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February 7, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything changed, Martin Luther King offensive tackle Dontae Angus said, when the University of Florida fired offensive-line coach and area recruiting coordinator Tim Davis at the end of last season's 4-8 showing. "I had my heart set on Florida, but I lost all contact with them after that happened," said the 6-foot-6, 328-pound senior, who committed to the Gators in July. "I never heard from them again. " Forced to switch gears late in the recruitment process, Angus visited West Virginia last weekend and committed to the Mountaineers on Wednesday, national signing day. "The people at West Virginia really welcomed me and my mom [Jounieta Williams]
NEWS
January 20, 2003
OF ALL PEOPLE, George W. Bush has made Martin Luther King relevant again. Don't get us wrong. The slain pacifist and preacher is always relevant. His message of economic justice and service continues to inspire. Witness the health and vigor of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and the thousands of volunteers it attracts. But like other people we have commemorated - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, veterans - King is always in danger of becoming another reason to hold a sale.
NEWS
January 17, 2006
IT IS GREAT that Martin Luther King has a holiday in his honor. As an African-American and third-generation to graduate from an African-American college, I feel proud there is a holiday that celebrates the life of an African-American. However, why is Martin Luther King the only African-American to have a holiday? In my opinion, Harriet Tubman, Jack Johnson and Malcolm X are just as worthy. So what does the holiday really mean to African-Americans who still live in a society that, as Malcolm X once said, "resembles a modern plantation"?
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April 4, 2008 | By DAVID W. BROWN
FORTY SECONDS. In the scheme of things, 40 seconds speeds by in the blink of an eye. Today, 40 seconds can sum up a lifetime. April 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, at 6:01 p.m. Memphis time, King was felled by an assassin's bullet - ending the life of a dreamer, but not the dream. To commemorate the milestone, hundreds of individuals and organizations will gather today at Franklin Square Park. In the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge, we will stand together, lining the perimeter of the park at exactly 7:01 p.m. for 40 seconds of silence acknowledging the anniversary and committing ourselves to achieving the peaceful, just society that King lived, worked and died for. We're calling this the Bridge Walk for Peace, and hope to establish it as an annual tradition here in Philadelphia.
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November 11, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Joseph Walker threw a 50-yard touchdown pass and ran for two other scores to send Martin Luther King to a 32-7 victory over Mastery Charter North in the Public League Class AAA football final Saturday at Northeast. Walker completed 6 of 13 passes for 156 yards - including a 50-yard strike to Delane Hart for the Cougars' first touchdown - and added scoring runs of 18 and 46 yards. King gained 277 rushing yards on 37 attempts and held Mastery North to 59 yards on the ground. The Cougars scored 32 unanswered points after the Pumas struck first on an 80-yard pass from Donovan Crabbe to Nasirr Mayo.
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March 19, 2015 | BY TOM SIXEAS, For the Daily News
CHAMBERSBURG - After leading for most of the first 2 1/2 quarters, Martin Luther King High fell behind briefly before limiting Taylor Allderdice to just five points over the final quarter-and-a-half in the Cougars' 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals last night at CASHS Field House. The victory puts MLK in the state championship game for the first time in school history. It will take on Roman Catholic, a 69-66 winner over J.P. McCaskey, at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK in the schools' previous meeting this season, 58-57, on Feb. 27. "I'm proud of our guys.
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April 27, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
WHEN MARTIN Luther King High head football coach Ed Dunn met with school administrators in preparation for the merger with now-closed Germantown High, he had something specific in mind. "They were asking us, 'What were our goals for the season and did we think we could win?' And I flat-out told them we could win a championship, and that was our goal from Day 1. So, the one thing I would take away from all this is: Have an audacious goal and don't be afraid to dream big. " "All this" refers to the successful 2013 season captured by the documentary film, "We Could Be King," which will appear tomorrow night at 8 o'clock on ESPN2.
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September 10, 1999 | by Earni Young, Daily News Staff Writer
The walls of four recently vacated towers that constitute the Martin Luther King public housing project will come tumbling down Sunday, Oct. 17 - not with a bang but a muffled roar. The implosion of the towers will clear the way for the construction of a $90 million community consisting of 92 new townhouses that will be sold to working-class families and 12 affordable rental units. Controlled Demolition Inc. (CDI) which won the $1.9 million contract for MLK, has also been hired to take down the two remaining towers at Southwark in South Philadelphia later this year.
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September 24, 2011 | BY DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
FURTHER REVIEW is needed after a damning report released Thursday shed light on the ugly backroom political wrangling surrounding Martin Luther King High School, a good-government watchdog and parent advocates said yesterday. Zack Stalberg, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, said it was important to determine if any laws were broken. "It really says something about the political culture in Philadelphia," he said. "Knowing these [investigative] agencies, they'll have to take a hard look at this.
