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August 8, 1989 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / CHARLES FOX
Hold your bets. One of the acts this year at the New Jersey State Fair is the Monkey Derby, in which monkeys ride miniature horses around a small track six or so times. Bob Steele of Leesburg, Fla., who put the act together, says it took him about six months to train the monkeys to ride and the horses to run. The horses are trained to run to a Spike Jones song. When it stops, they do.
NEWS
July 10, 1987 | By Jim Detjen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Until Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth first came to the plains and woodlands of East Africa in 1977, most scientists thought only humans had the ability to communicate through language. But in a pioneering series of experiments during the last decade, Cheney and Seyfarth, a husband-and-wife team at the University of Pennsylvania, have found that a small black-faced monkey sounds specific alarm cries when a leopard, eagle or python approaches. When they play a tape recording of the leopard alarm call - a combination of barks and snores - the monkeys run to the nearest tree.
NEWS
November 30, 2000 | By Huntly Collins, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Government scientists have protected monkeys from infection with the deadly Ebola virus, raising hopes that a vaccine to protect people may be possible as well. The findings, being announced today by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, represent a major step forward in efforts to combat one of the most feared viruses of modern times. Although it is rare and found largely in central Africa, Ebola is fatal in 50 percent to 90 percent of cases. People typically experience severe pain, high fevers and massive internal bleeding, and die within one to three weeks.
NEWS
January 20, 2012 | By Robert M. Sapolsky
With Michele Bachmann out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, we are left with an array of the usual suspects in American politics - namely, a bunch of men who seem to spend much of their lives bragging about how tough they are. Until Thursday, we had Rick Perry waxing macho about the number of executions he had overseen in Texas. We have Rick Santorum threatening to bomb Iran. There's Newt Gingrich proclaiming that the race is going to boil down to being between "Newt and not Newt.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
For time-traveler Cole, his mission to prevent the viral plague that will wipe out nearly all of mankind two years from now is complicated. In 2043, the temporal technology (which looks a lot like the device in Stargate ) isn't really fine-tuned yet. They can calibrate the machine to slingshot Cole back to Philadelphia in 2015 (in fact, the desired target), but he might pop up years or even decades earlier - and halfway around the world. They keep trying to work out the bugs because the stakes are pretty high.
LIVING
December 13, 1995 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Not many film students land Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis for their first feature project. Lucky for Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, they have a persuasive casting agent. When director Terry Gilliam was in Philadelphia in late '94 preparing 12 Monkeys, he fancied that a documentary on the making of his stylish, if confounding, time-travel thriller might be fun. It would be a useful diary of the process and, perhaps, a promotional tool. So he auditioned local filmmakers to see if any shared his warp of mind.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1995 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
That rumble you heard Saturday was the cast and crew of Twelve Monkeys barreling down I-95 for Maryland. On Friday night, after seven weeks of filming in Philadelphia, the Terry Gilliam futurist adventure starring Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe folded up its tent and decamped the next day for Baltimore, where the project will wrap late next month. Since preproduction began on the $30 million film in October, Twelve Monkeys has pumped an estimated $12 million into the area economy and employed about 900 locals, those close to the production say. It has also provided citizens with numerous rare-animal sightings.
NEWS
January 4, 1996 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
When director Terry Gilliam arrived in Philadelphia with his video camera to scout locations for "12 Monkeys," he didn't worry about being stopped on the street. He isn't exactly a Hollywood celebrity. Gilliam's movies have never been blockbusters, and his last picture, "The Fisher King," was released four years ago. Only devout fans of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" would recognize Gilliam, who drew cartoons for the BBC program and made a few cameo appearances. Which is why he freaked out when he walked into the atrium of the former Wanamaker's department store and the giant pipe organ began to blast the theme music for "Monty Python.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1989 | By Carol Horner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bouncing babies to stunning stars. Fluffy fleeces to fabulous fireworks. Melodious music to munchy muffins. Name something cute, zany, entertaining, intriguing, delicious, unusual or just plain fun, and you have a good chance of finding it at the New Jersey State Fair. You'll find the fair, for the fifth straight year, at the Garden State Park racetrack in Cherry Hill, starting today and running through Aug. 13. "The great family following we've developed . . . will have more fun than ever because there are even more things to do," said George Hamid Jr., president of the fair.
LIVING
January 4, 1996 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Something about the dark, wide-set eyes, the alabaster skin and the coffee-colored hair that streams like a shawl around her shoulders makes Madeleine Stowe suggest a Picasso demoiselle come to life. There's something ancient about the actress' face, also something very modern. "It's a compelling face, a timeless face, a face you'd travel across time to see," says director Terry Gilliam. So it figures that Gilliam cast Stowe in 12 Monkeys, his time-traveling thriller/romance curiosity co-starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2016
12 MONKEYS 9 p.m. Monday, Syfy Season 2 premiere of the time-travel drama inspired by the 1995 movie. CONTAINMENT 9 p.m. Tuesday, CW57 Families and friends are separated as Atlanta is placed under quarantine in an attempt to contain a deadly virus in a new limited series adapted from a Belgian drama. OUTSIDERS 9 p.m Tuesday, WGN America Season 1 finale of the drama that stars Philly's David Morse as the would-be leader of an outlaw clan fighting to stay on the mountain it's occupied for generations.
