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December 8, 1997 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Emil Synu lives amid the crumbling castles of a once-great empire and considers himself, at least for now, one lucky Gypsy: He hasn't been beaten, set on fire, or chased into a river and drowned. But each day that he opens his door, Synu said, he becomes a target for neo-Nazis and skinheads staging a campaign of fear that has shaken a nation known for its peace and its poet president. Synu even fondly remembers the oppressive days of communism when Eastern Europe's centuries-old ethnic hatreds were muffled by the state.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2003 | By Thomas J. Brady INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Small and mid-size U.S. businesses may have a chance for a new export market: the Czech Republic, a Commerce Department official says. Although business opportunities there are good generally, they are especially abundant now because of last August's flooding, the worst to hit Central Europe in 500 years, said Richard Steffens, counselor in Prague for the U.S. Commercial Service. "The Czech Republic estimates that up to $5 billion in damage was done," and cleanup services at hazardous waste sites are particularly needed, Steffens said.
NEWS
July 3, 2011 | By Karel Janicek, Associated Press
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The Russians are back. Twenty years after Soviet troops left to the delight of a liberated nation, Russian schools, businesses, newspapers, and communities are thriving in and around Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. But while many Czechs seem to be leaving decades of bad blood behind them, there's alarm in Russia at the economic impact of a new wave of middle-class emigration to Eastern Europe, where life seems far simpler and where European Union membership brings dynamism.
NEWS
November 23, 1998 | By Thomas Kirkpatrick
Smart shopping follows the old business dictum: Location, location, location. And smart entrepreneurs are following that dictum as they shop all through Europe for the best places to start a new business. Europe has become EuroMart. EuroMart covers a lot of territory, and it often stocks its best buys in the corners and at the edges, along the aisles marked "Privatization 'R Us," "European Union Wanna-bes" and "Hot Spots. " Over on Aisle 1, we have Hungary. Budapest did a land-office business over the last decade in selling off its state-owned enterprises to foreign investors.
NEWS
November 19, 2004 | By Bruce I. Konviser FOR THE INQUIRER
A group of Iraqi politicians came here this month to learn how to build a democratic state from the ashes of totalitarianism. The Czechs know a thing or two about this tricky business - all the better to provide the cautionary tales for those who must try to grow something so fragile as democracy in the violence and chaos of Iraq. Better even than going to learn in America, where democracy has been around a long time and where how it all began is found in history books. Sallama al-Khafaji, an independent member of the interim Iraqi National Assembly, was impressed with what she saw at polling sites as the citizens of the Czech Republic cast ballots in parliamentary voting.
SPORTS
September 16, 2001 | By Adam B. Ellick FOR THE INQUIRER
He does not speak a word of English. He has never heard of a cheesesteak. And he does not know the Liberty Bell from Taco Bell. But he might lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup. Jiri Dopita (YEAR-ee DO-pita), who joined the Flyers last week for the opening of training camp, has been widely considered the best non-NHL player in the world for nearly a decade, although he is virtually unknown in America. In June he signed a two-year deal with the Flyers, a team already stacked at center with Keith Primeau and free-agent addition Jeremy Roenick.
NEWS
November 2, 1995 | By David T. Shaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
West Chester East coach Nick Russo has a highlight video of last season, bits and pieces of the Vikings' play as they won the Division AAA title of the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League. One snippet shows the Vikings shaking hands with players from a team called Sparta Praha. The Czech Republic club, invited over for a Christmas tournament at Ice Line, dominated all the local teams. And there, shaking Russo's hand, is the alternate captain and most dominating player for Sparta Praha, Zdenek Horak.
NEWS
June 16, 1994 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's a long way from the town square in Telc in the Czech Republic to the Oakbourne mansion in Westtown Township. But for Jan Simek, 18, an exchange student with the West Chester Rotary Club, there are similarities. Namely, beautiful architecture. Telc is a town of Baroque and Renaissance-style buildings, while Oakbourne's towers and ornamental copper gables glitter in Victorian majesty. But while Telc may give Simek an artistic high, Oakbourne is helping him make money. "In America there are many opportunities," said Simek.
NEWS
February 5, 1997 | By Peter Slevin, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Not 10 years ago, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia were members in good standing of the Soviet bloc. Their communist generals swore allegiance to Moscow and opposition to the NATO alliance. A few months from now, in a sign of Europe's crawl to unity, Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic are likely to be offered full membership in the 16-nation NATO military force they once opposed with tanks and troops. This shift in loyalties is one of the most significant and delicate questions faced by President Clinton and his new foreign-policy team.
NEWS
March 18, 2012
1. f. Russia. 2. h. Sweden. 3. d. Italy. 4. i. Wales. 5. c. India. 6. j. West Indies. 7. g. Spain. 8. b. France. 9. e. Mexico. 10. a. Czech Republic.
