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September 11, 2000 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Following Serena Williams's loss to Lindsay Davenport in the quarterfinals, the dethroned U.S. Open women's champion warned that all-Williams sisters finals in Grand Slam tournaments are inevitable. "Nobody's going to be able to stop it," Serena said. While there was no all-Williams final at this Open, a Williams was represented. Older sister Venus powered past Davenport on Saturday night, 6-4, 7-5, to gain her first Open title. Last year, Serena was the Open champion; this year, it's Venus.
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July 7, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
It should have been better than the prom, more fun than getting a driver's license or opening presents together on Christmas morning. But the joy of playing in the semifinals at Wimbledon turned to pain for Venus and Serena Williams yesterday as the realization sunk in that one had to lose. After both sisters packed their duffel bags and began to walk off Centre Court in the wake of the eighth-seeded Venus' 6-2, 7-6 (3) triumph, the older Williams by 20 months put her right arm around her dejected sibling and said, "Let's get out of here.
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August 31, 1991 | By Lee Dye, Los Angeles Times Inquirer wire services contributed to this article
Scientists have finally found what they have been looking for in the thousands of images sent back by the Magellan spacecraft over the last year - convincing evidence that Venus, like Earth, is still geologically active. The images show that sometime in the last few months, Venus had a massive landslide that was probably triggered by the equivalent of an earthquake. Until the discovery, no one could say for sure whether Venus had ongoing geological processes like those that have built mountains and filled valleys with debris on Earth.
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November 8, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fiery, intense and so sexy you could sweat, the production of David Ives' new Venus in Fur , a sensation when it ran Off-Broadway last year, opened in a remounted production Tuesday on Broadway. Much of the heat comes from a living generator, the actress Nina Arianda, who reprises the role she created downtown in the original production. There's a booster to this furnace - the Broadway actor and film star Hugh Dancy, who is essentially her prey. The two of them deliver performances that bubble, then explode, on the stage of Manhattan Theatre Club's Friedman Theatre.
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September 9, 1999 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Everyone at the U.S. Open knows where to find the Williams sisters: Both are in the semifinals. Serena Williams last night joined her older sister, Venus, in the semifinals with a convincing, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 4 seed Monica Seles. Serena will meet defending champion Lindsay Davenport tomorrow. In another duel of heavy hitters yesterday, the second-seeded Davenport topped No. 5 seed Mary Pierce, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. No. 3 Venus and top-seeded Martina Hingis - who won their matches Tuesday - are paired in tomorrow's other big-time Broadway semifinal.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2014
THE STORY of how Venus and Serena Williams' father fought off drug dealers so that he could train his daughters on decrepit, drug-infested tennis courts in Compton, Calif., is almost legendary. But what do we really know about Richard Williams, the man? At 72, he's a controversial figure in the world of tennis. Now he has a new book, Black and White: The Way I See It , that shares his life story as well as tips on raising successful children. But don't buy it thinking it's a tell-all.
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May 21, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Many human relationships - on the street, in the office, in the bedroom, on the stage - boil down to simple sadomasochism. That dynamic is ably explored in David Ives' superbly aware play Venus in Fur , presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company through June 23. Previews begin Friday at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Venus in Fur , in which Fur is singular, takes off from (but isn't really based on) a famous/notorious 1870 erotic novel, Venus in Furs , in which Furs is plural, by Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
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June 2, 2012 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Rittenhouse spent months fine-tuning his handmade instruments and setting up a small observatory on the grounds of his farm, 20 miles outside the bustling young city of Philadelphia. On a clear June day in 1769, he was ready to participate in a landmark moment in science's efforts to measure the heavens. The rare event was called the transit of Venus, and it can be seen once again Tuesday evening - likely the last such chance for anyone now alive. For several hours, the path of Venus will take it directly across our view of the sun - looking something like a small blueberry against a fiery volleyball, for those with a telescope and proper eye protection (number 14 welder's goggles will work)
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October 4, 1999 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Serena Williams beat older sister Venus for the first time in their professional careers yesterday to capture the Grand Slam Cup and a $900,000 payday in Munich, Germany. The U.S. Open champion won, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in a family final in which the players' mother applauded at the end. Venus, at 19 one year older, applauded Serena, and the sisters embraced at the net after the match. But they did not show much emotion during play. "This is exciting. This is what we always wanted," Serena said during the awards ceremony.
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August 15, 2007 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a decision that surprised even the artist and her patron, a city appeals board yesterday ordered that a popular mural painted in a Center City historic district without a permit should be allowed to remain. The four members of the Board of License & Inspection Review voted unanimously to overturn a decision by the Historical Commission ordering that The Death of Venus - which Dee Chhin painted on the side wall of a red-brick Victorian townhouse at 410 S. 15th St. about six years ago - be taken down.
