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January 21, 2000 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
When Alan Parker decided to take on the daunting task of adapting Angela's Ashes, many felt he would find it impossible to capture Frank McCourt's unique narrative voice, which manages to sometimes laugh at the pain of his grief-laden Irish childhood. Parker's direction and the deft script he cowrote with Laura Jones go a long way to solving that problem, and the film is imbued with the intricate fusion of an old man's wisdom and a child's point of view. More impressive, Parker has managed to come to grips with an issue that wasn't much discussed when he announced that he was bringing this beloved and hugely popular book to the screen.
LIVING
November 4, 1997 | By Fawn Vrazo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frank McCourt is back in Limerick, the city whose poverty he depicted so vividly in his best-selling memoir Angela's Ashes. It has not been the easiest of homecomings. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author cried last week on the stage at the beautiful new Limerick University. He was both overwhelmed and in a state of disbelief: The poor kid from Limerick's slums was wearing a cap and gown, receiving an honorary doctorate as the city's highest officials applauded him. "It was very hard to get through that," McCourt said after the ceremony.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1997 | By Ellen O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Frank McCourt planned to end the memoir of his youth at the moment when he and one of his brothers returned from America to Ireland and dispersed the ashes of their mother, Angela Sheehan McCourt, across the graves of her own stone-hearted mother and ill-wishing sister. The book ends before that, in New York - Poughkeepsie, of all places - with a young man's sly, blithe defiance of Holy Mother Church. But McCourt decided to stick with his original title, Angela's Ashes. And so he named his now-famous life tale after his mother, really, and even though her ashes are not mentioned in the story, the title still seems to be a fitting evocation of such complete destitution, and such transcendence.
NEWS
February 7, 2002 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Frank McCourt never doubted that he had a story to tell. But it took decades, he recalled recently at West Chester University, before he could put pen to paper. As McCourt remembers it, he would ask his writing students at Peter Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan during the 1950s to tell their stories, and they would respond by asking him to write his. McCourt wrote a few stream-of-consciousness pages about what it was like to be 4 years old and so poor in Depression-era Brooklyn that he had to move back to Ireland, where his parents came from.
SPORTS
June 18, 2011
Divorce Court There are two formidable obstacles for Frank McCourt to overcome in his bid to continue to own the Los Angeles Dodgers after he and his ex-wife Jamie reached a binding agreement Friday in their less-than-amiable divorce. Obstacle No. 1: Frank McCourt must receive MLB's approval of a 17-year TV contract with Fox reported to be worth up to $3 billion. Under the settlement, McCourt would receive $385 million upfront, most of which would be used for Dodger-related expenses.
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May 20, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Ex-Los Angeles Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt yesterday asked a judge to order the sale of the team, saying her ex-husband has badly mismanaged the franchise since he fired her nearly 2 years ago and brought one of baseball's most storied franchises to the "brink of financial ruin. " The request comes less than a month after Commissioner Bud Selig appointed former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer to oversee the Dodgers after questions arose about the team's finances. A resolution in the Dodgers drama that began in late 2009, when Jamie McCourt filed for divorce, may be closer than once believed because of several factors: The resumption of settlement talks between both sides.
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April 23, 2011 | Associated Press
CHICAGO - Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is operating under the same budgetary guidelines he had before Major League Baseball seized control of the team and said yesterday he reports to owner Frank McCourt until an administrator is appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig. Colletti talked with a league official Thursday but declined to identify the person. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told the Associated Press that Colletti has been in contact with multiple people with the commissioner's office during the past couple of days, including Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president of labor relations.
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October 18, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
FRANK AND Jamie McCourt have reached a settlement in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, paving the way for a showdown in bankruptcy court between the embattled team owner and Major League Baseball. The deal was struck between the former couple, but the terms will not be released, according to a joint statement yesterday from Frank and Jamie McCourt. The Los Angeles Times , which first reported the settlement, said Jamie McCourt would receive about $130 million.
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September 28, 2012
The Boston Red Sox honored some of their great players on the field as members of the "All Fenway Park Team. " The pregame ceremony Wednesday night capped a year of celebrations for the ballpark's 100th anniversary. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and designated hitter David Ortiz were the only players from this year's team on the 40-man roster. Also among the two dozen attending the ceremony were Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk, Pedro Martinez, and Roger Clemens. The team was chosen by the fans, historians, and members of the front office staff.
