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August 4, 1987 | By KEVIN MULLIGAN, Daily News Sports Writer
One of America's outstanding male swimmers is an archaeology-anthropology major at Harvard University. Not Pepperdine or Santa Clara or one of those other major Aquaman-producing universities. Harvard. Ivy League. Location: Cambridge, Mass. Not Mission Viejo, Calif., or Boca Raton, Fla. "I didn't want to go to college to be an athlete," said David Berkoff, of Huntingdon Valley. "I wanted to go learn. " That also explains why Berkoff, as a senior at Penn Charter in 1984, turned down full scholarship offers from some of America's most prestigious swimming powers to pay his own way to Harvard.
NEWS
October 30, 1996 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
If you spot a flock of orange-haired women and bizarrely attired young men around town today, don't mark it off to Halloween festivities. Instead, the credit (or blame) belongs to the Philadelphia Music Conference at the Doubletree Hotel, which is expected to lure more than 3,500 music hopefuls and scouts through Saturday. Now the nation's third-biggest music-industry shmooze (after Austin's South by Southwest and New York's CMJ), PMC will feature dozens of how-to-do-it panels (delving into management and publicity, starting your own label and getting a publishing deal)
SPORTS
November 23, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
FORMER COACH Bill Parcells, running back Jerome Bettis and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue are among 26 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The list was announced yesterday by the Hall of Fame following a vote by its selection committee. There were 105 preliminary nominees. Among other semifinalists for the Class of 2012 are wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, along with former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. Former Chiefs guard Will Shields is the only first-year eligible player to make the list.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
S ABRIYA BILAL, a bus driver for the school district, wants to improve the city's representation in Harrisburg but admits that she is still getting the hang of politics. Commonwealth Senior Judge James Gardner Colins yesterday ordered her removed from the April 24 Democratic primary-election ballot for not having enough valid signatures on her nominating petitions. Bilal, who had hoped to challenge state Rep. Dwight Evans in the 203rd Legislative District, was removed from the ballot last year for the same reason, when she tried to run against City Councilwoman Marian Tasco.
SPORTS
September 29, 2009 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the 76ers set to begin training camp today at St. Joseph's University, four free agents were officially added to the team's roster to bring it to 17 players. That does not mean any of the newcomers will make the team, however. But they were there yesterday when the Sixers held their annual media day at the Wachovia Center. "We have 13 guaranteed contracts, and we may keep 14 [players on the roster]," said Sixers president and general manager Ed Stefanski. "If someone shows in camp, we may keep 14. " Among the hopefuls are shooting guard Dionte Christmas and point guard Sean Singletary, native Philadelphians who played in college at Temple and Virginia, respectively.
NEWS
November 12, 1998 | by Gar Joseph, Daily News Staff Writer
Politicians know a winning trend when they see one. Think Minnesota Gov.-elect Jesse "The Body" Ventura is the only elected official with his own action figure toy? Think again. Clout, with the help of cartoonist Signe Wilkinson, has developed action figures for our mayoral candidates. Let's face it, wouldn't they look a lot better in tights, trunks, sequined jackets, bleached hair and feather boas? And wouldn't it save a lot of money and be a lot more fun if we could settle this inside the ring?
NEWS
March 30, 1987 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Too many one-liners and too few issues. That's the way it was Saturday at an hour-long forum featuring the four candidates for mayor, sponsored by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. The PABJ somehow persuaded all four to share the same stage - a feat, since the candidates' schedulers usually take care that their speaking times don't overlap. Occasionally, they may be seen pausing to shake hands - if TV cameras are nearby - before sprinting out the nearest exit. This is what happens when they're corralled in the same room: A wound-up Frank L. Rizzo took aim at everybody, calling Edward G. Rendell "a mediocre DA," declaring that Rendell and Mayor Goode "have a tough time telling the truth," and contending that John J. Egan Jr. "couldn't attract a crowd if he stood out there naked.
NEWS
October 19, 1989 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the start of a Bensalem candidates' forum, mayoral hopeful James McMaster said he and his opponent, Edward F. Burns Jr., had decided to deliver their opening statements sitting down. "It's the one thing we agree on," he said. But during the nearly two-hour program Tuesday, which also featured candidates for council, treasurer and auditor, it was hard to find anything that the two men disagreed on. A trash-to-steam plant in Bensalem? Both are firmly against it. How to increase the township's tax base?
SPORTS
August 18, 2008 | The Inquirer Staff
U.S. medal hopefuls continued to falter yesterday in track and field. Having already failed to advance anyone to the finals of the long jump and discus throw, the U.S. men's team in Beijing was shut out in the 1,500 meters and the high jump. The failures in the 1,500 stung particularly hard since one of the runners, Sudanese refugee Lopez Lomong, was the team's flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies, and another, Bernard Lagat, was the 2007 world champion. Along with former NCAA champion Leonel Manzano, all three were naturalized U.S. citizens with compelling personal stories.
