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July 4, 1990 | By John D. Shabe, Special to The Inquirer
The Washington Township Board of Education is considering a change that would make it a little tougher for students to get extra credit after completing advanced courses. The change was approved on first reading June 26 and is up for approval at the board's scheduled meeting on July 24. If the policy is approved, students would have to score a 70 - the minimum for a grade of D - in their honors classes to have those courses weighted in their class standing. Weighted courses are those judged more difficult than most and are given greater consideration when figuring class standing in grades eight through 12 in the district.
NEWS
February 15, 2002 | By Matthew P. Blanchard INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There are two reasons why Rob Kane, 17, found himself participating in an antiabortion protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic last week with 80 other students from his Catholic high school. "One reason is because I think abortion should be stopped," said Kane, a junior at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County. "And also because I got the 10 points. I'm trying to get my grades up and get into a good college. " Kane's morality-class teacher, June Littel, had offered her class extra credit - 10 bonus points on the next test - to stand along Louis Drive, pray the rosary, and wave signs reading "Abortion Kills Children" at passing vehicles for about an hour after school.
NEWS
November 11, 1996 | By Lacy McCrary, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dana Brown is only 15, but she's already made a big contribution to America's consumers. The Levittown girl, as part of a science and math project when she was in ninth grade, was seeking extra credit by trying to find a mislabeled product. She went to her local supermarket and found a package of 12 Weight Watchers Chocolate Mousse ice-cream bars. The package said it contained "net wt. [weight] 21 fl. oz. [fluid ounces]. The Roosevelt Junior High School student wrote a letter to the company that markets the ice cream, Eskimo Pie Corp.
NEWS
March 13, 2003 | By Kellie Patrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David Stamm, 16, isn't very interested in theater, but he was interested in boosting his English average. So at the suggestion of his teacher - who is also the drama coach at Council Rock South High School - Stamm and many other students bought $6 tickets to see a student production of Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon. In exchange, each got 10 extra-credit points. Stamm's father, Bruce Stamm, didn't like the deal. "You've got teachers there selling grades," he said.
SPORTS
July 1, 2010
A. Extra credit for his perfect game. B. Very good, but not great. C. He seems to be giving up more hits lately.
NEWS
March 31, 2003
Remove partisanship from school board races While I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of Bob Martin's March 21 commentary ("School board members should be paid for their hard work"), I think he missed the bigger issue, which is the partisan nature of school board elections in Pennsylvania. Until the politics are removed from this very important role in our community and future, things will not improve, as the party system is a monstrous impediment to recruiting the best people for the job. Ten years ago, when I lived in another school district, a group of us were dissatisfied with our school board and mounted an independent campaign.
NEWS
June 23, 2009
THE SESSION just recessed by City Council wasn't the worst in history, but it can't be chalked up as stellar. The city budget got resolved, but we can't shake the feeling that the biggest motivator for resolution was more the fear of having to forfeit deposits on summer rentals than it was policy urgency. Now that Council is at the beach, it's worth singling out at least one worthwhile law that got passed: a bill that authorizes the Historic Commission to designate interior portions of buildings as historic.
SPORTS
May 26, 2010 | Associated Press
PARIS - Andy Roddick's preparation for this French Open was hardly traditional. Or ideal, from a purely tennis perspective, anyway. He skipped a clay-court event in Rome so he could celebrate his 1-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Brooklyn Decker. He missed another tuneup tournament in Madrid because of a stomach virus. Scrambling to get set, Roddick played a couple of hastily arranged exhibitions and practiced a bunch at Roland Garros with fellow pro Mardy Fish, a pal since high school.
NEWS
September 5, 1998 | By Donella H. Meadows
When President Clinton announced that he was sending $100 million so Texans suffering from the heat could buy air conditioners, one of my Dartmouth colleagues turned the news into a classroom quiz. What's wrong with this policy? It was an environmental-studies class, so I hope the students got it right. A good answer would have been something like this: The unusual heat wave may well be related to global warming. Global warming is caused largely by fossil-fuel use. More air conditioners means more electricity use - which means to the extent that Texas power plants burn oil, gas or coal, the President's "solution" to the heat problem will make future heat problems worse.
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SPORTS
September 2, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
The Colonial Conference has history, tradition, continuity - and some of the best nicknames in South Jersey sports. The Green Wave, the Thundering Herd, the Silver Knights, the Garnets - the grand old affiliation of small-school, neighborhood rivals has all but cornered the market on the top nickname/color schemes in the area. But there are challengers. On the brink of another school year, here's one view of the best of South Jersey sports when it comes to nicknames and color combinations: (By the way, New Egypt could have won this race going away when the small school in Ocean County that competes in the Burlington County League opened a few years ago, and announced its teams would be known as the Warriors.
