June 28, 2005 |
It doesn't make sense. In the previous two presidential elections, in 1997 and 2001, Iranians voted more than two-to-one for the reformist candidate, Mohammed Khatami. It did them little good, of course, because the Islamist clerics who have veto power over the elected parts of the Iranian government blocked his attempts to liberalize the system. But it seemed clear that younger Iranians in particular were fed up with clerical domination of politics and the corruption, incompetence and oppression it fostered.
November 16, 1990 |
Samuel Katz, a political outsider touting his financial prowess at a time when the city has its hand out, may officially join the mayoral race next week. He said he would meet with his campaign advisers today to make a final decision on the timing of his formal announcement as a Republican candidate. And timing is key. Although Republicans disagree over whether Katz's entry into the race puts pressure on fellow Republican Ronald Castille to make up his mind about running for mayor, they are taking note of Katz's candidacy.
April 9, 1986 |
Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Democrat of Missouri, spent Saturday doing what he has done a lot of recently: thinking about running for president. The man has his own distinctive way of thinking. He began his day of contemplation at 7:30 a.m. by walking into the Country Recipe Restaurant here for a chat with the editor of the local weekly. He downed a cinnamon roll the size of a small farm, then strolled over to the county courthouse to talk to 70 local Democrats. Then he drove to Des Moines, flew across the state to Davenport, drove to Moline, Ill., and finally flew on to Milwaukee for a big Wisconsin Democratic dinner.
March 16, 1989 |
There's a team nicknamed the Musketeers, a coach named Wimp and a team still celebrating a win over Kentucky seven years ago. Top-seeded Oklahoma was blown out by Missouri in the Big 8 tournament final. No. 2 North Carolina has been plagued so much by injuries, the Tar Heels have often been hard to recognize. Third-seeded Michigan got a new coach yesterday. No. 4 Florida State lost to New Orleans, to La Salle, to Memphis State twice. Welcome to the NCAA Southeast Regional - the one most likely to produce a dark horse.
June 26, 2002 |
What were you doing at 7:30 this morning? If you're a soccer fan, chances are you were watching the last semifinal match of the World Cup. And if you're a soccer diehard, you were probably shouting "Goal!" from a bar stool. The Dark Horse pub (formerly called the Dickens Inn) on Headhouse Square has been opening as early as 2 a.m. for patrons who want to watch games broadcast live from Korea and Japan, sites of the 2002 World Cup. Owner Matt Kennedy says hundreds of fans - mostly European ex-pats - come to his tavern before dawn to watch the games.
September 14, 2009 |
In a wild first week of South Jersey football, the biggest winners were a female kicker and Group 2. After a number of upsets, this question must be asked: Were they really surprises or simply the product of lousy predicting by sportswriters? Here's a look back at Week 1. Getting her kicks. Senior Samantha Dimitri had a memorable debut as Deptford's kicker, making both conversion kicks and a 23-yard field goal in Saturday's 21-17 loss to Pennsville. South Jersey historian Chuck Langerman said it was the first varsity field goal by a South Jersey female.
November 24, 1987 |
Pick a year, any year, and pick Kentucky as the top college basketball team in the country. It's a safe pick and no one will be able to argue too strongly against it. Same with Indiana. The Hoosiers just aren't often going to be bad. Maybe not No. 1 but never No. 200. This year isn't any different. When UK and IU meet Dec. 5 in Indianapolis, it'll be a matchup of two top 10 teams. Bet on it. Syracuse is in most people's top 10. Add Michigan and Kansas. That's five teams that will be in big trouble with fans and alumni if they not only don't make the NCAA tournament, but don't make it to regional finals.
January 31, 2008 |
There was one good thing that came out of yesterday's visit that legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno made to Jeannette High School to meet Terrelle Pryor: The Nittany Lions are not completely out of the picture in the recruiting war for the gifted, 6-6, 225-pound senior quarterback. Penn State is in the mix for Pryor - rated the nation's top recruit by several scouting services - along with Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon. Paterno made the trek to Jeannette, a Pittsburgh suburb, with his son, Jay, Penn State's quarterbacks coach, and Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.
April 6, 1994 |
For weeks, State Rep. Ellen Harley and Montgomery County Commissioner Jon D. Fox have been campaigning for the Republican nomination in the 13th Congressional District as though they were the only candidates in the race, all but ignoring the other three. Now, one of those three is going to get a little harder to ignore. Businessman John J. Murray, using his own money, has put a slickly produced, 30-second television commercial on the air, making him the first candidate to hit the TV screens.
September 28, 1986 |
They may not cut the mustard - they may not even enter the race - but Chrysler's Lee Iacocca and Georgia's Sam Nunn popped up last week as perhaps authentic dark-horse candidates for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. Neither man did a thing to boost his name into contention, but there was some interesting talk about them and it is worth noting, even if talk is cheap. On Iacocca, Kevin Phillips, who writes for this page occasionally on politics and economics, came up with surprising findings in his authoritative biweekly newsletter, The American Political Report: Iacocca's appeal is fairly broad and his political stock is becoming bullish.