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August 29, 2010 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a gray morning, Deion Barnes rolls out of his narrow bed with an hour commute and four hours of lifting, running, blocking, and passing on the horizon. His season opener is in two weeks, launching the last year the championship-hungry captain will run onto a field wearing the red and black of Northeast High School's Vikings. A chiseled 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Barnes is ranked as the sixth-best defensive end in the country by college-recruitment site Rivals.com, and he has narrowed his choices of big-time football programs to Penn State, Pittsburgh, Georgia, South Carolina, and Michigan.
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February 27, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by Bonnie Weller
An open audition was held yesterday in Philadelphia to fill the role of "Tam" in the popular musical Miss Saigon, which begins its run March 1 at the Forrest Theatre. Parents and children spent an anxious morning at the Holiday Inn Express on Walnut Street in Philadelphia as the budding actors tried out for the nonsinging, nonspeaking role. Two lucky children - a boy and a girl - will take turns playing the part.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1989 | By Mike Capuzzo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once upon a slime, as some Hollywood stories begin, a short, sleazeball, pool-hall punk from the Jersey shore went west with way-out dreams: to marry an actress and make himself a star. Not without confidence, our lovable loser straightened to his full height of 5 feet, sucked in his ample gut and combed his receding hairline just so. In front of his mirror he saw a leading man, a lean, WASPish Jimmy Stewart riding off into the sunset with Jane Wyman. What are dreams for? In Hollywood they saw a short, fat, balding punk from Asbury Park with few credits and a face pushed in like a happy dog's.
LIVING
September 22, 1995 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
Veronica, 11, longs for a mother who's active and likes to go places and do things. And she would also like a little sister. Veronica plans to tell her sister how much she is loved and wanted and what a happy family they are. Veronica likes to draw pictures of families and she always includes a girl with bright eyes and a big smile. In her last drawing there was a blue, pink and purple sun with yellow rays and the girl in the picture was wearing a daisy hat and flower earrings.
NEWS
April 27, 1998 | by Marc Meltzer and Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writers
Otis Thomas Jr., who went out of his way to help children, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure. He was 29 and lived in North Philadelphia. Thomas was volunteer executive director of the Ludlow Youth Community Center at 6th and Master streets in North Philadelphia, and president of the Cruz Advisory Council. Hy Zimmerman, assistant director at Ludlow, said Thomas' heart was damaged by a faulty electrical outlet several years ago. He lived on disability income, he said.
SPORTS
February 14, 1997 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They skate atop polished metal blades and shave the ice, swinging their taped-up sticks and throwing their plastic-shielded arms into the air as the puck skids and sputters into the net. Just like the big boys of the National Hockey League. Only these big boys of Team Philadelphia still have bedtimes - and complete sets of their original teeth. This morning in King of Prussia, 19 of the area's top 13- and 14-year-old players, with backpacks, birth certificates and pillows in tow, will board a charter bus bound for the 38th annual Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament in hopes of winning their version of the Stanley Cup. They will open the 10-day tournament, which attracts more than 150,000 spectators and 110 teams, tomorrow against a team from Edmonton, Alberta.
SPORTS
August 23, 1996 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Temple's football team met the media yesterday at Veterans Stadium. It says something about the state of the program that the team won't be at the Vet, its home field, again until Oct. 19 against West Virginia. Six games on the schedule will be history by then, including one "home" game at Franklin Field (Washington State, Sept. 7) and another at Giants Stadium (Penn State, Sept. 21). But the rotating venues are just another obstacle for a program still searching for at least a flicker at the other end of its endless tunnel.
SPORTS
September 21, 2003 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the opening of the ACE Club in Lafayette Hill two weeks ago, the area had a new and grand golf course capable of and interested in hosting big-time professional tournaments. But it's not the only area course with big dreams or designs on a big tournament. White Manor Country Club in Malvern, home to the LPGA's McDonald's Classic from 1981 to 1986, the Senior Tour's Bell Atlantic Classic in '91 and the old Tylenol Kids Classic, has undergone a $5 million makeover that the club hopes will make it a candidate for a high-profile professional tournament from the men's or women's tour.
NEWS
July 11, 1994 | By Dan Meyers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The two blond boys, with a seven-acre park all to themselves, play self- consciously on a concrete dinosaur named Dinny while their mother and big sister watch from the family pickup. When they are done, the boys troop back through the pink pipe gateway that heralds the main attraction of this plucky but sagging oil town - a park themed after, of all things, the comic strip Alley Oop. "I think it's pretty neat," says Sharon Rogers, mother of Garrett, 10, and Owen, 7. "But you can tell you're from a small town when you get excited about a dinosaur in the middle of nowhere.