SPORTS
July 6, 2012
There are best intentions, and then there is real life. The difference between the two could determine the impact Jeffrey and Christina Lurie's stunning announcement about their divorce has on the franchise they own. The Luries requested respect for their privacy and that of their children, and that should be honored here and elsewhere. But it is perfectly fair, in the light of recent high-profile divorce cases, to examine the possible impact on the Eagles. "There's a broad spectrum of possibilities," said Scott Rosner, associate director of the Sports Business Initiative at Penn's Wharton School.
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April 10, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
The Boston Red Sox, already off to a Phillies-like 0-3 start, will capitalize on Fenway Park's 100th birthday this month.The festivities actually began on Monday, when the Harvard baseball team took batting practice to commemorate the first baseball game in the ancient park, an exhibition between the college nine and the Red Stockings on April 9, 1912. Think the boys from fair Harvard would love a few hacks at the current Sawks' bullpen?   LaLa Land The Dodgers' opener against Pittsburgh on Tuesday will kick off a 50th anniversary celebration of Dodger Stadium, made extra special by the recent sale of the team, which rid the city of the detested Frank McCourt and brought in the beloved Magic Johnson.
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March 29, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
LOS ANGELES Dodgers fans and players are thrilled Magic Johnson is part of the group that bought the team, but many are wondering how Frank McCourt could remain connected to the franchise he was forced to sell. The Johnson group, largely funded by Guggenheim Capital chief executive officer Mark Walter, agreed to purchase the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium and a 50 percent stake in the parking lots surrounding the ballpark from McCourt for $2.15 billion. Sources with knowledge of the agreement told ESPN.com that the group will purchase half of the Dodger Stadium parking lots, deemed to have a total value of $300 million, with McCourt keeping the other half.
SPORTS
March 29, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
One thing to consider with the mind-numbing purchase price - $2 billion and change - the Los Angeles Dodgers commanded is that just last week in this space we ran a short on Forbes' annual list of team valuations. Last week, the New York Yankees were the kings of the heap with a value of $1.85 billion, and the Dodgers came in a second with a not-at-all puny $1.4 billion. All this shows that the business of sports is business, and business in the bigs is good. So, let's get to business.
SPORTS
March 28, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Magic Johnson made the biggest score of his career late Tuesday night when Dodgers owner Frank McCourt announced an agreement to sell the team for $2 billion to a group including the former Lakers star. The price would be a record for a North American sports franchise. Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, would become the controlling owner. The group includes former Braves and Nationals president Stan Kasten. As part of the agreement, McCourt, who in 2004 paid $430 million for the team, and "certain affiliates of the purchasers" would acquire the land surrounding Dodger Stadium for $150 million.
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March 28, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
LOS ANGELES Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has announced an agreement to sell the bankrupt team for $2 billion to a group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson and former Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten. The agreement, announced Tuesday night about 5 hours after Major League Baseball owners approved three finalists for the auction, is to lead to a transfer of the team by the end of April. It is subject to approval in federal bankruptcy court.
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February 28, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
You've got to love those Red Sox, they of the epic, 7-20, September collapse. It's not yet March and they're at each other's throats. Just on Monday, former manager Terry Francona said Saturday's team ban on drinking beer in the clubhouse was a "PR move. " New manager Bobby Valentine not only denied it, he implied that Francona was just playing to the microphone in his new job at ESPN. Best of all, Josh Beckett - one of three pitchers reported as drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games last season - blamed "snitches" for leaking the story.
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February 4, 2012
In Los Angeles, federal prosecutors closed their investigation of cyclist Lance Armstrong on Friday without charging him over allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs, ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at examining whether a doping program was created to keep the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates running ahead of the pack. United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. announced the closing of the probe in a press release, but didn't disclose the reason.
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January 12, 2012
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox settled their lawsuit late Tuesday night, removing an impediment to the sale of the bankrupt team. In a motion filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, the Dodgers said they were abandoning their attempt to market future media rights and will adhere to their contract with Fox's Prime Ticket subsidiary, which kept intact its exclusive negotiating window from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30 this year. Fox Sports Net West, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., sued the Dodgers in September, claiming that owner Frank McCourt's attempt to sell media rights for 2014 and beyond violated its current broadcast agreement.
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