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April 15, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
IT BEGAN with a three-game skid so stale, so uninspiring that Peter Laviolette's head rolled just 6 days into a 195-day slog. From there, with Craig Berube installed, it got worse before it could get better. An ugly 0-3 became 1-7 before it turned into 4-10-1. The Flyers failed to net more than two goals in 14 of their first 15 games. Claude Giroux did not score once in his first 15 contests - before roasting an Edmonton team with a game-winner the day after the Oilers signed free-agent castoff Ilya Bryzgalov.
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January 19, 1989
It's been a week of high-spirited rehearsal in Washington, stand-ins playing George and Barbara Bush so their entourage knows where to sit tomorrow, tympani being tuned, shoes spit-shined. As changing of the guards go, this will be one of the smoothest on record. President Reagan is handing off to his trusty co-pilot, headed to the ranch on a wave of sentiment and approval such as America has not seen in decades. And Mr. Bush is graciously unruffling feathers mussed during a brutish campaign.
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March 5, 2010 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN For the Daily News
Bruiser Flint says he can't get a read on his Drexel basketball team. Welcome to the club. With a shot at finishing fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association and gaining a first-round bye in the tournament that begins today in Richmond, Va., Drexel lost at home last week to North Carolina-Wilmington (5-13 CAA, 9-21 overall). UNCW's top two scorers were injured, but the Dragons still managed to lose. Then, in their regular-season finale Saturday, the visiting Dragons edged James Madison, 67-64.
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May 22, 1987 | By Sara Solovitch, Inquirer Staff Writer
Muhammad Ahmed and Barbara Bohannan, the two school board candidates endorsed by the Clean Slate movement in Chester, won the Democratic primary on Tuesday. In the general election in November, Ahmed and Bohannan will face five Republicans for five seats on the Chester-Upland School Board. If they win, they will be the first Democrats elected to any office in this city since 1896. They also would be the only school board members whose children attend the city's beleaguered schools, where standardized test scores are the lowest among Pennsylvania's 501 public school districts.
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March 25, 1995 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
One way or another, Alaa Abdelnaby is going to the NBA Finals. That is because the 6-10 forward, born in Egypt, will be doing foreign- language commentary for a company based in Italy that will be covering the series for television outlets in Europe and Africa. But that doesn't necessarily mean Philadelphia is just another stopover. The 76ers signed Abdelnaby yesterday to a 10-day contract, with coach-general manager John Lucas offering the lure of possible future employment.
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July 28, 1991 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Staff Writer
The new starting center of the Philadelphia 76ers is getting a second chance to prove himself in the NBA, even though he's not quite sure how his first chance became a failure. There was talk and rumor and controversy back then, sure, but none of it was started by Charles Shackleford. There was enough of it, however, to envelop Shackleford and suffocate what opportunity he had to stick with the New Jersey Nets and become a star. So, after one year in Europe, Shackleford is starting over.
NEWS
August 25, 2008
THERE'S ALWAYS OPTIMISM and excitement at the start of every school year. But when it comes to the School Reform Commission and Arlene Ackerman, the district's new chief executive officer, the 2008-2009 school year is filled with greater anticipation - and expectations - than previous years. This is essentially a clean-slate year for the district. Ackerman hopes her era will be marked by adults held accountable for the results of students, resources equitably allocated through the district, and students' academic achievement increasing aggressively.
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November 21, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
First in an occasional series.   The 40-year-old mother, bundled in a worn jacket, walks into the basement of the People's Emergency Center, hopeful that the past will finally fade away. Tables are staffed by eager law students with laptops supervised by two lawyers. A fledgling volunteer group, the Philadelphia Criminal Record Expungement Project, C-REP for short, holds monthly clinics at the Powelton agency to help people who have been arrested but never convicted establish a clean slate.
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March 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first time he stepped into the batter's box in a game in five months, Ryan Howard didn't stay there long. The 35-year-old first baseman dug in, swung at the first pitch and singled to left field. Two innings later, he battled 21-year-old righthander Luis Severino to a full count. The eighth pitch of the at-bat found a home in right field, permitting Freddy Galvis to score and ensuring Howard a positive Grapefruit League debut. A half hour after he was replaced by Darin Ruf to start the sixth inning, Howard broke his media silence.
