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June 4, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
As a child, Bauke "Mike" de Vries dreamed of becoming a pilot. "He said he wanted to put wings on and just try to fly," his wife, Shelly de Vries, said Monday at their home in a Marlton neighborhood of lush front lawns and two-story homes. De Vries, 45, was part of a three-member crew that regularly flew Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz on his private jet. The Gulfstream IV crashed Saturday night in Massachusetts, killing all seven on board, including Katz and the crew. James McDowell, 51, of Georgetown, Del., who authorities identified as the pilot, flight attendant Teresa Benhoff, 48, of Easton, Md., and de Vries were working on the flight destined for Atlantic City.
TRAVEL
April 22, 2013 | By Peter Mandel, For The Inquirer
I'll bet that flying means to you roughly what it does to me: battling seat pockets that eat knee space. Emptying your inner life into plastic trays. Far above the clouds, another, better world exists: It's a paradise of infinite legroom and no one around to pat you down preflight. In fact, as a passenger in a private jet, you call the shots, even when it comes to buckling seatbelts. Celebrities and Romney-class politicians know this well. And so do I - since a business-owning pal let me fly aboard a JetSuite Embraer Phenom 100 from Providence, R.I., to New York.
SPORTS
October 14, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
A private jet carrying Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and six others overran a runway at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., yesterday and was brought to a halt by an arresting system. "I spoke to Alex. He's fine," agent Scott Boras said. None of the seven people aboard was injured, federal officials said. The Gulfstream G-II carried five passengers and two crew members, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement from Washington, D.C. It departed from Las Vegas earlier in the day. The incident came only 2 days after Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle's plane failed to execute a U-turn and slammed into the side of a high-rise in Manhattan, killing Lidle and his flight instructor.
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Scene One: January 1990: Troy Carter, 17, was so obsessed with music and the record business that he dropped out of West Philadelphia High School. Every day he walked to Delaware Avenue, to the studio of hip-hop icons DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. He went with his rap group, 2 Too Many, a name they chose because there were three of them, but always only bus fare for one, or food money for one, or whatever they needed or wanted, only enough for one. They hoped to find a way inside, a chance to perform.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
As FBI agent Kate Macer, the head of a kidnap-response team based in Phoenix, Emily Blunt has the steady, steely mien of a seasoned veteran, accustomed to working her way through hostage lairs, firearm pointed forward, anticipating, alert. But at a certain point in Sicario , the bloody cross-border thriller that also stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, a more troubled look begins to cross the actress' face. "Why am I here?" she seems to be saying - and, in fact, pretty much does say - as she joins an interagency task force, hops a private jet to Juarez, and becomes party to some decidedly brutal, extralegal behavior.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield. All seven people aboard were killed when the Gulfstream IV crashed about 9:40 p.m. as it was departing Hanscom Field in Bedford for Atlantic City International Airport, said a Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman. The jet never became airborne, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Sunday. Instead, it rolled off the runway and onto the grass before striking an antenna and a fence, coming to rest in a gully where it burst into flames, said Luke Schiada, a senior air-safety investigator.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the restaurant bearing his name opens Friday, former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino will be doing what he does best - holding court - as front-door host of the posh Italian spot in Boca Raton, Fla. His lawyers, meanwhile, have turned to a court of a different sort, hoping to keep their client out of prison long enough to see the eatery past its first few weeks. The 52-year-old dapper don, who recently appeared in federal court in a sharp gray suit and purple tie, is due to report Nov. 24 to a South Florida prison to serve out a four-month sentence for a probation violation.
NEWS
April 14, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on Sunday maintained his innocence in the face of federal corruption charges related to a wealthy political donor, telling Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday he "will be vindicated" in court. "When all the facts are known - of course prosecutors take out snippets of a story to make their case - we will have an opportunity in court to make the entire case," Menendez said. "And when all the facts are known, I know that I will be vindicated, and we will win. " Menendez also rejected suggestions that the charges were retribution for his stark criticism of the Obama administration's warming relations with Cuba and Iran.
NEWS
June 4, 2014
A photo caption Tuesday misidentified the co-pilot of the private jet that crashed Saturday night, killing all seven aboard, including Lewis Katz. He was Bauke de Vries. A story Sunday incorrectly reported that the Trenton architectural firm of Clarke Caton Hintz drew a site plan for ball fields as a possible use at the former Henry Rowan estate in Westampton. Clarke Caton Hintz is doing design work for a former Rowan property in another township, according to Michael Hanrahan, the firm's senior associate, but not in Westampton.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The drive from Amway's World Headquarters to Windy Hill, the company founders' estate, takes less than five minutes up a country road. Stone pillars flank the iron-gated entrance. The driveway curves around tennis courts and landscaped gardens, where petunias still bloom in mid-November. A young woman answers the door and leads the way through a glass-walled hallway overlooking a man-made waterfall tumbling rapturously down a rock wall into a clear pool. At the end of the wing is the sunroom, an aerie perched on hills that descend to the Thornapple River, a wide indigo swath tracing its course through the valley.
