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October 6, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by Michael Mally
An anti-drug effort between local prosecutors and the state took to the skies this week. The New Jersey National Guard sent helicopters on Tuesday to scan an area near National Park - where they were looking for a suspected marijuana-growing site.
LIVING
January 14, 2000 | By Michael Walsh, FOR THE INQUIRER
Imagine an ancient earth mother, stretched out on her queen-sized bed of grass alongside her fur-bearing spouse, staring at the ceiling of her new cave. She feels inexpressible gratitude, first for the glistening dome of granite overhead, and then for the smudgy outlines of woolly mammoths and saber-toothed beasties depicted there. "Now this," she sighs, the drippy jungle canopy already a distant memory, "is more like it. " Reverence for the ceiling was, perhaps, never higher.
SPORTS
March 29, 1995 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
At 7-6, carrying an eight-year, $44.28 million contract, Shawn Bradley is a lightning rod for all that is wrong with the 76ers. Having produced double-doubles in five of the last 12 games, having shot 23-for-42 from the floor in the last four, having come within two blocks of his first career triple-double, he also remains their ultimate beacon of hope. Give John Lucas credit for emphasizing the latter. "It's easy to point the finger at Shawn," said Lucas, the Sixers' coach and general manager.
SPORTS
November 27, 2006 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The game summary shows that Jussi Timonen had an assist, his second of the season, in a 4-2 victory by the Flyers over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at the Bell Centre. Here's what the statistics do not show: Timonen's tape-to-tape passes for breakaway chances, his confidence skating with the puck, and his ability to help unleash the game buried inside Joni Pitkanen. The Flyers were searching for someone who could work with Pitkanen, if not mentor him. They didn't have to look far. Timonen has played four games with his fellow Finnish national-team defenseman since being called up from the Phantoms.
SPORTS
November 6, 1998 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When the ball is in the air, Julia Girman is at her best. The Cherry Hill East senior stopper feels as if every head ball should be hers, and she relishes the opportunity to win everything above ground level. "In the air, she is just a dominant player," Eastern girls' soccer coach Dave Rauer said. "She is really outstanding. " Girman defends with a fury, using airtight marking skills to make it difficult for an opposing player to get the ball, let alone fire a shot. Yet smothering forwards isn't enough for the four-year starter, who glides on the field effortlessly and is an integral part of the Cougars' offensive attack.
SPORTS
September 2, 1998 | By Martin D. Emeno Jr., INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Earl Ireson's bloodlines dictated this gridiron path. His father and four uncles wore the colors of Owen J. Roberts during their scholastic days. Four played college ball, and one, Ireson's uncle Don Strock, was a longtime quarterback in the NFL. "I don't want to get too far ahead of myself," said the 6-foot-6, 285-pound strong tackle who has shown signs he might follow in his relative's footsteps. "I want to help the team set a tone early and grab people's attention. The better the team does, the more others and myself will get noticed.
SPORTS
June 25, 1992 | by Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writer
The Dream Team is 0-1. The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team was beaten by a team of college all- stars, 88-80, in a 40-minute scrimmage yesterday. No wonder Olympic coach Chuck Daly was in a grumpy mood after the three- hour closed workout. The Tournament of Americas in Portland is only two days away. "I think the competition has opened our eyes," said USA guard Michael Jordan. "If we can beat this college team the way they've been playing, we shouldn't have any problems in Barcelona.
SPORTS
April 22, 2010 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Remember Callahan Bright, the 2005 version? Back then, he was a Harriton High senior, destroyer of blockers and ballcarriers and a prize recruit of Florida State. The defensive tackle was so dominant he was listed as the nation's 14th-best recruit in the Class of 2005, according to Rivals.com. To put Bright's standing in perspective, current Nebraska all-American defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was ranked 37 spots behind him. Now meet Bright - the updated version. In the last few years, he has worked as a garbage man, served time in jail, and played a season at Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. While Suh is expected to be among the first three selections in the NFL draft that begins tonight and continues through Saturday, Bright - after academic problems and a scrape with the law - hopes a team gambles on him as a late-round pick.
SPORTS
December 11, 1990 | Daily News Wire Services
New York Jets rookie Blair Thomas, in a season plagued by injuries, is urging coach Bruce Coslet to be patient with him. The No. 2 pick in last spring's NFL draft, a former Frankford High star, acknowledges he has been at full strength for "only a couple of games," but says he is still getting used to the NFL's higher level of play. Meanwhile, Coslet can't help but wonder if Thomas's preseason holdout had an effect on the running back's durability. Thomas missed all but the final week of the preseason, and has had an assortment of injuries all season.
SPORTS
May 18, 1998 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Hilary Mainka has been playing golf almost her entire life. She thought she had a general understanding of the game when she entered Germantown Academy, only to find a different perspective. Mainka is one of the few girls who play golf in the Inter-Academic League. She struggled to adjust to the boys' game, but now the senior is able to compete - and win. Mainka can feel she has finally achieved parity today when she competes for the first time in the league championship at Huntingdon Valley Golf Course at noon.
