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June 16, 1994 | DAILY NEWS RESEARCH
The new ships, dubbed FastShips, would be designed to reach speeds of up to 45 knots, and would cut the time for crossing the Atlantic, now two to four weeks, down to five to seven days. The proposed 770-foot, $150 million boats will use a new aerodynamically designed hull that causes the ship to rise in the water as speed increases, rather than drive deeper (causing greater resistance) as conventional ships do. The ships would use jet engines adapted for maritime use.
NEWS
January 24, 2016
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video have all of the previous seasons of The X-Files . If you're going to watch only one, go with the Season 4 episode "Home," a truly terrifying entry about a group of deformed killers who live in rural Pennsylvania.
LIVING
October 10, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: We had two pieces of trim replaced on either side of our front door because of rot at the bottom of one. (The other was changed so they would match). One new piece has an eight-inch section that exudes sap (I'm guessing) that is a brownish color, coming through the Kilz primer I applied. I called the place where the carpenter purchased the wood, and they didn't think that was a defect. Answer: "Stubborn tannin bleeding" is how one expert describes your situation, which leads me to believe that your door trim is oak. What I think is that you need a pigmented, shellac-based primer such as Zinsser's B-I-N.
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September 1, 1996 | By Margaret A. Robinson
My husband and I live in an old three-story, 12-room house, one of those turn-of-the-century behemoths with gray asbestos shingles, a wraparound porch, five doors, and 66 windows. When we bought it 20-plus years ago, it was a wreck. The roof leaked. The floors sagged. The pipes were occluded, and the wiring consisted of one outlet per room. Most of the plaster had fallen from the ceilings into big broken piles on the floors. But fools rush in, and so we bought it, for $39,000, and little by little we made the place habitable, doing much of the work ourselves.
NEWS
July 8, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Here are more painting tips, this time about stucco, for which I get many, many questions, especially from Philadelphians living in a row that is a house or two short, with party walls that need repainting. I turn, as usual, to Debbie Zimmer at the Dow Chemical Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. She says stucco can be successfully painted by following certain procedures. As with most painting projects, surface preparation is key. "Start by making sure that the surface of your stucco is sound," Zimmer said.
NEWS
March 25, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
  Question: For many years we have painted our front steps. They are in very bad shape, and the paint is starting to peel and chip. We have power-washed them to remove the loose paint. I'd like to know the best and easiest way to remove the rest of the paint. Answer: You didn't say whether these steps were concrete or wood. Concrete is definitely more difficult because it is porous and paint tends to seep into the material itself, very much as it does to brick fireplaces and exteriors.
LIVING
December 31, 2004 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Q: My 1970s kitchen is in need of remodeling. I am going to paint the old cabinets. Do you have any recommendations on paint type? Also, what options do I have for painting the Formica countertop? A: Painting cabinets and Formica isn't terribly difficult. But you can't rush the jobs. For the cabinets, first remove the doors and then remove all their hardware. Wipe all surfaces with a clean rag saturated with mineral spirits (paint thinner), to remove surface contamination.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2004 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
'You want to see something weird?" That's the question one young engineer asks of another after working countless weekends and nights in the garage, messing with computers, catalytic converters, copper tubing and freon cannibalized from the kitchen fridge. In Primer, a brilliant little indie thriller written and directed by and starring newcomer Shane Carruth, the "something weird" could be the next big thing. It could make Aaron (Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) millionaires.
REAL_ESTATE
April 10, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
A couple weeks ago, I began repainting the exterior of my house. My last paint job - done in the summer and fall of 2003 - has held up extraordinarily well. It needs a bit of freshening up, though, so it's time. This, however, will be my final painting effort on the exterior of this house. I neither expect to be living in the house 13 years from now, nor do I entertain the thought of spending several hours a day on a ladder at age 79. I hope, instead, to be playing tennis and golf and playing with my grandchildren by then.
NEWS
April 1, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I live in a condo development. The association is requiring owners to paint their patio fences. The fences were made of pretreated wood and were painted gray. The paint has never stayed on very well, and the color has changed from gray to white. What can be done to the wood to properly prepare it for painting and a color change? Will the paint ever stay on? Will it require two coats? Would priming help? Answer: The paint probably never adhered properly because the wood wasn't allowed enough time to dry thoroughly before the work was done.
