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April 25, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When historians celebrating the next Penn Relays milestone for longevity start compiling highlights of the previous 100-plus years, the anchor leg run Saturday by Usain Bolt at Franklin Field will be at or near the top of the list. Bolt, the world's fastest man, thrilled the chanting and cheering crowd of 54,310 that packed every corner of the ancient stadium with a magnificent performance that carried the Jamaica Gold team to victory in the "USA vs. the World" 4x100-meter relay. "Well, the crowd always has been wonderful," Bolt said after his first race at Penn since 2005.
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June 14, 1996 | By Ty Tagami, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
What's eight months old, 100 feet tall and conducts a heck of a lot of electricity? The almost-new police communications tower, as police discovered when a bolt of lightning hit the tower during Wednesday's deluge. The direct hit knocked out phone lines, disrupting emergency services and causing chaos at headquarters. No 911 calls could get through to the station, Lt. Gordon Simes said. But it took only four minutes for officers to switch to a backup system that routed calls to police dispatchers in nearby Lower Gwynedd, he said.
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May 16, 2000 | By Robert Sanchez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A lone excavating-machine operator plowed his way through wooden debris and brick at the Penn Brooke Gardens apartment complex yesterday, remnants of Saturday's lightning strike and the subsequent fire that destroyed one building, damaged the roof of a second, and left 17 people homeless. Property managers at the complex in the 100 block of Church Road took pictures of smashed wood and charred roofing material as residents sat on porches overlooking yellow police tape and plastic orange fencing.
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July 4, 2005
To honor Franklin, remove bridge statue As Philadelphia prepares to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, can't the city do something to get rid of that piece of junk on the Philly end of the Ben Franklin Bridge? I mean the lightning-bolt "sculpture. " I guess it's supposed to be a tribute to Franklin, but no one would know it. It does nothing to honor the inventor-revolutionary-statesman, and, worse, it makes the city look bad. In case you're not sure, Lightning Bolt is that 101-foot-tall, skinny, crooked piece of metal out there.
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August 14, 1997 | By Mary Beth Warner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A two-alarm fire believed to have been caused by a lightning bolt during last night's violent thunderstorm burned through two units at the Waterford Apartments on Park Boulevard and Kings Highway. Firefighters from Haddonfield and Maple Shade assisted the Cherry Hill Fire Department in battling the blaze at Building 47 at 100 Park Boulevard. It was reported at 8:38 p.m. and was declared under control by 9:20 p.m. The fire started in a second-floor apartment and spread through vents and the ceiling, said Cherry Hill Fire Chief Gerald F. Grover.
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August 29, 1986
I found Stephan Salisbury's article regarding the Franklin Institute's "Sale of the stacks" to be thorough and well balanced. However, it came too late and may have been better placed closer to the obituary page. The trustees of the Franklin Institute no doubt have a very different outlook from their paneled room. I believe those persons we trust to steer this pillar of our community have failed us. They found an easy avenue and took it, quick cash from the "promotion of the mechanic arts.
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October 27, 1987 | By Edgar Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clearly, Ben Franklin was having a ball. There he sat at a table in what can only be described as a speakeasy, watching a couple of flappers dance the Charleston while a third whispered sweet somethings into his ear. When the music stopped (the number was "I Want to Be Loved by You"), Ben Franklin, eyes a-twinkle, thumped the stage with his cane and cried, "More!" Never satisfied. Things haven't changed a bit with Old Ben. This was Friday at the Mummers Museum, Second Street and Washington Avenue, where the company of a revue called Philadelphia Melody was going through a touch-up rehearsal for today's opening performance.
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October 24, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When Pearl Jam performed "Wishlist," a song from 1998's Yield , during its three-hour sold-out show at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, Eddie Vedder added some lyrics not in the original. "My only wish is to wish for nothing," the leader of the enduring Seattle band sang. "Who could ask for more than that?" Then, before pushing off to "Sirens" from the sturdy new mortality-contemplating Lightning Bolt , Vedder, 48, elaborated on his Zen grunge idea. He told of being a 15-year-old "idiot" who used to grind up cheap speed pills known as "Black Beauties" on his first Fender Stratocaster.
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January 12, 2007 | By Andy Borowitz
Just days after the Rev. Pat Robertson claimed on the Jan. 2 edition of The 700 Club program that God warned him of "mass killings" in the United States late in 2007, God held a rare news conference to deny having spoken to the controversial televangelist. For the usually publicity-shy King of the Universe, the news conference held at the Chicago Airport Marriott signaled a sharp break with tradition. But appearing before the press in His trademark flowing robes and white beard, and carrying what appeared to be a lightning bolt, God said He decided to convene the extraordinary press briefing because "I had to set the record straight about this.
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December 20, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The New England Patriots placed starting cornerback Otis Smith on injured reserve and released defensive tackle Steve Martin yesterday. Both players are former Eagles who also used to play for the New York Jets, the Patriots' opponent Sunday night. Smith, 37, sustained a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of New England's 24-7 loss at Tennessee on Monday night. He started 13 of the team's 14 games and had two interceptions. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one. With Smith out for the season, his spot could be taken by Terrell Buckley, the primary backup at cornerback.
