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August 26, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
In the heist thriller "Takers," a bank robber praises himself and his colleagues by saying "we see what we want and we take it. " It's getting harder to tell the bankers from the robbers these days, isn't it? Anyway, it's a creed endorsed by the "Takers" creative team, who saw "Heat" and "The Italian Job" and took them - the stories, the shots, the music. Just about everything but the cast, so instead of grizzled veteran tough guys, you have a gang that includes Paul Walker, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, and, I regret to say, Hayden Christensen.
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June 4, 1997 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
FBI agents believe former Philadelphia lawyer Allen W. Stewart planned to flee to a tropical island to avoid prosecution for allegedly looting millions of dollars from two insurance companies. Agents suspected that Stewart, a former partner in one of the nation's largest law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, had inquired about getting a Western Samoan citizenship and a passport under an assumed name, Jit Flauros. Last year, after finding correspondence addressed to Jit Flauros that had been mailed by Western Samoan officials to Stewart's post office box, agents scoured phone books in areas near Stewart's secluded $1.5 million Southern California beach house.
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May 28, 1998 | by Steven M. Falk, Daily News Staff Writer
I look forward to three motorcycle trips each year. The first week of March, we go about 1,000 miles south to Daytona for Bike Week. I've been to three. Next week we'll head 350 miles north to Lake George, N.Y., for Americade - the largest touring rally in the U.S. I've been to Americade four times. Then there's Wing Ding, the the annual Fourth of July weekend get-together for the 60,000 members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Yes, we ride big Hondas. Proudly built in Marysville, Ohio.
NEWS
March 18, 1988 | By BOB WARNER, Daily News Staff Writer
SEPTA auditors have raised questions about 10 convention trips by former SEPTA chairman Lewis F. Gould Jr., asking him to explain why SEPTA was billed for several apparent side trips and extended travel expenses beyond convention dates. The transit agency's acting general manager, James F. Kilcur, sent a letter to Gould yesterday asking him to repay $356 to SEPTA for expenses on trips to Paris, Brussels and Washington, D.C. Gould has been asked to explain roughly $2,000 in additional expenses flagged by SEPTA's auditors.
NEWS
September 9, 1999 | By Tom Avril , INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Incest. Birth defects. HIV blood screenings. And yet another skirmish in the long-running dispute over state funding of schools in the poorest districts. These are among the diverse matters that will be before the New Jersey Supreme Court next week, when the public will get its first on-the-job view of newly minted justices Peter G. Verniero and Virginia M. Long. Verniero, 40, and Long, 57, took their oaths of office in a public ceremony here yesterday, though officially they have been on the job since a private swearing-in function last week.
NEWS
November 20, 1988 | By Jack Severson, Inquirer Staff Writer
A visit to Wiltshire is an easy day trip from London. Stonehenge remains a principal draw for foreign tourists to England, but there is an increasing number of package day trips from London that include Avebury. Most packages focus on Stonehenge, and many offer a variety of possible side trips and stops at other historic or prehistoric sites. London hotels, travel agencies and tourist information bureaus offer a panoply of brochures and information on these trips for the visitor who is not ready to rent a car and try driving on the "wrong" side of the road.
NEWS
September 1, 1989 | By John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Goodbye to crowded, nasty Pennsylvania Turnpike restaurants. Farewell to the miles of highway cones and backed-up traffic common to the nation's oldest toll road. Hello, instead, to a world-class resort in the sunny Mediterranean. A half-dozen state turnpike officials are putting local unpleasantries behind them for a little European retreat - at taxpayer expense. They're headed for a weeklong jaunt to Majorca, an island resort off the eastern coast of Spain called the "Pearl of the Mediterranean.
TRAVEL
February 25, 2013 | By Glenn Adams, Associated Press
KEY WEST, Fla. - Lots of Northerners shake off the last of the cold weather with a trip south this time of year. We decided to head into the Florida sunshine on two wheels, on a motorcycle trip from Miami down through the Keys, where the flat lanes seem to skim you over the blue-and-aquamarine, coral-lined sea before you're vaulted skyward up and over a causeway and on to another island. Swinging back up U.S. 1 to the mainland, we turned west through the Everglades on the Tamiami Trail (Route 41)
LIVING
April 8, 1999 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"Hello, I'm Johnny Cash. " The words that the packed house at the Hammerstein Ballroom had been waiting to hear - the words that Johnny Cash begins every performance with but had not spoken from a stage since 1997 - finally came booming out in a baritone voice about two hours into the made-for-TV tribute that was taped here Tuesday night. Tim Robbins had just finished reading from Cash's liner notes to his 1968 live album, At Folsom Prison. "The culture of a thousand years is shattered with the clang of the door behind you," the actor intoned from the songwriter's essay on the dehumanizing effects of incarceration.
TRAVEL
October 28, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
TERAMO, Italy - We came for the scrippelle and the caggiunitti but left with much more. A short, five-day stay in Teramo, a beautiful and historic city in the Abruzzi region of Italy, was in many ways a trip back in time and, for my wife at least, a search for her roots. This was the city of her maternal grandparents and the source, she has pointed out often and with great pride, of most of the mouthwatering cuisine that comes out of our kitchen. Teramo, a city of about 55,000, is both modern and medieval.
