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March 17, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was one of the most controversial finishes of the year - in any sport. St. Augustine Prep was in position to win its fourth consecutive state title when the Hermits were disqualified in the final event of the championship meet, against Christian Brothers Academy. As a result, CBA was awarded the Non-Public A title by an 86-84 score. "I felt like it was a learning experience," St. Augustine coach John Stinson said. "Our kids learned there are more important things in life.
NEWS
September 1, 2005
HURRICANE KATRINA LEFT in its wake horrific death and destruction in Louisiana and Mississippi. It also left some brutal questions we must answer and possibly a hard lesson we have to absorb. Among the questions: Why was New Orleans, which had survived the brunt of the hurricane, so vulnerable to the tsunami-like flooding that has engulfed the city? As Daily News staff writer Will Bunch has pointed out, the levees that had long protected New Orleans from the waters of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi were still a work in progress.
NEWS
July 10, 2008
ONCE AGAIN, two teenagers have died in a car crash in West Whiteland. How many more teen drivers must die before Pennsylvania raises the driving age to 19? Not that 19-year-olds are any more competent to drive, but it would prevent 16- and 17-year-olds from driving - and that's the point. These teens (Casey Russo and driver Robert Melson, both 16) were friends. They both liked skateboarding, which is a high-risk activity, and speed is a factor. Teen drivers sometimes think they can take their devil-may-care attitude on the road - and death occurs.
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February 13, 2013
MY DUMBEST investment was to buy shares of Rambus at its all-time high on margin, due to an early-morning phone call to my house from a high-pressure "financial adviser" from my full-service brokerage. He told me that a court decision was ready to be announced and that this baby was set to pop! I was so clueless that I gave him the green light, only to see the stock plummet that very same day. I became pretty mad and woke up to the fact that I needed to take the reins of my financial future.
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September 22, 2010 | By CHRISTINE OLLEY, olleyc@phillynews.com 215-854-5184
Sean Hagan's trip into the outfield during Monday's Phillies game has left him and his family a little red in the face. The 17-year-old Northeast Philadelphia teen ran onto the field dressed in a head-to-toe red spandex bodysuit in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hagan bobbed and weaved through the outfield at Citizens Bank Park eluding security guards before Atlanta Braves left fielder Matt Diaz tripped him and he was finally nabbed by guards. "My son is learning a hard lesson," Sean's father, Gary Hagan, told reporters after picking his son up from the Youth Study Center yesterday afternoon.
NEWS
December 12, 2002
BRAVO for Jill Porter's column on the Convention Center takeover. It is truly a sad state of affairs regarding the Convention Center, the carpenters and the state. The union's featherbedding, bully tactics and other ridiculous practices seemed destined to convince the rest of the country that we have yet to move into even the late 20th century. I am a strong supporter of organized labor. However, I am equally against organized labor in their ongoing attempts to exploit the city and its citizens.
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September 29, 1998 | By John Manasso, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Conestoga girls' soccer team won't leave opposing defenses much margin for error this season. Nazareth Academy learned that hard lesson last night as the efficient Pioneers struck twice in the game's first 15 minutes and recorded a 4-1 nonleague victory at Berwyn in a meeting of two of the area's top teams. Junior forward Juliet Stanley scored twice for the Pioneers (11-0-0), the top-ranked team in the Southeastern Pennsylvania coaches' poll. Conestoga, which has won or shared the last four Central League titles, first got on the board in the eighth minute when freshman Chelsea Metz converted Casey Renninger's pass from the left corner.
SPORTS
November 9, 2010
Villanova basketball player JayVaughn Pinkston is under investigation for an assault that occurred early Sunday morning in a residential area of Upper Merion Township, police said yesterday. Pinkston, a freshman forward from Brooklyn who was named New York state's player of the year last season, has not been charged in the assault, though police "are looking into his involvement within this incident," Upper Merion Sgt. Jeffery Maurer said. Police responded to Bryn Mawr Hospital about 3:30 a.m. Sunday for a report of an assault that had occurred at a house on Keebler Road near Langdale Court in the township, Maurer said.
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December 2, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Basketball is a game of skill and precision, but it's also a game of contact, so it helps to have a few players with some muscle on their frames. St. Joseph's learned a hard lesson in physical play Wednesday in its first visit to Drexel's Daskalakis Athletic Center since 1992. Until coach Phil Martelli's freshman-dominated team gets a full year in the weight room, the Hawks (3-3) are going to be vulnerable against bulkier clubs, which was evident in their 62-50 loss to the Dragons.
