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December 11, 2001
WHAT IF hijacker Hani Hangour, who entered this country on a student visa, had been reported and investigated when he didn't show up at the California college where he'd been accepted? Could the whole horrible plot have unraveled? The "what ifs" from Sept. 11 could drive you mad. They also drive overreaction, the category where Sen. Dianne Feinstein's, D-Calif., early call for a six- month moratorium on student visas belongs. Feinstein backed away from the proposal, which had dubious merit as an anti-terrorism tool: Student visas account for only 2 percent of the total issued.
SPORTS
September 4, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Dan Fouts spent the early part of this week playing Siskel and Ebert. Into his trusty videocassette recorder were popped tapes of Eagles games from the just-completed preseason. And the verdict was . . . Thumbs up. Not all the way up, mind you. Not with arms extended way over his head. Extended to more like shoulder level. "People want to talk about Philly being a Super Bowl contender," said Fouts, the former passing machine of the San Diego Chargers. "But when they do that, they always use a lot of ifs. "If all the ifs fall into place, the Eagles will be right there.
SPORTS
January 29, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The banquet season is almost over for Charlie Manuel, who yearns for something other than hefty dinners and handshakes. He wistfully spoke Monday about new batting cages installed in Clearwater, then said there are many "ifs" on his roster from the lineup to the defense and the pitching. "I'm excited about our bullpen," Manuel said before the 109th Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's banquet at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. So there is that, with two weeks until Phillies spring training opens.
SPORTS
February 20, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies are a team of "ifs" this season, maybe more than they have been in this golden age of theirs. They don't know if Chase Utley can ever return to the power-hitting .300 presence he once was or what kind of year they can expect from Ryan Howard and his healing Achilles'. They don't know what to expect from Joe Blanton, don't know if Vance Worley can repeat last season's success. They don't know if John Mayberry can be as productive in a more regular role, whether Jim Thome can or even needs to play some first base.
NEWS
August 27, 1998 | By Chris Satullo, Deputy Editorial Page Editor
Subpoenas and perjuries. Innuendos and excuses. Talking points and attack lines. Paaaaaughhh! All these abuses of language leave a sordid taste. Let's not speak of them. Instead, how about some palate-cleansing verbal silliness? Let's talk about flexible idioms, those pithy phrases that balance upon a fulcrum of whimsy, poised to skewer a foible. For example, when asked to confirm something that's self-evident, you might be tempted to reply: Is the Pope Catholic? Or: Does a bear poop in the woods?
SPORTS
November 9, 1989 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Welcome to "if" season in college football, the critical time each autumn when coaches and players suddenly start most of their sentences with one word. "If. " As in, "If we do this and so-and-so does that while so-and-so is doing this, and then if we can do this next week, we're in. " The attack of the "ifs" has not avoided the Main Line, where a pair of ifs would gain Andy Talley's Wildcats a share of the Yankee Conference title. No, uh, ifs about it. Villanova (6-3, 4-2 in the Yankee)
SPORTS
March 9, 1993 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On this mysterious and intriguing Phillies pitching staff, these guys could be called "The 10 Ifs. " They could be members of the best pitching staff in North America. Or they could crumble again beneath the wrecking ball of aches, pains, splints, casts, surgical knives and unfulfilled potential. With the 10 Ifs, almost anything is possible. "We could have five 15-game winners in our starting rotation, and everyone will say, 'Well, they always had the arms,' " said Curt Schilling.
SPORTS
July 21, 1991 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Rams, one of the NFL's most enigmatic teams, have even coach John Robinson guessing this summer. Blessed with a bevy of gifted skill-position players, led by quarterback Jim Everett, the Rams nonetheless dropped to 5-11 last season after going to the NFC championship game the year before. As a result, Robinson's job seemed to be in jeopardy until owner Georgia Frontiere handed him a contract extension just before the last game of the season. This season, Robinson said, "the swing on this team is bigger than any in the league.
SPORTS
January 12, 1991 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Nobody said life was going to be an uncontested layup for Penn's basketball team this season without Hassan Duncombe, even in the Ivy League. Then again, there were never assurances that things would have come easily even if the 6-7 senior - who averaged 19 points and 7.7 rebounds a year ago - hadn't left the team to concentrate on academics. Last night, the Quakers opened the Ivy portion of their schedule - the only part that really counts - with a 61-58 loss to an equally scrappy, equally well-drilled Brown team at the Palestra.
SPORTS
August 31, 1997 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some athletes talk about themselves in the third person, as if the words weren't coming out of their own mouths: John Q. Quarterback will do what he has to do. Others slip into the first-person plural, as if they were speaking on behalf of a large group: Retirement is something we're going to think about after the season. And then there is Ty Detmer, who has broken new ground by talking about himself in the second person. It's as if the Eagles' starting quarterback is so worried about sounding self-absorbed that he's throwing his voice.
