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August 5, 2013 | By Leila Haghighat, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Janelle Robinson used a hair-removal kit from the Home Shopping Network, all she wanted to remove from her birthmark was hair. Three months later, she learned there was something else to remove: melanoma. It spread throughout her left leg, even after four surgeries. Then in March, Robinson joined a clinical trial for the drug lambrolizumab; since then, her tumors have nearly disappeared. "Words can't even express what I felt," Robinson said. "I knew my blessing was coming.
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December 12, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IN THE NFL, they don't really pay wide receivers to block. No agent goes to the bargaining table with a list of blocking stats, or film clips of his client freeing the running back for a long gain. "They don't," 30-year-old Jason Avant agreed yesterday. "But I'm trying to win. I've got enough money. " Avant and fellow wideout Riley Cooper have played an underappreciated role in helping make LeSean McCoy the NFL's leading rusher, with 1,305 yards on 261 carries. Both were strong blockers in Andy Reid's offense, often in helping extend pass plays; Reid didn't run the ball nearly as much as Chip Kelly, who likes to stretch the field and needs good blocking on the perimeter.
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August 29, 2008 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
True to the regimented nature of football, the Eagles' lockers at the NovaCare Complex are doled out by position. Enter the locker room and immediately to the left are the quarterbacks. Across from them, the defensive backs. Walk the length of the carpeted room and the players get bigger as you go along, especially on the right side, where the defensive backs give way to the defensive linemen. Then you reach the far corner. That's where the buffalo roam - the offensive linemen.
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March 4, 2010
TO AJAY Jones ("Bounce Those Obese Passengers"): You are just an ugly person! You can be as skinny as a rail and have major health complications and be overweight and be healthy as can be. Take your ignorance somewhere else. Judgments are what make people harm themselves or others. Theresa Collins, Philadelphia FORGET THE pitching and the perfect game, Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky is proving to be one of the greatest "blockers" of all time. Several NFL teams have sent scouts to D.C. to check him out. Jim Acton Collegeville
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December 4, 2009 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It might be among the least desirable of jobs, but also among the most important, and Woodbury defensive tackles James Jones and Karon Gibson have performed their duties in flawless, if often unsung, fashion. Those grunts who play defensive tackle often perform in anonymity, because their main job is taking up space and blockers, and Jones and Gibson have done plenty of both. The two will be trying to plug the holes one final time this season, when Woodbury (10-1) hosts Paulsboro in tomorrow's 1 p.m., South Jersey Group 1 championship.
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December 14, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
When looking at the statistics, you just have to remind yourself it's Wayne Gretzky. The Great One surpassed yet another milestone last night when he set up two goals and eclipsed 1,800 assists for his NHL career, leading the New York Rangers to a 3-0 victory over host Buffalo. "Anytime you get to those kinds of numbers, it's pretty exciting," Gretzky said. "It shows what kind of players I was fortunate enough to play with in my career. " To comprehend Gretzky's accomplishments is to understand this: He has 1,801 assists.
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January 7, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
John L. Fischetti, a physician who was involved in studies for new cardiac drugs, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, his 85th birthday, of bladder cancer at home. In 1979, after a career as a cardiologist at Brooklyn Hospital in New York, Dr. Fischetti joined ICI, now AstraZeneca, in Wilmington. For the next decade, he was involved in devising and supervising studies for beta blockers and vasodilators for heart patients. In 1989, he became a group director at SmithKline Beecham, now GlaxoSmithKline, in Philadelphia, where he was involved in several cardiac and antiviral drug studies.
SPORTS
September 12, 1997 | By Jeremy Treatman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Laura Vickers readily admits that she was wrong about her Ridley volleyball team. Although several key players from last year's team were back, Vickers believed that the Green Raiders wouldn't be tall enough to compete for a Central League title this year. "We graduated all our key blockers from last season," said Vickers, a senior outside hitter. "I thought it would be hard for us to protect the middle. But so far it hasn't been. " Thanks in part to the addition of sophomore middle blocker Alicia MacGlaughlin and fellow 10th grader Jen Constantino at the middle hitter position, it's been the Raiders who have been hard to stop.
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October 14, 1995 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Kathy Terry says her primary goal in life right now is to stay one step ahead of her son. How ironic. Everyone else is often 10 steps behind him. Terry's son is Frankford High sophomore Eddie Gaskins, who is creating an incredible stir for his ability to run with a football. Yesterday, the 5-10, 190-pound Gaskins rushed 17 times for career highs in yards (221) and touchdowns (four) as the Pioneers spanked visiting Northeast, 42-0, in a Public League game that was surprisingly uncompetitive, considering that the Vikings last week extended contender George Washington to overtime.
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September 28, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordan Hill benefited last season when fellow defensive tackle Devon Still received all the double-team attention that Penn State's opponents could throw at him. Now it's Hill's turn. The Nittany Lions' 6-foot-1, 292-pound senior finds himself encountering two blockers on virtually every snap. Running plays tend to flow away from him. But he knows there's a positive in all the trouble he must endure. "When they game-plan to double-team me, it's a good thing because it has to leave somebody open," Hill said this week.
