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December 24, 2003
AT A TIME when most of us are busily preparing for Christmas, let us remember and thank our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. To those who protected our freedom in World War II, thank you. To those who fought in Korea and Vietnam, thank you. To those who fought in the Gulf War, thank you. And to those firefighters and police officers in New York, the ones who head into a burning building as we are heading out, and lost their...
NEWS
January 19, 1986
South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his leadership of nonviolent opposition to apartheid, paid a hectic two- day visit to Philadelphia last week. At packed assemblies around the city, he called for divestment of South Africa-related stocks, thanked American supporters and vowed that efforts to end white-minority domination would continue. "Freedom is coming," he said.
NEWS
July 17, 2006
WHEN THIS great country was in its infancy, I don't believe that our forefathers envisioned freedom of religion to include religions or cults that sanction the killing of non-believers. Can someone from please explain exactly what constitutes a religion verses a cult, and just exactly what religions are recognized as legitimate religions per the Constitution? If the killing of innocent people is considered a crime, why do politicians turn a blind eye toward literature that specifically sanctions the killing of non-believers?
NEWS
June 30, 2006 | Brian P. Tierney
FOR TOO MANY years, newspaper ownership in this country has increasingly been concentrated in the hands of a few large companies. Newspaper traditionalists have been mourning the loss of individual community character, as well as spirited personality, in their hometown papers. The industry has been resigned to a fate of bland, generic corporatization, and concepts like family or local stewardship were as quaint as hot-lead type. The trend has seemed so inevitable, so relentless, and so unstoppable that even giants like Times Mirror and Knight Ridder have succumbed to the same family squabbles and Wall Street pressure that swallowed up great newspapers from Louisville to Des Moines to Los Angeles to Boston.
NEWS
July 5, 2008 | SOLOMON JONES
YESTERDAY was Independence Day - the day America told Britain to go fly a kite. Because our country's founders had the foresight to make that bold move, we now have the freedom to barbecue and go to clearance sales on every major holiday. I, along with my family and friends, will be enjoying each of these freedoms this holiday weekend. However, we'll be making a few minor adjustments to our usual Independence Day celebration due to the economic slowdown. We won't be throwing any steaks on the grill.
NEWS
October 29, 1987
One paragraph deep in yesterday's account of the disgruntled investor who blew away the manager of a Merrill Lynch office in Miami stood out: "About 10 a.m. Katz left the brokerage house and drove his 1986 Pontiac Fiero sports car to the Tamiami Gun Shop South on Dixie Highway. He used a credit card to purchase the .357 (magnum revolver) for $300 to $400 . . . . " Whatever drove Arthur H. Katz to murder the branch manager, shoot his broker and then kill himself, Florida's super-lenient gun law should be credited with an assist.
NEWS
January 13, 1987
The word from South Africa is bad. The state of emergency has been intensified. Press censorship has become more severe. Black education groups are not permitted to hold meetings. The imprisonment of dissenters continues. People continue to be killed, and bordering African nations live in constant fear of attack. Some observers think this deterioration of conditions is evidence of the failure of U.S. economic sanctions. But those who want to reinvest U.S. dollars - in the wake of increased South African trade with Israel, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Switzerland and South America - are dead wrong.
NEWS
July 17, 1993 | Inquirer photographs by April Saul
Protesters gathered outside City Hall yesterday to begin a 24-hour fast demanding the release of political prisoners in Vietnam. The Movement for Freedom and Democracy in Vietnam is organizing the demonstration.
NEWS
April 12, 1989 | By DAVID KAIRYS
Somehow we can't seem to get straight what we mean by freedom. Everybody's for it. But why is a refusal to honor the flag an exercise of freedom to some and a desecration of freedom to others? The answer lies in divergent visions of freedom throughout our history, and in the reemergence in recent years of an old, repressive tradition with a new face. As in the past, the flag has become a central focus of the current debate - in the presidential campaign, in the furor over its use in a Chicago art exhibit and in a case now before the Supreme Court involving a Texas law making it a crime to destroy or deface the flag in circumstances upsetting to others.
