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January 29, 1995 | By Sonya Senkowsky, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A competition begun by a former Glassboro State College professor to promote creativity among students of all ages is recognized in this month's issue of Family Circle magazine as one of 20 programs that "make America great. " Odyssey of the Mind was formed by Glassboro resident Samuel Micklus in 1978 as a competition for students from 28 New Jersey high schools and middle schools, and it quickly grew. Since then, it has become internationally known. By 1992, more than 10,000 schools participated, using versions of the contest to encourage creativity among their own students.
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June 9, 1988 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Cheered by 50 of their friends and parents, the Wallingford-Swarthmore Odyssey of the Mind teams did their best at last Thursday's world final competitions. Unfortunately, some of the other 604 teams competing at the University of Maryland's College Park campus did even better. Mary Beth Ford, the district's team director, said, "The boys' team from Wallingford Elementary came in 16th in the straddle structure division, the girls' team from the school came in 18th in the classics division, and the Gift of Flight team from the Nether Providence Middle School came in seventh.
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August 11, 1988 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
Before Playboy robbed male adolescents of their innocence, a boy's best friend was likely to be a dog-eared copy of National Geographic stashed under a stack of newspapers in the garage. The schoolmarmish Geographic was the one magazine in the public library that gave young Jack Armstrongs any hint of what had driven their fathers and uncles to matrimony. Before Hugh Hefner, the stodgy, unassuming Geographic was the only magazine that could sneak photographs of bare-breasted women past the postal inspectors.
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June 15, 2007 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The rivers flow with milk, the farms yield fruit and vegetables of boulder size, and the trees, yes, well, money grows on those trees. For the simple Sicilian immigrants of Emanuele Crialese's gorgeous, whimsically surreal The Golden Door, America of the early 20th century was not just the land of opportunity - it was like some enchanted Oz, beckoning, glowing gold. A wide-screen epic that turns the historic journeys of millions of Ellis Island immigrants into a poignant and intimate odyssey, The Golden Door is a richly rewarding, wildly imaginative gem. Crialese, an Italian filmmaker who trained at New York University, follows the daunting expedition of a Sicilian widower, Salvatore Mancuso (Vincenzo Amato)
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November 24, 1993 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Let's see . . . when last heard from, the hypocritical, gay-bashing attorney Roy Cohn had been hauled off to the hospital with AIDS, although he continued to insist he had liver cancer. Prior Walter, the sweet young man who once was lover to the vacillating clerk Louis Ironson, had been visited by an angel who proclaimed him a prophet. Louis had taken up with Cohn's protege Joe Pitt, a mixed-up Mormon lawyer who had left his wife, Harper, wandering among her Antarctic visions. And Joe's mother, Hannah, had sold her house in Salt Lake City and come to New York to join her son in his hour of need.
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April 19, 2001 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
About 200 teams - including five from Montgomery County - will compete Saturday at the state Odyssey of the Mind competition in Altoona. In this contest, it's not enough to solve a problem. The student teams must present an eight-minute performance demonstrating their solutions. The problems range from building vehicles with assigned tasks to creating sound-effects devices. "Kids just love it. . . . They want to strut their stuff and show off what they have learned over months' time," said Kathy Young, Southeast Pennsylvania regional director for Odyssey of the Mind.
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February 29, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
The 10-year-old drivers from Yardley had been doing great: The self-powered car they had built from old bicycle tires, a cordless drill, and other odds and ends had worked like a dream in front of Odyssey of the Mind judges Saturday at Pennsbury High School. Great, that is, until the chain fell off its gears. Mid-competition. On the gym floor. And everyone from driver Thomas Cherian to Pac-Man World genie Alex Kirk and Candylandia Marshmallow Brayden Naskiewicz had to swarm the contraption like a NASCAR pit crew at Daytona.
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April 4, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
The whiz kids from the Julia R. Masterman School are setting up a legacy in the state finals for Odyssey of the Mind, a competition that challenges students to use creativity to solve problems. Most of the students - five seventh graders and one each from the fifth and sixth grades - who helped win the school's third straight title Saturday are younger siblings of students who won the previous titles, coach Brett Mandel said. The finals, held in Moon Township, just west of Pittsburgh, included preplanned skits and a spontaneous exercise.
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August 15, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
For an isolated Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, political consultant Joshua Morrow may have been the ultimate frenemy. In a rapid-fire exchange of texts just before 10 p.m. one day in early 2014, Morrow told the embattled Kane: "It's time for your friends to fight back. " "I agree," Kane replied. "I wish they would. " "Happy to lead the charge," Morrow said. That would be the same Josh Morrow who delivered devastating testimony against Kane last week as a prosecution witness at her criminal trial, saying she had been deeply involved in a plot to leak confidential grand jury documents and later conspired with him to pin the crime on a former aide.
