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January 9, 2009 | By Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the end, MSNBC host Chris Matthews said yesterday, he could not surrender the job he loves for a long slog through the trenches of Pennsylvania politics in an effort to unseat five-term Republican Sen. Arlen Specter. "There's a wonderful power in being able to get up in the morning and do and say what you believe," Matthews said in an interview. "As long as I'm decent and don't use bad words, I can do pretty much anything I want. " So on Wednesday, Matthews ended months of flirtation, telephoning Pennsylvania Democrats who had discussed a possible campaign with him to say he would not be running next year.
NEWS
April 19, 1992 | By Josh Zimmer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
William Curzie has been smelling trampled grass, dirt and sweaty leather lately. He sees snappy uniforms, cleats, visored caps and airborne baseballs. He can hear the crack of bat hitting ball, and the grunt and ground-churning slide of a baserunner resound in his ears. The 57-year-old Delran resident calls it his "Field of Dreams thing. " Curzie, a former high school baseball player, has not gone so far as to build a ball field in his back yard. But early next month, he hopes to recapture some fond memories by organizing several adult hardball baseball teams and joining them with the national Men's Senior Baseball League for adults 30 years and older.
SPORTS
December 16, 1991 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
After losing leads of 13-9 and 17-14 in the first game, Tom Harrity recovered to win the 30-and-over hardball squash racquets championship yesterday in the eighth annual Racquet Club invitation tournaments. Harrity, the 1989 and 1990 Philadelphia champion, beat Rob Dinerman of New York, 17-18, 15-10, 15-8, 15-9. Ed Noll, Racquet Club pro, and John Hazlett rallied from two games down to win the 40-and-over doubles title. Bowdoin College swimming coach Charles Butts won the 60-and-over title.
NEWS
September 21, 1989 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer TV Critic
Two new shows, two public servants, two hunks: Tonight, William Katt stars as an idealistic congressman in Top of the Hill (Channel 10, 9 p.m.) and Richard Tyson stars as an eccentric policeman in Hardball (Channel 3, 9:30 p.m.) Katt is something of a fading hunk - lingering on the outskirts of film and TV stardom for nearly two decades, his greatest success came as the star of the '70s superhero spoof The Greatest American Hero. Now Katt is back in a role that suits him - he plays Tom Bell, a fledgling congressman who until now has wasted his life as a surfer.
LIVING
August 25, 1994 | By Carol Horner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If we build it, Phyllis Walton figured, they will come. "It" would be a serious women's baseball team. "They" would be women who longed for the chance to feel the smack of hardball against bat, women who longed to run bases, slide into home, and catch soaring fly balls. They would be women like Claudine Deaver, 24; Melissa Gibbons, 15; and Mary Kenney, 42. Deaver, who made the Little League all-stars but never got drafted into the next level of play. Gibbons, who tried out for her high school baseball team but got cut, she believes, because she's a girl.
SPORTS
February 25, 2000 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The last of the true believers are gathering again this weekend - another year older and with little hope that the game they love won't disappear when they do. The national hardball squash championships begin tonight at Merion Cricket Club. A decade ago, before hardball was overtaken in this country by the more widely accepted international version of the game - with its softer ball and wider court - the national championships would have drawn 200 to 300 entrants. This year's tournament includes 70 registered players - a number that dwindles with each passing season.
NEWS
December 12, 2006
TO CLEAR up overcrowded prisons as well as violence, bring back the death penalty or, better yet, start using it again! Once these thugs start seeing that the judicial system is truly starting to play hardball, you'll start seeing a change. Just don't let the self-righteous start throwing their weight around. They've done that and look what's become of our city. Brian Chandlee, Philadelphia
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
I NQUIRER columnist, former Daily News contributor and radio host Michael Smerconish will join CNN for a new weekly show that will air Saturday mornings. His target to start is the middle of next month. Smerconish will continue to host his Sirius XM show and write his weekly Inquirer piece. Smerconish told me he didn't know what the show would look like yet so he couldn't give further details. "I know I'll be hosting the program, it'll be topical, it'll be current-event driven and I'll deliver a short commentary at the end of it," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1998 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are people who are born to be on television, people whose voices are so mellifluous, whose demeanor is so trust-inspiring, whose every gesture is so perfectly modulated and every utterance so well-plotted and restrained that they belong only in climate-controlled studios with the cameras rolling. Chris Matthews is not one of those people. The Philadelphia native, a onetime spin doctor and speechwriter turned newspaper columnist, author, and host of CNBC's nightly political slugfest, Hardball, seems to have only one expression - the doggedly tenacious, slightly skeptical look of a bulldog with a particularly odoriferous sock trapped in his powerful jaws.