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SPORTS
May 22, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he improved his crowded defense and its speed Wednesday by signing free-agent Yevgeni Medvedev, a three-time KHL all-star in Russia. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound Russian will be playing in the NHL for the first time after spending his career in the Russian Elite League and the KHL. He is regarded as a strong-skating two-way defenseman, and Hextall is banking on his making a quick adjustment to the smaller NHL rinks. "We just felt with the size, the mobility, the skating, that we upgraded our group here," said Hextall, who said Medvedev has the ability to play on the power play and penalty kill.
SPORTS
March 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the newest Flyer, Radko Gudas, life is good. The rugged defenseman, acquired along with first- and third-round draft picks in the deal that sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa Bay, is healing after knee surgery, is expecting his first child (a girl) in two weeks, and is being reunited with his longtime friend from the Czech Republic, Jake Voracek. "I'm happy to be on a team that wants me," he said Wednesday after arriving at the team's practice facility in Voorhees. "It's always exciting to be a part of something new. " Gudas, 24, who said his father (Leo, a onetime Calgary draftee)
SPORTS
December 31, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
REDISCOVERING HER strength in slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin became the most successful U.S. skier in the discipline yesterday in Kuehtai, Austria. Shiffrin, 19, racked up her 10th career slalom win, beating the records set in the 1980s by Tamara McKinney and on the men's side by Phil Mahre , who both had nine wins in ski racing's most technically demanding event. "I wasn't thinking about that today," Shiffrin said. "Somebody mentioned it and I was like, 'Ha, that is very cool.' I had no idea.
SPORTS
October 27, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
This article has been corrected. A previous version misspelled the name of Mirka Knapkova as Irka Knapkova. Kjetil Borch, a single sculler from Norway, saw the richest prize in his sport close to his grasp Saturday on the Schuylkill - and then he found out the Schuylkill had a little more adventure left for him. Out in front of the reigning world singles champion, with the reigning Olympic champion also in range, and a $10,000 first prize...
SPORTS
June 25, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
Second part in a series previewing the top prospects coming to Philadelphia for this week's NHL draft .   MAKING HIS way to Madison Square Garden in New York 2 weeks ago to take in his first-ever NHL game - and Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, at that - Leon Draisaitl was surprised to see the number of Rangers shirts and hats lining the street. In his native Germany, the streets are filled with soccer paraphernalia. "It's all about soccer," Draisaitl said with a laugh.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Representing their countries has special meaning for the five Flyers who will compete in the Sochi Olympics, but it has extra significance for two of the participants: wingers Jake Voracek and Michael Raffl. The first time, you see, is usually the best. Voracek, representing the Czech Republic, and Raffl (Austria) are rookies to the Olympic Games. "This is what every kid dreams of, and it's going to be very exciting," Voracek said. "Since I was a kid, I was watching the Olympics on TV, the best players in the world . . . so this is really something.
SPORTS
November 8, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
By the time Jakub Voracek was born, his father already had dared to defy an evil regime's reach for the sake of his family's freedom. In 1988, Miloslav Voracek sneaked out of his home in Kladno, Czechoslovakia, and embarked on a treacherous journey, riding a train to the border and hiking for two days through the forests of Austria until he reached a friend and fellow defector in West Germany. He remained there for six weeks, plotting a way for his wife and daughter to join him, until he returned home after coming to a prescient realization - that things would change for the better soon enough, that the Soviet Union's empire and influence were doomed to crumble.
SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
In the first women's major played in continental Europe, Suzann Pettersen beat teenage star Lydia Ko of New Zealand by 2 shots to win the Evian Championship on Sunday and clinch the second major title of her career in Evian-Les-Bains, France. It was her first major since the LPGA Championship in 2007, and her second straight tournament win after the Safeway Classic this month. This was the first year that Evian counted as the fifth and final major of the year on the women's calendar.
SPORTS
July 11, 2013 | Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware could be back on the court by October. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said yesterday that he's encouraged by Ware's rehabilitation, which recently has included riding a stationary bicycle. Ware broke his right leg in a gruesome incident during Louisville's regional final victory over Duke and his injury became a rallying point in the Cardinals' run to their third NCAA title. "He's just riding the bike and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing," Pitino said.
SPORTS
July 3, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - Grand Slam tournaments bring out the best in Sloane Stephens, the last American singles player still around at the All England Club. The 17th-seeded Stephens, who will play for the Freedoms this month in World TeamTennis, reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico. Stephens made a run to the Australian Open semifinals in January and a second-week appearance in the French Open in June. At Roland Garros, she reached the fourth round before losing to 2012 champion Maria Sharapova.
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