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December 12, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IN THE NFL, they don't really pay wide receivers to block. No agent goes to the bargaining table with a list of blocking stats, or film clips of his client freeing the running back for a long gain. "They don't," 30-year-old Jason Avant agreed yesterday. "But I'm trying to win. I've got enough money. " Avant and fellow wideout Riley Cooper have played an underappreciated role in helping make LeSean McCoy the NFL's leading rusher, with 1,305 yards on 261 carries. Both were strong blockers in Andy Reid's offense, often in helping extend pass plays; Reid didn't run the ball nearly as much as Chip Kelly, who likes to stretch the field and needs good blocking on the perimeter.
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September 12, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don't expect Michael Vick to block after handoffs in the read-option as he did in Monday's 33-27 win over the Washington Redskins. Don't expect him to suddenly slide as an act of safety, either. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that Vick's blocking was not by design. He will instruct Vick not to block in those situations. "We're going to constantly coach it, emphasize it with him," Kelly said. "There's a lot of things I saw out of Mike that we've emphasized since I got here that we're happy with, other things we're still working on, other things he needs to work on. " But sliding is one area in which Kelly conceded that Vick will not change.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Leila Haghighat, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Janelle Robinson used a hair-removal kit from the Home Shopping Network, all she wanted to remove from her birthmark was hair. Three months later, she learned there was something else to remove: melanoma. It spread throughout her left leg, even after four surgeries. Then in March, Robinson joined a clinical trial for the drug lambrolizumab; since then, her tumors have nearly disappeared. "Words can't even express what I felt," Robinson said. "I knew my blessing was coming.
SPORTS
October 3, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Eagles offense faltered for most of its first four drives, Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg dialed up a ball-control game plan that balanced the play calling and had their receivers run shorter routes to offset an offensive line that wasn't giving Michael Vick much time in the pocket. It worked splendidly in terms of producing yards, keeping Eli Manning off the field, and ultimately beating the New York Giants, 19-17, Sunday night. But it did not necessarily play into the Eagles' strengths in terms of getting into the end zone and won't likely be sustainable over the entire season.
SPORTS
September 28, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordan Hill benefited last season when fellow defensive tackle Devon Still received all the double-team attention that Penn State's opponents could throw at him. Now it's Hill's turn. The Nittany Lions' 6-foot-1, 292-pound senior finds himself encountering two blockers on virtually every snap. Running plays tend to flow away from him. But he knows there's a positive in all the trouble he must endure. "When they game-plan to double-team me, it's a good thing because it has to leave somebody open," Hill said this week.
SPORTS
March 2, 2012 | Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
She was a singer. She was a dancer, too. She was a cheerleader, not an athlete. She was a ballerina, not a basketball player. She also was the tallest girl in her class, with strong hands, light feet and a competitor's heart buried beneath that nail-polished, eye-lined, girly girl exterior. "I didn't realize how competitive I was," Brandi Harvey-Carr said. Harvey-Carr's remarkable transformation - call it "Extreme Makeover: From Aspiring Diva to Division I Athlete" - has everybody from her schoolmates to her coach to her father shaking their head in amazement.
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January 7, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
John L. Fischetti, a physician who was involved in studies for new cardiac drugs, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, his 85th birthday, of bladder cancer at home. In 1979, after a career as a cardiologist at Brooklyn Hospital in New York, Dr. Fischetti joined ICI, now AstraZeneca, in Wilmington. For the next decade, he was involved in devising and supervising studies for beta blockers and vasodilators for heart patients. In 1989, he became a group director at SmithKline Beecham, now GlaxoSmithKline, in Philadelphia, where he was involved in several cardiac and antiviral drug studies.
SPORTS
December 13, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
His persona doesn't match his game, but it has continued to work out remarkably well for C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's 6-foot-9, 200-pound, high-flying, rim-rattling sophomore center. Aiken has already made his share of bring-the-house-down dunks and has become the nation's leading sultan of swat. Yet for somebody with such a flamboyant game, Aiken's personality is the polar opposite. Despite making one spectacular play after another for a 7-3 St. Joseph's team already closing in on last season's 11-win total, Aiken treats each highlight play with indifference.
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October 17, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
MARIE Blocker seemed to have been born to serve others. For one thing, there was the career she chose - nursing. And then, there was her role in her North Philadelphia neighborhood, where her door was always open to anyone who needed a listening ear and wise guidance. Marie Blocker, a licensed practical nurse for four decades whose career took on special challenges during her 25 years at the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry, and the matriarch of an extended family for whom she was the guiding spirit, died Oct. 10. She was 96. Working at Byberry must have afforded Marie with unusual experiences, because the ancient instituton was often in crisis, the subject of numerous investigations of mistreatment of the mentally ill. But she liked being there, even though she had to take two buses every day from North Philadelphia to the far reaches of the Northeast.
NEWS
August 16, 2010 | By Vabren L. Watts, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twelve minutes into her audition at prestigious Roosevelt University in Chicago, pianist Karina Kontorovitch's worst nightmare came to pass. She couldn't remember what to play next in Dmitri Shostakovich's Prelude and Fugue No. 15. So she went back a few measures to redeem herself, only to get stuck in the same spot. Very upset, she thanked the panel and walked out. A year later, after getting into Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music as a graduate student, she was introduced to a "little orange pill" that she says helped launch her professional career.
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