SPORTS
March 22, 1997 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Philadelphia Cricket Club amateur pair of Keen Butcher and Rich Sheppard gained a place in the main draw of the $10,000 Elite Squash Doubles Championship by rallying to upset Canadian pros Alan Grant and Doug Whitaker last night at the Cynwyd Club. Butcher, the U.S. hardball squash champion, and Sheppard were two points from defeat in the third game after losing the first two games. They tied the game at 13-all and then won a five-point playoff. They played strongly to win the next two games and take the match, 11-15, 9-15, 18-15, 15-7, 15-9.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
I NQUIRER columnist, former Daily News contributor and radio host Michael Smerconish will join CNN for a new weekly show that will air Saturday mornings. His target to start is the middle of next month. Smerconish will continue to host his Sirius XM show and write his weekly Inquirer piece. Smerconish told me he didn't know what the show would look like yet so he couldn't give further details. "I know I'll be hosting the program, it'll be topical, it'll be current-event driven and I'll deliver a short commentary at the end of it," he said.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
Gov. Christie's latest Supreme Court nomination makes it clear that his destructive feud with Senate Democrats over the court's composition continues. For the second time, Christie broke with long-standing tradition by refusing to reappoint a sitting justice in good standing. Justice Helen Hoens' service will therefore come to the same undeserved end as that of John E. Wallace Jr. in 2010. Christie last week tapped Camden County Superior Court Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina to take Hoens' place when her term expires in October.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
NAVIGATING City Council, with its parochial interests and ever-shifting alliances, is a tricky task for every mayor. Ed Rendell massaged egos to cut deals. John Street wielded power like a morning star. But Mayor Nutter, according to critics inside and outside the administration, is too focused on clean government to play dirty - and his legislative agenda has suffered as a result. Last month, however, Councilwoman Marian Tasco publicly accused him of doing just that: Nutter, she said, delayed construction of a playground in her district "to help me change my mind" on a vote.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - With a week until he delivers his budget proposal, Gov. Corbett is making it increasingly clear that his administration is willing to play hardball to get the legislature to confront the escalating cost of public-employee pensions. Likely to be caught in the middle of the fracas: aid to public schools. Speaking Monday at a monthly press club luncheon, Budget Secretary Charles Zogby reiterated more forcefully than before that unless legislators tackle the rising cost of Pennsylvania's two major pension funds, there will be deep cuts in the next state budget, and very possibly in education funding.
SPORTS
July 3, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Memo to Joe Ricketts: If you want money from the government, don't insult powerful politicians. Ricketts, the head of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, is seeking hundreds of millions from the city and the state to renovate 98-year-old Wrigley Field. Given Chicagoans' love of their iconic ivy patch, that's touchy enough. Then Ricketts did the inconceivable - considered funding ads critical of President Obama. An irate Mayor Rahm Emanuel has refused to take phone calls from the Cubs chairman.
NEWS
February 8, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Democrats are calling it hardball. Republicans say it was a fair negotiation. The dispute centers on the state GOP-controlled Senate's 31-19 approval Tuesday morning of a long-debated "local impact fee" on extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. The House is scheduled to vote on the same 174-page bill Wednesday and send it to Gov. Corbett if it passes. Vincent Hughes, ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said that the night before the morning vote, he and other Democrats were warned that if they didn't deliver some support for it, Philadelphia would get cut out of sharing in the fee's proceeds.
NEWS
June 9, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
THE LIVE taping of "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on Independence Mall yesterday was billed as a roundtable discussion on education, but turned into yet another Weiner roast. Matthews, with a black Phillies cap on his head, hosted the show from his hometown as part of NBC's "Education Nation On the Road" tour. Toward the end, Mayor Nutter and his wife, Lisa, president of Philadelphia Academies, spoke briefly about the struggle to get the community to reinvest in public education and prepare students for a changing job market.
SPORTS
March 15, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - As far as dustups on the baseball diamond go, this one was relatively mild. They usually are in the Grapefruit League. That is, until Bill Hall opened his mouth when the game ended. After allowing a home run to Carlos Lee in the second inning of Monday's 7-6 Phillies win over Houston, Cole Hamels tried to quick pitch Hall. "Just trying to get the game going," Hamels said. Well, Hall didn't appreciate that. He stepped out so Hamels couldn't throw.
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