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April 20, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy committed the nation to landing a man on the moon by decade's end. In July 1969, it was mission accomplished. A half-century later, invoking Kennedy's challenge, scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced they, too, were shooting for the moon. They launched the Cancer Moonshots Program, with the aim of reducing cancer deaths within five to 10 years. "It's a very goal-oriented effort that seems to impact one thing - and that is cancer mortality," Dr. Ronald DePinho, president of MD Anderson, said Saturday at the annual meeting convened by the Philadelphia-based American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2015 | By Jacqueline Bigar, For The Inquirer
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) Friday night starts with an unanticipated snap, crackle, and pop. Saturday, the new moon points all its beams at you, making you appear the most desirable with charisma plus. A possessive game starts late Saturday . . . someone might want to "possess" you as you are the darling of the zodiac or maybe vice versa. Let the games begin. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (*****) You might not realize it but others count on you being around and available nearly all the time.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Azuka Theatre has given Philadelphia playwright Douglas Williams his first professional production with Moon Cave , and although Williams has an intriguing idea, the thin script feels stretched to its hour and a half playing time. The sound design (by Nick Kourtides) - composed of loud music and muffled, frantic whispers of "I'm sorry" - fills the long breaks between scenes, taking up almost as much time as the dialogue. Kevin Glaccum directs an excellent cast, but it can't provide narrative substance.
NEWS
January 20, 2015
MAYBE IT'S FITTING that when the sun sets on the day Tom Wolf is sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor, we get a new moon. That's tomorrow. Perhaps he'll howl. Astrologers say a new moon symbolizes new beginnings, a time to lay out intentions for things you'd like to create or develop. So, you know, pretty good timing for the Wolfman's start. And whether or not he believes celestial bodies influence human affairs, ya gotta think the new guv wants any help available, even astrological.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
Anne-Marie Mulgrew opened her spring season Friday at Christ Church Neighborhood House with Six Short Works for Dance and Film 1992-2013 , all choreographed by her. I've been watching the Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company for most of its 28 years, yet had never seen some of these pieces. In red tights, Barbara Tait bolted from the seat behind me onto the stage for a two-minute solo called "The Busker. " She jiggled, lunged, and splayed out beseeching hands, cute as a giggle.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
'The moon has a strange look tonight . . . she is like a mad woman who is seeking everywhere for lovers . . . the clouds . . . clothe her nakedness but she won't let them . . . she reels through the clouds like a drunken woman. " And that's only a scene-setting speech in Oscar Wilde's lurid telling of how Princess Salome used her sexual wiles, amid the night sky, to bring about the execution of John the Baptist - magnified to the nth degree by Richard Strauss' scandalous music. Often presented in concert versions (by the Vienna Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony this spring alone)
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
STEP RIGHT UP, ladies and gentlemen, and hear all about the life-changin', heart-racin', neighborhood-revitalizin' benefits of a new-fangled casino in Center City or South Philadelphia! OK, OK: The hucksterism didn't quite reach that level yesterday when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held suitability hearings for two of the five applicants angling for the city's second casino license. But the honchos behind the proposed casinos - Market8, at 8th and Market streets; and Casino Revolution, at Front Street and Pattison Avenue - each stated that theirs was truly the best location for a new casino, and destined to spur development in their respective neighborhoods.
NEWS
November 24, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University is racing to be the first college on the moon. Since 2011, a team of faculty, researchers, and students has been hatching "Lunar Lion," a robotic spacecraft that is four feet in diameter and weighs 500 pounds. The team hopes that by landing in December 2015 and completing a precise series of tasks, it will win an international competition known as the Google Lunar Xprize. "What we are doing was once the business of national governments, and now we, a university, are doing this," said Michael Paul, director of space systems initiatives at the university's Applied Research Lab. The project costs $60 million, and donors have provided more than one-third of that amount.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Kaufman is alive! Oh, give us a break! There's a lot of chatter suggesting that controversial Saturday Night Live comic and Taxi star Andy Kaufman , who died of cancer in 1984 at 35, faked his death and is living incognito. Things broke weird this week when Andy's brother Michael announced at the annual Andy Kaufman Awards in New York that he found an essay among Andy's things detailing how he'd fake his death and run away with the love of his life. According to the Huffington Post, Michael claims he got a letter from his brother in 1999 in which the comic admitted he ran away so he could live with his new wife - and their daughter - in obscurity.
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