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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.
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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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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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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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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]
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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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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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February 23, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Phillippe Aumont stepped onto a mound for the first time during spring training, Larry Andersen worked on an adjacent field. Andersen glanced at the seven pitchers about to throw bullpen sessions, and the 6-foot-7 Canadian towered above them all. Andersen viewed Aumont's maddening flashes of brilliance from a distance in his role as Phillies radio analyst. This spring, as a guest instructor, Andersen is charged with molding the younger arms. He dashed that morning toward Aumont.
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July 29, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DANNY WATKINS knew it was coming, but that didn't make it any easier. Watkins, the Eagles' 2011 first-round pick, began training camp yesterday right where he left off in the spring - on the second-team offensive line. The Eagles drafted tackle Lane Johnson fourth overall in April, and when Johnson started showing the promise the Eagles expected, they moved incumbent right tackle Todd Herremans inside to Watkins' right-guard spot. A new coaching staff offers a clean slate, and Watkins is clearly much more comfortable with Jeff Stoutland as his offensive-line coach than he was with Howard Mudd, but the chance to begin anew hasn't changed Watkins' situation.
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May 30, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DEPARTURE tickets seemed stapled to more than a few foreheads by the time the Eagles' debacle of a 2012 season churned to a bitter end. Right up there among that group was Curtis Marsh, a cornerback drafted in the third round in 2011 who played almost exclusively on special teams last year, even as starting corners Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie melted down and the Eagles allowed a franchise- record 33 touchdown passes. The defensive coaching staff clearly didn't think Marsh could play a lick.
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June 2, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Curtis Drake's injury-plagued and somewhat checkered career as a Penn State football player has come to an end, with the former West Catholic High School star saying Friday that he was dismissed from the team because of academics. Penn State coach Bill O'Brien delivered news to reporters before teeing off at the Nittany Lions' Coaches vs. Cancer golf tournament in State College, Pa., revealing that he has named senior Matt McGloin the starting quarterback and that Drake was off the team for good.
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