December 31, 2012 |
SIWA, Egypt - The driver pulled the Land Cruiser to a stop at the top of a 50-foot-high dune for a breathtaking view of the endless golden sands that span the Egyptian and Libyan frontiers. He then backed up slightly, I assumed to turn around. Instead, the vehicle lurched over the edge and plunged down the steep slope at breakneck speed. This is the only way to begin a desert safari in the Great Sand Sea, 28,000 square miles of rolling dunes along the northern edge of the Sahara, one of the main attractions of a visit to the Egyptian oasis of Siwa.
December 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The fiscal cliff took the stock market on a roller coaster Thursday. Small developments in the tense budget standoff yanked stocks back and forth throughout the day. In the end, U.S. stocks closed lower for the fourth day in a row, sending the message that the budget standoff is still far from solved, the economy still far from healed. Stocks trimmed their losses but still closed lower. The Dow finished down 18.28 points at 13,096.31. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 1.73 to 1,418.10.
December 16, 2012
This has been a maddening few weeks for runners. One day, I'm out in shorts, tank top, and summer visor. The next, I'm pulling on gloves and my highlighter yellow vest so I don't freeze and/or get hit by a fog-draped car. The yo-yoing area temperatures are wreaking havoc on runners, in both how we run and how we breathe. If you have asthma, you know what I'm talking about. "This is very hard on the lungs when you have asthma," said Stanley Lane, head of allergy and immunology at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly.
December 12, 2012 |
O RLANDO, FLA. - The first time I went to Walt Disney World, I was 9 and only remember Space Mountain and Figment , the dragon from EPCOT. A few years ago, I begrudgingly went with my wife after repeatedly asking her, "What adults without kids go to Disney World?" Turns out the answer was a lot of people, and it was a great trip. Last week we took our 18-month-old daughter Piper to "the happiest place on earth" (and I thought that was the Daily News ) to experience the New Fantasyland, the largest expansion of the Magic Kingdom in the Florida park's 41-year history.
November 23, 2012
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - The remains of a roller coaster that was knocked off an amusement pier during Hurricane Sandy and partially submerged in the Atlantic Ocean might be left there as a tourist attraction. Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers told WNBC-TV in New York officials had not decided whether to tear down the ride. But he said he was working with the U.S. Coast Guard to see whether the roller coaster was stable enough to leave alone, because he believes it would make "a great tourist attraction.
November 13, 2012 |
THE BIGGEST bone-bruise mystery, maybe in the history of this city, seems to have some clarity. It now appears that center Andrew Bynum might not play basketball for the Sixers until close to the beginning of the New Year. Monday morning, the Sixers released a statement saying that Bynum had received a fresh MRI on Nov. 5 on his right knee, which was injured during a workout in mid-September. Bynum's personal physician, Dr. David W. Altchek, who did the MRI, extended the center's return date for a second time by an additional 3 weeks beyond the previous return date of Nov. 19. The Sixers said they are optimistic that Bynum could immediately resume low-impact exercising for 2 weeks, followed by 3 weeks of conditioning on an anti-gravity treadmill.
July 27, 2012 |
A 12-year-old boy expecting a day packed with fun landed in the hospital Thursday afternoon when a bird slammed into his face as he was riding the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. Kristin Siebeneicher, a spokeswoman for the park in Jackson, N.J., said that the roller coaster had already plummeted 45 stories back toward the ground and was pulling into the station when the bird struck the boy's face. He suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital, Siebeneicher said.
July 27, 2012
A boy riding a roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure was hospitalized after a small bird slammed into his face Thursday afternoon, park officials said. Kristin Siebeneicher, a spokeswoman for the park in Jackson, N.J., said the Kingda Ka coaster had already plummeted 45 stories back toward the ground and was pulling into the station when the bird struck the passenger's face about 4:45 p.m. Park officials said that they could not disclose the age of the passenger but that he is a minor.
July 22, 2012 |
"Buyers are looking for deals. In no way do they want to pay. " — real estate agent Diane Williams. • "If it becomes clear that the bottom in prices has been reached, those who are on the fence will start jumping off, and that will lead to rising sales. " — economist Joel L. Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors, speaking of the real estate market. • "Subprime-style lending went to college, and now students are paying the price. " — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, commenting on a report that looser lending practices and the pressure for profits drove expansion in the private-student-loan market.
July 19, 2012 |
Frank Pettinato's telemarketing company has ridden the Affordable Care Act like the Cyclone roller coaster on Coney Island. Whoosh, the provision in the health-care act that cut Medicare's selling period in half, meant that his business, the Corporate Call Center in Blue Bell, had to chop its permanent staff in half, from 200 to 100, in 2011. Then it had to recruit more temporary operators to work less time, with a net loss of 30 percent of the hours. Now the health-care roller coaster is climbing up the track — and Pettinato said he needs to hire hundreds — 800 temporary workers and 70 full-time staffers — to keep up. "It's a challenge," he said.