October 16, 2002 |
Roller coasters are not bad for the brain after all, says a University of Pennsylvania study. Researchers calculated the effects of riding three of the nation's mega-coasters and found that the forces experienced by the head are not nearly enough to cause brain injury. The study comes after anecdotal reports of dozens of people, including eight who died, who suffered burst blood vessels, bleeding, and nerve damage in the brain around the time they rode a roller coaster. "Recently, there has been much attention focused on the possibility that larger, faster roller coasters with high G forces . . . are inducing brain injuries in riders," Penn researchers Douglas Smith and David Meaney wrote in the Journal of Neurotrauma.
October 14, 1988 |
It's no longer the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. When the ambitious expansion project at the gambling facility was officially unveiled last week, the property was renamed TropWorld Casino & Entertainment Resort, and the bulk of the entertainment there is not in the grand old casino-hotel tradition. The Trop people have bet $20 million that their new entertainment theme park - called Tivoli Pier - will become the hottest nongambling attraction in Atlantic City. That figure represents the cost of this new fun place - not that much, considering that the entire expansion project came in at $200 million, but still a hefty investment.
October 13, 2000 |
One year, Kristin Aspromonti isn't playing; the next year, she's stuck on the bench. One season, the West Chester University soccer player is a part-time starter; the next year, she is the leading scorer. It has been a soccer roller coaster for Aspromonti since she enrolled at West Chester four years ago. The roller coaster is at its apex now - the senior with junior eligibility leads the Golden Rams with 11 goals, including four game-winners - but there have been times when Aspromonti just wanted to get off the ride.
February 8, 2000 |
You've done the beach. You've done the mountains. Now try the mall. But not just any mall. The West Edmonton Mall in Canada's Alberta province is, according to the Guinness? Book of World Records, the world's largest. And it has 800 stores. What's more, it contains: A 9-acre amusement park with a triple-loop roller coaster; An artificial ocean with 22 water slides and 6-foot waves created by a wave machine. An ice-skating rink large enough to hold the NHL's Edmonton Oilers (and they do practice there occasionally)
August 10, 2003 |
Hamlet in high-top sneakers? That's not the only silly sight in The Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), on stage through Aug. 23 at Playcrafters Theatre in Skippack. During two hours of wild whistle-stops through Shakespeare's 37 plays, the production's three male actors sport outrageous wigs, perform a rapping excerpt from Othello, and conduct a football game in which King Lear is penalized for impersonating a historical character.
August 29, 1999 |
A child and an adult were killed and two other people were injured last night in an accident on a roller coaster at a popular Boardwalk amusement pier. Neither police nor officials at Gillian's Wonderland Pier would give details about the accident, which happened just before 10 p.m. Witnesses said one car crashed into the rear of another on the Wild Wonder, a two-story roller coaster with cars designed to look like animals. The names and ages of the victims were not released last night because their families had not been notified.
May 9, 1999 |
Ernest J. Primm had a hunch in the mid-1950s. It ran along the lines of "if you build it, they will come," a phrase that batted around in Ernest's brain decades before Field of Dreams became a movie. Primm's own improbable vision involved 800 acres of barren Nevada desert bordering the California state line about 35 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip. For years, his investment remained nothing more than a gas station, 12-room motel, coffee shop, and a dozen slot machines. It might not have been much to look at, but business boomed anyway, as travelers going to and from Las Vegas stopped off for their first - or last - brush with Lady Luck.
January 17, 1994 |
During Bill Clinton's first year in the White House, the metaphorical ship of state has often, more accurately, resembled a roller coaster. Ups follow downs (or vice versa) with a dizzying speed that leaves citizens unsettled, if not unsure, about the President's leadership and where it might be taking them. Assuming office last Jan. 20, Clinton brought with him high hopes for change but nagging questions about his ability to turn campaign rhetoric into reality. Words to describe the country's problems and the proposed remedies came so easily to the then-Arkansas governor that people wondered whether he would be a talker or a doer - or both.
July 6, 2001 |
With their barge ablaze on the ocean and fireworks detonating chaotically around them, fireworks technicians huddled inside a metal bunker, waiting out a Fourth of July grand finale gone haywire. "We were sealed inside of a safety container," said Michael McGowen, 28, one of seven employees of Bay Fireworks of Long Island, N.Y., who were rescued from the barge Wednesday night by the Coast Guard. "It was like being in a safe for a roller coaster ride," he said. "We were a little nervous in the beginning, but we started joking about it after a while.
February 11, 1996 |
The honeymoon is over between the Philadelphia 76ers and Jerry Stackhouse. Now it is just a love affair, complete with cold-eyed moments, disappointments and, every now and again, that ol' chilling thrill up the spine that makes you remember why you did this in the first place. Maybe the honeymoon ended a little early, when there was still a touch of the innocent blush remaining. Maybe it should have ended earlier still, back in those days before the Sixers became a team mired in hopelessness and all the dreams of a new season went awry.