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April 9, 1992 | By Kathryn Quigley, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
There is a race to fit every type of athlete - even those who would run only if the house were on fire - at the 11th Annual Sesame Place Classic on Sunday. The 6.2-mile run starts at 9:15 a.m., and the 100-yard Sesame Sprint, for children 10 and under, begins at 9:20 a.m. Both take off from Sesame Place, adjacent to the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne. For the less advanced runner, there is the one-mile Fun Run and a one-mile Fun Walk, both of which step off at 8:30 a.m. Yes, you can actually walk and still win a race.
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September 20, 1989 | By Jason Norman, Special to The Inquirer
Inspired by Jerry Lewis' telethon and the son of his mother's friend, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, Jerry Thompson thought it was time for him to do his part. So in 1984, while a 16-year-old math major at Drexel University and a student at Father Judge High School, he started a Whiffle ball tournament outside his Horrocks Street home to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He recruited neighbors who each volunteered a few dollars to play in the tournament.
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August 20, 1989 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
The Coatesville Area Jaycees hope to hit a home run for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with their second annual Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament this weekend. The MDA is one of the national beneficiaries of the Jaycees. The money from the local tournament goes to the MDA office in Southampton, Bucks County. "Last year, we raised $500 for MDA, and we are hoping to double that amount this year," said tournament co-chairman Ed Labiak. The teams will compete at the Columbia Avenue Park in Coatesville and the Ash Park on Eighth Avenue, a couple of blocks away.
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April 19, 1992 | Inquirer Correspondent / JON ADAMS
They ran, shuffled and strolled for the Muscular Dystrophy Association last Sunday in the Sesame Place Classic. There was a 6.2-mile run, a 1-mile run, a 1-mile walk and a 100-yard sprint for children. Although the race is in its 11th year, 1992 is the first year that proceeds will benefit MDA, which provides orthopedic and respiratory care, therapy and transportation, and supports research.
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September 10, 1993 | BY CAROL J. HENDERSON
Another Labor Day has come and gone. I dread Labor Day. It's not because it's the end of summer and the last excuse for a barbecue. It's because of Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) Telethon. Why do I hate such a great comedian and such a worthy cause? Simple. In one weekend, the telethon turns me from a person with a disability into a stereotype. I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, which falls under the umbrella of diseases called Muscular Dystrophy. CMT makes my life difficult but, unlike the people who are shown on the telethon, CMT will not kill me. I will not minimize the effect CMT has had on my life.
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July 16, 2004
Message to Comcast: Get real about the deal Reading The Inquirer's account of Comcast possibly spending the next 15 years not paying state and local taxes reminded me of some bad cable programming ("Delayed or not, KOZ bill is better," July 9). Comcast lost because land in Center City Philadelphia should produce tax revenue for needed city services and schools; tax breaks are given to create new jobs in areas lacking development. For residents of Pennsylvania, what Comcast attempted to pull off would have been prime time on the Sci-Fi Channel.
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August 30, 1986 | By GEORGE MAKSIAN, New York Daily News
Labor Day weekend means only one thing to millions of TV fans - it's the time for Jerry Lewis to step into the limelight for his annual effort to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association or, as Lewis likes to put it when talking about victims of the disease, his kids. The telethon, now in its 21st year, will for the fifth year in a row be broadcast from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, starting 11:30 p.m. Sunday and continuing until the following night at 6:30. Tony Orlando will again serve as host for the New York tie-in, with Ed McMahon, disc jockey Casey Kasem and Sammy Davis Jr. helping Lewis out in Vegas.
NEWS
September 5, 2011
Telethon goes on without Lewis LAS VEGAS - The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fund-raiser - the charity's first comments about the beloved icon's departure since an announcement last month that he would no longer be with the show. The telethon began airing live on the East Coast at 6 p.m. Sunday with an opening number featuring young dancers performing to David Guetta's "Titanium.
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August 30, 1987 | By Maria Archangelo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most people would be nervous about meeting the governor, chatting with Dr. J or making an appearance on the most famous telethon on television. Not Jill Woloshynsky of Bustleton, this year's Muscular Dystrophy Association poster child for Pennsylvania. "It's no big deal," said Jill, 8, when asked whether she would be scared to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people on the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon for the MDA, which airs next Sunday and Sept. 7. "She is really a lot better than me at these things," said Jill's mom, Patti Lee. "I am a nervous wreck, and she is really calm and can make small talk with people like the governor or the mayor.
