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March 12, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the Philadelphia International Flower Show, what goes up must come down. And in a hurry. At 6 sharp Sunday evening, an announcement came over the loudspeaker at the Convention Center, marking the end of another Flower Show. But for exhibitors, the last lap was just beginning. Cars, vans, and trucks were lined up on Race Street, waiting until 6:30 p.m., when the mad dash to take down exhibits and retrieve plants began. What took eight days to set up has to be gone by 8 a.m. Wednesday without so much as a shred of mulch left behind.
NEWS
December 23, 1992 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As the sleepy-eyed mass of humanity began to ooze out of the Court at King of Prussia Monday night, one man was cutting his way against the flow. From store to store. Nearly sprinting. Almost breathless. It was five minutes before 11. Five minutes before closing. And Larry Miller had six more shops to hit. But there was a method to Miller's shopping madness. "It took some planning," said Miller, 50, a psychiatrist from Bala Cynwyd. "Then I just did it. " What he did was go from shop to shop, eyeing what he wanted, spending his time leisurely, considering what to buy. Then, with only minutes - fast becoming seconds - left, he went into high gear.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1994 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
Customer service. It's hardly a term small businesses use to describe the cumbersome, red- tape-filled federal government programs that provide loans and help to start- up companies. But Erskine Bowles, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said yesterday that the Clinton administration is changing that. Before a dozen small-business owners and local banking representatives at the Wharton Small Business Development Center, Bowles described what his agency is doing to streamline federal small-business loan programs.
NEWS
November 9, 2000
We interrupt our non-stop election broadcasts to bring you news with serious implications for all forms of life on the planet, including Nader voters. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office (NEO) in California has detected an object "as big as an office building" on a trajectory that may cause it to crash into the Earth with devastating results. It might be a meteor. It might be a leftover Apollo booster. It might be an office-building-sized Hefty bag filled with decades' worth of shredded campaign promises.
NEWS
February 7, 1994 | By Kevin C. Kaufman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
North Penn's Joedy Johnson hits spurts where he says, "No one can stop me. " And it was unfortunate for Bensalem that the Knights' 6-foot, 1-inch junior guard hit such a spurt late in the third quarter of their game Friday night. Johnson scored 11 straight points to break open a tight game and the Knights eventually won by 63-55. With the victory, the Knights' record climbed to 9-9 overall and 5-5 in the Suburban One League's Patriot Division. Bensalem dropped to 6-11, 5-6. Johnson, who totaled 20 points and eight rebounds, finished the third period in the zone, when he hit three consecutive baskets, including a three- pointer at the buzzer, to push the Knights' lead to 10, at 52-42.
NEWS
October 28, 2007
Greatest Generation My father served in World War I and my three brothers served in World War II, so when I, a retiree, decided to volunteer some of my spare time to a hospital, it seemed only logical that it should be the Veterans Administration Hospital. One cold and windy day last winter, I found myself waiting in the SEPTA shelter for the Number 42 bus, at 39th Street and Woodland Avenue, to take me home to Center City after my interview with the chief of voluntary service.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2007 | By BOB STRAUSS Los Angeles Daily News
The bad comedy season continues with "Good Luck Chuck. " This one wants to be a sex farce with heart, like "Knocked Up" or "Wedding Crashers. " Absent anything near those films' comic richness or humanlike behavior, "Chuck" mainly relies on a handful of dirty scenes for its entertainment value. But the sex is better with good comedies, too. There also are penguins. It's that desperate. The film's key problem? It's not funny. But almost as fatal, "Chuck" can't even exploit its simple central premise right.
SPORTS
August 7, 1998 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Rico Brogna was trying to make an out. Instead, he singled home the winning run. Oh, well, sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Brogna came to the plate in the top of the 11th inning yesterday at Qualcomm Stadium. Scott Rolen was on second base with nobody out. Trevor Hoffman, difficult enough to hit under the best of circumstances, was throwing his wicked pitches through distracting patterns of shadow and light. And, to top it all off, Brogna quickly found himself down 0-2. "I was basically just taking survival swings," Brogna said after the Phillies ended their seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the first-place Padres.
SPORTS
January 4, 1991 | By Mike Bruton, Inquirer Staff Writer
The St. Joseph's Hawks bombed Miami from the perimeter last night and came away with a 92-79 victory at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. A brilliant display of marksmanship by the Hawks in the first half - sprinkled with some solid defense - stunned the Hurricanes. Had it not been for a mad dash by Miami in the last eight minutes, the game would have been a laugher. After hitting 8 of 9 shots from three-point territory, St. Joseph's (2-7) took a 57-33 lead into the dressing room at halftime.
NEWS
February 24, 1993 | By Thomas J. Brady, with reports from Inquirer wire services
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN WHEN BRITISH GO FLAPHAPPY They were having a flippin' good time yesterday in Olney, England, where a 30-year-old phys-ed teacher flipped her flapjack first to win the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race. Lesley Byrne, who won the 415-yard pancake race between the marketplace and SS. Peter and Paul Church in 1988 and 1989, was met at the finish line by her 14-month-old son, Cameron. "It means I can retire now because you only win three times," Byrne said.