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NEWS
August 28, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IF YOU WANT to see Pope Francis but didn't play the SEPTA Regional Rail pass lottery earlier this month because you didn't think you had a chance - think again. There are plenty of those one-day passes still available for the pope's Sept. 26 and 27 visit, SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey said yesterday. Of the 350,000 rail passes made available, just 110,000 have been sold - 50,000 for that Saturday and 60,000 for Sunday, Casey said during a news briefing at the transit authority's Center City headquarters.
NEWS
August 28, 2015
ONE OF MY favorite movies is "Jurassic Park. " Actually, that's not true. One of my 6-year-old nephew's favorite movies is "Jurassic Park," which means we watch it on a loop, which means that unless I want to engage a therapist, I embrace my inner T. Rex and pretend this was entirely my own idea. Deep breath. Right about the point of my 82nd viewing, it occurred to me that technology can sometimes be a dangerous thing. Resurrecting dinosaurs, assuming that were even possible, is not a great idea when the poor creatures would be coexisting with humans (and truly unfair to the dinos if some of those humans were members of the Kardashian genus)
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
GOD FORGIVE me, but I couldn't care less about Pope Francis coming to Philly, and not just because I'm a lapsed Catholic who still remembers the sting of hearing my name read over the loudspeaker along with other students who were behind on our Catholic-school tuition. Actually, God forgive those public-shaming nuns, but back to the pope. I get that having the pontiff come to town is a big deal for a lot of believers, businesses and politicians, and that potentially it's going to bring a whole bunch of people, cash and cache to the city.
SPORTS
August 8, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Mathews was still out of breath 10 minutes after practice had ended. Chip Kelly's up-tempo workouts will do that to first-timers, but Mathews' workload may have increased slightly with DeMarco Murray's absence. Murray sat out team drills Sunday because of dehydration, and on Thursday an illness sidelined the Eagles' prized acquisition. Mathews, meanwhile, has plugged along under the radar, and would have dashed into the locker room unnoticed had a reporter not flagged him down.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frontier Airlines which has cheap base fares, but tacks on fees for a carry-on bag, advance seat assignments, and soda and coffee, announced Wednesday that it will discount several common fees if the customer buys them all in a bundle. The package is called "The Works" and includes one checked bag, one carry-on bag in the overhead bin, the best available seat on the flight, priority boarding in Zone 1, and no fee to change a ticket later. Frontier is not eliminating any fees, just bundling them into one price.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
When English actress and singer Jane Birkin asked Hermés to remove her name from its iconic crocodile purse last week, the fashion world gasped: Will a Birkin still be a Birkin without its namesake's blessing?   Birkin, 68 and now living in France, made the announcement after she saw a gruesome video released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that showed crocodiles being slaughtered for their skins. (I had to turn it off after four minutes.) PETA says the farms in the video - one in Texas, the other in Zimbabwe - are the exclusive providers of crocodile skins used to make Hermés' Kelly and Birkin handbags, as well as watchbands and wallets.
NEWS
August 3, 2015 | Wendy Ruderman, Daily News Staff Writer
ANDREW Stober is the kind of guy who thinks he can do something - and then just goes for it. Like when he one day realized that he enjoyed leisurely bike rides and then thought, "Maybe I should bike across the country. " Years later, Stober, as a top city transportation official, created Philadelphia's first bike-share program, Indego. He envisioned a bike program widely used by low-income residents, "not just by young white guys in suits. " So, Stober set up a network of bike stations, a number of them in the city's poorest neighborhoods, and developed an affordable cash-payment model.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Circle M Farms in Salem, grower Santo Maccherone has trouble containing his enthusiasm these days. His peach trees - covering more than 100 acres - are absolutely laden with fruit. "The peaches are happy, I'm happy, and the people eating them are happy," he said with a laugh. A "consistently cold winter," cool bloom season, and plentiful rain have created the right conditions for a strong crop, said Maccherone, president of the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council, a nonprofit organization of growers, shippers, wholesalers, and associated industries.
NEWS
July 17, 2015
WHATEVER THE situation, it seems we can always count on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to make the wrong decision. The latest involves an investigation, led by the Montgomery County district attorney, into allegations that Kane leaked secret grand jury information about an investigation to newspaper reporters, then lied about it. If indicted, she could face charges of perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction of justice....
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Tuesday that she would not resign if she is formally charged with leaking secret information in an effort to embarrass her political foes. Kane acknowledged that her attorneys recently met with Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman's office, which is reviewing whether Kane should face obstruction and other charges. Kane allegedly leaked grand jury information to a Philadelphia newspaper last year to punish her critics - and then lied about it under oath.
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