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October 24, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When Pearl Jam performed "Wishlist," a song from 1998's Yield , during its three-hour sold-out show at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, Eddie Vedder added some lyrics not in the original. "My only wish is to wish for nothing," the leader of the enduring Seattle band sang. "Who could ask for more than that?" Then, before pushing off to "Sirens" from the sturdy new mortality-contemplating Lightning Bolt , Vedder, 48, elaborated on his Zen grunge idea. He told of being a 15-year-old "idiot" who used to grind up cheap speed pills known as "Black Beauties" on his first Fender Stratocaster.
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October 8, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER 'NSYNC -ER Joey Fatone hit Atlantic City this weekend to check out the Boardwalk Rodeo for his show "My Family Recipe Rocks," on the Live Well Network. Thankfully, bucking broncos aren't on the menu. Instead, Fatone wanted to highlight Jersey in ways that it isn't known for, like judging the DO AC Smokin' Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship. "There are other things besides boardwalks and casinos," Fatone said. The crazy part of his off-the-boardwalk-path exploration of N.J.?
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February 14, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was an instant you-remember-where-you-were-when-you-heard-the-news moment for this generation of Phillies fans. Cliff Lee was coming back, a lightning bolt out of a seemingly empty sky. Brad Lidge found out in a text from centerfielder Shane Victorino. As word spread, his phone began to ring. "All my friends started calling and saying, 'You're not going to lose a game all year,' " the closer said yesterday at Bright House Field on the eve of the most eagerly anticipated first official workout for pitchers and catchers in franchise history.
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April 25, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When historians celebrating the next Penn Relays milestone for longevity start compiling highlights of the previous 100-plus years, the anchor leg run Saturday by Usain Bolt at Franklin Field will be at or near the top of the list. Bolt, the world's fastest man, thrilled the chanting and cheering crowd of 54,310 that packed every corner of the ancient stadium with a magnificent performance that carried the Jamaica Gold team to victory in the "USA vs. the World" 4x100-meter relay. "Well, the crowd always has been wonderful," Bolt said after his first race at Penn since 2005.
NEWS
June 10, 2009 | By Anthony R. Wood and Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Violent thunderstorms with strobelike lightning and drenching rains touched off numerous fires yesterday, bedeviled commuters, and might have contributed to the deaths of two men. Two kayakers drowned during an afternoon outing on the Brandywine Creek, which had been swollen by downpours during a spectacular round of thunderstorms during the morning. Almost 2,000 lightning strikes were detected in the immediate Philadelphia area between 6 and 9 a.m., said Lee Robertson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
SPORTS
January 5, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS - This is the National Football League playoffs, not the Olympic boxing tournament. When you evaluate a defense, you don't just count the body shots and award points based upon quantity. In this brutal business, in January most of all, it is the quality of the punches that matter. You cannot win if you cannot land a couple of big ones. That is what Asante Samuel does. It was a brutal game - very tough physically. The Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings pounded each other with blunt instruments for more than 3 hours.
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July 24, 2008 | By Allison Steele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lightning strike seriously injured a 3-year-old boy and his 21-year-old babysitter at a Bucks County swim club yesterday afternoon. Three hours later, a bolt struck a Delaware County police officer. Bridget Gallagher was watching the child at the Brookside Swim & Tennis Club in Lower Makefield Township when a severe thunderstorm blew through shortly after 3 p.m. Gallagher, of Lower Makefield, was carrying the boy toward one of the club's buildings to take shelter, police said, when a lightning bolt struck a nearby tree and transferred to them.
NEWS
July 31, 2007 | By Dave Boyer
A flawed study of 400 college students claims that men are just as chatty as women. The average woman utters 16,215 words per day; the average man manages to grunt 15,669 words daily. Researchers said the difference is not statistically significant. The findings seem to disprove the common wisdom that women are more talkative than men. But I see two problems with this study. First, the subjects weren't married. Also, the research was not conducted in the controlled environment of my den during baseball season.
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January 12, 2007 | By Andy Borowitz
Just days after the Rev. Pat Robertson claimed on the Jan. 2 edition of The 700 Club program that God warned him of "mass killings" in the United States late in 2007, God held a rare news conference to deny having spoken to the controversial televangelist. For the usually publicity-shy King of the Universe, the news conference held at the Chicago Airport Marriott signaled a sharp break with tradition. But appearing before the press in His trademark flowing robes and white beard, and carrying what appeared to be a lightning bolt, God said He decided to convene the extraordinary press briefing because "I had to set the record straight about this.
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August 28, 2006 | By Joel Bewley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lightning struck a large maple tree in Lower Merion early yesterday, hurling chunks of wood toward houses the way a grenade spreads shrapnel. Several vehicles and at least three houses on Wynnewood Road were damaged. At one house, a large piece of the tree shot through a wall like a missile. Another chunk of wood crashed into a neighboring house, narrowly missing a child's bedroom window. "The tree pretty much exploded," said Narberth Fire Company Chief Bill Henderson, who lives a couple of streets away.
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