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May 12, 2005 | Rotan Lee
THE FIRST of anything deserves special note. Good or bad, tour de force or total failure, the maiden voyage, first pitch, first love - every first time - sets history in motion, the sheeting and shoring of all tomorrows. So, understandably, my first column in the Daily News merits my pause and reflection, reaching deep down to find my voice and take advantage of this print microphone to say what matters, to capture the essence, to write for righteous change. My friend, Costa Rican artist Jose Sebourne, creates with paints what I do with words and phrases, only far better.
NEWS
October 4, 1998 | By Donald D. Groff, FOR THE INQUIRER
Laura Wallace of Newtown Square recently was alarmed to read in a national newsmagazine that the Disney Cruise Line's second ship, the Disney Wonder, would be launched next June. She was alarmed because she and her family are holding reservations to start a cruise aboard that ship on April 25. When she called Disney to find out what was going on, she said, she was told there were no changes as far as the sales office knew. But the company could not tell her exactly when the ship was expected to start sailing, and offered to switch her to the Disney Magic, the young cruise line's other ship.
NEWS
February 7, 2009 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The gamblers, the honeymooners, the prizefighter, the vacationers and the casino entertainers riding the inaugural Atlantic City Express Service train between the Big Apple and the Queen of Resorts probably won't ever form a crowd of Friday "regulars. " But that's OK with executives from Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which have invested more than $19.8 million in the joint venture to link New York City's Penn Station with Atlantic City by rail for the first time in decades.
NEWS
August 26, 1992 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / JIM BERRY
The police bike patrol gets rolling. Four of the five officers assigned to the first Center City bicycle squad made their maiden voyage down Chestnut Street yesterday. At a news conference, Police Commissioner Richard Neal called the pilot program "community policing demonstrated at its best. "
BUSINESS
May 16, 1991 | Inquirer photographs by Michael Mally
The Carnival Cruise Lines ship Ecstasy, on its maiden voyage from Finland to Miami, called at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in Philadelphia yesterday so that travel agents could gawk at its seven-story, glass-domed atrium and its nightclubs and shops. The Ecstasy even has a casino. The superliner can carry 2,594 people.
NEWS
March 19, 2011 | By DAVID FOSTER, fosterd@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
The Coast Guard's Barque Eagle, a tall ship built by the Germans in 1936 and taken by the United States after World War II, kicked off its 75th anniversary tour at Penn's Landing yesterday. The ship - originally known as the Horst Wessel - first set sail as United States property on May 20, 1946, when it left from Bremerhaven, Germany. Shockingly, even though the crew was formed with 10 U.S. and 10 German sailors only months after the war ended, tensions were subtle, said Emil Babish, a sailor who was on the maiden voyage.
NEWS
April 24, 1998 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
Sometimes sticking with the same ol' same ol' gets old. No one recognizes that more than good musicians, who constantly seek new ways - through style, approach or band configuration - to express themselves. On their recent releases, singer Nnenna Freelon and guitarist John Scofield serve up something a little different than their usual fare. Meanwhile, the TanaReid band continues to make its mark as one of the more progressive aggregations in music, one where being different is a constant.
NEWS
January 16, 1993 | By Kevin McKinney, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A few hours after East Brandywine Township's spanking new police cruiser hit the road on its maiden voyage, it was listed as out of commission. It was disabled by a skunk. Police Chief Arthur Brown said East Brandywine Patrolman Larry Pence was parked early yesterday morning near the entrance to the Marsh Creek Farms housing development, monitoring traffic, when the skunk struck - spraying the front of the car. "Maybe the skunk mistook it for another skunk," Brown said of the blue and white Chevrolet Caprice.
NEWS
August 6, 2003 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
State police said yesterday that charges of underage operation of a personal watercraft "will likely" be brought against the parents of a 14-year-old South Philadelphia boy killed Monday when he was struck by a watercraft driven by his 15-year-old sister. "Both parents will likely be charged with allowing their underage daughter to operate the Jet Ski," New Jersey State Trooper David Woodland said. "The sister may also get charged with underage driving. " Police say that the two watercraft involved in the accident were operated by people younger than the minimum state age of 16. John Lord, of the 200 block of Mifflin Street, died instantly when his spinal cord was severed after the watercraft on which he was a passenger was struck on its right side, according to an autopsy performed at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point.
NEWS
June 1, 1989 | By Jonathan Berr, Special to The Inquirer
It helps to be an optimist if you want to race hot-air balloons. Of the six races planned for the second annual Pennsylvania Fair Balloon Festival at the Pennsylvania Fair, four had to be canceled because of high winds. "We had a big thing with the weather. (However,) it worked out fine," said Bob Hicks, the balloonmeister, or balloon pilot in charge of the race, adding that balloon pilots prefer to fly in winds of less than 10 knots (11 1/ 2 mph). Despite the balloonists' not getting to fly as much as they would have liked, many said they were not disappointed.
