June 25, 1999 |
With steep drops and breath-gasping speeds that can make the squeamish lose their lunch, roller coasters have become favorite amusement park attractions for those with a sense of adventure. Ride: Medusa Where: Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J. Created: April 2, 1999 Cycle time: Three minutes, 15 seconds Track length: Approximately 3,985 feet Top speed: 61 mph Highest drop: 132 feet Highlight: The world's first floorless supercoaster Ride: Steel Force Where: Dorney Park, Allentown, Pa. Created: 1997 Cycle time: Approximately three minutes Track length: 5,600 feet (over 1 mile)
October 21, 1987 |
Have you seen the latest Halloween masks? Do you really want to spend $50 to look like Ronald Reagan or a reject from a Clive Barker casting session? Masks used to mean something more. They served important ceremonial functions in their cultures - not just a shortcut costume for a neighbor's holiday party. Christos Kondeatis, an illustrator and paper engineer, has come up with an inexpensive way to get yourself a whole bunch of classic masks. They're all included in his beautiful new book, "Masks: Ten Amazing Masks to Assemble and Wear" (Atlantic Monthly Press, $14.95)
August 19, 2010
5G for suspect's capture A reward of $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the capture of escaped murder suspect Omar Roane. Roane, 22, who has the letters "YHM" tattooed on his neck, two teardrop tattoos on his left cheek, and an "RIP Rob" tattoo on his right hand, escaped from a police van on Saturday at Frankford and Cottman avenues in Northeast Philadelphia. Tipsters can contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-865-TIPS. 87-year-old man shot dead An 87-year-old man was shot and killed yesterday in the city's Cedarbrook section.
September 16, 2005 |
Few of us have the two or three weeks to volunteer at the Red Cross, but those of us without sufficient vacation time who want to help can still donate to hurricane-relief funds. Or better yet, we can party and donate to hurricane-relief funds. "$crew Katrina" isn't as angry as it sounds. The fund-raiser is tonight at Silk City with Steve, Kenny Meez, Trishylisicous, and Rasaan; the $5 admission charge will be donated to relief efforts. On Saturday at Shampoo, the 96.5 FM weekly party, "Hot Wired," will contribute its $10 cover to the efforts.
October 6, 2000 |
The Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition, among the largest philatelic gatherings on the East Coast, opens its 60th annual show today at the Fort Washington Expo Center. Besides the usual exhibits of stamps, covers, cancellations and seminars, the three-day show will be the site of meetings for the Russian, Baltic States, Brazilian and Spanish philatelic societies. The Pennsylvania Postal History Society also will hold its annual meeting at the show. Seventy dealers will have booths at the show.
October 28, 2012
German composer Hans Werner Henze, 86, whose prolific and wide-ranging work included a wealth of operas and 10 symphonies, died Saturday, his publisher said. Mr. Henze died in the eastern German city of Dresden, long-standing publisher Schott Music said in a statement, calling him "one of the most important and influential composers of our time. " It didn't disclose the cause of death. Mr. Henze's work over the decades straddled musical genres. He composed stage works, symphonies, concertos, chamber works and a requiem, and once said that "many things wander from the concert hall to the stage and vice versa.
January 2, 2004 |
We all made resolutions this week, and whether we will stick with these promises throughout the year is yet to be seen. Depending on what promises you have made to yourself, here are a couple of happenings that may keep you on track. Immerse yourself in the arts. Saga Moor and Soul-One fashioned "In Black and White" last year, and the two have returned with fellow artists Stacey and Hannan Saleh in tow for "With Much Character. " The mixed-media exhibition at the Union 237 Gallery in Old City will open tonight with a backdrop of musical stylings by Phillee Blunt and Mr. Cisum.
January 13, 2006 |
You know who Sean Paul is but are clueless about Gregory Isaacs. Luckily for you, you don't know have to be versed in roots, rock, reggae to gain entrance to the "Reggae District" on Thursdays at Emerald City. In fact, you might be the type of person the promoters want. We are seeking the "borderline reggae fan," said single-monikered Kerwin of Caribbeanbeatz.com, which is hosting the weekly event that began last week. And those fans are "the 19- to 25-year-olds looking at MTV who have seen a couple of the commercial videos and can name one song they really like.
May 27, 2005 |
It's a scene from almost any inner-city street corner. A tight group of young men yelling and arguing, waving small bills in the air, and struggling to command the attention of the crowd. Sounds like your standard dice game in the hood, until one cat steps into the middle and begins to "spit off the dome. " That's slang for rhyming off the top of your head, freestyling. It isn't easy, and most rappers you hear on the radio today wouldn't stand a chance against some of the lyricists on Freestyle - The Art of Rhyme.
November 24, 1998
Should you be able to choose the time and setting of your death? And when you die, should someone else put it on television? Especially when it's "sweeps" month? These questions arose on Sunday when the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes ran a videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian assisting at the death of Thomas Youk of Waterford, Mich. Mr. Youk had Lou Gehrig's disease: When he called on Dr. K, Mr. Youk was little more than an appalled consciousness trapped in a crippled body. Mr. Youk and his family deserve the deepest sympathy.