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August 10, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Kathleen Kane sowed the seeds of her undoing during her seemingly flawless first year in office. That was the year the Democratic attorney general, newly elected in a landslide, won national attention for stands in favor of gun control and marriage equality. MSNBC host Chris Matthews even suggested she was presidential material. But it was also the year she secretly shut down an undercover sting operation she inherited from her Republican predecessors. Though the investigation had caught Democratic elected officials in Philadelphia pocketing cash and jewelry, Kane, in 2013, declined to press charges, saying the case was badly flawed and possibly tainted by racial targeting.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY REKHA BASU
RAHA MOHARRAK was 25 when her parents said it was time for her to marry, but she decided she wasn't a toaster - as in " Ping! It's ready" - the Saudi Arabian woman told a U.S. audience recently. "I wasn't ready. " Nor was she interested in giving up her job, car or independent life in Dubai, or up for the demeaning ritual in which "you get all dolled up, get onstage and dance at a wedding, and wait for some mom to see you and say, 'She's good for my son.' " Instead, Moharrak climbed Mount Everest.
SPORTS
July 28, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Marcelo Melo's return sailed over the net, Mike Bryan yelled "Going out" and he and his brother, Bob, ducked in unison. When the shot did land well behind the baseline to give the Bryan brothers a 5-1 set win over the Philadelphia Freedoms men's doubles team of Melo and Robby Ginepri, the Bryans converged near the net and jumped up for their signature chest bump. The lopsided set win led the visiting California Dream (8-4) to a 22-16 World TeamTennis win over the Freedoms (4-8)
SPORTS
July 27, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bryan brothers have done - and won - just about everything there is to do and win in men's doubles tennis. Since breaking onto the scene in 1995, identical twins Mike and Bob have won 16 Grand Slam titles, one Olympic Gold medal, and held the No. 1 ranking in the world for 424 consecutive weeks - the longest of any player or tandem in tennis history. Even in a career as long and decorated as theirs, there is a first time for everything. On Sunday, that first will be performing in a live music show before hitting the courts at Villanova University's Pavilion for the California Dream's (6-4)
SPORTS
July 25, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
Underdogs had their day Thursday as the Freedoms knocked off the previously unbeaten Austin Aces, 22-14, at Villanova's Pavilion. The Aces had opened the World TeamTennis season with eight straight victories before falling to the Freedoms (4-6). The Freedoms' Robby Ginepri faced a daunting challenge in the men's singles matchup. His opponent, Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia, led the league with 33 aces and 40 singles victories. From the moment Ginepri released the ball from his hand for the game's opening serve, it became clear that he was anything but an underdog.
NEWS
July 24, 2015
IN 1966, Margaret McNamara brought a bag of used books to four boys she was tutoring in reading in Washington, D.C. She allowed each child to keep one, and they were delighted. Her giving soon developed into a program that eventually would bring books to millions of children nationwide: the "Reading Is Fundamental" program. Since I started writing a column, I've tried to do something similar, except that my mission is to get people to read more about personal finance. I often spotlight books that can help you become better money managers.
SPORTS
July 22, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Freedoms matches, team owner Billie Jean King regularly watches from the far edge of the home team's bench. On Monday night, a pioneer of women's sports was joined by Mo'ne Davis, in her own way an emerging pioneer. King broke onto the tennis scene in 1959, competing in the U.S. Open at age 15. Davis was thrust into the spotlight last summer playing for Philadelphia's Taney Dragons in the Little League World Series. "At my age usually you just hang out with friends and just play sports," said Davis, now 14. "You usually don't become a role model at such a young age. " Davis' most recent romp in the spotlight included winning the ESPY for best breakout athlete last week in Los Angeles.
SPORTS
July 18, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Freedoms turned back the clock to the 1970s for their home opener Thursday night against the Boston Lobsters, marking the 40th season of World Team Tennis play. To celebrate the psychedelic '70s, fans received tickets with a retro design and were serenaded by songs from the decade between points during Boston's 21-17 win at Villanova's Pavilion. Freedoms owner and tennis legend Billie Jean King even busted a move when "Disco Inferno" came over the loudspeakers. World Team Tennis got its start in 1974 when King brought the decade's wave of gender-equality activism to her sport.
SPORTS
July 16, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
CoCo Vandeweghe got a wake-up call - and responded to it. In February 2014, the tennis player, who is the niece of former Knicks star Kiki Vandeweghe, was at a qualifying tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, warming up to take on Risa Ozaki of Japan, then ranked No. 171, in the round of 32. The match should have been an easy win, as Vandeweghe outranked her opponent by 60 spots at the time by World Tennis Association standards. But two hours later, Vandeweghe found herself walking off the clay courts to pack her bags - she lost in three sets.
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