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February 3, 2010
WHAT GOOD is a driving law if it doesn't cover all the distractions? What about the GPS? You have to actually look at it while navigating. Then there's my pet peeve - I have on occasion counted the cars with a dog in them while leaving my seashore resort of Sea Isle. Unbelievably, one out of every five had a dog, either licking the driver's neck or hanging out the window. I had difficulty seeing the notorious "lapdogs" because they were well cuddled by the driver. Our legislators just can't get it right, can they?
SPORTS
April 8, 1992 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 76ers might be also-rans in the record that measures nothing but wins and losses, but they are still near the league lead in distractions this season. Credit diversions such as a bar fight, a street fight, two dozen suspect injury-list transactions and a disavowed autobiography. There's some competition for the honor - big competition - and tonight, as they continue their attempted tightrope act to the postseason, the 33-42 Sixers play a team whose gaze they should recognize.
SPORTS
September 26, 1996 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
So what's really wrong with the 1-3 Dallas Cowboys? Do they miss suspended wide receiver Michael Irvin and injured tight end Jay Novacek that much? Has their defensive line, which is without tackle Russell Maryland, deteriorated so much that it can't stop the run? Is Emmitt Smith so banged up that his best days are behind him? Eagles coach Ray Rhodes says none of the above. The Cowboys' problems, he insists, are mostly mental, as is often the case when apparently solid teams go sour.
SPORTS
January 18, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This time, the week leading up to the NFC championship game was different for Eagles defensive end N.D. Kalu. This time, there was no hoopla or pregame pep rallies. This time, there was nothing but preparation and a sprained foot, which won't keep him from playing tonight against the Carolina Panthers. Kalu said weeks ago that he felt the Eagles were too distracted by outside influences as they prepared for last year's NFC championship game against Tampa Bay. He vowed then that he would not make that mistake again if he got the chance, and he stuck by his word.
NEWS
March 6, 2008 | By Marie McCullough INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Listening on a cell phone, even with a headset and free hands, can make a driver as dangerous as a drunken one, a new study suggests. Researchers have previously explored this territory, but Carnegie Mellon University scientists tried a new tack: They looked at the brain. They used brain imaging to show that listening to a cell phone significantly reduces the brain activity that occurs during undistracted driving. This drop in brain function increases driving mistakes - such as weaving out of the lane or hitting a berm on the shoulder of the road.
SPORTS
November 20, 2011 | By Evan Burgos, For The Inquirer
When a team never loses, it's easy to be overconfident. When a team never loses, a multitude of distractions often accompanies the success. In the case of Conestoga, it all has coach Dave Zimmerman a bit worried. But maybe Zimmerman's general disposition is one of slight paranoia when it comes to his boys' soccer team. It's a team that will play for a PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday in Hershey; a team that has not lost a game in more than a year; a team ranked No. 6 in the nation by ESPN and No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer; a team that, the coach said, must shut out all the outside noise: The fervor of adoring parents, the pressure from schoolmates, and all the chatter on Facebook and Twitter.
NEWS
October 1, 2010
EVERY DAY, millions march into liquor stores and stumble home from bars in the wee hours. Lives are destroyed. Homes are broken into pieces. Children suffer, but later replicate. This is, however, if the drunk doesn't drive. Thousands are dead in Pakistan. Unemployment is at 10 percent. The proud promise of a presidency is at a 38 percent approval rating. Thirty-three percent of all African-American males are in jail. But, the big story today (ABC News) is that Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are guilty, again!
SPORTS
March 16, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As a freshman, Dante Cunningham observed what life was like the last time Villanova played an NCAA tournament game at the Wachovia Center, with all the cell- phone calls, e-mails and demands for tickets, tickets, tickets. So as the Wildcats prepare to return to the big arena in South Philadelphia for the 2009 NCAA tournament as a No. 3 seed in the East Regional, Cunningham knows the Wildcats' focus must be steely with all the craziness around them. "That's something that, as a senior, I have to teach the younger guys," the Villanova forward said yesterday after the Wildcats watched the NCAA selection show at the Connelly Center on campus.
SPORTS
January 31, 2004 | By Joe Santoliquito INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A television news van was in the parking lot, and a cameraman sat under one basket last night at Archbishop Wood High during the Catholic League Northern Division girls' basketball game between the Vikings and St. Hubert. Along with Cardinal Dougherty, the teams have battled all season for the division lead. But last night the spotlight was on St. Hubert for a different reason. In a televised report Thursday, a former team member accused the St. Hubert staff of verbal abuse.
