June 14, 2013 |
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.
June 14, 2004 |
"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.
October 11, 1988 |
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...
October 15, 2012 |
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.
August 23, 2011 |
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.
July 4, 1988 |
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.
December 9, 1994 |
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.
September 1, 2005 |
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.
October 4, 1988 |
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.
September 18, 1989 |
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.