever come up with. You are just as much to blame as this kid who killed these people because by putting this on the cover, you sensationalize murder and violence and make it seem like it's a joke just to sell more papers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My fiancee said, "Shut UP!" during a recent conversation with my mom, using the phrase in the same way people say, "No way!" or, "Get outta here!" to express friendly disbelief. Mom didn't say anything and gave me no reason to believe she was offended; however, I find talk like that better suited to friends and siblings - not parents or future in-laws. As soon as we were alone I asked my fiancee to please not use that expression with my parents. She said she'd try, but warned me that it might be hard to stop herself.
NEWS
September 25, 1987 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer (Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International and Reuters.)
Singers Perry Como and Sammy Davis Jr., actress Bette Davis, violinist Nathan Milstein and choreographer Alwin Nikolais have been chosen for Washington's Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievements in the arts. President Reagan will pay tribute to the five Dec. 6 at a White House reception, and that evening, they will be saluted at a Kennedy Center gala that will be presented later as a CBS-TV special. Como says he's had "no happier moment. " Says Sammy Davis: "My first reaction was disbelief, total disbelief.
SPORTS
September 10, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Double to out to home run. Then utter disbelief. "Basically, that was the time line right there," centerfielder Jason Michaels said with a smile after last night's 9-4 Phillies victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Jim Thome provided his second game-winning hit in as many days, and the bullpen pitched four more scoreless innings to extend its streak to 21 as the Phillies wound up winning three of four in the series. They have won six of their last seven overall to move to within 5 1/2 games of the National League wild-card lead.
NEWS
November 5, 1994 | By Larry Copeland, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Here in the Piedmont, nine days of anguish dissolved into utter fury yesterday. As Susan Smith made her first fleeting appearance since a reported confession transformed her from tragic figure into murder suspect, the townspeople who for nine days tried to help her bear a mother's pain waited outside the courthouse. They caught a glimpse of her - a flash, perhaps, of the white bow in her blond hair, of her glasses, or of her white sweater - as the police caravan pulled up to the Union County courthouse at 9:49 a.m. Someone in the crowd hollered, "Murderer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Few films demand that viewers make such a herculean attempt to suspend disbelief than Nicole Kidman's Before I Go to Sleep , a would-be Hitchcockian thriller about a woman unable to retain any memories for the last 20 years. It's a lot to ask of fans. But we'd comply gladly if the film paid off. Sadly, writer-director Rowan Joffé's does not. Adapted from S.J. Watson's 2011 novel, Before I Go to Sleep features Kidman as a 40-year-old woman who wakes up each morning having lost the memory of half her life.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
MALVERN They were high school buddies, neighbors for a time, who liked to tinker with cars. They even lived together in this tranquil little town for a few months when one needed a place to crash. Their friends called them "wonderful" and "caring" and "sweet. " Now, one is accused of killing the other, stuffing his body into a sleeping bag, and hiding him behind some junk in a garage. Then he allegedly stole his car, wallet, and phone, and went home. Merritt Neil Dudas, 24, is accused of shooting Drew Alan Ferguson, 21, in the head at Ferguson's home in the 200 block of Miner Street.
NEWS
August 29, 2013
LET'S TALK about suspension of disbelief and cognitive estrangement. Wait, wait don't go. I think they're part of a major political plan. Perhaps you've noticed Tom Corbett can't catch a break. Maybe you sense he needs some help. He just lost another top aide, William "we hardly knew ye" Harner, his acting education secretary, axed after less than three months. The Patriot-News reports Harner's former employer, a large Harrisburg-area school district, was not renewing his contract after investigating 15 to 18 allegations of, um, "awkward comments" to co-workers.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO - From the parishes of Poland to the churches of Chile, Roman Catholics around the world were stunned Monday at the first papal resignation in six centuries, even as many prayed for a new charismatic pontiff who could lead the church into a new era after decades of disaffection and mistrust. "We received the news with great regret and much surprise," said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who was discussed as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II when he died in 2005.
NEWS
November 4, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRICK, N.J. - The FEMA mobile disaster-recovery station was nothing more than a trailer, a couple of folding tables, some phones, and a lot of people wandering around the parking lot of the Drum Point Elementary School, where a sign that said "Respect" on fading construction paper faced out a window. Nearby were giant Dumpsters where residents were allowed to bring the ruins of their flooded homes. Across the street was the PAL center, where hot meals were being served. Not far away was the Brick Little League field, where the ballplayers and parents have been serving hot breakfasts and lunches nearly every day. There were mostly dazed looks on the people who showed up at one of the two FEMA mobile centers that opened Friday - the other was in Cape May Courthouse - to start recovering.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I married "Andy" a year ago. He has three children from a prior marriage. He had a vasectomy eight years ago, but promised he'd have it reversed so we could have a child together. He didn't get around to it, but I'm pregnant anyway. At first we felt it was our miracle baby. However, 15 weeks later, Andy is now "sure" the baby isn't his. Things have gotten so bad that I moved out of our house. Abby, I have NEVER been unfaithful. A paternity test will prove he's the father, but that can't be done until after our baby is born.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012 | By Barbara Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Man on a Ledge would have been much more impressive before Dec. 16. That was when Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol arrived in theaters with Tom Cruise treating the world's tallest tower like an indoor rock-climbing wall. He wasn't just teetering on a ledge 21 stories up in Manhattan. True, Cruise's derring-do is just a fraction of that movie while much of Man on a Ledge occurs on a 14-inch stone shelf outside a room on the 21st floor of a Manhattan hotel. That is where Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My fiancee said, "Shut UP!" during a recent conversation with my mom, using the phrase in the same way people say, "No way!" or, "Get outta here!" to express friendly disbelief. Mom didn't say anything and gave me no reason to believe she was offended; however, I find talk like that better suited to friends and siblings - not parents or future in-laws. As soon as we were alone I asked my fiancee to please not use that expression with my parents. She said she'd try, but warned me that it might be hard to stop herself.
SPORTS
November 10, 2011 | BY NATE MINK, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - All you needed to see were the tears in Daryll Clark's eyes, the lid to his Gatorade bottle tucked between his lips as he sluggishly slipped out of the Lasch Building after learning Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was stepping down. The former quarterback, simply stopping for gear to play basketball, was caught slightly off guard by the announcement he had watched on ESPN. Everybody was in the dark as the Paterno family released a statement early yesterday morning with the iconic coach's decision.
NEWS
May 3, 2010 | By Matt Flegenheimer, Joe Juliano, and Melissa Dribben INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Owen Thomas was a trusted friend, a generous teammate, and a loving son and brother who finished his junior year at college as a tragic statistic. The 21-year-old scholar athlete with a wide-open future took his life last Monday afternoon, shocking his family and an extensive community at the University of Pennsylvania. During a candlelight vigil Thursday night attended by more than 200, Thomas was remembered for his complex personality. "You know in football . . . we want our guys to play with great tenacity," defensive coach Jim Schaefer said.
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