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October 15, 1999 | by Earni Young, Daily News Staff Writer
Sunday morning will see the destruction of four buildings and 40 years of troubled history. That's when Martin Luther King Plaza becomes 60,000 tons of rubble. The demise of the 536-unit public-housing project is generating mixed emotions among residents of the surrounding Hawthorne community. Their initial jubilant "good riddance" to the departure of the last 272 tenants from the shabby buildings at 13th and Fitzwater streets is tempered with fear that they could be next.
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July 31, 2015 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
IT MAY HAVE been the only time in her 66-year existence that Karen Asper Jordan didn't know what to say. It happened on the afternoon of Aug. 3, 1965 - 50 years ago. For 13 weeks, the 16-year-old Simon Gratz High School student had thrown her body and soul into the fight to desegregate Girard College in North Philadelphia, a stone's throw from her home. As a charter member of civil-rights activist Cecil B. Moore's "Young Militants," Karen Asper had sung "freedom songs" into the summer nights and would scream bloody murder that coming winter when she saw cops beat her friend nicknamed "Tree" to within an inch of his life at a protest.
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June 27, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police have arrested five students from Martin Luther King High School who earlier this month kicked and punched another student - knocking out several of his teeth - in an attack that was recorded and posted online Thursday. The video, showing teenagers repeatedly beating a classmate June 5 while shouting taunts, was posted on the popular website MediaTakeOut.com. At one point, the student was hit in the face with a traffic cone, knocking out his teeth. Four of the students charged in the beating are juveniles; the fifth is 18, police said.
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June 6, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six students at Martin Luther King High School in East Germantown were taken into police custody after a fight broke out there Thursday morning. Philadelphia School District spokeswoman Raven Hill said the fight began at 11:50 a.m. in a third-floor hallway of the school. She said she did not know how many students were involved, but said no one was seriously injured. Philadelphia police also responded to the school after a call for backup from school police. No charges have been filed against the students taken into custody, Hill said.
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April 6, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demonstrators in North Philadelphia on Saturday marked the 47th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with demands for a $15 minimum wage. Sharon Sobukwe, a political science professor at Eastern University, told more than 100 people gathered before the march that the poverty rate in the United States has been reduced to 15 percent, but that still means "there are 45 million people living in poverty. " Among African Americans, she said, the poverty rate is 28 percent.
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March 19, 2015 | BY TOM SIXEAS, For the Daily News
CHAMBERSBURG - After leading for most of the first 2 1/2 quarters, Martin Luther King High fell behind briefly before limiting Taylor Allderdice to just five points over the final quarter-and-a-half in the Cougars' 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals last night at CASHS Field House. The victory puts MLK in the state championship game for the first time in school history. It will take on Roman Catholic, a 69-66 winner over J.P. McCaskey, at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK in the schools' previous meeting this season, 58-57, on Feb. 27. "I'm proud of our guys.
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March 19, 2015 | By Tom Sixeas, For The Inquirer
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - After leading for most of the first 21/2 quarters, Martin Luther King fell behind briefly before limiting Allderdice to just five points the rest of the way in a 48-35 victory in the PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball semifinals Tuesday night at Chambersburg High School. The victory puts King in the state championship game for the first time in school history. The Cougars will take on Roman Catholic in a city final rematch at Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday at 8 p.m. Roman defeated MLK, 58-57, Feb. 27 in the District 12 title game.
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February 16, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Maple Shade Township Council has voted unanimously to investigate the possibility of erecting a memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the former site of a cafe where the young King was confronted by a bartender who refused to serve him and his friends. The now state-owned plot on Main Street next to busy Route 73 was the location of Mary's Place, where a 1950 incident helped shape King's character and inspired his passion for civil rights. The town approved a motion Thursday night to seek state authorization to install a memorial there.
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January 22, 2015 | BY KIMBERLY GARRISON, For the Daily News
THIS WEEK we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Given recent tragic events in Florida, Missouri, Staten Island and, well, all over America, it's obvious that racism and inequality remain a persistent American problem. It is also worth noting that this year is the 50th anniversary of both the Selma marches and the Voting Rights Act, yet we are still marching and asserting that "black lives matter. " Like all major urban cities, Philadelphia struggles daily with poverty, underperforming and underfunded schools, discrimination and huge disparities around health care, nutrition and fitness.
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January 22, 2015
WHAT, NO watermelon? Excuse the sarcasm, but I'm still looking side-eyed at a laughable attempt by a restaurant inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by serving fried chicken. Wait, there's more: The Metropolitan restaurant also dished up collard greens and macaroni and cheese in honor of the slain civil-rights leader. Advertised as the "Martin Luther King Jr. Special," the $24 meal consisted of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, collard greens and homemade pecan pie. Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata, told me that the restaurant chose menu items that were among King's favorite foods as a way to honor him and that the menu was put together by the restaurant's African-American general manager.
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