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October 9, 1992 | by Scott Huler, Daily News Staff Writer
It's been a while since the last great big thing in the city. No, not "big thing" as in grisly murder or city workers' strike or Eagles game or other equally significant cultural phenomenon. "Big thing" as in a BIG THING, something you could bump into or take a picture of - like, say, the Liberty Bell, only big. Real big. Well, let us be the first to say thank goodness for the Columbus quincentennial. With all those people trying to plan the city's celebration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage (parades, festivals, the whole shebang)
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November 1, 1988 | Inquirer photographs by Rebecca Barger
The 4200 block of Holmesburg Avenue might not seem the natural place for a riding academy, but Joe Keyser hasn't let that deter him. The location does have one big thing going for it - proximity to the lower end of Pennypark Park and its ample riding trails - and Keyser has parlayed that into a going business.
SPORTS
February 15, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Dell Curry isn't much different from many other parents who are scattered throughout New York City and are going to watch their sons play in tomorrow's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. He talks of his son, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen, proudly, a smile accompanying nearly every word. Where Curry is different is that he knows the ins and outs of the NBA better than most, having spent 16 seasons playing in the league for five teams. While he accomplished much during his playing days, perhaps nothing is better than what he is experiencing now in watching his son put together an MVP-caliber season.
NEWS
December 20, 1993 | By John Roach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Council Rock boys' swim team and veteran coach Will Reeser reached another milestone Tuesday when the Indians beat visiting West Windsor, 109-77, for the school's 300th dual-meet victory. "This win means so much to us, because we have the best coach," said Eric Sproesser, one of Council Rock's senior tri-captains. "He's absolutely the finest you can get. " Reeser, who got a ceremonial toss into the pool after the victory, is the school's first and only coach. He has led its teams to all 300 victories, but he is quick to credit the people hitting the water for Council Rock's success.
SPORTS
June 21, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rakeem Christmas era at North Catholic is over. The highly touted basketball player got his release Monday from the Philadelphia Catholic League school. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward, who just completed the 10th grade, will attend the Academy of the New Church in the fall. "My big thing was a better opportunity," said Amira Hamid, Christmas' aunt and legal guardian. "It's not that anything bad happened at North. We are just looking at more of a level of greatness. " Christmas was at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va., and could not be reached for comment.
SPORTS
September 17, 2007
THE 6 1/2-POINT spread here might be a lot for anEagles offense that didn't establish much of anything in its opener. What the heck, though, I think the Birds are going to step up tonight, and if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. (Homerish? Well, I was the only Daily News writer to take the Packers last week.) And I don't think last week's strong defensive showing was a fluke - I really think this is a talented if inexperienced unit. Yeah, this would be easier if Lito Sheppard was playing, but the big thing is going to be stopping the run, and that isn't Sheppard's job. Prediction Eagles 20, Redskins 12.  
SPORTS
January 18, 2011 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
HARRISBURG - Bring up Jameel Poteat in conversation and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy breaks into an ear-to-ear smile. "Hey," McCoy exclaimed one day in the Eagles locker room. "He is a heck of a player. He is the next big thing. " McCoy knows whereof he speaks. Not long ago, he was "the next big thing" to come out of Bishop McDevitt High, which has produced such a wealth of fine ballcarriers through the years that it has become known as "Tailback High. " The tradition goes back more than 25 years, beginning with the emergence of none other than former Eagles running back Ricky Watters.
NEWS
January 17, 1989 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
What happens when you grow out of the teen-idol business? Duran Duran, the British band whose image-heavy early-'80s success reinvented the very notion of pop heartthrob-dom, recommends shooting for respect. And the three remaining Durans - keyboardist Nick Rhodes, vocalist Simon LeBon and bassist John Taylor - who are scheduled to appear with a six-piece band Thursday at the Spectrum, have been working on it. The group's two latest albums, Notorious and Big Thing, featured a stripped-down, less frothy sound.
SPORTS
September 22, 2004 | By Bill Iezzi INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Four small scars traverse senior Kilah Fox's left knee. Inconspicuous unless inspected, the healed incision marks tell a story about the volleyball player and her ability to inspire her Merion Mercy Academy team. Fox had reconstructive surgery on the knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a drill in practice with a club team. The injury occurred three months before her freshman year at the academy, and she had to wear a large metal brace on her left leg while she sat and watched the Golden Bears go undefeated (26-0)
SPORTS
November 9, 1990 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Fred Barnett vs. Darrell Green, Part II takes place Monday night before ABC's cameras at Veterans Stadium. The Fastest Eagle vs. the NFL's two-time Fastest Man. Barnett, the Eagles' quicksilver rookie wide receiver, easily won Part I on Oct. 21 at RFK Stadium, beating him twice for touchdowns. Fortunately for the Redskins and Green, the first one, a spectacular diving grab of a 49-yard Randall Cunningham bomb, was called back because of a Ron Heller holding call. Barnett's amazing catch kicked off a war of words and actions that lasted all afternoon.
