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SPORTS
October 17, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
The multipurpose standout and third-year contributor ignites the Explorers with his quickness and savvy on both sides of the ball. Lined up in the backfield or slot, Rinella has made 12 catches for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior, who doubles at cornerback and returns kicks, has carried 15 times for 104 yards. In last Saturday's 27-24 nonleague loss to Archbishop Wood, Rinella helped spark a third-quarter rally with a 25-yard scoring grab. His 18-yard run set up quarterback Chris Ferguson's TD keeper.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WHETHER IT WAS due to interest in Mars after the recent discovery of water there or because it led the Daily News ' Friday Features section, or maybe because it's just a good movie, "The Martian" won this weekend's battle for the box office. Ridley Scott 's 3-D space epic (just as enjoyable in 2-D) took in a propulsive $55 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. The Matt Damon starrer exceeded expectations to nearly rank as the top October debut ever.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WITH "THE MARTIAN" generating terrific early buzz (see Gary Thompson 's 4-star review and interviews with star Chiwetel Ejiofor and author Andy Weir starting on Page 25), 20th Century Fox is pulling out all the stops to get people into theaters. Part of their campaign landed stars Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis , the film's NASA consultant Dr. Jim "Mr. Mars" Green and retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott at the Franklin Institute Planetarium on Wednesday for a discussion with chief astronomer Derrick Pitts . We got a little space with the foursome before the event.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia professors Marcella McCoy-Deh and T.M Giggetts knew they wanted to share in a novel the often contradictory and hectic lifestyle of an adjunct professor, but they had no idea it would become The Search for Susu . Set in Philadelphia and in Accra, Ghana, the novel's main character, Dr. Francine Carty, is an adjunct professor with dreams of becoming a tenured educator, but she struggles to subsist on her meager adjunct-professor wages....
SPORTS
September 13, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
La Salle's Matt McDermott was able to closely watch the NFL's Carolina Panthers in organized team activities last year. That's because his first cousin, Sean, happens to be the squad's defensive coordinator. "It was a great experience," the senior two-way lineman said. "Not too many people get to do something like that. I soaked in as much as I could. " Following in the footsteps of his cousin, who previously was the Eagles' defensive coordinator, Matt McDermott is a standout performer for the Explorers.
TRAVEL
August 24, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PARIS - Are the "no-go zones" of Paris just urban legends? Or are they real, lawless enclaves in this City of Light? The no-go label sparked controversy in January when a Fox News guest analyst, speaking against the backdrop of a map overlaid with red circles, told viewers there were eight parts of Greater Paris where even the police dared not go. "I've been to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kashmir," said Nolan Peterson, a U.S. Air Force combat veteran....
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2015 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Deep inside the vast New Jersey Pinelands, there comes a moment when the utter stillness seems to become its own a sound. Celebrated Princeton writer John McPhee understood that moment and all the others that define this 1.1-million-acre wonder in his critically acclaimed 1968 book, The Pine Barrens . His clarion cry then and now: The region deserves to be cherished and preserved. Continuing what McPhee started is the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA), founded in 1989. The PPA's commitment to preservation is twinned with another goal: getting people to the Pinelands, sometimes with a bit of a McPhee twist.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Documentaries about science don't really make for ratings winners. Those that are produced seem to focus on a few popular topics - evolutionary biology, medicine, astronomy. Chemistry seems left out in the cold. PBS hopes to change this ugly situation with The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements , a superb three-part documentary about the history of chemistry. It airs in one marathon sitting from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday on WHYY TV12. Narrated by Michael Emerson, best known for playing crime-fighting genius Harold Finch on CBS's Person of Interest , The Mystery of Matter provides a historical survey of chemistry from its birth as a distinct scientific field in the 17th and 18th centuries to the establishment of the famous periodic table and the discovery of radioactivity and the existence of subatomic particles.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the BlackStar Film Festival, highlighting cinema culled from the African diaspora, hits venues around University City starting Thursday, it will bring its usual retinue of serious narrative and documentary fare. BlackStar's closing film happens to be its starkest, darkest entry: Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice, Mapping a Detroit Story , a documentary from filmmaker dream hampton about the vicious 2011 murder of a black trans teen, 19-year-old Shelley "Treasure" Hilliard, who was ritually burned and dismembered, as though her murderer had a desire to erase rather than kill.
NEWS
July 25, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a century ago, a Doylestown man crossed the globe and became the first person to walk the entire Great Wall of China. This week, crews from Chinese television embarked on a reverse journey. They brought their cameras to William Edgar Geil's childhood home and the 30-room estate where he once lived, flipped through thousands of his photographs, and filmed the cemetery where he is buried. Their six-part documentary will detail the nearly 3,000-year history of the wall.
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