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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.
SPORTS
July 21, 2014 | By Joe Vaccarelli, For The Inquirer
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Unfortunately for the United States, history did not repeat itself against Canada in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. The United States took the opening game of the tournament, beating Canada by 10-7. But the Canadians learned from that loss and defeated the United States, 8-5, to win the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The upset loss was the first of the tournament for the Americans (6-1), and it marks just the third time in the tournament's history - this was the 12th world championship - that the United States didn't come out on top. This was Canada's third championship, as it also beat the United States in the finals in 2006 and 1978.
SPORTS
July 19, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
The United States is one win away from its 10th FIL Men's World Lacrosse Championship title after a 22-3 rout of Australia in the semifinals Thursday in Commerce City, Colo. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. team (6-0) will take on Canada at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Canadians (5-1) were 12-6 winners over the Iroquois Nationals (4-3) in the second semifinal. The Americans got all the scoring they needed Thursday in the first quarter, when they rolled to a 7-0 lead over the Aussies (3-4)
SPORTS
July 16, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Soccer's 20th World Cup ended in a magic moment for Germany, which needed extra time but scored just enough goals on Sunday afternoon to hoist the trophy for the fourth time. The tournament was also, from the perspective of the United States, a pretty successful run for Germans as well. Not only did head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the legendary German striker and team manager, lead the United States out of group play and into the round of 16, a pleasant surprise itself, but three of the five goals scored by the United States in its four matches were netted by players who were raised within the German national team system.
NEWS
July 15, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
After nearly two hours of grinding, scoreless soccer between Germany and Argentina on Sunday, deep into the second period of overtime in the World Cup, Germany's Mario Goetze finally knocked in a goal. A huge crowd watching a huge screen TV in the middle of the closed 700 block of South Street erupted with cheers. And then began to chant: "Deutschland!" "Deutschland!" "Deutschland!" The massive block party, organized by Brauhaus Schmitz, a restaurant and beer hall on the block and the unofficial epicenter of German soccer fandom in Philadelphia, showered itself with confetti.
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