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January 19, 1986
Now see what you have done! You've got me agreeing with an oil man. Theodore A. Burtis, chairman of the board of Sun Co., was right when he said (Letter to the Editor, Jan. 12) that The Inquirer was wrong to suggest a new levy on oil to get the country out of the red. We must cut out luxury items to balance the budget. I can see no greater luxury than spending a trillion dollars on military gadgets when we already have enough to destroy the world too many times. Hezekiah Nickelson Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 13, 2004
your doctor, dentist, pharmacist, phone company, cable company, you have to push six different numbers. First, you have to choose English, or Espanol. This is nonsensical. Then you have a long staccato burst of Spanish. Why does the second language have to be Spanish? Why not Italian, German, Polish, or Yiddish? You call Social Security, or the Senior Citizens Advocate Center for days on end, nobody answers. If they have so many callers, why don't they hire more reps? They usually tell you to call tomorrow.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 1999 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Nikita Mikhalkov's Burnt by the Sun (1994) was made four decades after the death of Joseph Stalin and five years after the end of the Cold War. The first Russian appraisal of the real dimensions of Stalin's tyranny may have been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait. Mikhalkov's profoundly moving work, which won the Oscar for best foreign film, is a piece that shuns both polemic and melodrama. The director took the lead as Sergei Kotov, a hero of the Bolshevik revolution who is to learn the painful lesson that past victories will not prevent him from becoming a victim of the new order.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 1987 | By GENE SEYMOUR, Daily News Staff Writer
"Come and See"(Idi I Smortri), a Russian war drama starring Alexei Kravchenko, Olga Mironova and Lubomiras Lauciavicus. Directed by Elem Klimov from a screenplay by Klimov and Ales Adamovich. Based on "The Story of Khatyn" by Adamovich Photographed by Alexei Rodionov. A Heritage Entertainment Film released through International Film Exchange Ltd. In Russian with English subtitles. Running time: 142 minutes. At the TLA Roxy. Very few war movies from any country - including our own - pummel our insides like "Come and See," the award-winning Soviet World War II epic by Elem Klimov, in which the grand, sprawling style of the classic battle epics is used to take in the full measure of wartime atrocities.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2009 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Feed me! That's what the bloodthirsty, other-worldly plant named Audrey II implores, then demands, in Little Shop of Horrors. Well, she got what she asked for. Two of the region's smaller professional stage companies - Theatre Horizon and 11th Hour Theatre Company - have banded together to produce the musical, and they've not only heartily fed the maniacal plant, they've re-seeded and carefully tended the show itself. Their gleefully sassy production puts a fine point on every caricature it draws and treats each song by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken like a show-stopper.
NEWS
January 18, 1988 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
For years, everyone in town has recognized the crying need for a middle- size theater suitable for the commercial booking of Off-Broadway hits. We have needed a house with enough seats for an impresario to turn a profit with an attractive show, but not so big as to be a burden. The return of the 400-seat Theater of Living Arts to the legitimate fold was exactly what we needed, especially with the installation of that good-time show, The Little Shop of Horrors. The conversion of TLA from film repertory to live theater by Electric Factory Concerts will go down as one of the major developments of the 1987-88 season - provided, of course, that it lasts out the season.
NEWS
June 18, 2008
Rosalind Lavin's four-acre Villanova estate was notorious on the Main Line even before Lavin lived there. It was the site of a triple murder. In July 1982, aviation pioneer Courtlandt Gross was shot to death during a robbery at the Arrowmink Road mansion, along with his wife, housekeeper and family dog. The Boston-born and Harvard-educated Gross, 77, was co-founder and chairman of Lockheed Corp. His wife, Alexandra, 68, was a great-granddaughter of banker Anthony J. Drexel, for whom Drexel University is named.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1998 | By Julia M. Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From the darkness and despair in the Jewish ghetto of Kovno, Lithuania, may have issued sparks of illumination: small but enduring spiritual victories amid defeat. Or perhaps this view, as literary critic Lawrence L. Langer suggests, is a romanticization - reflecting our need to transfigure a reality so ghastly it is unbearable to see. Still, the secret archivists of Kovno, who at great personal risk recorded the Nazi destruction of their community, must have felt some shred of hope.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE LATEST legal battle in the Tacony "House of Horrors" case was derailed yesterday, when a U.S. District Court judge threw out a civil suit filed by a victim's mother. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick dismissed a case filed by Victoria Weston against the city's Department of Human Services and other local government offices, on the grounds that she had waited too long to file it, letting the statute of limitations lapse. She should have sued in 2002, when her daughter, Beatrice, entered into the care of her sister Linda Ann Weston, the judge wrote in his opinion.