NEWS
December 18, 1991
In the thick of the presidential primaries early next year, the Treasury Department may deny candidates millions of dollars in matching funds. Sure, the money would be provided eventually - probably once the primaries are over - but it wouldn't be there right when it's needed most. In short, the post-Watergate reform that substituted federal funds for huge donations from fat cats is in danger. And you don't have to be a cynic to wonder if partisan politics played a role in this arbitrary ruling by Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady, one of the President's closest friends and advisers.
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April 14, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE EXPRESSIONS of discontent crescendoed throughout the afternoon. After the first strikeout, the sound was little more than a murmur. After the fourth, it was a full-blown chorus of boos. If you are a human being, you entered the season hoping it would play out differently than this. A hot start. That's what Ryan Howard needed. You didn't have to hope that he would return to his halcyon days of MVP numbers and tape-measure shots. Just a couple of weeks of good at-bats to help release some of the pressure that has surrounded him through the offseason.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Keith Braxton believes he's a Division I college basketball player. He's going to take another year to prove it. Braxton, a Delsea senior and first-team all-South Jersey selection, plans to spend next year at the Lawrenceville School as a post-graduate. He hopes the experience will lead to a Division I scholarship offer. "I didn't want to give up on my dream of playing at the Division I level," Braxton said on Thursday night. Braxton led Delsea to a 24-6 record and the South Jersey Group 3 title game.
FOOD
April 10, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2008, the economic crisis that crashed down on Wall Street and rippled around the globe eventually washed over the impoverished Kisii region of Kenya, where Sara Holby, then 21, was volunteering for a nonprofit that provided food and medicine to HIV/AIDS patients. It swept away the organization's funding almost overnight. "When people came to the office looking for help every day, we basically had nothing to offer them," recalled Holby, who is from Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County.
SPORTS
April 8, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THIS YEAR, they are resigned to their fate. For more than a decade, Phillies fans embraced Opening Day with happier mindsets than they had yesterday. It ranged from vaguely interested, in the days of Scott Rolen, Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins; to mildly hopeful, both with the Jim Thome/Kevin Millwood editions and the Cole Hamels/Chase Utley/Ryan Howard editions; and moved up to downright entitled when they added Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Cliff Lee - Lee, twice.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
  Ask Je'Liyah what she wants to be when she grows up, and without a moment's hesitation, she replies, "I want to be a lawyer. " And the reason? "So I can help people in trouble. " At 12, she's already an avid volunteer, spending time in retirement communities talking with residents and helping write letters for seniors. Enrolled in fifth grade, where she gets along well with teachers and classmates, Je'Liyah lists science as her favorite subject. But what she likes most about school, she says, is gym class.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2015
DREXEL University junior Zakiya James didn't graduate from high school, or even spend much time there. She never took the SATs or got a GED. None of that stopped the 17-year-old from becoming a Drexel Dragon in January. Since transferring to the school, she has been thriving, taking a host of heavy-duty engineering courses. But there's one small problem: Zakiya's parents can't afford Drexel's pricey tuition. Not by a long shot. Her mother, who works as a medical receptionist in Washington, D.C., was able to make Zakiya's housing deposit and gave her money for books, but that was pretty much it. Zakiya has gotten financial aid from the school, but she is faced with the onerous task of coming up with the rest of the money she needs for tuition on her own. It's heartbreaking.
NEWS
April 7, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
They said she unleashed profane rants on longtime friends. Persuaded an artist to fabricate a six-figure invoice. And made sure a "rat bastard" insurance adjuster she suspected had talked to state investigators knew that "snitches get stitches. " For years, Claire Risoldi has been known in Bucks County political circles as a gracious host of lavish fund-raisers for local Republicans. But in a Doylestown courtroom last week, witnesses sketched a portrait of the 67-year-old that sharply contrasted with the image she cultivated while mingling with the county elite.
SPORTS
April 2, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers center Sean Couturier knows he can help teammate Jake Voracek by shutting down Sidney Crosby when he's matched against the Penguins superstar Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Entering Tuesday, Voracek was third in the NHL scoring race with 76 points, trailing Crosby (79) and the Islanders' John Tavares (77). "I just try to do my job and do whatever I can do to help the team win," said Couturier, a defensive specialist who is frequently matched against Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge on Thursday is scheduled to hear City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's last-ditch effort to remain on the ballot in her bid for a second term on the board that oversees Philadelphia elections. Common Pleas Court Judge Joel Johnson is expected to take up Singer's requests to reconsider rulings from a four-day hearing last week that culminated Monday with his order to remove her from the May 19 Democratic primary election ballot. Charles Goodwin, Singer's lawyer, and Richard Hoy, the lawyer for the three voters who challenged Singer's nomination petitions, declined to comment Tuesday.
NEWS
March 29, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Years of protest by Concord Township residents wasn't enough to save one of the final undeveloped tracts of open space in the community last week. So now they are turning to their next best option: Buying back the land. On Friday, it became clear that even that plan may be longer - and more uncertain - than they originally thought. Pennsylvania Rep. Steve Barrar (R., Delaware) hosted a meeting Friday with preservation groups, local and state politicians, and several residents to discuss how to save the Beaver Valley, a tract of land along the Delaware border.
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