November 1, 2014 |
Louis Bloom, the character Jake Gyllenhaal so fiercely inhabits in writer-director Dan Gilroy's terrific, creepy satirical thriller Nightcrawler , is so thoroughly strange, such an alien misfit, and so sleazy, you're tempted to wash your hands upon first seeing him. An unemployed misfit trawling the streets of Los Angeles for work, for distraction, or for confrontation, Louis opens the film with a violent crime. Caught stealing wiring from a construction site, he beats up the security guard and steals his big shiny wristwatch.
September 19, 2014 |
TOM TOROK tells the story of how he once escaped bodily injury thanks to Carl Breitinger. It was 1978, and Tom, as a reporter for the Courier-Post, had participated in some articles exposing corruption in Gloucester Township, N.J., stirring the ire of Democratic officials. Along came Carl Breitinger, then a photographer for the Bulletin, arriving at Democratic Party headquarters in all innocence. But he wore a beard, as Tom Torok did, and irate officials thought it was Torok back for more dirt.
May 29, 2013
A WOODCUTTER who "lives alone in the land of legends" is the last "Piney" in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, "where moonshiners and pirates once hid among the ghosts and ghouls. " Daily News readers have grown accustomed to such informative and entertaining prose from reporter Jason Nark. It seems that the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has noticed him as well. Yesterday, the organization announced that Nark won five awards in its 2012 contest, including first place in profile writing for "The Last Piney.
April 22, 2013
Page 2 in the Local News section has a new look beginning today, as part of our ongoing effort to provide readers with more coverage of their towns and neighborhoods. Every Monday, the page will feature commentary from people in the community, as well as letters to the editor on local subjects of the day. From Tuesday through Friday, the page will be dedicated to state, county and local news and will include blogs curated from our new website, www.inquirer.com . Photos of the day from around the region will also be featured.
April 6, 2013 |
Gone are the days of just buttons and banners for politicians to reach their constituents. Welcome to the new political arena full of commercials, blog posts, and hundreds of tweets. Through social media, politicians are now able to constantly display their message through endless commercials, see direct responses to their actions via Facebook or Twitter, and connect with a single person at the push of a button. As State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) introduced legislation last year that would strengthen Pennsylvania's animal cruelty laws, his camp was overwhelmed with positive feedback from the animal-loving community.
March 21, 2013 |
THE WAR for the hearts, minds and eyeballs of the region's residents has flared up in the skies over the Delaware Valley. That's where a high-tech, multimillion-dollar battle is taking place as the market's four local television-news operations duke it out - via helicopter. This resurgence of the local chopper war, which first broke out a decade or so ago, was ignited last month when NBC 10 introduced SKYFORCE 10. The blue-and-orange, four-passenger, state-of-the-art Bell 206 L4 LongRanger helicopter boasts four high-def cameras: a rotating "gyro" unit mounted on the front, one on the tail and two in the cabin.
March 9, 2013 |
Television news chopper wars? NBC10 - whose local news broadcasts rank second at 6 p.m. and third at 11 - has added a helicopter to its news-gathering organization after breaking off a chopper-sharing relationship with CBS3 and Fox29. A TV chopper, sources say, can cost a station from $500,000 to $1.5 million a year. NBC10 says it's flying the chopper daily in the morning and afternoon, and the addition of the Bell 206L-4 LongRanger is part of Comcast Corp.'s investment in NBC-owned television stations around the country.