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NEWS
August 9, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
PRODUCER Jerry Bruckheimer , director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp have made a lot of money together with "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. Billions. Even the sequels, which were ripped to shreds by critics, brought in piles of gold doubloons. But they're still human, and they still have a thin skin. With the box-office failure of "The Lone Ranger" (Disney estimates it could lose $190 million, which means it will probably turn a small profit) the creative trio and co-star Armie Hammer set out to find someone to blame, and since they couldn't blame themselves they instead chose movie critics.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | BY JOSEPH HOEFFEL
PENNSYLVANIA'S Republican leaders think they can pull a fast one on us. Led by Sen. Dominic Pileggi, Republicans in Harrisburg are pushing a cynical scheme to dilute Pennsylvania's influence in the Electoral College - a thinly veiled attempt to gain party advantage in presidential elections. The top Republican in the state, Gov. Corbett, has refused to take a stand on these shameful shenanigans. We expect bipartisan leadership from our governor, not simple acquiescence to his party's most partisan fringe.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
For the first time that night, it was quiet on the pile. The rescue dog wasn't barking. The excavator digging up debris from the building collapse at the Salvation Army thrift shop was turned off. Firefighters from the elite Rescue 1 unit, drained from eight hours of pulling bodies from the rubble, were off to the side, awaiting their replacements and drinking water. Amid the mess and ruin, Capt. John O'Neill, 50, a search-and-rescue specialist from Squad 72, stood by himself.
NEWS
May 12, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
MANTOLOKING, N.J. - Cranes and bulldozers have joined seagulls and surf as the new sounds of the season in the Jersey Shore town hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Workers have started demolishing the first of 50 storm-damaged homes in Mantoloking, where all 521 houses were damaged or destroyed in the Oct. 29 storm. On Thursday, crews began tearing down a home that was floating in Barnegat Bay and had come to rest against the side of the Mantoloking Bridge. By Friday morning, a crane was scooping the last boards from the water where the house sat for six months.
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Barbara Surk, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The minaret of a landmark 12th-century mosque in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was destroyed Wednesday, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard. President Bashar al-Assad's regime and antigovernment activists traded blame for the destruction to the Umayyad Mosque, which occurred in the heart of Aleppo's walled Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was the second time in a little more than a week that a historic Sunni mosque in Syria has been seriously damaged.
NEWS
March 24, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A FORMER MEMBER of the board of directors of a federal credit union that had been founded to serve low-income Hispanics pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement and money-laundering, which caused the bank's collapse. Miqueas Santana, 43, who served on the board of the Borinquen Federal Credit Union, at Allegheny Avenue and Front Street, faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, five years of supervised release and more than $1.2 million in fines when he is sentenced in federal court on June 21. Between July 2009 and June 2011, Santana stole more than $500,000 from the bank, aided by a former manager, and used the money to buy real estate around the city, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
TRAVEL
February 24, 2013 | By Manuel Valdes, Associated Press
TULUM, Mexico - The all-inclusive Cancun resorts are not known for topless women on the beach or Argentinians with scraggly beards playing Gypsy music. But that's the norm in Tulum, a Mexican seaside spot south of Cancun that attracts a mix of bohemians, deep-pocketed New Age types, and sun-seekers to its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Despite its proximity to Cancun and its party neighbor Playa del Carmen, Tulum is not for the same spring-break crowd. "The college kids go to Cancun.
NEWS
February 23, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A late-night fire Wednesday on McKean Street in South Philadelphia heavily damaged two houses, displaced nine people, and left a young girl with serious injuries, officials said. The child was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to fire officials. Neighbors in the 700 block of McKean, where the fire occurred, said the girl is 10. Officials did not release her name. Firefighters evacuated both homes during the blaze, which began about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in the first floor of the residence where the child lived with six other people.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A late-night fire Wednesday on McKean Street in South Philadelphia heavily damaged two houses, displaced nine people, and left a young girl with serious injuries, officials said. The child was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to fire officials. Neighbors in the 700 block of McKean, where the fire occurred, said the girl is 10. Officials did not release her name. Firefighters evacuated both homes during the blaze, which began about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in the first floor of the residence where the child lived with six other people.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The gravel lot tucked into a remote area of Gloucester County once housed a fleet of 100 yellow school buses that would rumble back and forth on weekdays. But when Hurricane Sandy hit in the fall - soon after the bus company moved out - the empty lot in Glassboro was assigned a new purpose: More than 300 vehicles that were damaged by raging rivers of saltwater were hauled to the five-acre property, Glassboro officials said. In New Jersey, lots like these have been tapped to temporarily hold an estimated 72,000 devastated cars, trucks, boats, and jet skis while they are processed for resale or salvaged parts.
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