May 21, 2010 | By Jen A. Miller FOR THE INQUIRER
If you're looking for the thrill of the open seas, but aren't keen on anything that involves bait or a fishing pole, you have an option: dolphin and whale watching tours. They let you experience an open-water boating adventure without the mess or work of renting your own ride. The Jersey Shore is a prime location to see either type of mammal because it's a crucial spot in dolphin and whale life cycles, says Bob Schoelkopf, founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.
March 12, 2010 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Cole Aldrich had 12 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 1 Kansas became the third team to reach 2,000 wins by pulling out an 80-68 victory over scrappy Texas Tech yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Big Twelve tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas (30-2) was upset by Baylor in last year's Big Twelve tournament and appeared headed for another with an uneven start. The Jayhawks slogged through a sloppy first half and had to withstand a Texas Tech (17-15) rally in the second before pulling away to join Kentucky and North Carolina in the 2,000-win club.
February 23, 2010 | By Jonathan Tamari INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Pension and health-care changes meant to cut public employee benefits and save the state money easily cleared the New Jersey Senate yesterday, despite objections from labor leaders. State workers and teachers are likely to have more of a say in the Assembly, however, where two leaders say they expect to offer additional proposals to address the state's massive health and retirement fund deficits. Their plans signal a possible break with the Senate on measures that had appeared to be on a fast track toward approval.
January 21, 2010 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two of Villanova's Jersey guys, Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher, came back to the Garden State last night with vivid recollections of the last time they played at Rutgers' Louis Brown Athletic Center. "We definitely remember what happened two years ago," Stokes said of the Scarlet Knights' 80-68 win over then-No. 18 'Nova. "We explained it to the freshmen. We just talked about not going out there playing for yourself, but playing for Villanova, because we know the environment here.
January 13, 2010 | By Chip Scoggins, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The last time Bryant McKinnie faced an elite Pro Bowl pass rusher, he gave up two sacks, committed two penalties, and was benched for ineffective play. That nightmarish performance came Dec. 20 against Carolina's Julius Peppers, who kept the Minnesota Vikings' left tackle on his heels all game. McKinnie, a graduate of Woodbury High School in South Jersey, faces perhaps an even tougher test Sunday, and the Vikings need the first-time Pro Bowl player to play like one. McKinnie will go head-to-head against outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware in a divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.
December 31, 2009 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Chef Michael Schulson is behind Sampan (124 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501), a mod pan-Asian incorporating elements from his time as chef at Pod and at New York's Buddakan, before he launched his own place, Izakaya, in Atlantic City's Borgata. Schulson, who hosted the Style Network's Pantry Raid and TLC's Ultimate Cake-Off, has an open, Momofuku-esque aesthetic from Sparks Design, simple yet comfy, with distressed metals and reclaimed wood. Side walls glow behind what appear to be barren trees.
December 20, 2009 | By Sally Friedman FOR THE INQUIRER
She was a landlubber, rooted on terra firma. He was a sailing man, a lover of classic boats. When Ellen and Brian Gagnon wed 10 years ago (remarriages for both), they began to create Christmas traditions in their elegant two-story, 1986-vintage Colonial in Moorestown. And, inexorably, boats slipped into the picture-perfect holiday environment that Ellen, particularly, loves to arrange. Which is how it came to pass that one room of their home has become Boating Central, complete with reminders of Brian Gagnon's passion for things nautical.
October 13, 2009 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
When Spike Jonze was a little kid - back when he was little Adam Spiegel of Bethesda, Md. - he latched on to Where the Wild Things Are, the story of misbehaving Max, sent to bed without his supper, tumbling into a land inhabited by horned, clawed, anarchic monsters. And Max, in his wolf's pajamas, becomes king of the Wild Things. "I would look at those pictures - where Max's bedroom turns into a forest - and there was something that felt like magic there," Jonze says about the treasured Maurice Sendak title, a 37-page, 338-word picture book first published in 1963.
August 1, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Parker McLean Seymour, 66, of Chestnut Hill, an emergency room physician at Chestnut Hill Hospital for 30 years, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday at his home. Dr. Seymour grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and spent summers boating and sailing on Lake Erie. He planned to be an engineer, like his father and grandfather, but in his junior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he decided to be a physician, said his wife, Evelyn Berry Seymour. He earned a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Toledo and a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, and interned at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
June 16, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thousands of over-the-air TV viewers lost 6ABC, the No. 1 local news station in the Philadelphia TV market, in Friday's national digital-TV transition. Along with Action News, 6ABC is popular because of its afternoon soaps, and Oprah. Officials met in Washington yesterday to discuss a potential solution. Similar glitches in the transition were reported in New York and Chicago. Officials are afraid to boost the 6ABC digital-TV signal because it could lead to interference with FM radio stations in Philadelphia, or TV stations in other markets.
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