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May 15, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News columnist
CHIP KELLY was a finicky personnel shopper. He had very specific size-and-weight parameters for almost every position. He wanted smart guys with college degrees and growth mindsets. Didn't want guys with character questions. If nothing else, Howie Roseman proved last month that he is a little more, uh, open-minded than Kelly. He drafted a 5-9 defensive back (Blake Countess) who never would have passed muster with Kelly. He selected another guy who somehow managed to spend five years in college and never declare a major.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
There is a job that Ronald Lewis, 37, would like, but, with his criminal record, as minor as it is, he is too scared to even apply. The job? Classroom Daddy on school trips. "You need a criminal background check," Lewis said. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of legislators in Harrisburg will introduce Senate and House bills that will make it easier for people such as Lewis with minor criminal records to get their records sealed. Dubbed the Clean Slate Act, the bill will require Pennsylvania's court system to automatically seal criminal records for people with minor records who stay clean.
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March 22, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Wayne Jacobs, 66, might describe himself as a career criminal gone good, or maybe gone lucky. Once people are convicted, the individual and their families are "committed to poverty," said Jacobs, whose past includes many convictions, including one for involuntary manslaughter, and decades of in-and-out incarceration. His present? Lobbying for big changes to the Philadelphia law governing when and how employers can use criminal records in hiring. The changes went into effect March 14. They make it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs.
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September 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
New coach, new season, new attitude. That's the Flyers' mantra as they open training camp in Voorhees on Friday morning under demanding Dave Hakstol, who is just the third coach in history to go directly from the NCAAs to his first head-coaching job in the NHL. "He brings a fresh perspective," winger Wayne Simmonds said after taking part in an unofficial practice with most of his teammates Wednesday. Hakstol replaces Craig Berube, whose team went 33-31-18 last season and missed the playoffs.
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September 18, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE FLYERS did a lot to acquire and then keep defenseman Andrew MacDonald in the spring of 2014. To get his services from the New York Islanders, they gave up two draft picks. The team, under then-general manager Paul Holmgren, didn't allow MacDonald to hit free agency, signing him to a six-year, $30 million contract in April 2014. Holmgren lost his job less than a month later as the Flyers brought in current boss Ron Hextall. So when MacDonald was injured late in October last season and missed four weeks, and then struggled in his return, it's understandable all of those things started circulating in his head - especially the massive contract.
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July 31, 2015 | Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE OBJECTS of change are largely unblemished or have the best of handlers at their sides. Chip Kelly, the agent of change, seized power in January then gutted a team that, in 2014, won 10 games and finished a whisker behind a wild-card spot; gutted it to the degree that more than 45 percent of the starting lineup will be new this season. That's 10 of the top 22 players. Eight of those 10 players were part of the 10-win playoff team in 2013, Kelly's first season. The number could grow to be higher than 10. Nothing guarantees that extraordinary blockers Riley Cooper and Brent Celek will retain their starting jobs, considering their diminished production levels.
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July 10, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THERE'S ONLY so much new Flyers coach Dave Hakstol can see when he looks at video from last season. That's not an indictment of how poorly the Flyers played; it's more about Hakstol's method of evaluation. And if Hakstol isn't forming opinions of returning players based on their play on a television screen, there will be a whole lot of healthy competition when the team hits the ice at training camp. "You can overanalyze things," Hakstol said. "I'll be blunt. That's why I think I want to be careful about how much video [I watch]
NEWS
June 25, 2015
IN A BLACK AND WHITE world, the bad guys are locked up in prison and the good guys are on the outside, living blemish-free lives. But the world has never been black and white, and the issue of who gets locked up in jail has become increasingly gray over the past few decades, even as the prison population has exploded by a factor of four in as many decades. The fact is that who gets locked up is not inscribed in the Constitution. Society and its shifting mores has always determined who gets jailed - including the 17th century when people could be imprisoned for incurring debts.
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March 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first time he stepped into the batter's box in a game in five months, Ryan Howard didn't stay there long. The 35-year-old first baseman dug in, swung at the first pitch and singled to left field. Two innings later, he battled 21-year-old righthander Luis Severino to a full count. The eighth pitch of the at-bat found a home in right field, permitting Freddy Galvis to score and ensuring Howard a positive Grapefruit League debut. A half hour after he was replaced by Darin Ruf to start the sixth inning, Howard broke his media silence.
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