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May 17, 2006 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki is expected to arrive in Philadelphia tonight and see the team's orthopedic doctor, Bill DeLong at Temple Sports Medicine, tomorrow. Niittymaki was injured while playing for Finland in the World Hockey Championship in Latvia. According to Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin, Niittymaki underwent an MRI exam of his left groin, and the Finnish doctor reported that the goalie had a four-centimeter tear of the muscle in his left groin. McCrossin said the injury is in an area where it should heal quickly.
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May 13, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sell us your Pennsylvania gas, please, said the prime minister. And thanks for the American troops, she added. All 150 of them, newly arrived in her country. Plus their NATO friends from Europe. Send more, if you can, added Her Excellency Mrs. Laimdota Straujuma , prime minister of the Republic of Latvia, who was in Philadelphia recently, meeting with energy leaders and other business people, trying to find her nation's way in a tough neighborhood. Could her need, and the needs of other ex-Soviet republics scared by Russia's partial invasion of Ukraine, work to Philadelphia's advantage?
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June 1, 2015 | By Janis Chakars, For The Inquirer
The children sat impatiently waiting for school to begin, until one of their classmates called them to the window. Crowded around the pane, they watched as KGB men arrested their teacher outside. They never saw him again. Andris told me this story as we stood in the same spot. He was one of those kids. It was after World War II, and Latvia was under Soviet occupation. My grandfather had gone to that school, too, as did his brother, Andris' father. I was traveling with my wife and kids.
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May 14, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Hours after landing in Europe, Patrick O'Sullivan scored the go-ahead goal and the United States held off Latvia, 4-2, yesterday to clinch a quarterfinal berth in the World Hockey Championship in Riga, Latvia. The center made an 11-hour flight from Houston, where he plays for the AHL Aeros, and arrived only three hours before the game. The Americans join Group E's Canada, Finland and the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. Latvia and Norway were eliminated. Colleges Katelyn Martin scored four times, set the NCAA Division II career scoring record, and led the West Chester women's lacrosse team to its fifth championship-game appearance in six years with a 10-8 win over Limestone College, 10-8, in the Division II semifinals in Lisle, Ill. The Rams (18-2)
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November 24, 1992 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You might not want to turn your head at Villanova basketball games this year. If you do, you miss plays like Jonathan Haynes dropping a blind pass to a trailing James Bryson that turns into a slam dunk; or Haynes whipping a no- look, alley-oop pass to Anthony Pelle, who slams down a basket hard enough to rattle the windows in the Mercedes in the parking lot. The Wildcats got their running game going in the second half of last night's 80-63 exhibition...
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May 9, 2010
Worldwide Hostels From Hostelworld.com: Lisbon Lisbon Lisbon Florence Budapest, Hungary Cardiff, Wales Lisbon Krakow, Poland Riga, Latvia Lisbon Geoquiz Saguaro cactus can only be found in which desert? (Answer below) SOURCES: Hostelworld.com, Chicago Tribune
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September 28, 1986
The otherwise interesting Sept. 16 report about the "cultural exchange" of Americans and Soviets in Riga, the capital of Soviet-occupied Latvia, omits the fact that in 1940 the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, on the basis of his infamous treaty of friendship with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, occupied the three Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This Soviet occupation continues to this day, imposing terrible suffering and hardship upon the unfortunate three Baltic nations. The U.S. government has refused and still refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the Soviet occupation of these three, previously democratic republics.
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August 26, 1991 | Daily News Wire Services
Poland is ready to establish diplomatic relations with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Foreign Minister Krzysztof Skubiszewski said today. "Taking into account recent declarations by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia concerning their independence, the Polish government expresses its readiness to establish normal inter-state relations with these republics," Skubiszewski said after an emergency meeting of Poland's inner cabinet. Estonia and Latvia declared independence last week during an attempted coup by Soviet hardliners.
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May 12, 2006 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
In an off-season dominated by medical news, the Flyers said yesterday that Simon Gagne had undergone surgery, Peter Forsberg was ready for his first ankle operation, and Eric Desjardins had decided against surgery. The Flyers also said R.J. Umberger was suffering from dizziness in Riga, Latvia, where he was on the U.S. team at the world championships. Trainer Jim McCrossin said Gagne had surgery on his right hip Wednesday in Vail, Colo., performed by Dr. Mark Philippon. The trainer added that the left winger was on his way home to South Jersey last night and would begin rehabilitation today.
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February 15, 2010
Flyers forward Jeff Carter traveled to Vancouver, but he won't be an Olympian. Carter was left off the Team Canada roster today, when the team decided to stick with Ryan Getzlaf, who returned to the lineup for the Anaheim Ducks - just in the nick of time. Getzlaf, who injured his ankle last Monday, would have needed to be replaced by Carter to meet today's roster deadline. Carter flew to Vancouver yesterday morning just in case Getzlaf couldn't compete, something that seemed like a possibility given Getzlaf's absence in the Ducks lineup on Saturday in Calgary.