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May 5, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
DENVER - We were four female independent journalists of a certain age. Let's say circling above and below 50. We were vodka-martini type of women, white wine chilled, maybe in extremis a whiskey on the rocks. We bonded while attending the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Denver, between meetings on the epidemic of allergic reactions among children, the health dangers of fracking, and a seminar on the effort to map the brain. But while we hustled from meeting to meeting, our reporters' instincts drew us to the big story literally at our doorstep: Marijuana was now legal in Colorado.
TRAVEL
February 25, 2013 | By Glenn Adams, Associated Press
KEY WEST, Fla. - Lots of Northerners shake off the last of the cold weather with a trip south this time of year. We decided to head into the Florida sunshine on two wheels, on a motorcycle trip from Miami down through the Keys, where the flat lanes seem to skim you over the blue-and-aquamarine, coral-lined sea before you're vaulted skyward up and over a causeway and on to another island. Swinging back up U.S. 1 to the mainland, we turned west through the Everglades on the Tamiami Trail (Route 41)
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Suzan Fraser, Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish police say a New York City woman who went missing and was later found dead in Istanbul had suffered a fatal blow to the head. Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said Sunday that forensic experts had not concluded their autopsy report on the victim, Sarai Sierra, but that it was "clear" the head injury caused her death. NTV, a Turkish broadcaster, says 15 people have been detained for questioning in the case. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was to fly home from a vacation.
TRAVEL
October 28, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
TERAMO, Italy - We came for the scrippelle and the caggiunitti but left with much more. A short, five-day stay in Teramo, a beautiful and historic city in the Abruzzi region of Italy, was in many ways a trip back in time and, for my wife at least, a search for her roots. This was the city of her maternal grandparents and the source, she has pointed out often and with great pride, of most of the mouthwatering cuisine that comes out of our kitchen. Teramo, a city of about 55,000, is both modern and medieval.
NEWS
August 26, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
In the heist thriller "Takers," a bank robber praises himself and his colleagues by saying "we see what we want and we take it. " It's getting harder to tell the bankers from the robbers these days, isn't it? Anyway, it's a creed endorsed by the "Takers" creative team, who saw "Heat" and "The Italian Job" and took them - the stories, the shots, the music. Just about everything but the cast, so instead of grizzled veteran tough guys, you have a gang that includes Paul Walker, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, and, I regret to say, Hayden Christensen.
NEWS
July 30, 2010 | By Sam Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania cities must all look alike to Canadian bus drivers. Either that or this is a lesson in "you get what you pay for. " What other explanation could there be for an unexpected detour taken on a supercheap bus ride from Toronto to Philadelphia? Paul Lucre, 41, had spent five days in Canada and left Toronto at 10 p.m. Wednesday. He was scheduled to arrive Thursday morning in Philadelphia. He was surprised when he woke up in Harrisburg. The slightly bewildered driver pulled over by the side of the road and went to a nearby shopping area to ask directions, Lucre said.
NEWS
July 29, 2010 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania cities must all look alike to Canadian bus drivers. Either that or this is a lesson in "you get what you pay for. " What other explanation could there be for an unexpected detour taken on a supercheap bus ride from Toronto to Philadelphia? Paul Lucre, 41, had spent five days in Canada and left Toronto at 10 p.m. Wednesday. He was scheduled to arrive early Thursday morning in Philadelphia. He was a bit surprised when he woke up in Harrisburg, not ordinarily a stop from Toronto on the Megabus route.
NEWS
July 11, 2010 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Travel Editor
PORTLAND, Ore. - Why didn't we pack our ski pants? Probably because we had only one day to explore the 100-mile-long Willamette Valley, pull into a handful of the nearly 400 wineries, and sip some pinot noir. And probably because we had only one other day to tour the 105-mile Mount Hood Scenic Loop, including the rugged Columbia River Gorge's waterfalls and expansive river views. And definitely because it was May 12. Still, it was tough for my wife, Valerie, and me to watch skiers and snowboarders finish morning runs at Mount Hood's Timberline Ski Area, which has trails open all year round.
NEWS
July 8, 2007 | By Amanda Rittenhouse FOR THE INQUIRER
Alan Jacobson stood atop a glacier and peered into a volcano on Africa's highest point despite his altitude sickness, black-and-blue feet, and a case of bronchitis. Jacobson, 52, president of AGS, a graphic-design company in Exton, had reached Mt. Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak above the clouds of Tanzania at 9:50 a.m. on June 12. "I got to the summit, sat on a rock, and threw up," he said, describing his altitude sickness. He climbed the mountain's 19,340 feet of rainforest, glaciers and volcanic rock as part of his campaign to raise funds to build a sanitation system for a Rwandan village that is home to about 500 survivors of the country's 1994 tribal genocide.
NEWS
June 21, 2007 | By Tom Gralish, Inquirer Staff Photographer
I don't usually like shooting pictures of signs. I like to think I can bring more to my craft. But when you're driving, signs are what catch your eye. The sign on the Doylestown Bypass for "National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa" does just that on my drive up Route 611. I'd passed it many times, but in my summer-long road trip's spirit of serendipity, I decide to drive in. On a cloudy weekday, between Masses, I'm able to drive past the big empty...
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