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NEWS
May 2, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
SOMEWHERE in Philadelphia, there's one deer breaking bad news to another. Hundreds of whitetails live all around us like ghosts, congregating in the city's parks and patches of woods, moving around silently via the trails and railways and slivers of undeveloped land. One young buck made a detour into Center City yesterday morning, though, starting somewhere around Point Breeze, according to one eyewitness. "I thought it was a large dog but it was moving way too fast and had a gait unlike any dog I've seen.
NEWS
March 12, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the Philadelphia International Flower Show, what goes up must come down. And in a hurry. At 6 sharp Sunday evening, an announcement came over the loudspeaker at the Convention Center, marking the end of another Flower Show. But for exhibitors, the last lap was just beginning. Cars, vans, and trucks were lined up on Race Street, waiting until 6:30 p.m., when the mad dash to take down exhibits and retrieve plants began. What took eight days to set up has to be gone by 8 a.m. Wednesday without so much as a shred of mulch left behind.
SPORTS
June 25, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
If you're bored at work one day and need a quick distraction, go back and review America's great accomplishments in the World Cup. Don't worry about your boss catching you and complaining that you're slacking off and wasting valuable company time. It won't take long. The (short) list begins with the U.S. side's improbable 1-0 win in 1950 over our former oppressors from England. Though it remains unclear how many people actually celebrated the victory when it happened, it surely was one of the highlights of the year for Americans across our fine land - right up there with the debut of the Peanuts comic strip and not getting turned into a fine powder by a Soviet atomic bomb.
SPORTS
March 30, 2009
REGGIE REDDING sat back in a chair with the relaxed smile of someone who almost died in his dreams. "Last night?" he said yesterday, repeating a question. "Incredible. Most fun I've had in a while. " They talk all the time about how sport mirrors life, but the highs and lows don't come in the narrow time increments of Villanova's run to a Final Four berth. Anyone remember they were down by 10 at the half to American? Anyone think when Villanova went up by four with 20 seconds left Saturday that Pitt would have it tied 14.5 seconds later, after Redding's ill-advised fullcourt inbounds pass became a turnover and was converted into the tying free throws?
SPORTS
October 7, 2008 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO For the Daily News
KABONGO BUKASA gripped his mother's hand tighter and pulled himself closer amid the smoke and lurid smell of death. He gazed around, not with the starry, wide-eyed curiosity of a child, but with the knowing squint of someone suddenly older, someone aware of all the wrong that can go on in the world. There in front of him were the streets - his streets - where he once played soccer, where he once ran with reckless abandon, enjoying all the wild wonderment that can come with being a child.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2008 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
A sugar rush of pop art, op art and pure pop for car people, Speed Racer offers a crazy, turbo-charged mix of cartoon kitsch, gamer action, and a wild new way to think of - and look at - movies. But like a kid who's had totally too much candy (and there's one in Speed Racer ), inevitably a crash is involved. Not just a wheel-spinning pileup on the track, but the kind of physical and mental collapse that comes from two-hours-plus exposure to kaleidoscopic digital imagery, zooming motorway mayhem, and dialogue that's all snap, crackle and cool.
NEWS
October 28, 2007
Greatest Generation My father served in World War I and my three brothers served in World War II, so when I, a retiree, decided to volunteer some of my spare time to a hospital, it seemed only logical that it should be the Veterans Administration Hospital. One cold and windy day last winter, I found myself waiting in the SEPTA shelter for the Number 42 bus, at 39th Street and Woodland Avenue, to take me home to Center City after my interview with the chief of voluntary service.
NEWS
October 9, 2007 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
For months, lobbyists for everyone from small-town Pennsylvania farmers to multibillion-dollar oil companies have swarmed the Capitol, jockeying for the best seat at the table to exert influence on Gov. Rendell's alternative energy legislation. Some are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbying to make sure they are heard. It is a stark reminder that the fight over the future of alternative energy is not just a legislative brawl between Republicans and Democrats.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2007 | By BOB STRAUSS Los Angeles Daily News
The bad comedy season continues with "Good Luck Chuck. " This one wants to be a sex farce with heart, like "Knocked Up" or "Wedding Crashers. " Absent anything near those films' comic richness or humanlike behavior, "Chuck" mainly relies on a handful of dirty scenes for its entertainment value. But the sex is better with good comedies, too. There also are penguins. It's that desperate. The film's key problem? It's not funny. But almost as fatal, "Chuck" can't even exploit its simple central premise right.
NEWS
December 8, 2004 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ventresca the Store for Men gleams in the middle of the main drag in Jenkintown, offering row after row of sharp neckties and rack upon rack of fine suits. But you'll rarely, if ever, see a man eating at a restaurant nearby while dressed in anything like that. It's as if the newly purchased suits and ties get up and head south toward Center City, leaving behind a more casually dressed clientele at the crop of restaurants along Old York and Easton Roads. With choices such as digging into a saucy Big Red pizza at Rizzo's or figuring out how to tackle a sandwich at Abner's Authentic Barbecue, locals have plenty from which to choose.
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