August 1, 2002 |
THIS WEEK belongs to punk heroes and children of the '90s alt-rock revolution. In the early '80s, the large and in charge Portland punkers Poison Idea predicted the Pacific Northwest noise and then disbanded just as the rest of the world was catching up with them. After over a decade, they're back together again at Rex's (10 tonight, 344 W. Gay St., West Chester, Pa., 610-696-7769, $10, www.rexsbar.com). David Johansen, who predated punk and glam with the New York Dolls in the early '70s, and annoyed everyone as Buster Poindexter with '80s wedding reception staple, "Hot Hot Hot," is now fronting a folk-blues project called the Harry Smiths, named for the eccentric music collector whose "Anthology of American Folk Music" jump-started the folk music boom of the '50s and '60s (which begat Bob Dylan)
September 29, 1999 |
Franklin Electronic Publishers Inc. has sold Rex after two years of mostly disappointing sales for the line of credit-card-size personal organizers. Xircom Inc., a maker of computer peripheral equipment, is paying $13.25 million for Rex, which last year contributed 15 percent of Franklin's sales. Franklin said it would record a gain of $8 million from the sale. Although it is divesting itself of the line, the Burlington Township company will continue to work with Rex - as a software provider.
April 5, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The discovery of a giant meat-eating dinosaur sporting a downy coat has some scientists reimagining the look of Tyrannosaurus rex. With a killer jaw and sharp claws, T. rex has long been depicted in movies and popular culture as having scaly skin. But the discovery of an earlier relative suggests the king of dinosaurs may have had a softer side. The evidence comes from the unearthing of a new tyrannosaur species in northeastern China that lived 60 million years before T. rex. The fossil record preserved remains of fluffy down, making it the largest feathered dinosaur ever found.
January 12, 2001 |
Ever since Jurassic Park, the Tyrannosaurus rex has undeniably been in need of some spin doctors to give its image a makeover. I would argue that the creature took the right step in Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster by making a terrified lawyer its first human meal. It makes more progress toward a kinder, gentler - if rather improbable - profile in the new Imax offering T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous. This is a movie with the best intentions that admirably tries to educate youngsters about the lives of the dinosaurs they love.
November 14, 2002 |
BANTAM, the new punk-and-roll trio led by former Lunachick Gina Volpe, is at Rex's (10 tonight, 344 W. Gay St., West Chester, 610-696-7769, www.rexsbar.com) . . . Roots-rock godfathers the Blasters kick off a weekend of alt-country shows this week (9 tonight, Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., 215-922-1011, $28, 21+), followed by Old 97s heartbreaker Rhett Miller (9 p.m. Saturday, $15 in advance, $17 day of show) . . . Fellow countrypolitans should also check out Hem, a collaboration between New York songwriter Dan Messe, producer Gary Maurer (Jon Spencer, Luna)
April 16, 2000 |
When Rex left the Police Academy in Philadelphia for Willingboro this spring, officers jokingly lamented that the City of Philadelphia wouldn't be making any more money off the $3,700 German shepherd. That's because Rex, a 2-year-old police dog trained to sniff out explosives, was called on several times in the last year by the Willingboro Police Department to check out bomb threats in school buildings. Each visit cost the Willingboro school district $280 to $350. "That was the big joke in Philadelphia," said Willingboro Police Officer Christopher Vetter, who trained with Rex over a 29-week period.
September 27, 1992 |
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's . . . Wonder Dogs? Two caped canine crusaders were among the more than 50 animals entered by children in the annual pet parade at the PAWS Nature Center in Mount Laurel last weekend, vying for prizes in one of four categories: best dressed, most obedient, most talented and most unusual. The parade is held to encourage better treatment of animals and foster a sense of pet responsibility in children. "We really look to see how children respond to their pets and treat the animals when we award prizes," said Kate Tweedy, a volunteer at the center.
May 23, 1997 |
Last time around, they paved paradise and put up a Jurassic parking lot. And once again, in Steven Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the awesome creatures on an island petting zoo eat the hands that feed them. But this time, it's not just a feeding frenzy on some remote isle. This time it's The Tyrannosaurus Who Ate San Diego. Yup, a ripping yarn with more than a few ripped limbs. A cautionary tale colossal, scaly and predatory as a T. rex, The Lost World is a B-minus monster movie with A-plus production values.
December 23, 1997 |
It is the gadget buyer's Tickle Me Elmo, and this year another New Jersey company gets to cope with hyper-demand for a product in short supply. The same phenomenon that fueled Tyco Toys a year ago is now under way at Franklin Electronic Publishers in Burlington. Franklin makes REX, a handheld electronic organizer, that quickly produced a buzz among the techno-cognoscenti after its debut this fall. About the size of a credit card, REX stores and displays thousands of address book entries, calendar dates and other details.
January 13, 2008 |
When word leaked out that Rex's bar was closing, both fans and foes of the storied West Chester watering hole were caught a little off guard. Rex's - whose own proprietor describes it as "the quintessential dive bar" - has been a noisy fixture in town for nearly two decades, showcasing the rowdiest local and national bands and drawing audiences from throughout the region. The bar and rock club - near the corner of West Gay and North Wayne Streets - hosted acts such as George Thorogood, Cowboy Junkies, Dr. Dog and Squirrel Nut Zippers long before they became stars.