SPORTS
March 17, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
VILLANOVA had just won its quarterfinal game against Georgetown last Friday in the Big East tournament. And maybe the third question coach Jay Wright was asked in the interview room was whether his team was going to get past the first week of the NCAA Tournament for a change. It was maybe the same third question that had come up at his first preseason press conference. And the one he has fielded the most since his top-seeded Wildcats lost their second NCAA game to North Carolina State last March.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2016 | By Carol Ann Davidson, TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
'There he is," said Juan Jose, pointing to the young sloth on a tree near the entrance to Nayara Springs. Not wanting to see a sloth is akin to not wanting to go zip-lining in Costa Rica. I had declined the vertiginous sport, but am thrilled to gaze upon that little guy hanging on to that tree for dear life. Juan Jose is one of the most enthusiastic staff members any hotel could have - a true naturalist at heart. As a matter of fact, heart has everything to do with this ultimate romantic boutique hotel, tucked away near the town of La Fortuna, steeped in the rain forest, and within sight of the one of the world's most active volcanos, Arenal.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By Patricia Madej, Staff Writer
About 11 o'clock Saturday morning, three lions showed up among the apples, grapes, and lettuces arranged in the packed aisles of Iovine Bros. Produce in Reading Terminal Market. To the beat of drums so loud that the floorboards vibrated, the yellow and red lions ducked and wove, stopping customers over at DiNic's Roast Pork in mid-bite. One man held a sugar cone from Bassetts Ice Cream in one hand and a phone in the other, snapping pictures as the traditional lion dancers snaked their way around the market.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A ROBBER who made off with $18,500 from an Upper Darby check-cashing agency late last month only put on his "monkey style mask" about halfway through the crime, giving the victim ample opportunity to study the robber's face and provide a description to a sketch-composite artist, police said. On top of failing to properly mask himself throughout the duration of the crime, the bumbling suspect also managed to lock himself inside of the check-cashing business and required his victim's help to get out, according to police.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SERVING UP BANANAS laced with marijuana to rhesus monkeys on an island in the Caribbean - all in a day's work for Jon Greene. Well, not exactly, but Jon was the cameraman recording the effect of this unusual repast on the unsuspecting primates as part of a study. Jon, who spent most of his life behind a camera, mostly with Philadelphia's Channel 10, had been hired for this project by a researcher from the Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital in Raleigh, N.C. It involved lugging heavy cameras onto the island off Puerto Rico, tramping through the jungle, dodging an irate ape that threatened to attack, and setting up the cameras to record the pot-eating monkeys' reactions compared with a control group that got a regular monkey diet.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pop quiz! Settle down! 1. The name of the Seattle-based band Recess Monkey is an example of what kind of groan-inducing joke? 2. The band's moniker refers to a simian that is native to what region of the world? 3. How much fun are they? (Answers at this item's end.) A power trio of elementary-school teachers (one is lead singer and guitarist Drew Holloway, who grew up in Wayne and graduated from Upper Merion), Recess Monkey purveys a pure pop that appeals to all ages in an interactive and funny show.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
DISNEY'S "Monkey Kingdom" had me wondering if documentary filmmakers have finally run out of cute animals. The subject of this movie is a Sri Lankan creature called a macaque, which is the noise you make when you have bronchitis and cough up a phlegm ball. The macaque embodies that sound. Picture a blond chimp with eczema and a bad toupee and you have the macaque, a species that has also built for itself a rather oppressive social order. "Monkey Kingdom" follows the story of Maya, a female who's a "low born" macaque, and thus excluded from access to the best food, even to interested suitors - when a handsome young bloke expresses interest, he's chased off by the alpha male, who then proceeds to ignore Maya (men!
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
For time-traveler Cole, his mission to prevent the viral plague that will wipe out nearly all of mankind two years from now is complicated. In 2043, the temporal technology (which looks a lot like the device in Stargate ) isn't really fine-tuned yet. They can calibrate the machine to slingshot Cole back to Philadelphia in 2015 (in fact, the desired target), but he might pop up years or even decades earlier - and halfway around the world. They keep trying to work out the bugs because the stakes are pretty high.
NEWS
March 24, 2013
Remember when wine became popular enough to be "the new beer"? And then it flipped when craft beer became "the new wine"? It was inevitable the two would collide someday into one crazy fermented creature, and now we have it, an all-out "Bine" Revolution with everyone from Sonoma (Russian River) to Portland, Maine, (Allagash) aging beer in wine barrels. Victory is the latest to go grape guns on their brews, with the recent limited release of White Monkey, their popular Golden Monkey tripel aged three months in used chardonnay casks from Wente Vineyards.
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