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August 11, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A small bowl made its way around an auditorium Saturday at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, with a staff member scooping treats out and into the eager hands of kids and their parents. Inside the bowl: crispy, Cajun-spiced crickets. "Are we allowed to have more?" 6-year-old Anya Geynisman of Wyndmoor asked after she'd eaten her handful. It was opening day of the academy's seventh annual Bug Fest, and amid the stuffed deer, the dinosaurs, and the mummies, displays of beetles, tarantulas, and butterflies lined the halls.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
In July, Chris Grova donated stem cells in hopes that a patient with blood cancer would live. He couldn't have known that by giving, he'd end up getting an opportunity to share a song with a musical hero. Grova, 50, was invited onstage at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live on Wednesday to play guitar with the Alarm. The anthemic Welsh band's leader, Mike Peters, is a leukemia survivor who received stem cells through a bone-marrow transplant a decade ago. "I've been a fan for 30 years," Grova says.
SPORTS
August 8, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SAY WHAT YOU want about Metta World Peace, but the dude knows how to keep his name in the news. He knows how to change it to. The former NBA star formerly known as Ron Artest, tweeted that he will change his name again now that he plays for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association. His new moniker will be "The Pandas Friend. " Presumably it's a nod to the love the Chinese have for the adorable black-and-white bear. But if you ask us, it's just plain weird.
SPORTS
August 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union continue to make major upgrades in an effort to qualify for the Major League Soccer playoffs for the second time in their five-year history. Less than a week after signing Algerian World Cup goalie Rais Mbohli, the Union have brought back defender Carlos Valdes, who had been on loan overseas. In 2011 and 2012 Valdes was a valuable member of the Union's defense. He helped the team qualify for its only postseason berth in 2011 and made the MLS All-Star Game in 2012. Valdes, 29, was a member of Colombia's World Cup team this year and started one game in the team's win over Japan.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IT LOOKS AS IF the move by Marvel Studios to announce a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" before the movie opened was a winner. The space romp, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana , earned a whopping $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday, blowing away its most optimistic preopening estimate of $75 million. The opening crushes the previous record opening for an August release, the $69.2 million debut of 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum.
NEWS
August 5, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a decaying wooden ship was discovered in the World Trade Center excavation pit four years ago, it posed a mystery. Where did it come from? How did it get there? Was it wrecked? Or was it sunk intentionally for landfill? Archaeologists, maritime experts, and tree-ring researchers last week announced their conclusions: The ship, believed to be a Hudson River sloop, was built shortly after 1773 in the bustling port of Philadelphia. The wood from the ship was matched not just to Philadelphia, but to the same sort of oak trees that were used to build the old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Older but hopefully not too terribly wiser, Time for Three has landed. Fourteen years since its casual beginnings at the Curtis Institute, the string trio now has the major recording deal of its dreams, and (the members hope) the kind of support that knows how to showcase a classically trained bluegrassy trio with ever-evolving taste for musical fusion. Perhaps the most dramatic evolution yet is heard within seconds on the new album, titled Time for Three , with an added, strongly pulsating rhythm section.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2014 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the veteran rockers who make up the Baseball Project first got together, their ambitions were pretty modest. "Once Scott [McCaughey] and I decided we were going to write those songs . . . we just wanted to get them recorded and maybe, maybe, just maybe put them out on a 100-LP vinyl release," Steve Wynn recalls. "We felt a calling, a need, a compulsion to have these songs exist, and we didn't even have a band name when we made the [first] record," says the former leader of the Dream Syndicate, who now fronts the Miracle 3. "If you had told me in 2007 that we would still be doing this and touring and on our third record, I would have been surprised and delighted.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
North West triumphs Certain individuals are of such world-historical importance they bear their momentous destiny on their visages virtually from birth. Such a person is North Kardashian West . The proof: Kimye 's daughter, who turned 1 last month, can walk. "Our baby girl finished one week of swimming lessons today then took her 1st steps right when she got out of the pool!!!!" Kim K says in a caption to an Instagram pic of the li'l genius.   Saying 'bye to soap Alison Sweeney still is not used to the quiet.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Time for Three has always been viscerally dazzling. The Curtis Institute-born string trio has always packed enough music into any given moment that you'd swear the group is Time for Six. In a Wednesday homecoming concert at World Cafe Live, 14 years after forming in Rittenhouse Square when the players were only students, Time for Three grew ever more interesting. The combination of charm and extreme technical prowess among violinists Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer seemed more than enough to power a career's worth of albums and concerts.
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