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April 22, 2005 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
A big problem with first-season DVD releases of cool, old series is that it usually took some time for the shows to get rolling, and the introductory installments frequently do not reflect the overall nature of the series. Take Dynasty, the emblematic exaggerated '80s prime-time soap, out this week in a four-disc, first-season set. Heather Locklear, mischievous sparkplug Sammy Jo, didn't join the show until the second season. Even more drastic, Joan Collins' Alexis Carrington, a TV immortal who became the show's most powerful engine, did not exist, and no fair counting the veiled "mystery woman" who sauntered into court in the last-episode cliff-hanger.
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March 17, 1991 | By Terry Bivens, Jennifer Lin and Carol Horner, Inquirer Staff Writers
Most Augusts find Diana Strawbridge Norris, an heiress to the Campbell Soup Co. fortune, enjoying the rocky coast and genteel social swirl of Mount Desert Island, Maine, that summer enclave of upper-crust Philadelphia. Last summer, however, was different. Last summer, she arrived without her husband of 16 years, Charles H. "Carl" Norris Jr. Then, embarrassed by his absence and upset about persistent strains in their marriage, she turned to another tradition of the very rich: She hired a private investigator.
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February 13, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A POLITICAL convention? Or a coronation and a restoration of a family political dynasty of the kind that might have horrified the Founding Fathers who'd drafted the Declaration of Independence just a few miles away? With so little controversy inside the giant South Philly sports arena, most eyes turned instead to the rare sight of Hollywood celebrities circulating like champagne cocktails around Rittenhouse Square - or the hundreds of protesters who faced off with cops on Broad Street.
SPORTS
July 23, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Nothing if not confident, Michael Vick could have backed away from a comment he made last week putting the Eagles and "dynasty" in the same sentence. Those words were met with raised eyebrows by anyone who wondered when the Eagles would simply win one Super Bowl and were weary of Vince Young's "Dream Team" label that plagued the Eagles before they had played a game last season. Yet Vick neither downplayed his comments nor softened his stance. Instead, the team's starting quarterback seemed to puff his chest and announce to his teammates - and anyone who would listen - to follow him. "That's just me speaking in confidence, and if you ask my teammates, they'd tell you the same thing and feel the same way," Vick said.
SPORTS
May 8, 1990 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
They are this generation's Big Red Machine. They are as close to the '27 Yankees as any team gets anymore. Earthquakes can't stop the Oakland A's. Lockouts can't stop them. They lost a 19-game winner (Storm Davis) and a 97-RBI man (Dave Parker) to free agency over the winter, and they've never even slowed down for air. Check those standings this morning. The Oakland A's are 19-6. Manager Tony La Russa has them stomping all over the American League for the third straight year.
SPORTS
May 13, 1994 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
OK, so those Phillies may be doing everything they can to make us look forward to the NFL exhibition season. But what the heck. At least that other World Series team isn't doing too hot, either. You remember the Toronto Blue Jays, eh? Spent a soggy, action-packed few days in Philadelphia last October. Mugged Mitch Williams a couple of times, then sprayed a lot of champagne. Well, it's seven months later now. And 1994 hasn't been very kind to those Toronto Blue Jays, either.
NEWS
November 3, 1988 | By Barbara Beck, Daily News Staff Writer
Esther Shapiro, producer of "Dynasty," has been claiming for the last few months that the decline of the ABC nighttime soap opera is due to the end of the Reagan era. She likes to talk about her uncanny prediction eight years ago of the booming economic climate that would be created by Reaganomics; the show went on the air the same week Ronald Reagan entered the White House. "We sort of anticipated the Reagan era, viscerally," Shapiro liked to tell the press earlier this year.
SPORTS
December 1, 2012
NCAA Division III football quarterfinal Saturday at noon in Alliance, Ohio. Records: Widener, 11-0; Mount Union, 12-0. Playoff paths: Mount Union beat Christopher Newport, 72-14, in the first round and Johns Hopkins, 55-13, in the second round. Widener beat Bridgewater State, 44-14, in the first round and Salisbury, 28-7, in the second round. D-III dynasty: Mount Union has won 10 national titles.
NEWS
August 28, 1997 | by Richard Marks
Much has been written about problems in Sino-American relations. Human rights, the Hong Kong takeover and weapons trade with the Middle East have created apprehension. All of this needs to be addressed, but the 21st century cannot afford a new game with a new enemy. g1gues28RICHARD MARKS The Cold War is over. The United States, as the only major superpower, can afford to share the stage with an emerging China. Conditions are right for China's maturation. Government oppression cannot exist indefinitely.
