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September 28, 2000 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Like Arms and the Man, which preceded it by three years, G.B. Shaw's 1897 Candida has to do with a woman asked to choose between a pair of suitors. Yet the two plays are substantially different. In Arms, the young woman is a pampered ninny, largely a device to accommodate the conflict between a preening romantic and a gimlet-eyed pragmatist. But in Candida, being revived at the Arden Theatre, the woman is not only the object of the conflict but must define its terms, and this time Shaw presents her no clear choice.
NEWS
September 13, 1993 | By Gene Morris, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After blowing out its second straight opponent Friday night, raising its season scoring total to 69 points and its yardage to nearly 850, Downingtown coach John Barr was most excited about his linebackers. Linebackers? "We lost our three starting linebackers to graduation," Barr said after the 28-0 nonleague win over visiting Catholic League champion Archbishop Ryan. "We knew we had good ends, nose guards, tackles and backs, but we needed to get some play out of the linebackers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1992 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Red-haired, frail and freckled was how the character of Solomon in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle was first imagined. But as soon as Ernie Hudson read Amanda Silver's script, he wanted the part. So what if Hudson has dark hair, is athletic-looking and black? "I got hold of the script by accident," recalls Hudson, best known for his role as Winston Zeddemore in the two Ghostbusters pics. "I told my agent that I had to get in for a reading. It took me two or three weeks to finally get a meeting.
SPORTS
December 13, 1990 | By Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writer
When Villanova coach Rollie Massimino makes a list of great unsolved mysteries in the Big East, Seton Hall is bound to be near the top. The Pirates, who defeated the Wildcats last night at the duPont Pavilion, 81-77, have run off six consecutive victories over their Main Line foes. Most of those games could have gone either way. But this one ended with Seton Hall players dancing off the floor and Massimino shaking his head about an unexpected problem. The Wildcats (5-2, 0-1)
NEWS
November 10, 1995 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Meredith Unger knows the value of hard work. Hard work led to the Haverford College junior's victory in the recent Centennial Conference cross-country championships. But Unger, who will lead the Haverford women's team into the Division III NCAA Mideast Regional tomorrow at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., knows there is a fine line between hard work and an obsession that leads to an eating disorder. Many athletes cross that line, and Unger, a member of Haverford's Eating Disorders Council, tries to help them with their problems.
SPORTS
February 12, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The blessing of being a Big Five head coach is that usually you get so many of the benefits of coaching in Philadelphia and so few of the costs. There are the cranky alumni, sure, but there are precious few talk-show callers and hot-take columnists demanding that you be fired. Philadelphia is, first and foremost, a professional sports town, and the sheer number of Division I college basketball teams in the city breaks what would be a large single fan base into factions, none of which feels all that much loyalty, if any at all, to any of its local rivals.
NEWS
September 28, 2011
There is no NFL protocol for the rest of the body. Get a concussion and, due to the vagaries of the injury and the league's long failure to treat head shots seriously, a player has to pass a series of tests and be cleared by an independent neurologist. Injure your hand, break a rib, tear a ligament, sprain an ankle - do any of those and a player is not only free to play if he can, he is celebrated for his toughness. Playing hurt adds to the mystique, especially for quarterbacks.
NEWS
April 4, 1997 | by Lew Sichelman, For the Daily News
Immediately after the new owners moved in, food mysteriously began to disappear. But the way Ed Ferguson remembers it, it wasn't until several days later that they found out why: The seller had left his pet monkey behind. Fortunately, sellers who leave things behind - or at least things of value - are a rarity. What happens far more frequently is that they take things that they shouldn't. All manner of things, too, like toilet seats, built-in microwaves, light fixtures, sometimes even the shrubs.
NEWS
October 26, 1991 | By ELLEN GOODMAN
The man leans across the table and asks the question again, as if I had not heard him the first time. "Where is the line?" It is mid-morning and we are sitting over coffee - the West Coast's drug of choice - talking ostensibly about national politics. But the subject gravitates naturally toward sexual politics. He wants to know: "Where is the line?" Ever since Anita Hill's story exploded all over his office, spewing its uneasy debris, he has been searching for an E-Z marker to separate flirtation from harassment, a threshold between attention that is welcome and unwelcome.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1995 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
What's a director to do? The movie The Wizard of Oz is perhaps the most seen, most loved, most familiar-to-everyone movie ever made. So if you're Charles Abbott, and you're charged with taking theatergoers off to see the wizard in a musical theater piece, do you imitate the movie or try to be original at every turn? "I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't," Abbott conceded during a break in rehearsals for the show, which previews today and Tuesday and opens Wednesday at the Walnut Street Theatre.
