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April 19, 1987 | By Jim Brady, Special to The Inquirer
The music booms off the mirrored walls of the body mill, but the club members strapped into the white plastic Powercise machines are oblivious to the beat. They are hearing voices. With their ears pressed back between speakers and their eyes transfixed on a rising and falling light bar on a video screen overhead, members of the Living Well Fitness Center in North Dallas work out under the undivided attention of a new age of "humanoid" fitness machines - machines that tease, cajole and scold them into shape.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Clanking, flashing coin-counting machines, pioneered locally by Vernon Hill 's old Commerce Bank when it worked to make money fun, have lately vanished from Commerce successor TD Bank and rival PNC Bank , the biggest lenders in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, respectively. Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's 2010 exposé confirming that machines like TD's Penny Arcade aren't always to-the-cent accurate didn't kill them off. But a spate of recent local newspaper and TV reviews from Boston to Pittsburgh - what passes for investigative journalism these days!
NEWS
December 13, 1990 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
A move to ban most cigarette machines in the township has been given tentative approval by the Uwchlan Township Board of Supervisors. "Kids have enough temptation today," said Board Chairman C. Ward Braceland at a meeting Monday. "We don't want minors smoking. We don't want adults smoking, really. " He said that machines accessible to minors, such as those in stores, would be outlawed, although the ordinance would permit machines to stay in bars. The proposed ordinance, suggested by the American Lung Association, would need to be reviewed by the township's solicitor and advertised before going into effect.
BUSINESS
July 25, 1996 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
Xerox copiers flash the message "please wait" as they warm up. It's not uncommon to see this today, but it's a major departure from the past. Consider such familiar messages as: Right Turn Only, Close cover before striking, No Parking and Keep off the Grass. Never a please anywhere. Nor a thank you. Just orders: Call our toll-free number, Clip and save, Drive carefully, Mail early for Christmas and Do not touch. Helpful, yes. Pleasant? Not. However, there is now a new etiquette in direction-giving.
NEWS
April 22, 1997 | by Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
ATM machines are starting to attract the attention of burglars. Thieves struck three Drug Emporiums in four hours late Sunday and early yesterday, absconding with two ATM's and abandoning a third after a burglar alarm went off. Police said this was a "new and unusual" crime and turned it over to the Major Crimes Division. 'It's too early to tell if they're connected but if I were a betting man, I'd bet they were connected," said one detective, who asked not to be identified.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
This weekend's antiquing activity features a grab bag of goods, ranging from objects from British royalty to teddy bears. At the Antique/Collectible Show & Sale at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, the royal objects are among myriad offerings that include furniture, vintage clothing, classic arcade and gumball machines, jukebox literature, nostalgia items, china and jewelry. The $2.50 admission is good for both days. Children under 12 are admitted at no charge.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1991 | by Jenice Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
Beginning late next year, some Philadelphians will be able to cash their paychecks at selected MAC machines - even if they have no funds at all in their accounts. It's all part of a new wrinkle for automatic teller machines that CoreStates Financial has been testing at its Newtown branch in Bucks County. The new MAC Icon Services machines work like this: Customers register their payroll checks at the bank for a certain amount. Then, when they receive their checks, they can take them to the MAC machine and withdraw either a portion or the entire amount to the exact penny.
NEWS
February 22, 2007 | By John Timpane
David Brooks is justly prominent as a thinker and writer who has contributed new thought and new language - "red state/blue state" - to our public discourse. In a recent column, reprinted here, Brooks performs a breathtaking feat: He warms up with Rousseau, sprints madly down the aisles of history, vaults through the burning hoop of genetics, and does a cannonball into the (for him, inevitably tragic and dark) pool of human nature. It's a great column. I'm glad he wrote it. I wish more columnists walked in such precincts.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
This was going to be a rant. Then I thought about it, which was a mistake. As any experienced ranter can tell you, thinking about it has the unfortunate tendency of turning a good, clean rant into a muddy quagmire of fine points, conditional sentences, and digressions as delicately balanced as a Swiss watch. Such was the case last month when California legalized self-driving cars in the Golden State. Cali joins Nevada in allowing Google and other manufacturers to test "autonomous" cars on its roads.
NEWS
June 28, 1987 | By Christine Hausman, Special to The Inquirer
The scene is common to most courtroom dramas: The defense attorney asks the witness a question. The prosecutor objects, accusing the attorney of leading the witness. Both attorneys engage in a heated argument over the merits of the question. The judge overrules the objection, and instructs the witness to answer the question. By then, the witness has forgotten what the question was, and so has the attorney. The judge asks the court stenographer to read back the question. In the courtroom of the future, such legal battles will continue to be commonplace, but are likely to have a different ending.