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February 13, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
A POLITICAL convention? Or a coronation and a restoration of a family political dynasty of the kind that might have horrified the Founding Fathers who'd drafted the Declaration of Independence just a few miles away? With so little controversy inside the giant South Philly sports arena, most eyes turned instead to the rare sight of Hollywood celebrities circulating like champagne cocktails around Rittenhouse Square - or the hundreds of protesters who faced off with cops on Broad Street.
NEWS
October 5, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Albie Crosby stomped his right heel into the dirt, and a cloud of dust rose from the ground. The Imhotep Charter football coach gave his whistle a few quick blasts. Practice was set to begin, and the dust, which seems to haze over the team's practices, had arrived. The Public League's top team practices in the outfield of a West Oak Lane baseball field, a short walk from the school. The Lonnie Young Recreation Center field does not have goalposts. The team practices kicks by launching balls over the high fence down the third-base line.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phil Robertson's wisdom Thanks to reality TV, we are blessed with a surfeit of really wise people! Gurus who graciously educate us on matters too difficult to contemplate on our own. Take the question of what the United States should do about the resurgence of Islamist attacks by ISIS. Give them the Bible and the Constitution, says Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson . And if they don't like it, give 'em lead. "In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible," Phil told Sean Hannity . "I'm not giving up on them, I'm just saying convert them or kill them.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
B.J. Rosenberg retreated early Tuesday morning to his South Jersey residence, turned on the TV, and flipped to A&E. The channel showed two hours of Duck Dynasty repeats. "I stayed away from all the sports networks," the Phillies pitcher said. This was catharsis. Relievers often preach the value of zero short-term memory. That was essential Tuesday for Rosenberg, who, after making two sterling appearances in two days, hurled one of the worst relief outings in baseball history.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
To patients, Praveen Ramakrishnan looks like any other doctor at a busy city medical center, with his white coat and a stethoscope draped around his neck. But come game day, the 31-year-old internal medicine resident transforms into "the human Google. " Ask him a question, and - well, you get it. His teammate Chitra Punjabi, 30, answers to "the black mamba" - a highly venomous snake and code name for Uma Thurman's assassin role in the movie Kill Bill . "She's tiny and very dangerous," a colleague says.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
University of Pennsylvania archaeologists say they have found the tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian pharaoh who ruled more than 3,600 years ago, the first discovery of what they predict could be more than a dozen tombs from a forgotten dynasty. The tomb, found last week, was heavily looted, but hieroglyphs on the chamber walls clearly identified it as belonging to a ruler named Woseribre Senebkay, the Penn team announced Wednesday in conjunction with the Egyptian government. The researchers already have begun excavating several nearby sites that appear to be from the same dynasty, at the site of the ancient city of Abydos, more than 300 miles south of Cairo, said Josef Wegner, a Penn associate professor of Egyptology.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IN 2014, TATTLE is going to make an attempt to write about more good things, more positive stories, more about how we're all on this floating blue ball together and we need to work together. Thank goodness we're off tomorrow. Maybe this will pass by Monday. But kicking off our year of good vibrations, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson , son of Phil , went on Fox News' "All-American New Year" special Tuesday night and played the role of adult - choosing not to take the bait of hosts Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and rip A&E or evil liberals or even defend daddy Phil's comments about gays, happy pre-civil rights Southern blacks or the marital viability of 15-year-old girls.
NEWS
December 22, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the call of the wild. A&E's Duck Dynasty was the unlikely TV megahit no one understood. No one understood how popular it would become, setting records for nonfiction cable shows and becoming the No. 1 nonfiction show on cable, No. 2 overall (to AMC's The Walking Dead ). No one understood how closely audiences would identify with the Robertson family of West Monroe, La., and their conservative Christian values. And no one, evidently, saw the Duck Dynasty disaster coming.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
FEW DAYS AGO, GQ published an interview with Phil Robertson , "Duck Dynasty's" seemingly friendly-to-everyone-but-web-footed-birds grandpa on America's most-watched reality-TV show. Seems Robertson, 67, isn't such a lover after all. The Gentleman's Quarterly story quoted his none-too-gentlemanly ideas about the LGBT community - along with expressions of his overall ignorance of African-Americans' historic struggle for civil rights. Yesterday, "Duck Dynasty" network A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely in rebuke of its star's views.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Nestel, the top cop at SEPTA, is a natural on Twitter. "Rider complained about loud radio player on Rt66 each night. Tonight, undercover Transit Police pulled the cord on bus DJ," he tweeted on Oct. 23, adding the hash tag #silenceisgolden. It's that dash of snark that makes some of his Twitter updates sparkle. "Spiderman 'forgot' to pay at 46th St. He's paying now. . .#cheesesandwich. Can't outrun the radio and the cameras :-)" Nestel tweeted two days later, adding a photo of the offender's Spider-Man-style hoodie.
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