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August 14, 1997 | For The Inquirer / JIM ROESE
On his walk through Chester, Danny Garcia (center) receives a police escort from Officer Alan Davis and moral support from Councilwoman Patricia West and Mayor Aaron Wilson (second from right). Passing Chester High School yesterday, the group was also joined by varsity football players. Garcia has walked for more than 2,000 miles in the United States to raise awareness of, and money for, children's issues and charities. He walks 40 to 50 miles a day.
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March 17, 1991 | Special to The Inquirer / H. RUMPH JR
Did Andretti start this way, hurtling down the track in a Soap Box Derby? If he didn't, he missed something. At least that's the idea organizers of the Lower Bucks County Soap Box Derby wanted to convey last Sunday at the Oxford Valley Mall. They were out to spread the word about this quintessentially American event during their membership drive. And having a sleek soap-box vehicle on display certainly helped in getting the message across.
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November 8, 2002 | By Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For millennia, hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies have migrated through Cape May to their wintering homes in the Oyamel fir forests of central Mexico. Unfortunately, 2002 has been a tragic year for the monarchs. An estimated 265 million monarch butterflies - 80 percent of their population - died in February because of harsh weather and logging of their habitat in central Mexico, said Louise Zemaitis, coordinator of the Monarch Monitoring Project for the Cape May Bird Observatory.
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March 28, 1991 | By Loretta Tofani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nelson Ocheng wanted the drug called Kemron. No, he needed Kemron. It would, he was sure, cure his AIDS. It would cure his mouth and skin infections, his vomiting and diarrhea. It would postpone his death. Then he and his wife, together, could watch their two children grow up. He could resume work as a television repairman. But Ocheng lived in Uganda. And Kemron was expensive and available only in Kenya, Ocheng learned from the radio. So began Nelson Ocheng's long journey.
SPORTS
April 25, 2004 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About noon yesterday, sitting in a private room during an NFL draft party at Chickie's & Pete's on Packer Avenue, Kevin Jones' family held hands and said a prayer of thanks . . . and asked for some help. "We prayed," said Tracey Jones, whose son, Kevin, was a star running back at Cardinal O'Hara High and Virginia Tech, "that he'd be picked by a good team and in the first round. " Well, one out of two isn't bad. About 5 1/2 hours later, some of the prayers were answered when Jones was selected by the rebuilding Detroit Lions with the 30th pick of the first round.
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March 29, 1989 | Special to The Inquirer / LINDA JOHNSON
NOTING THE STRIDES women have made in pursuit of equality, former vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro speaks to a crowd of about 300 at Penn State's Ogontz Campus. "Today women can do whatever they want," Ferraro said in her address yesterday as part of Women's History Month. "We can walk into space, and we can teach our children how to take their first steps. But we still have a long journey ahead of us. "
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March 24, 2000 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
As dawn breaks, a man faces the sun to begin his morning prayers. The spreading branches of a tree split the sunlight into dozens of shafts. Soon his life will seem equally splintered. His fervent prayers are powerless against the blows of fate. The lyric image sets the tone for Sturla Gunnarsson's Such a Long Journey, which begins in Bombay in 1971 as India is about to embark on yet another war with Pakistan. But the coming struggle initially seems like distant thunder to Gustad Noble (Roshan Seth)
NEWS
June 21, 2007
IS THE Marian Anderson award, designed to honor an artist for humanitarian efforts, an important step in an entertainer's long journey from shallow entertainer to Person of Substance? This year's recipient, Richard Gere, joins past winners Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones and that elite group of "not just an entertainer. " Just in case he's not quite used to being Serious, here are a few reminders for when he comes to pick up the award in November: 1. Don't kiss anyone.
NEWS
May 4, 2007
IT IS SO true that "we have an entire generation of dysfunctional families. " And it's also true that "Black women head the majority of our households. " Fatimah Ali (op-ed, April 30), you go on to say that too many men "are precisely the type of men that we don't want our daughters to marry. " True, too. It all starts before the child is conceived. Women have a choice as to who they get pregnant by. Black women, if a man has children by two, three or more women, and he is not providing for them, what makes you think he is going to provide for yours?
SPORTS
August 31, 2004 | THE INQUIRER
Mike Piazza returned from the disabled list yesterday and asked the New York Mets to decide whether he is their catcher or first baseman - something he often doesn't know from day to day until he sees the lineup card. Piazza, sidelined since Aug. 6 because of fluid on his left knee, has started 41 games at catcher this year and 48 at first. He first suffered his injury on Memorial Day in Philadelphia while playing first base, colliding with the railing while catching a foul pop. He was at first base last night against Florida.