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January 21, 1993 | By Shaun Stanert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Shannon DeVido, 10, of Holland, has been named the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Southeastern Pennsylvania Poster Child for 1993. Shannon, a sixth grader at Rolling Hills Elementary School, was diagnosed with Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a form of spinal muscular dystrophy, in 1985. But Shannon doesn't let the disease get her down. Her interests include baseball card collecting, singing and acting. Her favorite subjects are math and English. When asked how she'd like to be described to other people, Shannon said, "Smart, fun, outgoing, enjoys being with people and never gives up. " As the Southeastern Pennsylvania Poster Child, Shannon will represent the MDA at educational programs and fund-raising drives throughout the five-county area.
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April 14, 2012
PARIS - Algeria's first post-independence president, Ahmed Ben Bella, 95, died Wednesday. He was a charismatic revolutionary who fought alongside the French during World War II before becoming a hero of his own country's liberation struggle. Mr. Ben Bella was born in the town of Maghnia on the Algerian/Moroccan border in December 1916, when Algeria was a French colony. He was called up for military service during World War II, serving first in Marseille, where he briefly played with Olympique Marseille soccer team, and later in Italy, where his bravery saw him decorated by Gen. Charles de Gaulle.
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April 9, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
BEING A BOY TOY doesn't seem like such a bad gig. Casper Smart celebrated his 25th birthday at the end of last week, People reports, and not only did he get to celebrate it in the bed of his 42-year-old girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez , he got the cool birthday present every boy wants. A truck. Casper had his eye on a white pickup, and Jennifer bought it for him as a surprise. E! Online reported Jennifer rented a room at West Hollywood's Cecconi Italian restaurant for Casper's birthday bash.
NEWS
September 5, 2011
Telethon goes on without Lewis LAS VEGAS - The hosts of the 46th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon said Sunday that Jerry Lewis retired from the organization and its yearly fund-raiser - the charity's first comments about the beloved icon's departure since an announcement last month that he would no longer be with the show. The telethon began airing live on the East Coast at 6 p.m. Sunday with an opening number featuring young dancers performing to David Guetta's "Titanium.
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August 22, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
We begin our report today in the only way possible (without incurring the censure of the Gossip Guild, that is), by bringing you word of the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries nuptials. (Enough, perhaps, to keep you sated until the ceremony is televised as a two-part E! special in October.) The Wedding of the Week took place Saturday in the wealthy enclave of Montecito, near Santa Barbara, Calif., Kardashian publicist Jill Fritzo tells People magazine and E! For her second sashay down the aisle (she used to be married to music producer Damon Thomas )
NEWS
February 4, 2010
Brown will fit right in Just when you thought that the American people couldn't be dumbed down any further, along comes a special election to prove us wrong. In Martha Coakley, the people of Massachusetts had an able attorney general who fought tirelessly for justice and the rights of the consumer. Her cardinal sin, according to the pundits, was that she was no politician. So, instead, the electorate selected an unknown Republican Party hack, a veritable political lightweight whose greatest claim to fame is that he posed naked.
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June 25, 2009 | By Wallace McKelvey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thousands of Jerry's Kids will not attend camps this summer after officials halted the program in the face of 17 suspected swine-flu cases among campers, including six in Montgomery County. The cancellation, which came after about 1,800 attended 33 camps, affects 2,500 children scheduled to attend 47 other camps. The children's hereditary muscle weakness and compromised immune systems leave them vulnerable to the H1N1 strain of influenza, Muscular Dystrophy Association officials said.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
Message to Comcast: Get real about the deal Reading The Inquirer's account of Comcast possibly spending the next 15 years not paying state and local taxes reminded me of some bad cable programming ("Delayed or not, KOZ bill is better," July 9). Comcast lost because land in Center City Philadelphia should produce tax revenue for needed city services and schools; tax breaks are given to create new jobs in areas lacking development. For residents of Pennsylvania, what Comcast attempted to pull off would have been prime time on the Sci-Fi Channel.
NEWS
May 18, 2001 | By Martin Z. Braun INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The disease is eating away at Samantha Fishman's nervous system. Her speech is beginning to slur, her handwriting becoming illegible. She tires easily. In seven years, she has gone from using a cane to a walker to a wheelchair. But friedreich's ataxia, one of the 40 neuromuscular diseases associated with muscular dystrophy, has failed to sap Fishman's - or her family's and friends' - hopes for a cure. "I've never been the type of person to stay in my room and be depressed," said the 23-year-old graduate of Cherry Hill High School East.
NEWS
July 20, 2000 | By Joann Klimkiewicz, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When Ryan Irish pulled into work yesterday morning, he found that the law had already caught up with him. As his employees looked on, Irish was handcuffed by Deputy Sheriff Deborah O'Berg and whisked away in the sheriff's car, its lights flashing and siren screaming, down Baltimore Pike. O'Berg held Irish at the Towne House Restaurant, where Irish scrambled to make his $1,800 "bail," his ticket out - and the ticket to a week of summer camp for a group of special-needs children.
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