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April 24, 2015 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Philly.com AAlbert@phillynews.com
DURING Tyler Matakevich's sophomore year in the Temple football program, newly installed head coach Matt Rhule posed a question to his entire football team. Rhule asked how each player wanted to be remembered at Temple. For Matakevich, the answer back then was simple and has remained the same, as he heads for his last year in cherry and white. "A hardworking, nose-for-the-ball type of football player," the senior linebacker said, describing how he wants to be remembered. "A kid that never stops.
SPORTS
February 15, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Dell Curry isn't much different from many other parents who are scattered throughout New York City and are going to watch their sons play in tomorrow's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. He talks of his son, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen, proudly, a smile accompanying nearly every word. Where Curry is different is that he knows the ins and outs of the NBA better than most, having spent 16 seasons playing in the league for five teams. While he accomplished much during his playing days, perhaps nothing is better than what he is experiencing now in watching his son put together an MVP-caliber season.
SPORTS
February 13, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
IT DIDN'T take long for Michael Carter-Williams to make an impression on his coach, his teammates and the NBA last season. In fact, it took all of about 48 minutes. In his first NBA game, the rookie out of Syracuse posted the mind-boggling line of 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in the team's 2013 season-opener against the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. The rookie of the year talk started right after that game and came to fruition after a season in which he started all 70 games he played, totalled 16 double-doubles and two triple-doubles and averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds.
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Since stepping into Bristol's starting lineup midway through his freshman season, Donte Simmons has quietly put up big-time rushing numbers. Quick and elusive, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior has totaled 6,266 yards and 83 touchdowns on the ground. Through 11 games this season, he has carried 163 times for 1,656 yards and 24 scores. Recognition, in part because Bristol was a Class A member in his first three years and competes in the lesser-known Bicentennial and Independence leagues, has not come as easily.
SPORTS
October 18, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you listen to Temple coach Matt Rhule and tight end Colin Thompson, it sounds as if the plans for the Florida transfer are expansive. "My role is whatever they tell me to do," the 6-foot-4, 250-pound redshirt sophomore said. "I don't know what that specific role is yet. They just put me in and I do what I'm told. That's what I've done my whole career. " Rhule was a little more specific. "He's a really good blocker, he's good in space, and he's athletic," said Rhule, who prefers mostly one-tight-end sets.
SPORTS
May 23, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
YOU WOULDN'T think it by looking at her, but Boni Zhang is the kind of kid who someday will move mountains. She is little and precise, a cerebral seventh-grader at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, just north of Chinatown, where the focus is on social equality. The focus is not on sports; in fact, after severe budget cuts over the past several years, FACTS has no interscholastic sports programs. What it does have is initiative, found in powerful, little packages like Boni Zhang.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Aubrey Whelan, and Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writers
Zachary Woods was enjoying a pivotal time in his life. After spending five years working in China, the 27-year-old had just begun classes at the Wharton School on Monday. He was planning to propose to his girlfriend next month. But while walking to classes Tuesday, the native of New York state was struck by a car in a freak accident that flung him off an elevated section of Walnut Street. He died that night at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A distraught family member who asked not to be identified recounted his life and his dreams, and struggled to understand how he could suddenly be dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Many people in Philadelphia don't know that there's a park at Penn's Landing Marina, hugging the Delaware River between Spruce and Dock Streets - and they definitely don't make a point of going there. That may change June 27 with the opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, the most ambitious and expensive pop-up yet to transform a forgotten Philadelphia space into a destination. With three barges holding a floating restaurant and giant hammocks cantilevered over the water - plus mini art galleries, a water garden, a walkway of misting arches, and a slew of places to play games, buy snacks, or nap in a lounge chair - it will cost upward of $700,000.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IF ALL goes according to plan, Upper Darby's Tina Fey will again team with Amy Poehler , in "The Nest. " It's a comedy - duh - says TheWrap.com. Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect") will direct the film, from a screenplay by Paula Pell . Fey and Poehler will play sisters who are devastated to learn that their parents have put their childhood home up for sale. The saucy siblings decide to spend one last wild weekend where they grew up together. Production is expected to start in June in New York.
NEWS
October 4, 2013
WHEN, IN 2002, Sir Cameron Mackintosh decided it was time to license "Les Miserables" for high-school presentation, he needed a school whose drama program could handle the formidable task of staging the first production. The British uber-producer didn't turn to some palatial temple of public education in an affluent part of the country. He went instead to Harry Truman High School in Levittown, the proto-suburban Bucks County community that for years had been suffering from the collapse of the nearby steel industry.
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