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July 22, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
C.J. Smith sat in the North Dakota State locker room when Carson Wentz walked in and passionately addressed the team last October. The Bison had just been beaten at home by South Dakota and the players quietly took off their gear the way players do when they lose a game they otherwise had no business losing. Wentz broke the silence. The quarterback and captain called out the team for being ill-prepared, for lacking energy at the start, and for failing to respond as the Coyotes mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, according to Smith.
SPORTS
June 10, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
CARSON WENTZ does something amazing just about every day, but he isn't ready to quarterback the Eagles, and he probably isn't going to be ready when the season opens in September. That isn't meant as a rip or as a "hot take. " It's an assessment of where we stand, with the Eagles wrapping up pretraining-camp work Friday. The more we are able to watch Wentz and Sam Bradford running Doug Pederson's offense, the more apparent it becomes that the Eagles didn't just blunder into employing both Bradford and Wentz, along with Chase Daniel, at the QB position for 2016.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Kristina Wong is on a mission. As a performance artist who self-identifies as someone "who fights for the marginalized," she wanted to find some way to "leave a legacy" by "making a difference. " The Wong Street Journal is her message. Treading the fine line between preaching and entertaining, she tells us about her three-week trip to Northern Uganda. As a third-generation Chinese-American, Wong goes to Africa, where she is mistaken for a white person (so much for her idealized solidarity among people of color)
NEWS
March 4, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Progress will be thwarted by too many opinions. They can't all be right, and they can't all be wrong. You're the one to sort this out. There must be a consensus if the group is to move forward. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Showing off is never cool, but how will you let them know what you can do if you never mention it? Today you'll walk a fine line between standing out and fitting in. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some people complain to sound big, when it only makes them sound weak, insecure, and ill-equipped to do what it takes to make a situation work.
SPORTS
January 22, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
There is a fine line between the positivity associated with winning close games and the doubt that follows difficulties closing out an opponent. Roman Catholic continues to tiptoe precariously close to defeat in Catholic League play before finding a way to win late. On Wednesday, the Cahillites squandered a double-digit second-half lead yet survived, 55-52, against visiting Archbishop Ryan, thanks in part to a late basket by senior guard Tony Carr. "When you come out with a win, you say, 'All right, good.
SPORTS
January 5, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The end of the season brings uncertainty for every NFL team, even ones that don't suffer through the disappointment and upheaval visited on the Eagles in 2015. Players will leave, players will arrive. Coaches might be shuffled in and out, or just shuffled. Things will change. The team that leaves the field after the last game will never be seen again. "That's everyone's focus now, worrying about the ugly unknown. Who's going to be back? Who's coaching?
SPORTS
December 22, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Allen Iverson might not think much of it, but there are a number of Temple players who are sad to see practice end. For all intents and purposes, Sunday morning's practice at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach was the last for the Owls as they prepare for Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl against Toledo. On Monday the team will do a walk-through at FAU Stadium, site of the game. The seniors are attempting to tread the fine line between savoring each final memory and going about business.
SPORTS
December 3, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY said Monday he didn't think he needed to go to his players and reaffirm his commitment to seeing things through here, or to reiterate what he told reporters that day - that he never spoke to USC about the Trojans' head-coaching job. But before practice Tuesday, Kelly did indeed do just that, players said. Offensive tackle Lane Johnson said Kelly told them that "the whole USC story was made up, and that he was out of town (when Kelly supposedly met with USC officials in Philadelphia)
SPORTS
November 23, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The interception that Mark Sanchez threw in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' loss on Sunday might have been more frustrating if it had been more surprising. When Chip Kelly was asked last week how to reduce Sanchez's propensity for turnovers, the Eagles coach responded that Sanchez only has one - as if an evaluation of Sanchez should be limited to his 38 snaps this season. But if you go back a little further, history is not always kind to Sanchez. For all the qualities that Sanchez possesses - and there are plenty - the untimely turnovers are his fatal flaw on the football field.
NEWS
July 13, 2015
MY HUSBAND has stage-4 cancer and is in constant pain. A big worry for him is my being alone in life after his passing. Several months ago when the subject came up, I told him that while I'm not a prophet, I know I'll be OK. I'm a social person. I have a nice support group with various organizations, and I'm close with family and co-workers, etc. Four months ago, a high school friend and I reconnected. We have shared many conversations and have built a meaningful relationship. The gnawing question is: Do I share this information with my husband now, wait until he mentions his leaving me alone again or say nothing?
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