April 15, 2014 |
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.
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.
March 5, 2010 |
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.
May 22, 1987 |
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.
March 25, 1995 |
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.
July 28, 1991 |
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.
November 21, 2011 |
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.
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.
March 5, 2015 |
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.