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REAL_ESTATE
May 24, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I used to think that the tiny-house movement had something to do with building smaller homes that more people could afford. Then I came across an article in Forbes by Erin Carlyle that talked about the upscale nature of tiny houses, with so many amenities per square foot - even a tiny hot tub - that you wonder how people can fit inside. One example was an $82,000, 348.5-square-footer "equipped with one bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen/living room with a butcher-block countertop that doubles as a desk," Carlyle wrote.
SPORTS
June 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
READING - A former top-five draft pick was playing winter ball in Venezuela when he started to sense he would have difficulty landing a job this spring. So Adam Loewen reverted to an old custom. He began to long toss. More than 5 years had elapsed since Loewen, once a ballyhooed Orioles' pitching prospect, last toed the rubber. Arm injuries had sent the touted 6-6 southpaw into a second career as a hitter. But nearing 30 and after 3 years of stints manning the outfield in Buffalo, Port St. Lucie and New Hampshire, he opted to again gauge the status of his once-prized left arm. "I felt like I left a lot out there, a lot of potential that was untapped, really," he said.
SPORTS
June 6, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - Tyson Gillies was just 4 years old when his parents noticed something different about him. They thought he was not focusing, and ignoring them when they spoke to him. He was tested, and it was learned that he has 50 percent hearing in one ear, and just 30 percent in the other. "I was reading lips when I was 2 and 3 and speaking perfectly, so nobody knew," Gillies said. "There was something different. I found myself getting lost in different situations. Finally, when they brought me in for my third or fourth hearing test, they closed the blinds and I couldn't read lips anymore.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty years ago, Ken Vavrek, a ceramics professor at Moore College of Art, got together with four former students to open a shared studio space, the Clay Studio, in Old City, then still a warehouse district. But they needed support - which required obtaining nonprofit status, which in turn required creating programming to serve the community, such as pottery classes. "We kind of invented it as we went along," Vavrek said. Since 1974, the organization has evolved into something Vavrek never envisioned: A $1.7 million-a-year nonprofit serving 35,000 artists, students, and gallery visitors annually.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
LOOKS LIKE it may have only taken one camera to make "7 Boxes," a low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters. The movie - well-received at the Toronto Film Festival - blends genres and influences, but it's essentially a one-crazy-night, shaggy-dog story about a delivery boy who agrees to hide seven boxes of contraband for a local crook, and ends up in the middle of a very big mess. Victor (Celso Franco) pushes his cartload of boxes through Asuncion, brought alive by a series of hand-held tracking shots (the directors obviously grew up on Martin Scorsese and Kathryn Bigelow)
SPORTS
October 2, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quade Green dashed to the basket early in Sunday afternoon's All-City Classic. He had already scored his team's first eight points and another bucket seemed to be a guarantee. Instead, the freshman guard from Neumann-Goretti tossed his layup off the Ben Franklin High backboard to create a perfect alley-oop dunk for D'Andre Vilmar. "He told me he wanted it," said Green, who was named the MVP of Philadelphia's 78-64 loss to New York in the freshman game. "And I knew he would go up and get it. " He finished with a team-high 21 points in a game that gave a peek into the future of the area basketball scene.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
YOU'VE GOT big dreams, Philly. On the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, I took to the streets to ask Philadelphians what they dreamed for themselves and the city. Before I did, I shared my own dream of living long enough to see the end of the dreaded Philly Shrug. (Tick-tock, people. I'm not getting any younger over here.) Well, you showed me. When it came to dreams, there was very little that the Philadelphians I spoke with yesterday shrugged off. From one end of the city to the other, residents shared dreams that were big - "Peace" - and small - "More high heels.
NEWS
August 24, 2013
Thousands will converge on the nation's capital Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic March on Washington. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before some 250,000 marchers on Aug. 28, 1963. The rousing speech was a defining moment in the civil rights movement, spelling out King's vision for the future of American race relations. "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," he proclaimed.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Nyzeir, 9, dreams of being a famous basketball player someday and having lots of money. Extremely bright, artistic, and athletic, he loves to challenge himself at various sports, including basketball and football. His favorite pastimes include watching sports and shows about superheroes on television. He is very sweet and affectionate when he feels comfortable with people. Although he tends to be a bit shy when meeting new people he soon warms up, especially if the conversation involves sports.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
Ursula Augustine has big dreams; make that universe-size dreams. The Philadelphia makeup artist wants to grow her business - internationally. She wants to win professional awards - as in an Academy Award. She wants to meet certain people - Muhammad Ali, Michelle Obama, Motown's etiquette queen Maxine Powell, to name a few. On that last one? Mission accomplished. On Saturday, Augustine shared the stage with Powell during a self-esteem/beauty workshop. Happy coincidence? Not according to Augustine.
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