October 14, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Deptford's Mike Blackiston is like all football coaches, not looking too far ahead, taking challenges one week at a time. Yet a bye this weekend gave Blackiston a chance to assess the program. For a coach in his second year at his alma mater, the view shouldn't look too bad. The Spartans were 4-6 in his first season, the beginning of what Blackiston hopes is a return to the glory days, of which he was part. This year, Deptford is 3-2 and clearly in contention to earn a South Jersey Group 3 playoff berth.
August 12, 2012 | By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
LONDON - The Americans left as champions four years ago and returned thinking they were even better. This U.S. Olympic men's basketball team was an improved model over the 2008 version, players insisted, so versatile, so athletic that not only would they beat those gold medalists, but they also could even take a game from the Dream Team. The stats back them up, and a place in history is awaiting this group of Americans, on one condition. "I thought we had the potential to be really good, better than the '08 team, but the '08 team brought home gold, so we've got some unfinished business still left," LeBron James said Saturday.
June 17, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three weeks ago, after an eight-inning loss in the Catholic League final, it looked as if La Salle might have to settle for a 12-0 showing in the Red Division as the highlight of the 2012 season. But the Explorers rebounded from that deflating setback, beat Frankford for the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA title, and, with a thrilling four-game run that included a pair of come-from-behind victories, captured their first state championship. For his part in steering the senior-dominated squad to statewide glory, Joe Parisi is The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania baseball coach of the year.
June 7, 2012
I expected to hate this new product. I mean, chocolate cream cheese sounds like something we could all live without. But then I tasted the dark chocolate version, and, well, I stand corrected. It's rich and creamy, with a little bitterness from the Belgian chocolate, and a little tang from the cream cheese. Spread it on butter cookies, or use it to dip strawberries. And I'm sure there are baking applications yet to be explored. I can still live without the white chocolate or milk chocolate versions, but the dark chocolate is worth a try.   Philadelphia Indulgence, from the makers of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 2.99 for an 8-ounce tub.   — Maureen Fitzgerald     A smashing souvenir   Just in case all the details of the sudsy insanity of Philly Beer Week are beginning to fade before it's over, here's a prime piece of festival swag that's likely to endure: a mini-Hammer of Glory bottle opener that Standard Tap co-owner William Reed had artist Warren Holzman cast in bronze.
For Greater Glory is a meandering, malnourished epic of a forgotten Mexican civil war, the one "after" the Mexican Revolution that made Pancho Villa famous. This period piece, partly financed by the Catholic Knights of Columbus, is about the Cristeros War, when Catholic priests and peasants took up arms against Mexico's revolutionary government's efforts to repress the Catholic Church. It's an arch, preachy, and violent movie aimed at the faithful, people who won't grimace or roll their eyes at every character who declares, "God save us from these heathens!"
May 14, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
London, ho! Two Philadelphia-based companies will be seeking gold-medal performances at the Summer Olympics: food vendor Aramark and media giant Comcast Corp., whose NBC Sports division holds the U.S. broadcast rights. Officials from both companies spoke last week about the Games, scheduled for July 27 through Aug. 12, at a meeting hosted by the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia at the Cira Centre. It kicked off the fanfare for the global event, which Nick McInnes, a deputy consul-general with the British Consulate, said could generate $35 billion in economic activity.
April 22, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Among the 400-meter hurdles contestants who took to the track at Franklin Field for the opening race of the Friday program at the 1976 Penn Relays was a tall and slender man wearing glasses, whom few people recognized by his face or his name. But Edwin Moses, a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, was familiar with Franklin Field, having trained there in each of the two previous summers in the hours away from his work as an industrial engineering intern with Lukens Steel Co. of Coatesville.
March 22, 2012 | By Brian Kotloff, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Archbishop Carroll coach Chuck Creighton has been through these hectic, pre-title-game days before. Tuesday night, the Patriots celebrated a 65-43 win over Spring-Ford that propelled them into their third state final in the four years since the Catholic League joined the PIAA. That left only Wednesday and Thursday for the team to practice for three hours and for Creighton to watch several hours of game film on Oakland Catholic, Carroll's opponent in the PIAA Class AAAA girls' basketball final.
February 26, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
The Academy Awards ceremony is, by nature, a rite of self-congratulation and self-love - the movie industry showers plaudits and prizes on itself for the work of the last year, but also for achievements of a lifetime. Venerable stars and filmmakers are honored for the length and breadth of their careers, vintage clips are spliced into thematic reels, the actors, screenwriters, shooters, costumers, composers, and directors who passed away in the preceding 12 months are remembered.
February 19, 2012 | By Michael Schuman, For The Inquirer
The most worthless thing one can do at Niagara Falls is merely stop and look at the falls. If you don't get wet, you haven't gotten your time or money's worth out of your trip. For those who don't know their way around this world wonder, here is a Niagara Falls primer. Where exactly is Niagara Falls? There is a two-part answer to this question since there are the cities and the water. First, the cities. Niagara Falls, N.Y., sits across the Niagara River from Niagara Falls, Ontario.
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