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August 12, 2015 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia is about to celebrate a very different Rocky. Forget the boxing ring and the Art Museum steps, and get ready to do the "Time Warp. " South Street's historic Theatre of Living Arts will host a bash Saturday to commemorate four decades of Richard O'Brien's wacky, racy cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show . The film, based on O'Brien's Rocky Horror stage musical, was released in the UK 40 years ago Friday. It premiered the following month in the United States.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A REAL MONSTER was hiding behind a door Tuesday morning, in the darkened hallway of a North Philly rowhouse. Police don't know who he is or why he was in the home next to an old, rundown church on Hutchinson Street, and unlike the tropes of a rated PG-13 horror movie, this stranger didn't just scare the little 5-year-old girl who walked past him in the dark and slip out like a ghost. The man took the little girl by the hand, out into a tiny, weed-choked backyard, where police said he beat her with his fists and boots until her little face was broken.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | BY STEVEN REA, Inquirer Staff Writer srea@phillynews.com, 215-854-5629
STUDENTS OF sound design and horror-movie scores should see - or hear - "Closer to God," which elicits more creepy scares than its transparent plot warrants, thanks to an unsettling audio mix and pulsing, percolating music from Thomas Nola. With shades of David Lynch's "Eraserhead" and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , writer and director Billy Senese's midnight indie follows a clinically cool scientist (Jeremy Childs) who has cloned the first human. The opening-credits birth sequence, with the fresh pink baby popping out as normal as can be, takes a nightmarish turn when a small, shiny receptor is planted in her forehead.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN "INSIDIOUS: Chapter 3," a high school senior tries to contact her deceased mother with the help of a psychic. Careful, says the medium, it's a dangerous business. "If you call out to one of the dead, all of them can hear you. " And, of course, when the girl is alone, what are the first words out of her mouth? "Are you there, mom?" Teenagers! An impossible challenge for parents but a bountiful natural resource for horror movies. It was only a matter of time before the "Insidious" franchise made use of one. Till now, the durable and profitable James Wan/Leigh Whannell horror-movie series has concerned itself with suburban homes and distraught parents, part of their ongoing homage to "Poltergeist.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, JENNY DeHUFF & REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writers lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
YAMEEN ALLWORLD, a Philly hip-hop producer and Questlove's emcee, settled into the fifth car of Amtrak's Train 188 on Tuesday night with a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach. It wasn't that he was unfamiliar with this particular Northeast Regional train. He took the same one every week for various gigs. This time, he was New York-bound to join Questlove at the Marquee Club in Chelsea. But a half-hour before he'd boarded, he said, a friend and "spiritual adviser" had warned: "Be careful.
NEWS
May 5, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paranormal Activity is far more than a low-budget, spine-tingling horror film to Dawn Keetley, associate professor of English at Lehigh University. For her, it's a window into "the problems of selfhood. " Why, for instance, does the 2007 flick feature a photograph of the protagonist, Katie, and her boyfriend when the person in the photo is not Katie, the professor asks on her blog. Keetley explains: "The fact that this photograph of Katie is not of Katie heightens the fact that the film in general erodes the very idea that we have a distinct, stable, persistent 'self.' " There's good reason Keetley has become known to some on campus in Bethlehem as the Professor of Horror.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is known as the day Haddon Heights lost its innocence. April 20, 1995. John McLaughlin, 37, an investigator from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, was fatally shot while trying to serve a search warrant at a borough home. Slain, too, was John Norcross, 24, a Haddon Heights police officer who was shot in the head as the suspect began firing onto a neighborhood street. On Monday, the 20th anniversary of the shooting, family members and more than 150 police officers and residents came together to remember the men's lives.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I STEPPED through a hole in the wooden fence surrounding the Mantua home and beheld the filthy wonder of the once-majestic property. The yard was shin-deep in trash. The second floor's bay window was gone, opening a huge hole to the elements. An extension cord ran from the house to an alley light, dangerously affixed there by God-knows-who. As I picked my way past another missing window, the spring breeze caught the stench of feces (Animal? Human? Does it matter?), jolting me to my senses.
NEWS
March 31, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a 20-year-old U.S. Army soldier in the all-black 183d Combat Engineers Battalion, Leon Bass arrived at the Nazis' Buchenwald extermination camp just one day after it had been liberated in April 1945. Bass saw the living skeletons of those who survived. The camp reeked of burned human flesh. The torture chambers were still covered in blood. After the war, Bass left the Army as a sergeant, returned to Philadelphia, and eventually became principal of Benjamin Franklin High School.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
JEAN McINTOSH, daughter of alleged Philadelphia dungeon-master Linda Weston, has pleaded guilty in federal court to myriad crimes ranging from racketeering to forced human labor to kidnapping resulting in death. She is one of five defendants charged in the criminal case of Weston, who allegedly lured vulnerable and mentally disabled victims to her home and kept them locked and starved in the basement while collecting their Social Security disability benefits. The guilty plea was made quietly in court Monday, with both McIntosh's defense attorney and the federal prosecutors in the case declining to comment.
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