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SPORTS
June 17, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is the time of year when rosters change at the minor-league level, and the number of teams in action expands from four to six. Players excelling are often challenged by being sent to a higher level. Players struggling at a higher level can be demoted in the hope that they'll have success and regain confidence at the lower level. The Phillies have players in both categories as their two rookie-league clubs - Williamsport of the New York-Penn League and the Gulf Coast League Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. - begin play this week.
SPORTS
February 7, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writersilaryt@phillynews.com
MANY COLLEGE kids change their major once or twice, then accept their degree and wind up working in an entirely different field. Somehow, it's impossible to envision Jared Jackson traveling down that winding road. "I've wanted to be a doctor since I was 2 or 3 years old," he said. Two or three? That early? "Yes," he said. "I had the little stethoscope around my neck. Played with the fake X-ray toy . . . Be a doctor. That's all I wanted to do. " In time, Jackson, a 6-1, 215-pound defensive end, also began mixing in football and Wednesday morning he was part of a wonderful, in-the-gym ceremony at Imhotep Charter, which last fall captured Public League and City Titles at the Class AA level and advanced to a state semifinal.
SPORTS
December 29, 2011 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Life in the NBA is a huge adjustment for any rookie. Not only is the game played at a level that is extremely higher than he is accustomed to, but the added travel, longer season and all the intangibles that come with being an NBA player can sometimes be quite overwhelming. For Phoenix Suns rookie Markieff Morris, it is all that - and then some. For the first time in his life Morris is separated from twin brother Marcus, who was taken by Houston with the 14th overall pick in June's draft, one slot after Markieff.
SPORTS
June 5, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Third of a five-part series   In the NBA, anchoring your team is much like anchoring a driveway hoop: There are options. You can fill a portable base with sand. You can fill it with water. You can go permanent and install an inground hoop using quick-drying cement. All are viable options. Likewise, there are alternatives to filling the NBA center position. You can be like the Houston Rockets and go with one star center such as Hakeem Olajuwon during the '80s and '90s and Yao Ming a decade later.
SPORTS
November 11, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Rob Poole could see himself knocking down three-point jumpers amid the deafening noise of those 20,000-seat arenas in the Big Ten Conference. He could see himself pulling up for 12-footers amid the history and excitement and ever-present ESPN cameras in the Atlantic Coast Conference. "I think about that every day," said Poole, a senior at Paul VI. "I always ask myself, 'Could I have gone higher?' " Poole, a 6-foot-5 athlete who will be on the short list of the top basketball players in South Jersey this winter, isn't complaining about his college decision.
SPORTS
July 17, 2010 | By Don Beideman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Laura Ladden said her familiarity with the course might have helped her win her eighth Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia match play championship. She defeated 18-year-old Dana Voss, 8 and 7, Friday at Whitford Country Club in Exton. Ladden, whose husband, Mike, is the pro at Whitford and whose father, Harry Hammond, was the pro there for many years, lost the second hole of what was to be a 36-hole final to Voss but righted herself and never looked back. She closed out the first nine by winning the last three holes.
SPORTS
April 22, 2010 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Remember Callahan Bright, the 2005 version? Back then, he was a Harriton High senior, destroyer of blockers and ballcarriers and a prize recruit of Florida State. The defensive tackle was so dominant he was listed as the nation's 14th-best recruit in the Class of 2005, according to Rivals.com. To put Bright's standing in perspective, current Nebraska all-American defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was ranked 37 spots behind him. Now meet Bright - the updated version. In the last few years, he has worked as a garbage man, served time in jail, and played a season at Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. While Suh is expected to be among the first three selections in the NFL draft that begins tonight and continues through Saturday, Bright - after academic problems and a scrape with the law - hopes a team gambles on him as a late-round pick.
NEWS
January 16, 2010 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A measure to protect pedestrians in New Jersey is expected to be signed into law by acting Gov. Stephen M. Sweeney. The bill, approved by the Legislature Monday, would require motorists to stop - not just yield - for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. And it would double, to $200, the penalty for violating the law. Pedestrian deaths in New Jersey increased to 157 in 2009 after several years of decline. The 138 deaths in 2008 were down from 152 in 2007. The most pedestrian deaths from 2006 to 2008 - nine - occurred on Route 130 in Burlington County, according to a review of federal data by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a transit advocacy group for New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
NEWS
January 4, 2008 | By Howard L. Meyers
Mayor-elect Michael Nutter likes to preface some of his speeches with the reminder that "it's a new day. " Indeed, many of us who live or work in Philadelphia look forward to the new administration with high hopes. We are eagerly awaiting new ideas and new energy to address the critical issues facing the city, including crime, jobs creation, low educational achievement, and burdensome taxes. But the new mayor cannot do it alone. Monday will mark not only the beginning of the new mayoral administration, but also a new term for City Council.
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