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May 29, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, STAFF WRITER
Sound and fury worthy of a network TV shoot was unleashed Thursday night along the Delaware River in Port Richmond for NBC's reality competition American Warrior Ninja . The show was taped in Philadelphia for the first time since it premiered in 2009. Thursday's event featured 130 contestants and was the first of a two-night shoot that will yield oodles of footage for the eight season premiere on June 1. American Ninja Warrior may not be as sadistic as its precursor - the Japanese show Sasuke, Ninja - but it's a rigorous contest.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA - The mountainous, blackening snow piles, record power outages, winter-strafed roadbeds, and legions of defeated trees. All argue for the singular ferocity of the winter of 2013-14. Dr. Theodore A. Christopher has witnessed something else, and if the weather community isn't ready to rank this season on the severity scale, he is. "This is the worst," said Christopher, the director of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he has worked for 30 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014
UNDOUBTEDLY, this has been my winter of discontent. As much as I hate to admit it, and in spite of my valiant efforts, I was TKO'd by winter weight gain. For years, I categorized winter weight-gain theories as old wives' tales or urban myths. Until this year, when I was overtaken by this monster who had an insatiable appetite - for chocolate, in particular, but also an unrelenting desire for Herr's potato chips and my favorite vegan peanut butter bars. If I was unsure before, I'm very clear about this now!
SPORTS
December 18, 1990 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
Bob Sheppard of Five Ponds Country Club and Brian Kelly of Plymouth Country Club birdied the last two holes to finish in a first-place tie at 9-under-par 62 with Gene Kazan of Medford Village Country Club and Dave Quinn of Burlington Country Club in a two-player scramble in the Five Ponds Winter Golf League yesterday at Five Ponds.
NEWS
August 24, 2014 | By Leah Kochenour, Inquirer Staff Writer
Summer is coming to a close, but some of the region's road crews might be wondering if last winter is ever going to end. "We're still in the midst of treating roads that suffered extensive damage during the winter," said Eugene Blaum, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. From Dec. 1 through Aug. 14, he said, PennDot used 15,922 tons of patching material on the region's roads - about double what it used during the comparable periods in the previous two years combined.
NEWS
February 29, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood and Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
For John Davis, it was a dream winter - over by Halloween. That would have been just after a freak Oct. 29 storm of heavy, wet snow collapsed tree limbs, ripped down power lines and set Davis and his public-works colleagues throughout the region to worrying: Here we go again. But after back-to-back brutal winters, neither Davis - nor his peers nor the best minds of meteorology - imagined that storm would be the very worst of the "winter" of 2011-12. "Ordinarily you spend the winter plowing or getting ready for plowing," said Davis, public-works chief in Doylestown, Bucks County, where the tight streets and well-used sidewalks make snow removal an adventure.
NEWS
March 18, 2001 | By James Dulley FOR THE INQUIRER
Question: The ducts for our central air-conditioning run through the attic and the registers are in the ceiling. It seems that cold air comes out of them in the winter. Is the chilly breeze my imagination? Answer: It most likely is not your imagination. The air inside the air-conditioning ducts in your attic gets cold and becomes dense. Since it is heavier than the air inside your room, it drops down and you feel it. This can create a substantial energy loss and make you uncomfortable.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two winters that were virtually holidays from ice, winter has returned with an expensive vengeance for the region's road departments. With the typical peak snow period still a few weeks away, the region already has had nearly a season's worth of snowfall - spiced with generous portions of ice - and the plowing and salting bills are piling up faster than the pothole complaints. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has spent more than two-thirds of its total seasonal snow-fighting budget, and the New Jersey Department has shelled out more than twice what it did during the entire winter of 2011-12.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Valdes-Dapena's garden in Media got walloped this winter, the region's coldest, snowiest, and most miserable in 20 years. Her hydrangea canes are crispy and hollow, with just a few new leaves sprouting from the base. The shrub roses, typically robust in spring, are practically bare. And that big pot of rosemary, 10 years on the terrace? "Dead as a doornail," says Valdes-Dapena, development associate at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford and an experienced gardener.
NEWS
November 18, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - What kind of winter will it be? Severe as last year's, or milder like two previous ones? Can an early snow in Siberia affect weather in Philadelphia, and what impact will El NiƱo have? Rutgers University's Global Snow Lab in Piscataway tries to answer those questions using raw federal data on the snow cover in North America and Eurasia to create maps and long-term climate records to aid forecasting. Bottom line, the winter of 2014-15 will likely be "volatile" across the region, said New Jersey state climatologist David Robinson, director of the snow lab. "I've been standoffish until now" to make a prediction.