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TRAVEL
March 11, 2013 | By Tracy L. Brown, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
BARCELONA, Spain - Frank Del Rio won't use the L word to describe his cruise ship the Riviera - or its almost identical two-year-old sister, the Marina. He prefers the term upper premium over luxury to describe the experience of a transatlantic voyage on one of Oceania Cruises' newest 1,250-guest vessels. "We underpromise and overdeliver," said Del Rio, chairman and chief executive officerof Oceania parent company Prestige Holdings. The Miami-based Oceania Cruises, which caters mostly to active baby boomers, prides itself on providing a luxury experience, even if they won't call it that.
SPORTS
November 19, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
LANDOVER, Md. - There are different levels of bad, as the Eagles are learning now on a weekly basis. They look different, and they smell different, and they come with different sets of consequences. And this is the fear: That things are getting so bad, the team is not going to be able to get a good reading on rookie quarterback Nick Foles by the end of this lost season. The Eagles are a certified disaster - 3-7, losers of six in a row, certified - and there is no turning back, not now. The injury-wracked offensive line has made offense difficult - and at least there is an explanation for that.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Few symbols of power and national confidence are as concrete as the skyscraper — or the ocean liner. Now all but forgotten, grand ships such as the SS United States epitomized the spirit of the American Century. "It was a time," says Philadelphia author Steven Ujifusa, "when Americans thought big ... and ‘made in the USA' really meant something. " Ujifusa, 33, is the author of A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States (Simon & Schuster, $29.99)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2012 | By CHUCK DARROW and Daily News Staff Writer
This is getting to be routine. About four years ago, Chris Squire of the veteran progressive-rock band Yes called to explain why and how Benoit David had replaced original lead singer Jon Anderson in the then-40-year-old outfit. Recently, Squire, the group's charter bassist, was back on the blower, this time talking about David's replacement, Jon Davison, who over the next five days, will be introduced to local fans as Yes performs Friday at Tropicana Atlantic City and Wednesday at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem.
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | which is working on a revitalization of the SS United States in conjunction with Ch Joe Henwood ?is executive director of Binnacle Reinvestment Group
One hundred years ago this weekend, the world was stunned by the loss of more than 1,500 passengers and crew who went down with the RMS Titanic. Among the victims from the Philadelphia area were businessman George Widener, owner of the Ritz Carlton, and his son Harry. The Wideners had close personal and business connections with the family of William Francis Gibbs. Such a tragic loss hitting so close to home may have inspired Gibbs, then a 25-year-old naval architect, to begin designing his ultimate super-ship, which would launch 40 years later.
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press
LONDON - A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago set sail from England on Sunday to retrace the ship's voyage, including a visit to the location where it sank. The Titanic Memorial Cruise, carrying the same number of passengers - not including crew - as the Titanic did, cast off from Southampton, where the doomed vessel left on its maiden voyage. The 12-night cruise will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner.
NEWS
December 19, 2011 | BY DAN GERINGER, geringd@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
THE SMELL of burning rubber was overwhelming in the ancient Silverliner II railcars as SEPTA's crowded Paoli/Thorndale local left Suburban Station during a recent evening rush hour. The ventilation system wasn't ventilating. The seats, which had been beaten into pancakes since their 1960s debut, slanted visibly toward the floor, encouraging riders' butts to surrender to the laws of gravity and slide off. By the time the Regional Rail train reached Overbrook, several riders had asked the conductor about the smell.
NEWS
October 10, 2011 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Friday evening got off to a comically inauspicious start when Herbie Hancock, after warmly welcoming the audience to the Kimmel Center and flattering Philadelphia on its love of culture and rhythm, broke his microphone stand. Grasping it, he joked, "If I was a rock star, I'd throw this out into the audience. " The stand stayed firmly on the stage, but while he may not be a rock star, Hancock, now 71, certainly looked the part by the end of the night, striding on stage for an encore playing his funky Headhunters hit "Chameleon" on his Roland AX-Synth keytar.
NEWS
March 19, 2011 | By DAVID FOSTER, fosterd@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
The Coast Guard's Barque Eagle, a tall ship built by the Germans in 1936 and taken by the United States after World War II, kicked off its 75th anniversary tour at Penn's Landing yesterday. The ship - originally known as the Horst Wessel - first set sail as United States property on May 20, 1946, when it left from Bremerhaven, Germany. Shockingly, even though the crew was formed with 10 U.S. and 10 German sailors only months after the war ended, tensions were subtle, said Emil Babish, a sailor who was on the maiden voyage.
NEWS
July 1, 2010 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
She was built in 1952 as a giant luxury passenger liner, bigger than the Titanic. She was fast, the fastest liner to cross the Atlantic, a record she holds even now. She was considered not just exquisite transportation but potential weaponry, designed to be quickly converted to a troop carrier. Thursday night, the storied-but-suffering SS United States will be lit during a ceremony at her berth on the Delaware River. It's a special event her supporters hope is a signal of brighter days ahead.
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