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NEWS
September 17, 2016
Too bad it took hacks of election systems in Arizona and Illinois to draw needed attention to security problems that computer scientists have been red-flagging for 15 years. The warnings started with the computer voting response to the 2000 election between former President George W. Bush and Al Gore, in which the presidency literally hung on Florida's paper ballots. In their haste to switch to electronic machines, jurisdictions ignored the academics. Undeterred, computer scientists have been hacking machines to expose weaknesses.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2016 | By Casey Gilman, Staff Writer
Imagine a world where the milk you drink doesn't come from cows, but yeast. The fuel in your car isn't pumped from beneath the earth's crust, but is renewably produced by microbes. And your house was built from bricks cured with bacteria rather than heat. These are the kinds of innovative solutions to environmental and industrial problems that are being tested. Some are already on the market, fueling the biotechnology boom. "It's one of the fastest-growing industries in America," said Orkan Telhan, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of DUI cases from the first half of 2016 may be adversely affected because Breathalyzer machines used by Philadelphia police were improperly calibrated. The department was notified Wednesday by a private attorney that the police were using calibrations that had legally expired, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said in a statement Thursday evening. "As a result of this discovery, all instruments were immediately removed from service," properly calibrated, and returned to service the same day, Stanford said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2016 | Tirdad Derakhshani
There's still plenty of anger out there over the 2008 financial crisis and plenty of suspicion that banks and corporations operate above the law. Add this sentiment to our continuing fascination with all things tech, and you get Mr. Robot , USA Network's critically lauded cyber-conspiracy thriller about a lone wolf who rises up against the rich and powerful. The show took home the best drama series award at this year's Golden Globes. Rami Malek ( The Pacific )
BUSINESS
May 22, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Clanking, flashing coin-counting machines, pioneered locally by Vernon Hill 's old Commerce Bank when it worked to make money fun, have lately vanished from Commerce successor TD Bank and rival PNC Bank , the biggest lenders in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, respectively. Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's 2010 exposé confirming that machines like TD's Penny Arcade aren't always to-the-cent accurate didn't kill them off. But a spate of recent local newspaper and TV reviews from Boston to Pittsburgh - what passes for investigative journalism these days!
NEWS
May 8, 2016
Three family members face charges after detectives seized five illegal gambling machines and more than $37,000 in cash from two businesses in Chester County, officials announced Friday. Jaime Sandoval, 48; his son Hugo Sandoval, 22; and niece Elizabeth Sandoval, 30, were arrested on April 18 and each face 220 charges of gambling offenses. Detectives received a tip that illegal gambling machines were operating at the Taqueria Guadalajara Express restaurant in Kennett Square and El Nayarit Mexican Store 2, a grocery store in Oxford, according to the county District Attorney's Office.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2016 | By Chad Terhune, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
The Food and Drug Administration has dropped a recall of about 2,800 scope-cleaning machines in use at hospitals and clinics nationwide despite a finding by a top agency scientist last year that the action was "necessary to protect public health. " The FDA had ordered the equipment off the market in November because it said that Custom Ultrasonics of Ivyland, Bucks County, had repeatedly violated federal safety laws and that those lapses could raise the risk of infection for patients.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Two years ago, I reviewed Roundabout Theatre Company's stylish production of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal on Broadway. I wondered then, given the play's dated gender politics and dated expressionist theatricality, why bother to revive it after 86 years. EgoPo Theatre Company has provided the answer: Its stunning production, just opened under Brenna Geffers' superb direction, makes the play both relevant and riveting. Machinal premiered in 1928, the same year that Ruth Snyder was electrocuted at Sing Sing prison for murdering her husband.
NEWS
April 22, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If any company loves a good theme, it's EgoPo Classic Theater . Since its start, artistic director Lane Savadove has built seasons around Jewish theater classics, expressionism, cruelty, and Henrik Ibsen. The 2015-16 season focuses on provocative stagings of plays by female American masters. First came Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour , then Clare Booth Luce's The Women . Now comes Sophie Treadwell's 1928 expressionist play, Machinal, which opens Friday at the Latvian Society with Philly favorite Mary Tuomanen in the lead.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
What if buying life-giving literature were just as easy as buying a bag of Herr's Original Crisp 'N Tasty potato chips or Goldenberg's Peanut Chews? There's a vending machine for that. Nic Esposito is the founder of Fishtown craft book publisher the Head & the Hand Press. Among his many duties, he is mixing his passions for literature and food - with a vending machine that dispenses tasty, nourishing books of locally themed fiction and poetry. Esposito sees an abiding connection between writing and growing food.
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