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May 3, 2010
RE STANDING during the national anthem: I stand every time, and I think everyone should. It is a time to pay respect to all those men and women who have laid down their lives to protect us so that we continue to be able to speak our minds. And they continue to do so as I write. And, Mr. Parrish, those wonderful military people are black, white, Latino, Asian, etc. So stop standing when you feel like it and stand all the time. You'll feel better! Anthony Zajko, Glenolden I stand for the anthem - anywhere, anyplace, any time.
SPORTS
September 18, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
The battered reputation of Josh Howard took another hit this week when an online video surfaced showing the Dallas Mavericks forward disrespecting the national anthem. In a video posted on YouTube, Howard is shown on a football field at a charity flag football game this summer run by Allen Iverson. As the national anthem plays in the background, Howard approaches a camera and says: "The Star-Spangled Banner" is going on right now. I don't even celebrate that [expletive]. I'm black.
NEWS
July 12, 1993 | By CLAUDE LEWIS
A week ago I wrote a column concerning the difficulty of singing "The Star-Spangled Banner. " I pointed out that even professional singers are hard- put to sing our national anthem to its conclusion. Several wrote to agree, others felt the song has been around too long to "change horses in midstream. " Some said they have always been offended singing a song about "bombs bursting in air. " One reader, who was born on Sept. 13 - the day the song was written (but not in the same year)
NEWS
July 16, 2012 | Madeline Bialecki is a freelance writer in Eddystone
Several years ago, when I was working for a congregation of Catholic sisters, I visited their mission in Swaziland, a landlocked country in southern Africa. Swaziland is ruled by a king who has been known to make Parade Magazine's list of "world's worst dictators. " St. Philip's Mission is far removed from any city and most of the nearby homesteads have no running water or electricity. Rural Swaziland only began to get pit toilets in the 1990s. St. Philip's has a school, medical clinic, and orphanage that houses 127 children whose parents died from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, or other diseases that are all too common in region.
NEWS
March 22, 1996
Leave it to the Daily News to support basketball player Chris Jackson's (alias Abdul-Rauf) decision to ignore the National Anthem. Wouldn't want to offend your black readers. Everyone knows this has nothing to do with religious beliefs and everything to do with expressing hatred for our country and our way of life. But even that isn't the point: The National Basketball Association is entitled to set rules, and those employed by the NBA are obliged to obey them. You at the News know about rules - no spitting on the presses, no cursing out loud; it works the same in the NBA and elsewhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2011
DEAR ABBY: I was criticized recently for placing my right hand over my heart while the flag was flown and "The Star-Spangled Banner" was being sung. I was told that the hand over the heart is for the Pledge of Allegiance only, when the flag is present. Is that true, and what is the proper procedure? - St. Louis Patriot DEAR PATRIOT: No, it is not true. Whoever criticized you was ignorant of the Flag Code, as amended by the 94th Congress and approved July 7, 1976. According to the code, "During the rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present . . . shall stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
NEWS
March 17, 2002 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The memories of Sept. 11 are still burned into the minds of baseball players. The unspeakable acts of terror occurred on a Tuesday morning while most late-sleeping players were just getting out of bed. There would be no games that night, no games that week, and that was a good thing, because no one felt like playing baseball. Eventually, the players took the field again. They wore American flags on their uniforms. They made generous donations to relief efforts. The season went on, pennant races pulsated, and the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees treated us to a magnificent World Series.
NEWS
February 9, 1995 | By David T. Shaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The basketball teams are at mid-court inside Conestoga High's gymnasium before a Friday night crowd of 500 rambunctious fans. In a moment, the place is quiet. It's time for Devon Cockerill to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner. " She stands with microphone in hand, not far from the scoring table. Her voice floats through Francis Scott Key's verses without the slightest quiver. Every note is right on target. Eyes stray from the flag on the gym's far wall back to Cockerill.
SPORTS
March 13, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, the Denver Nuggets star who has refused to stand during the national anthem this season because of his Islamic beliefs, was suspended without pay by the NBA. NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik said yesterday Abdul-Rauf violated a league rule that requires players, coaches and trainers to "stand and line up in a dignified posture" during the U.S. and Canadian anthems. "The NBA's rule on this point is very clear, and all our rules apply equally to all players," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 1998 | By Lini S. Kadaba, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like a boom box, Ashley Lauren Costello is a small package with a BIG SOUND. That is, when she sings. When she talked with a visitor before a basketball game on a recent Sunday afternoon, Ashley, who is 9 years old, was shy and barely audible. She twiddled her fingers and deferred to her mother when asked about her passion - carrying notes up and down the scale. But give her a song, say the national anthem, and she changes her tune. "I don't know. I just do it," she said with a shrug as she waited to belt out the anthem before Temple took on Virginia Tech.
