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June 28, 2011
If you ever find yourself in the middle of a violent youth mob, here are some tips from David Nance, a personal-safety expert in Chicago, a city that is experiencing similar violence this year. 1 Be alert and aware: Have a "360-degree" awareness, Nance said. Look over your shoulder, and if you see a group of people approaching, get out of the way or duck into a building 2 Hide your valuables: People in youth mobs tend go after your possessions, so don't flash your iPhone around if you find yourself in the middle of one, Nance said.
NEWS
August 19, 1988 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Huey P. Long has been making appearances in New Orleans, and it's not just his affiliation with the Democratic Party that makes it curious. The legendary Louisiana governor has been dead for 53 years. But there he is, holding forth on the stage of the Orpheum Theater, just a few blocks away from the Republican National Convention at the Superdome. "We need to share the wealth!" he boomed the other night. "Let's put the jam jar on the lower shelf!" Beneath the makeup was actor John McConnell, star of The Kingfish, the one- man play written by Texans Larry L. King (author of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
NEWS
March 20, 1991 | By Marc Schogol Compiled from reports from Inquirer wire services
RADON TESTING Forget those government recommendations for testing your home for radon in the winter. The theory was that tightly sealed doors and windows were likely to trap the radioactive gas and produce the highest readings. But experts have found that many factors - such as rainfall, soil type, vegetation, climate and construction quality - can cause high indoor radon readings. So "what you really want to do is test your house two times a year, or quarterly," advises Daniel J. Greeman, Pennsylvania State University geologist.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In Awesome; I ... Shot That!, the Beastie Boys hand out high-8 videocams to audience members at Madison Square Garden and then take the stage while Mix Master Mike turns the tables, letting the rap and roar begin. A guerrilla-style concert pic, featuring the Adidas-clad rappers Mike D (Michael Diamond), Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), and MCA (Adam Yauch), this jumpy, slap-happy and loud historical document (the performance is from Oct. 9, 2004) should satisfy Beastie Boy fans and the 50 untrained shooters whose footage is deployed.
NEWS
June 9, 2000 | by Nolan Reese, Daily News Staff Writer
"Better Living Through Circuitry" is the second in an unofficial trilogy of rave films being released this summer. The first, "Human Traffic," breezed through Philly last month, and the third, "Groove," will be released June 30. "Better Living," unlike the other two films, is a documentary that sets itself up as an expose on rave culture but quickly shifts gears to become a concert film for the bands that use raves as venues. The rave scene has been well explored, particularly on prime-time news magazine shows, so the last thing anyone needs is another documentary proclaiming that the rave culture and the Gen-X kids it attracts are responsible for all of society's ills.
NEWS
April 5, 1990 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
You are in a big room. You are sitting in the dark. The attraction is Laurie Anderson, the elfin performance artist who has won a remarkable measure of mainstream attention since making her recording debut in 1982. You are there to experience the combination of choreography, film and slide projection, Mark Twain-like anecdotes and music that is her trademark. You expect big ideas. You expect the abstract. You do not expect "Ramon," a world-brotherhood song with lyrics that could have been lifted from Sesame Street: "So when you see a man who's broken, pick him up and carry him / And when you see a woman who's broken, put her into your arms.
SPORTS
May 14, 1992 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Boston Celtics are still blinking this morning, wondering what hit them. The Celts expected to take their share of punishment last night from Brad Daugherty, Mark Price and Larry Nance - perhaps even John "Hot Rod" Williams - but it was Craig Ehlo who delivered the sucker punch. Ehlo, not a high priority on an opposing team's scouting report, plundered Boston's defense for 20 points and a career-high 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Celtics, 114-98, before a packed house of 20,273 at Richfield Coliseum.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
THERE'S no question that the region's theater scene has undergone many changes during the past decade or so, especially the increase in the number of professional companies. But one constant remains: The demographic makeup of the audience. There are no hard numbers available, but anecdotal evidence paints a picture of a customer base with a median age on the far side of 40. At least one local group is hoping to change that with events like Wednesday night's "UMAMI" at the Power Plant Basement in Old City.
SPORTS
October 31, 2008 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
How are you doing? Still having heart palpitations? Trouble breathing? Tightness in your chest? Is your brain on sensory overload - clouded by a jumble of thoughts? Don't worry. The American Medical Association tells me those are all common symptoms of Championshipfluenza. It's a contagious ailment that has spread through the area with great haste. No one has proven immune. And, from what I understand, there is no vaccine or cure. Not that you'd want one. Two days ago, the Phillies delivered the city from despair.