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September 20, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ah, the familiar! We yearn for it. And no one consistently gives us more of the same than network TV. Monday sees the premiere of two new shows - NBC's propulsive thriller Blindspot and the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces - that mine, skillfully, the material that has fueled prime time for years. Venus . . . with tattoos Blindspot , which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday on NBC, opens with an arresting scene shown in so many NBC ads in the last three months that the episode feels like a rerun.
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September 10, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Big sister didn't go down softly. Her serve registered just as big, her forehands often as dangerous. However, little sister is the one laying claim to being the best women's player in the history of their sport. The little bit extra Serena Williams had was apparent at the end of three sets Tuesday night in their U.S. Open quarterfinal. She sent an ace past her sister, then walked to the net for a hug. "When I'm playing her, I don't think of her as my sister - we trained all our lives to be on this court," Serena Williams said.
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July 19, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she was a child, Taylor Townsend watched the Williams sisters and told people she would be better than them one day. She didn't know how it would happen or when, but she got her answer Thursday night at Villanova's Pavilion. For three games, Townsend, just 18 years old, wasn't just better than Venus Williams playing women's singles in World TeamTennis. She dominated her. Townsend won 12 of 13 points against Williams before the 25th-ranked women's singles player in the world was removed from the event.
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July 18, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
AT AGE 12, sitting in her living room in Chicago, Taylor Townsend watched Venus and Serena Williams battle in the 2008 Wimbledon final. It was then she vowed the unthinkable to her sister. She said she would be better than the Williams sisters someday, the two female tennis savants who paved the way for African-American women to play in the 21st century. Last night at Villanova University's Pavilion, her improbable words became reality. Townsend stared across the multicolored court, watching Venus with glee.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
COME for the tennis, stay for the fashion show. Venus Williams will present her new line of workout gear, called Strisce, under her EleVen brand during the halftime of the Washington Kastles game against Billie Jean King 's Philadelphia Freedoms tomorrow at Villanova University Pavilion (800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova), where Venus played her first Philly match back in 1997. She says that her line is about being able to express herself on the court. Strisce features yellow stripes, a favorite of Williams' although it's the first time that EleVen has delved into the pattern.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2014
THE STORY of how Venus and Serena Williams' father fought off drug dealers so that he could train his daughters on decrepit, drug-infested tennis courts in Compton, Calif., is almost legendary. But what do we really know about Richard Williams, the man? At 72, he's a controversial figure in the world of tennis. Now he has a new book, Black and White: The Way I See It , that shares his life story as well as tips on raising successful children. But don't buy it thinking it's a tell-all.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
For the first time in four years, seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams is returning to the Philadelphia area when she visits Villanova's Pavilion with the Washington Kastles. Williams and the Kastles will challenge the Freedoms on July 17 in a World TeamTennis match. Williams likely will face American Vicky Duval, in her second season with the Freedoms. Last year, Duval upset 2011 champion Samantha Stosur in the U.S. Open. The Freedoms roster includes Marcelo Melo, the No. 5-ranked men's doubles player in the world, returning multi-time Grand Slam doubles champion Liezel Huber and Canadian Davis Cup stalwart Frank Dancevic.
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March 1, 2014 | By Jacqueline Bigar, For The Inquirer
ARIES (March 21-April 19) **** Mars, your ruling planet, opts to do a backward jig on Saturday. You will feel as if Murphy's law rules through May. Use the calmness of Friday to christen a bond, or forget acting on it until late May. Stay centered if possible and make no important decisions as of 11 a.m. Saturday when this phenomenon takes over. Keep a fantasy diary for later! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) **** You have been recuperating from a Venus retrograde that ended last month. Now Mars will be playing pranks on your potential partners.
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June 20, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
AFTER 16 consecutive years of always showing up at Wimbledon, winning five titles along the way, Venus Williams pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament yesterday, citing a lower-back injury. Williams, who turned 33 on Monday, hasn't missed Wimbledon since making her debut there in 1997, although she lost in the first round a year ago. She won the singles trophy in 2000-01, 2005 and 2007-08, to go with two more major championships at the U.S. Open in 2000-01. But Williams has been dealing with a bad back for a while, playing only three matches in the last 2-plus months.
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May 31, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
THOMAS: You might say this play is about . . . beware of what you wish for. VANDA: Because she might come walking in the door. And so she does. In David Ives' brilliant play "Venus in Fur," being given a dazzling production by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Thomas, a playwright who has been auditioning terrible actresses all day long, is still wishing for one who can convincingly play the role of Vanda. And in stumbles an actress named, of all things, Vanda, who, mysteriously, already knows the script by heart and who, hilariously, has a bag full of thrift-store costumes to suit the part.
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