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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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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.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
SOMEONE IN Southwest Philly needs to start snitching. Because someone knows how the Gesner Street fire started in the wee hours of July 5, destroying eight homes, taking the lives of four tots and injuring the mother who tried to save them. Neighbors have said they heard fireworks going off just before the inferno erupted. Its heat melted siding off homes across the street. But none of the residents I spoke with would even speculate about who might have caused the fire. "Whoever did it, it was an accident," said a neighbor.
SPORTS
June 21, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles used to hand out T-shirts to their players that had a message for the next season. Two years ago there was the "It's Time" shirt that wound up having more to do with the end of Andy Reid's tenure than it did with finally winning a title. Chip Kelly ended that ritual, but if he was to have shirts emblazoned with a unifying message in the post-DeSean Jackson era, it probably would have the word "Drama" in a red circle and under a slash. The Kelly Eagles in Year 2 are devoid of divalike receivers, controversial quarterbacks, contract holdouts, and the sort of off-the-field drama that seemed to plague the Reid Eagles after their 2005 Super Bowl appearance.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Penn State has a problem. I'm sorry to tell you that it involves football. Also, an alleged sexual assault. After a Florida State University freshman reported she had been raped in December 2012, the prime suspect was identified as star quarterback Jameis Winston, who went on to win the Heisman Trophy and lead the Seminoles to a national championship. Winston was never charged. The police claim it was due to lack of evidence, though there was plenty, including DNA, witnesses, and a secretly recorded video of a portion of the incident.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Is there a more terrifying line than Mark Antony's in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar : "Cry, 'Havoc!' And let slip the dogs of war"? This powerful play is about self-deluded warrior-politicians; it is filled with conspiracy, ambition, corruption, betrayal, and tyranny. And if the leaders are vicious, the public, easily manipulated, is worse. The Lantern Theatre production, under the direction of Charles McMahon, is both intriguing and frustrating. Julius Caesar is a play for all times, as Shakespeare's plays always turn out to be, whether the setting is ancient Rome or the forest of Arden.
SPORTS
January 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. - New Orleans Saints five-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans is awfully proud of his Philadelphia roots and over the years he hasn't hidden his affinity for the area's sports teams from his teammates. This week, the pro-Philadelphia talk has stopped since Evans and his Saints teammates will be visiting Lincoln Financial Field for Saturday's wild-card game. A proud alumnus of Frankford High, Evans used to get ribbed much more about his passion for Philadelphia. But this is his eighth season, so the novelty of teasing the 6-foot-4, 318-pounder has long passed.
SPORTS
November 14, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year after it seemed all but certain that his career with the Eagles was over, Michael Vick faces an uncertain future in which the only likely scenario is that he will be playing for another team next year. He is injured, Nick Foles is playing well and winning, and there are only six games remaining in the one-year contract Vick signed in the offseason. During an interview with The Inquirer, Vick said he did not know if he was still the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback. But sources close to the 33-year old have said that even when Vick returns, they expect Foles to remain the starter.
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