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July 14, 2016 | By Steven Rea, MOVIE CRITIC
IT'S HARD NOT to think of Breaking Bad while watching The Infiltrator . And not just because Bryan Cranston stars in both - as Walter White, the chemistry teacher-turned-mad-meth-king in the groundbreaking series, of course, and as Robert Mazur, an undercover G-man who burrows deeply, dirtily, into the world of drug cartels and international money-laundering in Brad Furman's true-crime pic. Cranston was iconic, a walking tornado of moral crisis,...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
As FBI agent Kate Macer, the head of a kidnap-response team based in Phoenix, Emily Blunt has the steady, steely mien of a seasoned veteran, accustomed to working her way through hostage lairs, firearm pointed forward, anticipating, alert. But at a certain point in Sicario , the bloody cross-border thriller that also stars Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro, a more troubled look begins to cross the actress' face. "Why am I here?" she seems to be saying - and, in fact, pretty much does say - as she joins an interagency task force, hops a private jet to Juarez, and becomes party to some decidedly brutal, extralegal behavior.
SPORTS
September 18, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
TWO WEEKS AGO, Sam Elliott, the director of racing at Parx, got a text from Bob Baffert saying "get ready. " Before he began to hyperventilate, Elliott read the rest of the message and then called Baffert. It would really help, Baffert said, if the Pennsylvania Derby could be moved to Sept. 26. In any other year, the Pa. Derby probably would have been scheduled for Sept. 26 anyway. This was not any year, not with Pope Francis coming to town that day. Imagine. The Triple Crown winner this Saturday, the pope next Saturday.
NEWS
July 6, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Bobby Weir, and Mickey Hart were on stage at Soldier Field, 650 miles away in Chicago, jamming one last time (with friends and feeling) on gems from the 50-years-deep-and-wide Grateful Dead catalog of rootsy Americana rock, blues, and country tunes - "Box of Rain," "Bertha," "Roll Away the Dew" . . . But at the Ardmore Music Hall on Lancaster Avenue on Friday, Deadheads in tie-dyes seemed equally in the moment and part of the community, turning on and tuning in to a polished, closed-circuit video feed of the purportedly last Grateful Dead hurrah, called "Fare Thee Well.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under a clear blue sky Friday, fourth-grader fingers busily dug in the sun-warmed earth outside the Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School in Camden's Rosedale section. Their mission: Planting a butterfly garden in honor of their school's founders, the late Lewis Katz and Marcy Dalsey. Sabiel Gomez, 9, one of the planters, deemed the project fitting. "I thought it would be kind of nice for them, because they built our amazing school," Gomez said. If Katz and Dalsey were listening, they'd be smiling.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
TAKE THAT, pitches. The original "Pitch Perfect" grossed a total of $65 million domestically when it opened back in September 2012. Throw in $50 million more from overseas and the a cappella comedy was a surprise hit. "Pitch Perfect 2"? That's a whole different song. The sequel topped the weekend box office with an incredible $70.3 million debut (plus an additional $38 million from abroad), according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. "It's aca-awesome," said Universal Pictures' president of domestic distribution, Nick Carpou . "We knew that the film would be a success, but there's something that happens when movies grow in their success beyond a range that's easily predictable.
NEWS
April 14, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on Sunday maintained his innocence in the face of federal corruption charges related to a wealthy political donor, telling Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday he "will be vindicated" in court. "When all the facts are known - of course prosecutors take out snippets of a story to make their case - we will have an opportunity in court to make the entire case," Menendez said. "And when all the facts are known, I know that I will be vindicated, and we will win. " Menendez also rejected suggestions that the charges were retribution for his stark criticism of the Obama administration's warming relations with Cuba and Iran.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - A watchdog group led by a Democratic operative on Thursday asked the New Jersey State Ethics Commission to investigate whether Gov. Christie broke the law by allegedly accepting "gifts of foreign travel and lavish lodgings and entertainment" on his 2012 trip to Israel. The complaint comes after the New York Times reported Monday that Christie and his family flew to Israel on a private jet provided by the billionaire Sheldon Adelson while the Las Vegas casino magnate was lobbying against legislation that would ultimately legalize online gambling in New Jersey.
SPORTS
January 17, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lewis Katz, whose passion for sports was only exceeded by his philanthropy, will be honored posthumously when the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association holds its 111th annual banquet Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. Katz will be named the winner of the Ed Snider Lifetime Humanitarian award for his charitable work. Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, will present the award to members of Katz's family. When Snider was married in 2013, Katz served as his best man. "He was the best man because he is the best man I've ever known," Snider said at Katz's memorial service last year.
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