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October 6, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Wade Redden and Scott Gomez each scored second-period goals and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, yesterday to sweep their two-game, season-opening weekend series in Prague, Czech Republic. In another regular-season game, Dany Heatley scored two goals and Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists as the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, to split their weekend series in Stockholm, Sweden.
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January 23, 1990 | Daily News Wire Services
Rock musician Frank Zappa yesterday met a fellow maverick, new Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel. Zappa, who has a cult following in Czechoslovakia, was welcomed to Prague Sunday by hundreds of fans at Ruzyne airport. "Never in my 25 years in rock 'n 'roll have I experienced anything like this, and I don't have the slightest idea of why this is happening," Zappa told journalists on arrival. Asked by Czechoslovak television what he thought of communism after the dramatic democratic changes that have occurred in much of Eastern Europe, Zappa replied with acid brevity - "The same.
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August 23, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The state-run media said yesterday that visiting foreigners had stirred up thousands of protesters who turned out to mark the 21st anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Authorities said 50 foreigners - including members of Hungary's liberal youth movement FIDESZ and Poland's Solidarity movement - were among the 370 people arrested during the protests Monday. Extra police remained on patrol yesterday in Prague's central Wenceslas Square. A folk group and brass band played on the spot where Monday's protests erupted.
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November 24, 1989 | By Dan Stets, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a quarter of a million protesters turned out in Wenceslaus Square yesterday in the largest demonstration yet against Czechoslovakia's hard-line communist regime. The mass demonstrations, which continued yesterday for a seventh consecutive day, are expected to last at least until Monday, when opposition leaders are calling for a two-hour nationwide strike to underscore their demands. Opposition forces are pressing for free elections and the immediate resignation of Communist Party general secretary Milos Jakes and several other party leaders who came to power after Soviet tanks led a 1968 invasion that crushed a reform movement.
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August 20, 1990 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
In the communist world, they used to be vilified as a capitalist money- making machine. But now, the Rolling Stones are as much in fashion as democracy and profit in the Eastern bloc. During the weekend, the Stones attracted a crowd of 110,100 who braved a summer downpour in Prague to hear the band belt out "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and other rock classics. "What's a little acid rain between friends," quipped lead singer Mick Jagger. Shortly before the performance, the Stones were received by Czech President Vaclav Havel at Hradcany castle.
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May 4, 1987 | By Daniel Webster, Inquirer Music Critic
In its 200-year life, Mozart's Don Giovanni has been staged as high comedy, epic drama, social catharsis and musical enigma. It is all of those, and it yields its complete nature to no single production, to no single generation or nation. Its depths and ambiguities are the challenge to singers, instrumentalists and directors that Hamlet's are to actors and directors. And the effect of each new production is never quite that which lives in the minds of its audiences. Such is great theater.
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November 18, 1990
One year ago yesterday Czechoslovakia's "velvet revolution" started in Prague when students demonstrating for change were brutally beaten by the police. Within days the same officials who had welcomed the 1968 Soviet invasion were forced out. By the year's end, human-rights champion Vaclav Havel and fellow dissidents were in power. President Bush celebrated the occasion with President Havel in Prague yesterday, and it is fitting that Americans pay tribute to the bravery that restored Czechoslovakia's democratic traditions.
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April 10, 1987 | By Steve Goldstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pastels of an early spring sunset shimmered on the Vltava River as a small crowd of young people gathered on Karluv Bridge. Dressed in well-worn denim and leather, some with their faces painted in bright streaks of color, they sang exuberantly as a man strummed a guitar while perched in the lap of one of the bridge's famous statues. Near Wenceslas Square, stylishly dressed shoppers hurried home, their bags laden with goods from well-stocked shops. Strangers on Na Prikope Boulevard acknowledged one another with smiles, while others stopped into a fast-food restaurant.
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September 21, 2000 | By Tony Wesolowsky
Protesters from East and West share the same antipathy for globalization, and Prague will serve as an international stage on which to air their grievances against the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, when they meet there next week. Activists plan to deploy what are becoming common weapons in the demo arsenal - from street theater and puppet shows to a counter-summit - in a bid to recapture that esprit de corps of Seattle. At 21, Alice Dvorska has clashed with skinheads at May Day rallies in the Czech capital and crusaded against nuclear power for years now. But what she's seeing, at a special action camp at a sheep farm outside Prague, is unlike anything she's witnessed before.