SPORTS
February 11, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
The most telling picture of Joe Flacco during the Super Bowl wasn't when he was throwing those three touchdown passes or celebrating the Baltimore Ravens' victory or accepting his Most Valuable Player award. It was when the television cameras cut to him as the San Francisco 49ers drove to the verge of taking the lead in the final two minutes of the biggest game of his life. Twice, Flacco was shown on the Ravens bench. Twice, he looked as if he was sitting in his car (not yet a cherry-red Corvette)
SPORTS
February 10, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The most telling picture of Joe Flacco during the Super Bowl wasn't when he was throwing those three touchdown passes or celebrating the Baltimore Ravens' victory or accepting his Most Valuable Player award. It was when the television cameras cut to him as the San Francisco 49ers drove to the verge of taking the lead in the final two minutes of the biggest game of his life. Twice, Flacco was shown on the Ravens' bench. Twice, he looked as if he was sitting in his car (not yet a cherry-red corvette)
SPORTS
January 9, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
ONCE HIS playing days are over, perhaps Joseph Ricketts can pocket extra money by directing jump-shooting clinics. Or by making motivational speeches on the benefits of maintaining a wonderful work ethic. Hey, why wait? He should get started this summer. You know how some (many? most?) kids come scrambling into school at the last possible moment? Not Joseph Ricketts. Though classes at Frankford High don't start until 7:30 a.m., Ricketts almost always awakens at 5:45 and strolls into school at 6:30.
SPORTS
October 25, 2012
The World Series begins Wednesday with Detroit scheduled to play Game 1 in San Francisco. That can only mean one thing: Soon, all those images of former Phillies celebrating postseason success are finally going to end. No more photos of a fuzzy-faced Jayson Werth or shiny-headed Raul Ibanez after walk-off home runs. No more inexplicable Ryan Vogelsong pitching gems. No more broom-faced shots of Hunter Pence celebrating with all his other bearded teammates. No more watching the last two teams to eliminate the Phillies from the postseason - San Francisco and St. Louis - vying for a chance to return to the World Series.
SPORTS
April 21, 2012 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not the money, it's the principle that has Cleveland closer Chris Perez riled. He's considering appealing a $750 fine from Major League Baseball for posting what they call a "reckless" message on his Twitter account after batters for both the Indians and Royals were hit by pitches, touching off two bench-clearing tussles last Saturday in Kansas City. To wit: "Huge team win tonight; time for a sweep to tell the Royals it's not 'Our Time', it's #TribeTime. P.S. You hit us, we hit you. Period.
SPORTS
October 8, 2010
MAYBE ONE of these days, baseball commissioner Bud Selig's special advisory committee to improve the game, of which Phillies president Dave Montgomery is a member, will propose some innovative way to reward extraordinary performances in the postseason. It could be decreed, say, that if a team scores 20 runs in a playoff game or pitches a no-hitter that the win shall count for two (2) wins instead of the customary one (1). Until then, however, the reality is that no matter how dominant, masterful, amazing, awesome, wondrous, splendid, astounding, astonishing, brilliant, overwhelming, staggering, breathtaking, commanding, mind-boggling and/or stupefying Roy Halladay's effort against the Reds on Wednesday may have been - pick your favorite adjective - the Phillies are no better off than if it had been an otherwise unremarkable, routine victory.
SPORTS
July 1, 2010
A. Extra credit for his perfect game. B. Very good, but not great. C. He seems to be giving up more hits lately.
SPORTS
May 26, 2010 | Associated Press
PARIS - Andy Roddick's preparation for this French Open was hardly traditional. Or ideal, from a purely tennis perspective, anyway. He skipped a clay-court event in Rome so he could celebrate his 1-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Brooklyn Decker. He missed another tuneup tournament in Madrid because of a stomach virus. Scrambling to get set, Roddick played a couple of hastily arranged exhibitions and practiced a bunch at Roland Garros with fellow pro Mardy Fish, a pal since high school.
NEWS
June 23, 2009
THE SESSION just recessed by City Council wasn't the worst in history, but it can't be chalked up as stellar. The city budget got resolved, but we can't shake the feeling that the biggest motivator for resolution was more the fear of having to forfeit deposits on summer rentals than it was policy urgency. Now that Council is at the beach, it's worth singling out at least one worthwhile law that got passed: a bill that authorizes the Historic Commission to designate interior portions of buildings as historic.
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