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November 10, 2004 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
West Deptford boys' soccer coach Tim Cammarota could almost see it coming. Less than four minutes into yesterday's South Jersey Group 2 semifinal match, visiting Haddon Township was awarded the first corner kick of the afternoon. As an arctic wind whipped across West Deptford Park's Christopher Weber Field, Haddon Township senior A.J. O'Malley sent a high pass to the far corner of the box. There, teammate Bryan Friedrich broke free of a defender and headed the ball down and just inside the left post.
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May 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster, and Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the recently completed road trip with the team. This is the fourth in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. It began with a six-hour bus ride on a Thursday night from Reading to Erie and ended with a 10:30 a.m. matinee attended mostly by grammar school kids Wednesday at Harrisburg's Metro Bank Park. Lefthander Tom Windle started the first and final games of the trip.
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September 9, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
You might think that to those in the jewelry business, one Christmas is indistinguishable from the next, an exhausting onslaught of men and women looking to wow someone with a watch, a pendant, or an engagement ring that will inspire a "Yes!". But for Harvey Rovinsky, Christmas 2007 will forever be "embedded in my brain. " And not for anything worthy of an eggnog toast. It was the first holiday season of a recession just picking up steam - and on disturbing display at Bernie Robbins Jewelers.
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August 18, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Reading righthander Aaron Nola understood that this was another learning experience. After a sterling performance in a 9-2 win over Harrisburg in his double-A debut Aug. 6, the Phillies' first-round draft choice from LSU was quickly humbled in a rematch. During his second start, also against Harrisburg, Nola allowed three runs on three solo home runs in four innings Wednesday. He struck out two and walked one in throwing 78 pitches, 51 for strikes. "This makes me want to get over this quickly," Nola said.
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August 11, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Nnamdi Asogwa's green 2010 Camry sits in his Upper Darby driveway, shiny and tagless testimony to the small nightmare he's been living. Asogwa, 33, is a Nigerian immigrant, and a U.S. citizen since 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in political science, an M.B.A., and a job as a project manager at Siemens Healthcare in Malvern. He also has a story that illustrates, at the very least, the risks of running even slightly afoul of the rules followed by the police, auto insurers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
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April 5, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - There are only 30 big-league managing jobs, and everybody agrees that Ryne Sandberg paid his dues and then some to get one. Right around the time he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a tribute to his playing career with the Chicago Cubs, Sandberg decided he wanted back in as a big-league manager, and he was more than willing to take all the long bus rides and climb through each rung of the minor leagues to do it. ...
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December 13, 2013 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Don't look for Archbishop Wood's Deion Oliver to be playing any basketball, organized or other, after football season. Last January, after the Vikings' run to the PIAA Class AAA state final, the offensive lineman blew out his right knee while attempting a dunk in a pickup hoops game. That resulted in surgery and months of rehabilitation. "My knee twisted inward," Oliver said. "I didn't feel a ton of pain at first. When I had it checked out the next day, it showed that I had torn my anterior cruciate ligament and both menisci.
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December 4, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE DIFFERENCE between 1-11 and 2-10 is negligible. Except maybe for the team that finished with a 20-point win at Memphis after losing four straight in which it was either tied or leading going into the fourth quarter, including two that came down to the final seconds. Particularly if you're a team that'll still only have a handful of seniors next year. To all the ones coming back, it's something. "We wanted to let people know where we're going to be headed next year," said Temple sophomore center Kyle Friend, who was on the field for every offensive play.
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July 30, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
His grandfather escaped from the Treblinka death camp, his grandmother died there. Decades later, when Witold "Vic" Walczak returned to his family's native Poland, a young man amid the Solidarity protests of the 1980s, he got knocked around and strip-searched by police. "At that point, I knew I wanted to be a civil liberties attorney," said Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Today, Walczak helps lead the legal fight for what is fast becoming Pennsylvania's preeminent civil rights issue: gay marriage.
NEWS
February 13, 2013
MY DUMBEST investment was to buy shares of Rambus at its all-time high on margin, due to an early-morning phone call to my house from a high-pressure "financial adviser" from my full-service brokerage. He told me that a court decision was ready to be announced and that this baby was set to pop! I was so clueless that I gave him the green light, only to see the stock plummet that very same day. I became pretty mad and woke up to the fact that I needed to take the reins of my financial future.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the time, it seemed like a great idea, a nocturnal outing on a spring evening for a dozen or so Temple University friends. "Let's go to the Divine Lorraine," Brian Jerome, then a 19-year-old art student, suggested to all those assembled on the benches outside Peabody Hall. It was before midnight on April 6, 2010. Brian had been inside the abandoned hotel on North Broad Street many times. He had felt the lure of the graffiti-draped Divine Lorraine from the moment he arrived on campus as a freshman the year before.
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