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June 14, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the Washington Redskins nickname is a "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect. " Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans. He cited the nickname's origins and polls that support its popularity. Goodell wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also pointed out fan pride in the team's heritage.
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June 14, 2004 | By Paddy Noyes FOR THE INQUIRER
"I've never heard a negative word about him," Wardell's social worker says when asked about this charming 10-year-old. "He is always smiling . . . always in high spirits. " Known as "Mr. Mayor" at his school because of his gregarious personality, Wardell works hard to overcome developmental challenges. He wasn't exposed to education until three years ago, so he has some catching up to do. He receives speech therapy and special services, and is making tremendous progress. At home, Wardell enjoys playing basketball with his foster brothers.
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October 11, 1988 | By Robin Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the most colorful figures in the trial of reputed mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo and 16 co-defendants has been Nicholas Virgilio, a short, compact man whose gravelly voice, sharp nose and hooded eyes make him seem Hollywood- perfect for the part that prosecutors have cast him in, that of a longtime soldier in the Philadelphia-South Jersey mob. Completing the image is Virgilio's nickname - "Nick the Blade" - an alias that even Virgilio uses when...
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October 15, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE UNITED Arab Emirates Football Association has demanded an apology after a story on the Asian Football Confederation website referred to its national side as the "Sand Monkeys. " General Secretary Yousuf Abdulla on Sunday called the wording in Friday's 2015 Asian Cup profile an "unfortunate affair" that "revealed some racist acts by some AFC officials. " An AFC spokesman said the wording was immediately removed once editors were made aware of it. He called it a "genuine mistake" inserted by a new website writer who had seen "Sand Monkeys" wrongly listed as the team's nickname on its Wikipedia page.
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August 23, 2011 | Staff Report
The Cherry Hill School District has agreed to settle a lawsuit with parents who allege a teacher gave their daughter a sexually-charged nickname. The federal civil-rights lawsuit also named the teacher, Thomas DiPatri Jr., as a defendant. A tentative settlement filed in U.S. District Court in Camden does not specify the amount, only that attorneys and family are working out an annuity plan for a 'friendly' settlement hearing not yet scheduled. The original suit, filed March 18, claimed that DiPatri, a Cherry Hill High School West English teacher, instructed his honors students to call the girl "Handy Mandy," a reference to masturbation.
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July 4, 1988 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The nickname is "Amazing," as in Mark "Amazing" Grace. And the nickname fits Mark Grace like an Italian designer suit. Because it really is amazing when a guy who gets drafted in the 24th round zooms from San Diego State to the big leagues in two years. And it really is amazing when a 23-year-old prodigy who spent all of four weeks in triple A goes out and hits .330 in his first month in the big leagues. And it is especially amazing when this same guy strikes out once in a stretch of 82 trips to the plate in an era when people who keep their strikeouts under 100 are considered contact hitters.
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December 9, 1994 | by Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
It's official now. This Pittsburgh Steelers defense has gone from good to very good to nickname good. And nickname good is as good as it gets in the NFL. Only the truly great defenses rate a nickname, such as the Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, the Purple People Eaters in Minnesota and, best of all, the Steel Curtain in Pittsburgh in the 1970s. The current Pittsburgh defense is putting up numbers reminiscent of the Steel Curtain - it needs only three more sacks to break the club record of 52 set in 1974 - so the search is on for a nickname, something the team can ride into the postseason.
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September 1, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
For now, West Chester is playing the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in Grand Forks, N.D., on Saturday. But that might change if members of the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe have their way. The tribe passed a resolution on Tuesday opposing North Dakota's nickname and Indian-head logo because they are "an affront to the dignity and well being of the members of Spirit Lake. " The matter is expected to go next to the Spirit Lake's tribal council for formal adoption. North Dakota officials said the school had support from the Spirit Lake tribe to use the nickname.
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October 4, 1988 | By Tom Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writers Maria Gallagher, Toni Loci, Joe O'Dowd and Joseph R. Daughen contributed to this report
Frank "The Dasher" Abbandando, a member of Murder Inc. in Brooklyn in the 1920s, got his nickname from one incident in his youth. Assigned to dispatch a man who had fallen out of favor, Abbandando confronted the "victim," pointed a gun at him and - nothing. The gun misfired. The "victim," by now a bit upset, charged Abbandando. Abbandando ran. The chase was on. Abbandando's flight took him around a building. His pursuer fell behind. And, lo, soon Abbandando was coming up behind the man chasing him. When he got close enough, he tried the gun again.