NEWS
January 29, 1989 | By Larry Lewis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christopher Hagee can give a running commentary on every point scored in the last five minutes of a UCLA basketball game in 1974, but he forgets to use both hands when doing manual work. The handsome, scholarly looking young man can recite the bus and train schedules of San Francisco, London and New York, yet he needs a checklist to remember to clean his room. He can quote sports statistics, dates and details of events by the hour, but he has no idea how. "I just see it," he said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
On a balmy Friday, Wired 96.5 held its electro-hop-and-house-focused Wired Fest with DJ/producers Calvin Harris and Diplo at Festival Pier. On a totally made-over Festival Pier (see below) Wired Fest gave the sellout audience light-boxes and pop/house/heavy sounds. It was sensory overload - and a big hit, judging from the pleased faces and sand-dancing efforts. Harris, a star in the electro-dance firmament since 2000, didn't break big until 2012's platinum-plus 18 Months . Most of his set was from that album: It was a beat-banging mix of pings and boings between pop smashes like "Sweet Nothing" and "I Need Your Love.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
THERE'S no question that the region's theater scene has undergone many changes during the past decade or so, especially the increase in the number of professional companies. But one constant remains: The demographic makeup of the audience. There are no hard numbers available, but anecdotal evidence paints a picture of a customer base with a median age on the far side of 40. At least one local group is hoping to change that with events like Wednesday night's "UMAMI" at the Power Plant Basement in Old City.
NEWS
June 28, 2011
If you ever find yourself in the middle of a violent youth mob, here are some tips from David Nance, a personal-safety expert in Chicago, a city that is experiencing similar violence this year. 1 Be alert and aware: Have a "360-degree" awareness, Nance said. Look over your shoulder, and if you see a group of people approaching, get out of the way or duck into a building 2 Hide your valuables: People in youth mobs tend go after your possessions, so don't flash your iPhone around if you find yourself in the middle of one, Nance said.
SPORTS
October 31, 2008 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
How are you doing? Still having heart palpitations? Trouble breathing? Tightness in your chest? Is your brain on sensory overload - clouded by a jumble of thoughts? Don't worry. The American Medical Association tells me those are all common symptoms of Championshipfluenza. It's a contagious ailment that has spread through the area with great haste. No one has proven immune. And, from what I understand, there is no vaccine or cure. Not that you'd want one. Two days ago, the Phillies delivered the city from despair.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In Awesome; I ... Shot That!, the Beastie Boys hand out high-8 videocams to audience members at Madison Square Garden and then take the stage while Mix Master Mike turns the tables, letting the rap and roar begin. A guerrilla-style concert pic, featuring the Adidas-clad rappers Mike D (Michael Diamond), Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), and MCA (Adam Yauch), this jumpy, slap-happy and loud historical document (the performance is from Oct. 9, 2004) should satisfy Beastie Boy fans and the 50 untrained shooters whose footage is deployed.
NEWS
January 21, 2004 | By Larry Fish INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for Nicholas Yarris, the Philadelphia man newly released from Pennsylvania's death row because of DNA tests, said yesterday that his long ordeal showed that the death penalty should be scrapped. Yarris, 42, thanked and hugged the lawyers who worked to free him from his 22 years on death row and offered insights into his first days of freedom. He said a 6-year-old nephew had been teaching him to play Nintendo. "That is a wonderful thing, the sound of children, the smell of things," Yarris said.
NEWS
August 19, 2002 | By Aparna Surendran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A mixture of soft jazz and international music plays in a dimly lit room in West Philadelphia as Julian Rodgers moves back and forth on a rocking chair. "Doo, doo, hmm, hmm," he sings, a big smile on his face illuminated by the fluorescent glow from fiber-optic cables. Rodgers, 24, is inside a "multisensory" room at the Elwyn Baring Street Center, in a day program for people with developmental disabilities or mental-health problems. The room is designed to help people such as Rodgers, who is blind and has mild mental retardation, by stimulating their senses and improving their cognitive abilities.
LIVING
June 29, 2000 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
You're staring at an old guitar. It's obvious from the way it's displayed that it belonged to a deity in the rock pantheon. History right before your eyes. Suddenly you are seized with the need to know every detail about the instrument, right down to the effect that oil from human hands has had on the wood. Luckily, you're wearing your MEG, or Museum Exhibit Guide, a Windows-powered CD-ROM system on a shoulder harness. You aim its phaser-like device at a little number-icon next to the guitar, hit "select," and - whammo!
NEWS
June 9, 2000 | by Nolan Reese, Daily News Staff Writer
"Better Living Through Circuitry" is the second in an unofficial trilogy of rave films being released this summer. The first, "Human Traffic," breezed through Philly last month, and the third, "Groove," will be released June 30. "Better Living," unlike the other two films, is a documentary that sets itself up as an expose on rave culture but quickly shifts gears to become a concert film for the bands that use raves as venues. The rave scene has been well explored, particularly on prime-time news magazine shows, so the last thing anyone needs is another documentary proclaiming that the rave culture and the Gen-X kids it attracts are responsible for all of society's ills.
SPORTS
May 14, 1992 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Boston Celtics are still blinking this morning, wondering what hit them. The Celts expected to take their share of punishment last night from Brad Daugherty, Mark Price and Larry Nance - perhaps even John "Hot Rod" Williams - but it was Craig Ehlo who delivered the sucker punch. Ehlo, not a high priority on an opposing team's scouting report, plundered Boston's defense for 20 points and a career-high 13 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Celtics, 114-98, before a packed house of 20,273 at Richfield Coliseum.
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