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January 4, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward V. Lis, 96, of Gulph Mills, an artist who learned to paint as a prisoner of war in World War II, died on Thursday, Dec. 29, at home. Mr. Lis painted portraits of many prominent people, including Cardinal John Krol and several presidents of the Union League of Philadelphia. The Navy commissioned a painting of the aircraft carrier Saratoga from him. As a landscape artist, he worked in oils and watercolors, painting scenes in Maine and Colorado, as well as in Cape May, the Poconos, and Conshohocken, where one critic admired how he captured the "sun glow" on the facades of rowhouses.
TRAVEL
December 25, 2011 | By Luaine Lee, McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE
BUDAPEST, Hungary - There's an easier way to see Europe than being crammed into tour buses or crowded hostels. A river cruise is one of the most relaxing and picturesque ways to view the wonders of the Continent up close. While many cruise operators prowl the waterways, one of the most comprehensive is Viking River Cruises, which boasts 19 ships (six more next year) and explores most of the navigable rivers in Europe, plus parts of Asia and Africa. Of these, the eight-day Danube cruise embarks in the historic city of Budapest and weaves its way slowly down the green margins of the Danube, through flamboyant Vienna; fairy-tale towns such as Germany's Regensburg; the lush vineyards of Austria; and, finally, Hitler's favorite city, Nuremberg.
NEWS
December 17, 2011 | By Chris Melchiorre, FOR THE INQUIRER
There were times during the 2010-11 girls' basketball postseason when you felt as if you were looking into a crystal ball. There was the South Jersey Group 4 title game, when identical-twin freshmen Kelly and Kylie Giedemann willed Washington Township to an out-of-nowhere sectional title after a below-.500 regular season. There was the look of awe on Khahliq Lewis-El's face after Rancocas Valley's 6-foot-2 freshman center, Lauren Moses, burned his Trenton Catholic team for 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocks in the Tournament of Champions.
SPORTS
December 14, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Projected 2012 powers Timber Creek and Camden Catholic will be in the same division in a realigned West Jersey Football League, The Inquirer has learned. The Chargers, who went 12-0 last season and won the South Jersey Group 3 title, and the Irish, who went 10-1 and reached the Non-Public 2 state final, will be members of the Constitution Division along with Moorestown, Cherry Hill West, Paul VI, and Seneca. The realignment for the 2012 and 2013 seasons eliminates the Independence and Capitol Divisions and creates 10, six-team divisions and one, five-team division.
NEWS
November 21, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rihanna goes on Ellen DeGeneres ' show Monday. Poor Ri! "I'm not necessarily happy being single," she tells the world. "It's not really that cool. " So she's not with baseball deity Matt Kemp , or Irish boxer Dudley O'Shaughnessy , or Drake . Or, boo-hoo, us. It ain't fair. . . . Jay-Z , to become a parent with Beyoncé in February, says he's "a little paranoid" about it. His dad walked out when Jay-Z was just a kid, and that, he says, makes him want to do better.
NEWS
November 13, 2011 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
Though he started out as the youngest member of the first British Conceptual Art group in the 1960s, London-based artist John Stezaker quickly gravitated back to picture-making, first appropriating media images and, later, film-derived ones in his collages. He is perhaps best known for his series "Marriage," collage portraits in which he cuts and overlaps two Hollywood publicity shots of two film stars to create one familiar but also strangely distorted face (his closest American counterpart would be Cindy Sherman)
NEWS
November 11, 2011 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you wonder what drives Pat Sutton, come on in. Clues are everywhere inside her 19th-century farmhouse in Goshen, Cape May County, a tiny dot of a place between Delaware Bay and the ocean. The shower curtain is imprinted with butterflies. Owls decorate throws on the sofa. Piles of plant and bird books cover the coffee table. Had you gone around to the backyard, you'd have no need for clues. The key to understanding Sutton is staring you in the face: It's her wildlife garden.
NEWS
October 30, 2011 | By Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
DALLAS - Pockets of brown, sickly trees mar the traditionally majestic pine woods in East Texas. Leafless oaks can be seen across the state. Even native drought-resistant cedars are dying off in some areas after proliferating during the last century. These are the effects of a historic dry spell that is forecast to grip Texas well into 2012 and could alter the state's landscape for years. Already, extreme heat and the lack of rain have taken a brutal toll on forests and city parks.
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gene Atwell had his reasons for replacing his turf grass with wildflowers. As an American Airlines pilot who's away from home a lot, he figured a meadow might need less maintenance than a lawn. It also has a smaller carbon footprint, which appeals to a guy who flies to Europe and South America for a living. "And wildflowers are just really, really beautiful," he says. But Atwell's neighbors in Doylestown Crossing, an upscale development with traditional landscaping, complained to Doylestown Township.
NEWS
October 21, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael C. O'Sullivan, 83, a landscape company owner and father of 10, died Sunday, Oct. 16, of heart failure at home. Mr. O'Sullivan was born on a farm in County Kerry, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1946 and worked for a dairy in Philadelphia. During the Korean War, he served in the Army for two years in North Carolina and Georgia and then remained in the Army Reserve for several years. After his active military service, he was a trolley driver for Philadelphia Transportation Corp.
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