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July 3, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
The commentator called it "another World Cup match absolutely dripping in drama. " And at Commerce Square in Philadelphia, the drama was flowing as fans came together to cheer on Team USA. The stone courtyard at 20th and Market Streets transformed into a stadium Tuesday, filled with fans whose chants echoed off the two buildings nearby. People in suits having outdoor meetings conveniently during the match, college students, and families packed themselves in for the United States-Belgium showdown, which ended in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss for Team USA. Keith Barry, 26, of Philadelphia, was shaking from nerves.
SPORTS
July 3, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI will undoubtedly have a recurring nightmare. Ever since he started kicking a soccer ball, he probably dreamed of a moment like this - every kid does. It's the closing moments of a World Cup elimination game and a game-winning opportunity is gifted to your foot. In your dream, you are perfect. You do everything right and slam the ball into the back of the net. Reality wasn't as kind. Wondolowski was far from perfect on his attempt in the closing moments of the United States Round of 16 loss to Belgium yesterday in Salvador, Brazil.
NEWS
June 24, 2014
E VAN MALONE, 43, of Center City, is founder and president of NextFab, a "gym for innovators. " The 21,000-square-foot space in Southwest Center City offers cutting-edge hardware and software tools, technical training, consulting and incubator services. NextFab houses a wet lab, 3-D printers, scanners, laser engravers and cutters, and electronics, wood and metal shops. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for NextFab? A: I was working on my Ph.D. at Cornell in 3-D-printing technology, and a colleague and I created an open-source 3-D printer called Fab at Home.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite the ad campaign and all the hype and hoopla, there's very little that's actually new in The Last Ship , the latest concoction by Hollywood megaplayer Michael Bay (the Transformers series). An admittedly stirring, occasionally surprising, if formulaic 10-part series, The Last Ship is about the end of the world, a topic that has taken pop culture by storm since the 9/11 attacks. It premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on TNT. Adapted from the 1988 novel by William Brinkley ( Don't Go Near the Water )
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Watching the World Cup is serious business for Matt O'Connor, proprietor of Humphrys Flag Co. in Old City. To O'Connor, the tournament's 32 countries might as well be stocks. After a big win, sales go up. And vice versa. "I tell people, 'Oh, I have to watch [the World Cup] now, just to keep up,'" O'Connor said. He does the same with the news. Humphrys has sold far fewer Russian flags than expected during the tournament due to the crisis in Ukraine. "There was a huge spike in sales during the Olympics," O'Connor said, "then, all of a sudden, no one wanted them.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The Awesome Fest and its founder, Josh Goldbloom, did a lot of growing up last year. With 2013's edition of the summer film and music festival, Goldbloom reverted to his childhood and unleashed upon Philadelphia a sensory-overloading package of '80s film fare, era-centric concerts, and themed promotions that he had always wanted to curate. There were problems. Goldbloom works with "a budget 10 times less than the big guns" of other local film festivals. And his van and film equipment were stolen.
SPORTS
June 20, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE WORLD CUP is heading into its second weekend, and the second game in the group stage. Here are five players to watch in the matches from today through Sunday that even the casual fan will recognize, and the once-every-4-year fan will learn to love to watch. Didier Drogba During Ivory Coast's first match of the World Cup, it was down 1-0 to Japan. Drogba started on the bench, but came in over an hour into the match and instantly changed the flow of the game. His team scored two goals in less than 10 minutes, giving it a 2-1 victory.
SPORTS
June 20, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Geiger served as the referee of a marquee World Cup matchup Wednesday as Chile defeated Spain, 2-0, in Rio de Janeiro. Before Geiger was selected to officiate on soccer's biggest stage, the resident of Beachwood, Ocean County, excelled in something else entirely. Geiger was an award-winning math teacher. An instructor at Lacey Township High School, Geiger won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009. He taught at all levels, from basic skills classes to Advanced Placement courses.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
THE TERM "living legend" is thrown around pretty loosely these days. However, when it comes to Neal Adams, the description is more than apt - and richly deserved. It was Adams who defined the look of iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Green Arrow for the modern age. In other words, it was Adams who gave them the look that we associate with them today. "All I really did was bring Batman back to what he was supposed to be," Adams said with typical modesty. "I didn't really change him. " Nevertheless, it is Adams' look for Batman and the others that almost every artist who has drawn the characters since aspires to. That's pretty impressive, but it pales in comparison to Adams' advocacy for creator rights, which was seared into him when he saw scores of artists lose their jobs because of a congressional crackdown on comics in the 1950s that made horror and crime comics disappear and prompted a Comics Code Authority to establish guidelines on appropriate content.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
LOU FERRIGNO is, of course, best known for portraying the Hulk in various incarnations. The still-muscular actor has also become a Con staple the past two decades and he says he still enjoys every one. "When I was a kid, I didn't have Cons to go to. I was a very lonely child," Ferrigno said. "I would have loved conventions where I could meet celebrities in person. . . . I loved Sean Connery as James Bond [and] if I had the opportunity to meet him as a kid, it would have been very exciting for me. "That's why, today, when I meet these fans of different generations who love the Hulk - when they come up and they're all excited to meet me and I talk about my movies, it's great.
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