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September 18, 1989 | By Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Standing on Elsa Yolas Legesse's desk was a beautiful red rose. It was made of leather. When a friend gave it to her, he said it sort of "symbolizes" what Legesee is all about: "Delicate, feminine, but tough enough to be a warden. " Warden . . . It's a family nickname Legesse picked up from her brother-in-law back when she was in high school more than a few years ago. "He came up with that name probably because I was always taking charge of things," said Legesse.
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July 3, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THANKS TO a fumble by closed captioning and a tweet that went viral, new Sixers guard Nik Stauskas has had a wonderfully catchy nickname since March. Call him "Sauce Castillo. " Andrew Unterberger was watching the Kings-Sixers game on March 24 when Stauskas hit a seemingly routine three-pointer in the second quarter with Sixers announcer Marc Zumoff at the mic. That's when Unterberger, a Lower Merion native who lives in Queens, made the following observation. "My closed captioning just referred to Nik Stauskas as "Sauce Castillo" and I will never be able to not call him this again," Unterberger tweeted.
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December 24, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IF YOU SAW La'Trelle Wilson play basketball, the last things to enter your mind would be soft, decorated pieces of orange and yellow felt. The 6-0, 185-pound Southern High guard uses strength, physicality and intensity as a defensive disruptor for the Rams. So, why in the world is his nickname Bert? "My head is shaped like Bert and Ernie of 'Sesame Street,' " Wilson said, laughing, after the Rams ran over host Engineering and Science, 49-37, in a Public League B matchup. The nickname is courtesy of his aunt, Michelle Kemp, who dubbed him thusly just after his birth.
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November 10, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was a little busy last week as he prepared to explain to an appeals judge his finger-in-the-wind decision process regarding the suspension and re-suspension of Baltimore running back Ray Rice. Even so, Goodell must have noticed that one of the league's owners, Washington's Daniel Snyder, was suing five Native Americans for the crime of being upset about the "Redskins" team nickname. If he wins the suit, maybe Snyder can take their land and force them to live in a fenced-in section of the FedEx Field parking lot. Not much of a view, but, hey, no income tax. The five activists, perhaps to their own surprise, won a ruling earlier this year from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that canceled six of the team's trademarks that used the word "Redskins," with the ruling board stating it did so because the word was "disparaging to Native Americans.
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October 17, 2014
LAST WEEK, an editor showed me a death notice in our paper for John McGee. Such listings are paid for by funeral homes based on information submitted by the family. In this one, the family included the man's nickname - "Jewboy. " That grabbed me, but maybe not for the reason the editor thought. I'm Jewish, but rather than take offense, I was overwhelmed by curiosity. How did this Irish guy get that nickname? When I was a kid, nicknames often focused on physical traits - Shorty, Fatty, Lefty - or personality traits - Tough Tony, Killer.
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March 27, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
LET ME START by acknowledging that what the owner of the NFL team based in Washington is doing is to be admired. No matter how wealthy he is, Daniel Snyder is under no obligation to do anything for anybody but his own family. So the idea that he announced that he has started a foundation to assist Native American communities should be acknowledged as something positive. Any individual who does things to assist other human beings deserves credit. But - and you knew there was going to be one - Snyder again shows he doesn't get the issue concerning the offensive slur the nickname of his team represents.
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January 23, 2014
Douse with a tweet I was only half surprised that Philadelphia smoking rates are among the highest, having often been agitated by the smell of smoke in subway stations, school stairwells and bathrooms, and on city streets ("New fronts in tobacco fight," Jan. 10). Stronger measures can be developed by the federal government through taxation and graphic labeling, but it's also important to appeal emotionally to smokers, especially teens. Antismoking campaigns need to show the effects of secondhand smoking, not only statistics.
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September 6, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
A LOT OF EAGLES fans are already preparing for Monday's game against the Redskins. An American Indian tribe is preparing too, but in a much different way. The Oneida Indian Nation said yesterday that it will run spots on Washington-area radio stations before the game, imploring the Redskins to change their nickname. The tribe said it finds the name offensive. The ad begins with a reference to the racial slur used by Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper toward a security guard at a concert this summer.
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June 14, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the Washington Redskins nickname is a "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect. " Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans. He cited the nickname's origins and polls that support its popularity. Goodell wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also pointed out fan pride in the team's heritage.
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March 19, 2013
Already equipped with a nickname ("Air") and a signature dance, Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore is primed to take over March as the Jayhawks enter the South Regional as the top seeds. McLemore averaged 16.4 points this season and gained the nickname "Air" for his highlight-reel dunks. He is likely to be the No. 1 selection in June's NBA draft, and his locker room dance is a YouTube staple. Kansas' path to Atlanta will be difficult - the Jayhawks could face Michigan in the Sweet 16. The Wolverines' backcourt of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. will create problems, but Michigan's lack of rebounding could be a drawback.
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