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June 18, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Question: My mother and I have been having a "weight war" since I was a child, and it's growing old. As a child (older, mind you), I would walk into a room, and she would look me up and down then angrily scoff at me, which was usually followed up with her telling me, "Get your act together" or "Stop whatever it is you are doing to yourself," etc. I have dreaded eating in front of her for years, because it frequently earns me "a look" or a lecture....
NEWS
April 27, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
After enduring weeks of barnstorming, television ads, and rallies, Pennsylvania voters head to the primary polls Tuesday to make choices in the lively presidential contest, a U.S. Senate race going down to the wire, and other campaigns that could reshape the political and government landscapes. Also at stake are Democratic and Republican nominations for Pennsylvania attorney general, contested primaries in three Philadelphia-area congressional districts - including the one where indicted 11-term U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is fighting for his political life - and a handful of contested primaries for state legislative seats.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2016 | By Mark Zandi
Economists are gnashing their teeth over much of the back-and-forth about global trade in the presidential campaign. Mostly, the candidates are dissing the potential trade deal between the U.S. and other Pacific-rim nations, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and global trade in general. The candidates either didn't take Economics 101 in college, or they are ignoring what they learned - that global trade is a plus for the economy, and thus for jobs and incomes. Kiboshing trade deals is for the most part bad economics.
REAL_ESTATE
April 10, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
A couple weeks ago, I began repainting the exterior of my house. My last paint job - done in the summer and fall of 2003 - has held up extraordinarily well. It needs a bit of freshening up, though, so it's time. This, however, will be my final painting effort on the exterior of this house. I neither expect to be living in the house 13 years from now, nor do I entertain the thought of spending several hours a day on a ladder at age 79. I hope, instead, to be playing tennis and golf and playing with my grandchildren by then.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | Angeles Gonzalez-Prado, M.D., FOR THE INQUIRER
Q: What causes cold sores? A: A cold sore, also called a fever blister, is a lesion in or around the mouth and lips that results from coming into contact with a common viral infection, the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half the population of the United States has HSV-1, even if they don't show signs or symptoms. Most people become infected with HSV-1 during childhood from nonsexual contact, such as a kiss from a relative or friend with a cold sore.
NEWS
January 24, 2016
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video have all of the previous seasons of The X-Files . If you're going to watch only one, go with the Season 4 episode "Home," a truly terrifying entry about a group of deformed killers who live in rural Pennsylvania.
SPORTS
March 3, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a closer look at the South Jersey boys' basketball tournaments, which begin this week: South Jersey Group 4 Defending champion: Cherry Hill East. Top seed: Toms River North. Best first-round game: No. 9 seed Eastern at No. 8 seed Rancocas Valley is an opener that could produce a sectional finalist, if not a sectional champion. Second-round showdown I: If form holds in the opening round, No. 6 Cherry Hill West will face crosstown rival and No. 3 seed Cherry Hill East in a renewal of one of South Jersey's best rivalries.
NEWS
December 2, 2014
WHEN TOM WOLF becomes governor next month, guess what changes will take place at the Philadelphia Parking Authority? None. Sorry, that's tough to take on a Monday. To supplement the bad news, let me offer a PPA primer for past, present and future victims. Think of this as a visit to the sausage factory. The reason there will be no changes: Although the governor appoints all six members of the PPA board, they get 10-year terms and none is up in the first four years of the Wolf administration (or regime, as Rush Limbaugh likes to say)
SPORTS
November 12, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a primer on the state football playoffs, which begin this weekend: South Jersey Group 5 Field: 1. Eastern. 2. Cherokee. 3. Jackson. 4. Millville. 5. Williamstown. 6. Rancocas Valley. 7. Washington Twp. 8. Atlantic City. Defending champion: Williamstown. Dark horse: Millville. The Thunderbolts have explosive speed in juniors Ryquell Armstead and Rob Ennis, and a top lineman in Penn State recruit Antoine White. Their only two losses were to Holy Spirit and St. Joseph, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Inquirer Top 25. Player to watch: Eastern senior quarterback Tom Flacco.
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