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May 19, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON - The engineer who derailed an Amtrak train lost his bearings shortly before he accelerated into a dangerous Philadelphia curve last year, likely because he was distracted by radio talk about a SEPTA train struck by rocks, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Their report offered the most clear explanation yet for the May 12, 2015 crash of a New York-bound train that killed eight and injured about 200 people. "The engineer's world is one of fallible human decisions and actions in an imperfect environment," said Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON - The engineer who derailed an Amtrak train lost his bearings shortly before he accelerated into a dangerous Philadelphia curve last year, likely because he was distracted by radio talk about a SEPTA train struck by rocks, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Their report offered the clearest explanation yet for the May 12 crash of a New York City-bound train that killed eight people and injured about 200. "The engineer's world is one of fallible human decisions and actions in an imperfect environment," said Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
The engineer whose Amtrak train derailed last May in Philadelphia, killing eight people, was likely distracted as he sped to more than 100 m.p.h, a yearlong federal investigation will conclude Tuesday, according to network television reports and a congressional source briefed on the findings. Among the possible reasons the engineer may have lost his bearings was radio chatter several minutes before the train hurtled off a curve, according to a second source familiar with the study by the National Transportation Safety Board.
SPORTS
February 14, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
There will be plenty of emotion at the Liacouras Center when Temple resumes action Sunday with an American Athletic Conference game against South Florida. The Owls fans will naturally be giddy over Thursday's wild 63-58 comeback win over visiting Connecticut, when Temple erased a 12-point lead with less than six minutes remaining. There also will be a celebration of the past when the 1991 Temple team is honored for reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament a quarter of a century ago. Among those returning will be the star of that team, Temple's all-time leading scorer, Mark Macon.
SPORTS
December 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple football coach Matt Rhule wasn't thrilled with the question, but he had to know it was coming. A day after talking to Missouri officials about their vacant head coaching job, Rhule was asked if this would lead to any distraction heading into the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday at Houston. "Only if people keep asking it," Rhule said Monday during a conference call with reporters. The Owls (10-2) earned the berth in the game Saturday with a 27-3 win over visiting Connecticut that clinched the AAC East Division.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Evesham Township, where more motorists already are ticketed than anywhere else in South Jersey for talking on a handheld cellphone or texting while driving, police have written even more tickets than usual in recent months. Between January and May, 597 drivers were cited for the offense - a sharp increase from the 462 ticketed in the same five-month period last year, according to the most recent Municipal Court case data available. Police Chief Christopher Chew, in an interview last week, tied the surge in citations to grant money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which the state administers to police departments to enforce issues such as distracted and drunken driving.
NEWS
April 24, 2015
AMONG THE MANY things lost on the Harrisburg General Assembly - a strong work ethic, for example - count irony among the biggest. Case in point: As a lawsuit makes its way through the courts that claims the state fails to uphold its constitutional obligation to educate children adequately because of an "irrational funding policy," one lawmaker, Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R.-Lancaster, wants to give the state's failing schools a few years to turn around;...
BUSINESS
March 26, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most car accidents involving teenage drivers are caused by distractions such as phones, passengers, and personal grooming, according to a study released Wednesday. Using video cameras installed in teens' cars, researchers concluded that 58 percent of the crashes they studied were caused by distracted drivers. That is much higher than official estimates of 14 percent based on police reports. The new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examined 1,691 moderate to severe crashes (none fatal)
SPORTS
February 20, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
BEFORE THE Sixers were turned on their ear yesterday with the trades of Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels, the players went through a workout in preparation for the final 29 games of the season. Despite all the guarded anticipation of the trade deadline, coach Brett Brown was pleased with the way his team shoved all distracting thoughts off to the side. "They just had as good a practice as they've had all year," said Brown. "They are together. Everybody understands the awkwardness of today.
SPORTS
December 4, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Embarrassed and angry after being forced to sit out as a healthy scratch for the first time at any level of hockey, Vinny Lecavalier did his best to bite his tongue yesterday. Lecavalier, 34, is only a quarter of the way through the second season of a seemingly interminable 5-year deal. Asked if he agreed with coach Craig Berube's decision, Lecavalier said: "I'm not going to start arguing. It's his decision. " It's no secret the Flyers tried to move Lecavalier last summer.
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