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August 5, 1993 | By Marc Ballon, FOR THE INQUIRER
As a young girl playing lacrosse at Radnor High, Leslie Why dreamed of testing her skills against the best talent in the world. The dream probably didn't include working for no pay and eating spaghetti-and-ketchup dinners. "At this point, I consider Coke a meal," she said. Still, she wouldn't trade places with anyone. This week, Why will travel to the 1993 World Cup Women's Lacrosse Championship - the crown jewel of the sport - held tomorrow through Aug. 14 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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October 15, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
For George Horner at age 19, music was an escape from the pain that surrounded him and his family in the Czechoslovakian concentration camp where they were imprisoned. Horner's passion for music endured through several near-misses with death, the loss of his family, and through the end of World War II. Later this month Horner, now 90, a retired physician and a resident of Newtown Square, will commemorate the lives lost in the Holocaust by performing on piano at Boston Symphony Hall alongside legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Oct. 22 performance was arranged by Mark Ludwig, the head of the Terezin Music Foundation, a Boston nonprofit group that honors the legacy of composers who died in the Holocaust.
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June 4, 2013 | By Matthias Schrader, Associated Press
PASSAU, Germany - Swollen rivers gushed into the old section of Passau in southeast Germany on Monday, as water rose in the city to levels not seen in more than five centuries. The city was one of the worst hit by flooding that has spread across a large area of central Europe following heavy rainfall in recent days. At least eight people were reported to have died and nine were missing due to floods in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. "The situation is extremely dramatic," Herbert Zillinger, a spokesman for Passau's crisis center, told the Associated Press.
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April 30, 2013 | By Karel Janicek and Adam Pemble, Associated Press
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A powerful blast believed to be a gas explosion ripped open an office building in the center of Prague on Monday, injuring at least 35 people and sending shock waves through the Old Town tourist district. The blast shattered windows in the scenic area of charming streets and postcard-pretty buildings, sending glass flying. Authorities closed a wide area around the site, and some tourists were stranded on street corners with baggage-loaded trolleys, unable to get into their hotels.
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January 18, 2013 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
FOR JAKE VORACEK, the one benefit of the NHL's 119-day lockout was a chance to play in his native Czech Republic. "It was something I hadn't done since I was 18 or 19 years old," Voracek said. "It isn't every day that you have a chance to play at home, and play in the best league [KHL] in the world at the time, since there was no NHL. " There were a few downsides, though. One of them was living at home. "I lived with my mom, downstairs at their house," Voracek said with a smile.
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December 11, 2012
Karel Vas, 96, a prosecutor who came to symbolize unlawful trials during the post-1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, has died. Czech public television reported that Mr. Vas died Saturday in a home for retirees in Prague where he had lived. Details were not available. During World War II, he moved to the Soviet Union where he began to collaborate with dictator Josef Stalin's much-feared secret police. Historians say Mr. Vas one of the state prosecutors who played a key role in show trials that used fabricated evidence to hand out death sentences to opponents of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
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November 23, 2012 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there More than a year had passed since Dan lost Linda, his wife of 27 years, to ovarian cancer. He was spending a 2004 Saturday with a group of her friends and told them he was planning to join a singles group - the Valley Forge Walkers - the next day at the park. One couple said they knew a wonderful woman, Diana, who was a Walker, and suggested he introduce himself. Diana wasn't there the first week, but Dan found her the next time. They walked and talked together for an hour.
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May 10, 2012 | Joelle Farrell
Prague Winter A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 By Madeleine Albright Harper. 488 pp. $29.99   Reviewed by Joelle Farrell When German soldiers occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, a Czech diplomat and his wife scooped up their toddler daughter and fled to England. The child, who would one day become the United States' first female secretary of state, was forever changed by the failed diplomacy of "appeasement" that led her home country to become one of Adolf Hitler's first victims.
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March 24, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
For once, James Conlon seemed like a conductor without a cause. No Holocaust composers or underappreciated Zemlinsky masterworks were on his Philadelphia Orchestra program Thursday, just Mozart and Dvorak that had connections with the great city of Prague. Still, the charismatic Conlon revealed himself as an incurable egghead. The real theme of the program was the key of D minor - the one Mozart saved for dread of the supernatural, whether the sea god Poseidon or Don Giovanni's murder victim returning from the dead.
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March 15, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
WASHINGTON - Surveying the terrain of the Kennedy Center's Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna festival, one sees concert after concert that could prompt music lovers to board buses, trains, and planes to get here. Last week, the National Symphony Orchestra played Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle with the distinguished cast of Michelle DeYoung and Matthias Goerne. This week is the 1805 version of Beethoven's Fidelio , titled Leonora , with Melanie Diener. Dvorak's Stabat Mater occupies the Prague week with performances next Thursday and March 24 with Anne Schwanewilms, Natalie Stutzmann, Steve Davislim, and Robert Holl.
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February 16, 2012 | By Alina Wolfe Murray, Associated Press
BUCHAREST, Romania - More than 650 people have died during a record-breaking cold snap in Eastern Europe, authorities said Wednesday, as officials in the Czech Republic blamed two huge car crashes on blinding snow. Since the end of January, the region has been pummeled by the deep freeze, which has brought the heaviest blizzards in recent memory. Tens of thousands have been trapped in often-freezing homes and villages by walls of snow and unpassable roads, and officials have struggled to reach the vulnerable with emergency food airlifts.
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