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May 23, 2016 | By Jake Blumgart
Eliot Klein has been working on his album, Dreams In Cryogenic Fugue , for five years. It's an odyssey of science fiction, hip hop, and experimental electronica. It's a lot of fun and compulsively listenable, which is perhaps not something you would expect from reading the previous sentence. Klein is a veteran of the noise scene indigenous to the Philly-New Jersey-New York belt. He first recorded music and instrumental for Dreams In Cryogenic Fugue in 2010, while on tour with Richie Morsberger of the group Drums Like Machine Guns.
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April 4, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
The whiz kids from the Julia R. Masterman School are setting up a legacy in the state finals for Odyssey of the Mind, a competition that challenges students to use creativity to solve problems. Most of the students - five seventh graders and one each from the fifth and sixth grades - who helped win the school's third straight title Saturday are younger siblings of students who won the previous titles, coach Brett Mandel said. The finals, held in Moon Township, just west of Pittsburgh, included preplanned skits and a spontaneous exercise.
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February 29, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
The 10-year-old drivers from Yardley had been doing great: The self-powered car they had built from old bicycle tires, a cordless drill, and other odds and ends had worked like a dream in front of Odyssey of the Mind judges Saturday at Pennsbury High School. Great, that is, until the chain fell off its gears. Mid-competition. On the gym floor. And everyone from driver Thomas Cherian to Pac-Man World genie Alex Kirk and Candylandia Marshmallow Brayden Naskiewicz had to swarm the contraption like a NASCAR pit crew at Daytona.
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April 21, 2015 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Haddonfield Memorial High School Odyssey of the Mind team, getting to the world finals involved blood, sweat, and tears: a little blood from an X-Acto knife injury, the sweat of long hours of practice, and tears of joy when the team took first place at the New Jersey state championships. Haddonfield, along with two teams from Collingswood Recreation, advanced to the world finals April 11. The three teams will be among 800 from around the globe competing at Michigan State University May 20 to 23. Trying to explain the competition can be nearly as difficult as preparing for it, said Tracey Ricci, coach of the Haddonfield team.
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April 14, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
So many cities. So many miles. So many lives to save. SAM (Sharing America's Marrow), a collaboration of two sisters and a friend, is on a nationwide mission to sign up bone-marrow donors. It is a journey both personal and profound. Five years ago, Sam Kimura, now 22, of Louisville, Ky., was diagnosed with a rare blood disease, aplastic anemia. She needed a bone-marrow transplant for a cure but couldn't find a match, not even with her sister and best friend, Alex Kimura, 24. Alex described the day she learned she couldn't help Sam as "the worst day of my life.
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April 13, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brainy Philadelphia-area students won 13 of 30 finalist awards Saturday at the state Odyssey of the Mind championships in Berwick. The winners go to the world finals next month at Michigan State University. The competition, founded by design scholars at what's now Rowan University in 1970s, has spread across the Americas, Europe, and east and central Asia. It drew 150 teams from across Pennsylvania. A team of mostly eighth graders from Masterman Middle School in Philadelphia won for the second year in a row, said civic activist Brett Mandel, who coached the group with Chris Powers, a teacher at Powel School in West Philadelphia.
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April 3, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Can a TV drama drive you to despair? NBC's exciting, highly addictive War on Terror conspiracy thriller American Odyssey tells a tale so gripping, terrifying, and utterly bleak, it may well become the first to pull off that feat. And that's a good thing. Premiering at 10 p.m. Sunday on NBC10, the series is about a cadre of highly placed executives in the military-industrial complex who are so well-funded and well-organized, so efficient, deadly, and ruthless and so utterly dedicated to their murky, shadowy goal, they seem impossible to defeat.
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March 24, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sixth and seventh graders from Collingswood spent months building a vehicle that would move on its own during their eight minutes in the spotlight. The seven children had just one problem with their "dream machine" at Saturday's Odyssey of the Mind tournament in Haddonfield - its gear slipped off the track. Their car would not move. But the children had prepared for such a scenario. "Pit crew!" shouted one costumed team member. Another boy lifted a flap on the cardboard car covered in tinfoil.
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January 28, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
He is known by one family as Sid and by another as Ansel Catems, a feline play on the name of an acclaimed photographer known for his black-and-white landscape shots. No matter which name the 7-year-old cat with the black-and-white coat is called, he displays the same playful personality, showing no signs of the no-doubt confusing adventure he has been on for more than two years. It began during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, when Sid ran away from his home in Blackwood. Jeana Hoffman, who had raised Sid since he was two weeks old, began to fear the worst when she could not find him. That fear turned to dread when more than two years passed with no sign of him. Then, the unbelievable happened.
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