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May 23, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
IN WHAT could be described as a low-speed chase, former Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry Jr., 71, was arrested yesterday and charged with abusing his office to run his private business affairs while on the bench in the 1990s and 2000s. The arrest of the retired judge came seven long years after news reports first tagged him as a slumlord running rental properties out of his judicial chambers, and five years after he was suspended over the alleged misconduct. But although the initial judicial-ethics complaint against Berry was lodged in 2007, Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in announcing the criminal charges, said the matter was not referred to her office until July, prompting an independent probe.
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March 5, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - One of the first names out of Ryne Sandberg's mouth yesterday afternoon was that of a 36-year-old who has tallied more than 100 major league plate appearances in a season four times, 200 major league plate appearances in a season twice, and who has a frame that looks more like a utility infielder's. Meet Wil Nieves, the Phillies' backup catcher, a man who might print his resume in landscape mode, its breadth far exceeding its depth. A veteran of eight organizations, two of which never promoted him to the major leagues, the 5-11, 190-pound Puerto Rican player signed a $1.125 million contract to replace Erik Kratz as Carlos Ruiz' understudy behind the plate this season.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The monarch butterflies at the Tyler Arboretum were about a week old, so it was time for them to move on. About 60 orange-and-black monarchs, freshly emerged from their chrysalises, were tagged and released into the wild at the arboretum's Butterfly Festival on Saturday. Over the next several weeks, the delicate insects will flutter about 2,500 miles south and then west before settling in a central Mexican mountain range with millions of others, the longest migratory journey of any North American butterfly.
SPORTS
March 19, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
TAMPA, Fla. - Kimmo Timonen was an afterthought. The Los Angeles Kings took a flier on him with the 250th overall pick in the 10th round of the 1993 draft - so late that the NHL doesn't even draft past seven rounds anymore because so few picks actually panned out. The Kings had little interest in Timonen, eventually trading his rights to Nashville. When Timonen finally did land in North America 5 years after being drafted, he was jettisoned to the minors in Milwaukee. One NHL game seemed like the longest of longshots.
SPORTS
March 14, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - When he was sent back to the minors in 1998, defenseman Kimmo Timonen never thought he would one day be approaching an NHL milestone: playing in 1,000 career games. Timonen played in his 998th NHL game Wednesday when the Flyers faced the New Jersey Devils in a meeting of scuffling teams battling for playoff berths. "It's been a long journey, and I'm a couple games away," he said after Wednesday's morning skate. He added: "There's been all kind of ups and downs in the middle, but that's part of the game.
SPORTS
September 8, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven days ago, Erik Kratz pointed his white, 1998 Honda Accord toward Harrisonburg, Va., and started the 270-mile drive home. "It's still a good ride," Kratz said of the car, which has taken him about 190,000 miles to and from obscurity. He thought about his wife, who is expecting the couple's third child in October. He thought about how he would spend the day away from baseball. He thought about how grateful he was, and then it hit him. "I drove down some familiar roads," Kratz said.
SPORTS
March 17, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Young took a long journey to Philadelphia - literally. Acquired on Thursday from the Memphis Grizzlies, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound swingman was in uniform for Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat, but not before an eventful 24 hours. Shortly after the trade, he drove from Memphis to Washington, where he picked up some belongings and then came to Philadelphia. The distance from Memphis to Washington is about 875 miles. "It was good because I got a lot of time to think and reflect and think about what I have been through the last couple of months and where I was headed to," Young said before Friday's game.
SPORTS
October 17, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
LANDOVER, Md. - If there were reasons to be encouraged, and there were, the final score may have been the least of them. Yes, the Eagles absolutely had to beat Washington here Sunday. They did, 20-13, in a game that was messier than Andy Reid's shirt at a rib joint. The Eagles looked, for the first time in too long, like a bona fide NFL team. It says much about how bad things had gotten that this felt like cause for celebration. There was a time, in other words, when beating Rex Grossman was not considered the highlight of an Eagles season.
NEWS
September 20, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.   Or then again, this is 2011: Just send Pierre Brondeau. In this modern-day immigrant's tale, one of Philadelphia's top businessmen, Brondeau, washed up on America's shores Monday - OK, in reality, he walked the eight or so blocks from his office at 17th and Market Streets to the immigration offices at 16th and Callowhill - to complete his 25-year journey to American citizenship.
SPORTS
April 6, 2011 | By BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
The injury hits just keep coming for the 76ers, though this latest one actually occurred nearly a month ago. Following an overtime loss to Oklahoma City on March 9, coach Doug Collins said forward Elton Brand had been "karate chopped" on the back of his left hand. The hand was noticeably swollen the next few days and Brand temporarily wore protective padding. Turns out Brand suffered a "very minor fracture" to the hand, a team source said. Though it has been bothersome, especially when you consider he has dislocated the pinkie on his right hand twice this season, Brand has pushed forward and says that is what he will continue to do. "It's been the same.
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