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NEWS
July 10, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOL AID Up in smoke With a $2-a-pack tax in Philadelphia, I would ask friends from New Jersey to bring me a carton or two if I still smoked. Or like thousands of others, I reside sufficiently near Montgomery and Bucks Counties to make a cigarette run a real tax savings. On a larger scale, I envision a substantial bootleg business. So someone needs to provide a solid projection of the anticipated tax revenue. |Edwin E. Scully, Philadelphia ISSUE | CAMEOS Life in pictures A letter on Monday was accompanied by a Hillary Clinton photo but had absolutely nothing to do with her ("Touchy-feely kind of place," July 7)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Join the troops and celebrate the bicentennial of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Saturday at Fort Mifflin's "The War of 1812: Celebrating Our National Anthem. " Guests will learn the history of the fort, including its preparedness to defend Philadelphia. Guided tours and living history activities will be featured, and you can sign up to join the Fort Mifflin Rifle Regiment to learn drills and colonial military activities. In honor of the bicentennial, guests will learn the little-known connection between Fort Mifflin and Fort McHenry.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TUESDAY WAS the 10th anniversary of the death of former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Pat Tillman, who was a victim of friendly fire while fighting with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, the first professional football player to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War. Earlier this week, ESPN did a special "Outside the Lines" show to commemorate his story and spirit. As you might expect, Temple defensive coordinator Phil Snow, who coached Tillman at Arizona State, couldn't take his eyes away from the TV screen.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014
Traffic information can be found at www.511pa.com , www.511nj.org or by calling 511 before or after the game. Mass transit: www.septa.org.ncq Tickets: Standing-room-only tickets go on sale at noon at the first-base ticket windows. Citizens Bank Way party, beginning at 1 p.m. and free for fans, includes a live performance by Go Go Gadjet. Phillies batting practice begins at 1:13 p.m. Gates open at 1:35 p.m. All fans will receive a Citizens Bank Park commemorative banner.
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
IRV CROSS slumped into the seat of his car that high-sky November afternoon, his football soul left in tatters somewhere on Franklin Field, his heart welling in his chest. He looked down at the radio grill when reality seeped in. The Eagles' defensive back was overwhelmed. Tears began trickling down his numb cheeks by the belief that he had just lost a friend. It's how the whole country felt. The prevailing emptiness gripped the country on Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963, as President John F. Kennedy's body lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he was commissioned as "Captain of Marines" during the American Revolution, Samuel Nicholas was read out of meeting by the pacifist Society of Friends in Philadelphia. He recruited several companies of Marines at the city's Tun Tavern, participated in their first amphibious landing in the Bahamas, and fought with George Washington in New Jersey. But the Marine Corps' first commandant - received back into the Society of Friends after the war - was buried without a marker, the same as most others at the cemetery next to the Arch Street Meeting House.
NEWS
May 28, 2013 | By Darlene Superville, Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama said Monday that Americans must honor the sacrifices of their fighting men and women, particularly at a time when the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country's involvement in Afghanistan is winding down. Speaking at Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama said he worries that the country's servicemen and women aren't being fully appreciated in an era in which "most Americans are not directly touched by war. " He said he couldn't explain that phenomenon but said it might have something to do with the all-volunteer military force and advanced technology that now permits the United States to accomplish some military missions with far fewer personnel.
SPORTS
May 15, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
His basketball coach says Ryan Lee is a "man of few words. " His volleyball coach says Lee is "a quiet leader. " But the strong, silent approach doesn't always work for Lee when it comes to his dealings with the director of Cherry Hill West High School's award-winning a cappella group, Men of Note. "Ryan can give us that extra-low note," said Jonathan Flowers, a music teacher at Cherry Hill West. "He has such a deep voice. " Flowers calls Lee "a gentle giant," noting that the 6-foot-4 senior who specializes in gritty defensive play on the basketball court and thunderous spikes in volleyball has a personality that belies his muscular singing voice.
SPORTS
March 4, 2013 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
It took Alicia Keys 2 minutes, 36 seconds to butcher the national anthem before the Super Bowl. There are farmers who can butcher a hog in 2 minutes, 36 seconds and have time left over to set six strips of bacon sizzling in the skillet. If you bet "over" 2:05, you won from here to New Orleans. There's a sucker born in America every 24 seconds. A proposition bet on the length of the anthem is all the evidence you need. You want a second opinion? Take the prop on how many total hats the Harbaugh brothers would wear on the sidelines, none, one, two?
NEWS
February 1, 2013
Beyoncé says she sang along NEW ORLEANS - Beyoncé faced the music at a news conference Thursday before the Super Bowl, admitting that she sang along to a recorded track when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day. The singer said she's a "perfectionist" and wanted her performance to be memorable. "Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry.
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