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August 1, 2002 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
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)
BUSINESS
September 29, 1999 | By Leslie J. Nicholson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 5, 2012 | By Alicia Chang, Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2001 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2002 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
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)
NEWS
April 16, 2000 | By Lauren Mayk, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
September 27, 1992 | By Galina Espinoza, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1997 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
BUSINESS
December 23, 1997 | By David J. Wallace, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
January 13, 2008 | By Gene D'Alessandro FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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July 2, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
In 1868, the Academy of Natural Sciences mounted the first-ever full dinosaur skeleton. A century and a half later, it's forcing the dinos out of extinction with state-of-the-art animatronics that mimic their actions, looks, and sounds from millions of years ago. "Back in 1868, no one had ever conceived of being able to see a skeleton of an animal like a dinosaur, and just to see the skeleton was a wonder of the world," said Ted Daeschler, the...
SPORTS
June 30, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
This column was first published in August 2009. SHELBYVILLE. Ky. - Buddy Ryan's whistle pierced the Kentucky morning. "Yo," Ryan called across the back pasture, larger than a football field. "Come on. Come on. " Six horses looked across at the 75-year-old man standing at the fence, wearing a windbreaker and a New York Jets hat. Another whistle - this one loud enough to stop a train - got the thoroughbreds wandering over. "They think they're going to get fed," Ryan said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
To call Christian Petzold a political filmmaker would do injustice to the beauty and emotional power of his work. The German director's films are informed by political passions and ideas, but they are expressed through deeply personal stories - from the 2000 breakout feature The State I Am, from the daily struggle of a pair of former terrorists who live in hiding with their teenage daughter, to 2012's Barbara , which features a stunning performance...
SPORTS
December 15, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
No one has ever compared Fletcher Cox to Jerome Brown - at least not publicly - but Rex Ryan knew what he was saying when he compared the Eagles defensive end to one of the greatest defensive linemen in team history. "That [No.] 91 is a good player," Ryan said of Cox. "I was laughing when I saw him being compared to Jerome Brown, but I'm not laughing now. " Cox is entering rarefied air. He proved worthy of comparisons to Brown with another disruptive performance. Cox led the Eagles with a team-high seven solo tackles, recorded a sack, and had two other tackles for losses Sunday in a 23-20 win over Ryan's Buffalo Bills.
SPORTS
December 14, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan were geniuses at different times for the same amount of time: two years. That's how long each of them had atop that pedestal before the rest of the NFL knocked them off. If you're a head coach and want to be a genius for more than two years, you'd better have Joe Montana or Tom Brady as your quarterback. Otherwise, there will be a reckoning, and it will be humbling. Kelly's reckoning, of course, began in the final four weeks of last season, his second with the Eagles, and has continued through the first 12 weeks of this one. His up-tempo, simplified-playbook approach to offense doesn't catch opponents off guard as often as it once did, and his reliance on a rigorous sports science program has at times inspired eye rolls from at least some of his players.
SPORTS
September 11, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IT'S BEEN six months since the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy to the Bills. And the All-Pro running back is still yapping about it. "[The trade] was crazy," McCoy told GQ. "I felt like I'd always be there. I just gotta get used to it. " McCoy, who suggested Eagles coach Chip Kelly was a racist after the move, said so far he enjoys playing for Bills coach Rex Ryan. "[Ryan] lets you be a man. " McCoy said. "He won't say, 'Be in bed at 10 o'clock,' or check your sleep. He's just like: 'Be professionals.' " The Birds officially shipped McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso on March 10. Two days later, they signed free agent DeMarco Murray to take McCoy's place in the backfield.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jurassic World is helping Comcast Corp.-owned Universal Pictures devour box-office records like a T. rex. The futuristic franchise reboot barreled to $1 billion in a record-setting 13 days this month and could surpass $1.5 billion before it fades to extinction on the big screen, movie-industry observers say. Though it's only June, the Hollywood studio says it already has set an all-time record for annual gross receipts - $3.8 billion through...
SPORTS
March 26, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Rex Ryan said the Bills were stunned when the Eagles called in early March and offered running back LeSean McCoy in a trade. The new Buffalo coach said the deal that eventually sent linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles for McCoy took all of 30 minutes. "We were just kind of like stunned there a little bit," Ryan said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "We were like, 'Really? Like, wow. Let's just take it from there.' Obviously we were interested. . . . We knew it wasn't going to be cheap by any stretch and losing a player like Kiko Alonso is obviously a steep price.
FOOD
January 22, 2015
Rex 1516 has become something of an open mic for burgers since July, when chef Justin Swain began inviting a new chef pal each week to concoct a Tuesday-Wednesday burger fantasy for the City Wide Burger Special. Paired with a shot of Buffalo Trace and a pint of Newbold for $15 (a nod to the actual "citywide" drink special offered in local bars), it's a tremendous value. From "Choucroute: There it is!" (topped with sauerkraut and apple jam) by Will BYOB sous-chef Craig Russell to "New Pigs on the Guac" (Chihuahua cheese and pork belly al pastor)
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN REX PARKER joined the city's Licenses and Inspections Department in the early '90s, the place was jumping. Bennett Levin had taken over the often-troubled department in 1992 and began to crack heads. He prowled the city looking for code violators; he went after contractors who failed to get permits for construction jobs; he knocked down former crack houses and abandoned buildings harboring drugs, the homeless and rats. And Rex Parker, as Levin's deputy, was with him every step of the way. "He would size up a situation and get it cleaned up," said his daughter, Karen Parker.
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