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January 28, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
While Josh Sharkey handled the Archbishop Carroll offense, Miks Antoms anchored its defense, which gave up 98 points last week. The 6-foot-7 senior from Latvia blocked four shots as the Patriots overwhelmed visiting La Salle, 66-52, in the lone Catholic League contest Tuesday night. Last week, Neumann-Goretti skewered Carroll's defense for nearly 100 points. In the fourth quarter Tuesday, however, Antoms' defense started a sequence that illustrated vast improvement. "Play of the game," Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk said.
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June 1, 2015 | By Janis Chakars, For The Inquirer
The children sat impatiently waiting for school to begin, until one of their classmates called them to the window. Crowded around the pane, they watched as KGB men arrested their teacher outside. They never saw him again. Andris told me this story as we stood in the same spot. He was one of those kids. It was after World War II, and Latvia was under Soviet occupation. My grandfather had gone to that school, too, as did his brother, Andris' father. I was traveling with my wife and kids.
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January 7, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jules R. Lippert, 83, of Newtown Square, who worked to help Jews blocked by the Soviet Union from immigrating to Israel, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, of natural causes at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Lippert co-owned a prefabricated-house company, Hilton Lifetime Homes, in Blackwood. Beginning in the 1980s, he and his wife, Louise, began collecting and selling antiques. They specialized in small Victorian English items, particularly sewing tools used for fine needlework. Starting in the 1970s, the couple developed a passion for helping Jews who were forbidden to leave the Soviet Union for Israel.
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May 13, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sell us your Pennsylvania gas, please, said the prime minister. And thanks for the American troops, she added. All 150 of them, newly arrived in her country. Plus their NATO friends from Europe. Send more, if you can, added Her Excellency Mrs. Laimdota Straujuma , prime minister of the Republic of Latvia, who was in Philadelphia recently, meeting with energy leaders and other business people, trying to find her nation's way in a tough neighborhood. Could her need, and the needs of other ex-Soviet republics scared by Russia's partial invasion of Ukraine, work to Philadelphia's advantage?
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February 21, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Shea Weber scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 6 minutes, 54 seconds to play, and Canada survived a scare from Latvia to advance to the Olympic men's hockey semifinals with a 2-1 win Wednesday night. Carey Price made 15 saves for the Canadians, who were stretched to the limit by Latvia goalie Kristers Gudlevskis. The 21-year-old Tampa Bay prospect, who has played mostly for the Lightning's AHL affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., made 55 saves in a spectacular performance, nearly pulling off one of the biggest upsets in hockey history largely by himself.
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October 23, 2011 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Staff Writer
Somewhere down there in the darkness, a runway has to exist. The view from the Baltic Air commuter flight during the lingering summer twilight (which lasts until 11 p.m. in July) suggests that the ground is near. But where are the lights? The terminal? Once on the ground in the Latvian capital of Riga, only a dollhouse-size building off in the distance is seen on the flat terrain. How can there be so much open space in a micro-country? This puzzling prelude to one of Europe's most storied capitals became typical over my 10 days in the Baltic republics of Latvia and Estonia, where cities are like avocados: mundane and crusty on the outside, rich and exotic on the inside - and all eerily uncrowded by northeastern U.S. standards.
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August 5, 2011 | BY MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
SO, DO YOU KNOW where Latvia is located? Well, neither did Villanova's James Bell. But since he was heading there, he consulted a map to find out. "I knew it was somewhere in [Eastern] Europe," said the 6-5 sophomore wing guard, a member of the U.S. National Team that competed in last month's Under-19 World Championships. "It's like right under Russia. When I found out, the first thing I thought about was it's a long flight. " And for the guy who's better known by his middle name of Taj, it turned out to be a rewarding one. He started all nine games for former Villanova assistant and new George Mason coach Paul Hewitt, averaging 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16 minutes for a squad that went 7-2. The Americans finished fifth, after losing in the quarterfinals to eventual bronze-medal winner Russia.
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July 3, 2011 | By Karel Janicek, Associated Press
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The Russians are back. Twenty years after Soviet troops left to the delight of a liberated nation, Russian schools, businesses, newspapers, and communities are thriving in and around Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. But while many Czechs seem to be leaving decades of bad blood behind them, there's alarm in Russia at the economic impact of a new wave of middle-class emigration to Eastern Europe, where life seems far simpler and where European Union membership brings dynamism.
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June 3, 2011
Japan's premier survives a vote SEOUL, South Korea - Vowing to stay in office only a few more months to guide the response to the nation's nuclear crisis, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote aimed at driving him from power. Kan, who assumed his job last June, cut a backroom political deal with members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan only hours before the parliamentary vote. "I want the younger generation to take over my duties after I fulfill the role I should play in handling the disaster," a somber Kan, 64, told legislators.
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April 24, 2011
By David Bezmozgis Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 356 pp. $26 Reviewed by Mike Fischer The Free World , David Bezmozgis' first novel, begins its journey in much the same way as the Krasnansky family it features: with the promise of good things ahead. We first meet the Krasnanskys in a crowded train station in Vienna, Austria, where three generations of them are midway in their journey from Latvia to the West. It is 1978. The Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky is about to be convicted of spying and treason, and Leonid I. Brezhnev is in power.
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