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SPORTS
August 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
On Friday, Hector Neris appeared in his 62nd game. It was his easiest yet. He threw five pitches, four of them splitters, and retired the Cardinals in order. The 27-year-old Dominican, who could not carve out a regular role in a big-league bullpen before 2016 and was one of the last additions to the roster when spring training concluded, leads the league in appearances. When informed of that Saturday, his eyes widened. "I did not know that," Neris said. "That is surprising. " Neris, known as one of the happiest men in the room, laughed.
NEWS
August 8, 2016
Michael Carroll is a Philadelphia writer Summer afternoons and evenings can be unbearable when the thermometer refuses to drop much and the humidity stays high. But summer at dawn on all but the most unyielding weather days can be wonderful. Window and door screens invite in cool, sweet air and, if you are in a lucky place, the sounds of crickets and birds as well. Summer dawns provide moments when you are genuinely grateful to be alive. Moments when your thoughts - which may really be half dreams because you are not yet fully awake - carry the calmness and sweetness of life.
SPORTS
May 30, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - If you enjoyed Odubel Herrera's emphatic bat flip - the lumber is still floating somewhere over Detroit's Comerica Park - then you should catch a flight this winter to Latin America, where the player's enthusiasm has its roots. Herrera, who has been the team's source of energy this season, has played with flair since the Phillies acquired him before last season. He slaps his hands to his batting helmet after big hits, mimicking a pair of bull horns to match his nickname of "El Torito.
NEWS
May 29, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, STAFF WRITER
Sound and fury worthy of a network TV shoot was unleashed Thursday night along the Delaware River in Port Richmond for NBC's reality competition American Warrior Ninja . The show was taped in Philadelphia for the first time since it premiered in 2009. Thursday's event featured 130 contestants and was the first of a two-night shoot that will yield oodles of footage for the eight season premiere on June 1. American Ninja Warrior may not be as sadistic as its precursor - the Japanese show Sasuke, Ninja - but it's a rigorous contest.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Some college students go away to Florida for the winter break or hang out at home, catching up with high school friends. Not twin brothers Daniel and Caleb Tate, of Cochranville, in Chester County, according to authorities. The brothers were busy making bombs, and then exploding them, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. The Tate twins, 22, of the unit block of Linmar Lane, made five homemade bombs and set them off in Chester and Lancaster Counties during their winter break, authorities said.
SPORTS
March 29, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Nick Evangelista couldn't pitch last season. He still believes he became a better pitcher. He sat out his junior year at Washington Township with an injury to his right shoulder. He sat and watched as the Minutemen labored through a difficult season, losing a series of close games en route to a 12-14 record. "That was really bad," Evangelista said. "Just sitting there and watching it happen, and knowing I couldn't help in any way, it was really tough. " Evangelista is back for his senior season.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2016 | By George Hobica, AIRFAREWATCHDOG.COM
The film begins with establishing shots of mountain scenery and downhill skiing. It's 1934, and we are in St. Moritz, Switzerland, an alpine resort town the English upper classes have only recently been persuaded is as attractive in winter as it is in summer. The Lawrence family has come for the fresh mountain air and alpine sports. Mommy is a crack sharpshooter (for sport only, at least at first). Not sure what Daddy does; perhaps he's living off family money back in London. And Betty, their rambunctious daughter, has a knack for getting into hot water.
FOOD
February 26, 2016 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
Hairy, bumpy, and misshapen, root vegetables are hardly glamorous produce. But these kitchen workhorses are ideal for hearty meals, especially in the pre-green months. "When root vegetables are cooked well, they're naturally sweet and they can really hold their own as the center of the plate," says Jon Cichon, chef of Lacroix. The trick is to make them feel exciting. Often relegated to prepackaged soup kits or the forlorn corners of the supermarket shelf, the less familiar roots and tubers are nevertheless worth exploring.
SPORTS
February 23, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Between winter throwing sessions at his alma mater, Aaron Nola held a baseball in his right hand. He tinkered with different grips for his change-up as he paced the training facilities at Louisiana State University. The Phillies told Nola, their presumptive No. 1 pitcher at age 22, that if he were to do anything this winter, it was improve his change. "I played with several grips," Nola said. "One kind of fit me the best, one that I felt comfortable throwing. " This spring offers something of a luxury for Nola, a veteran of all of 13 major-league starts.
SPORTS
February 23, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Between winter throwing sessions at his alma mater, Aaron Nola held a baseball in his right hand. He tinkered with different grips for his changeup as he paced the training facilities at Louisiana State University. The Phillies told Nola, their presumptive 22-year-old No. 1 pitcher, that if he were to do anything this winter, it was improve his change. "I played with several grips," Nola said. "One kind of fit me the best. One that I felt comfortable throwing. " This spring offers something of a luxury for Nola, a veteran of all of 13 major league starts.
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