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March 17, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Clooney , who seems to be everywhere these days, led a demonstration against the government of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir Friday outside Sudan's embassy in D.C. It wasn't long before the cops clapped Georgie in cuffs and led him away. What did his mom, Nina Clooney , think of the prospect of his arrest? "He's a big boy. He'll be OK. " Yes, he will. So will his dad, Nick Clooney , who also got arrested. George has been active investigating reports of war crimes by Bashir, reports that outspoken George says are true.
NEWS
September 1, 2008 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
For a decade, an American flag has snapped and flapped atop a pole in front of Mel Rosenberg's beachfront house in Ventnor, N.J. And not just any old American flag, but a big one, really big - 25 feet long on a 40-foot pole - and a pristine, new one each and every year. But sometime after 3 a.m. yesterday, Rosenberg's flag went missing. "Somebody stole the American flag!" an incensed Rosenberg reported. "I have no idea what they're going to do with it," he added, hinting darkly that "kids from Philly" who like to "have a few beers" might be responsible.
NEWS
January 2, 1993 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
The older Mummers in Quaker City knew they had it bagged as they marched away from City Hall. The young guys fly on hope and the middle is never really sure. But the Mummers who've worn out two or three dozen sets of slippers can tell they've copped a top prize before they're out of sight of the judging stand. Bob Shannon Jr., Quaker City captain since 1971, knew it. "The fans were electric at the judges stand and the judges were all smiling," said Shannon last night amid the celebratory bedlam at the Quaker City Clubhouse on Third Street near McKean.
NEWS
May 7, 2010
I WAS APPALLED to see that School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman got a $65,000 bonus on top of her exorbitantly high salary. Why is a city whose financial situation is dire giving such a generous bonus to someone who's well paid to do the job anyway? It's more of the same that we had with Mayor Street's "friends & family" plan. Why should people who are about to be taxed for beverages, and who knows what else, have to read about a bonus in the paper? I drive around in South Philly on streets that are riddled with potholes and the city is giving out 65K bonuses?
SPORTS
September 16, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Ask them, and they'll tell you. A Sports Illustrated poll of 215 major-leaguers on the "meanest player" in the game had no surprise at the top: Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski , who has long cultivated an irritating rep, with 29 percent of the votes. (Hey, his own manager, Ozzie Guillen , says: "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less. ") What is a bit of a surprise, at least for Phillies fans, is the second-place finisher: Chase Utley , with 13 percent.
NEWS
April 21, 2010 | By John Timpane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ed Snider backs new conservative media outlet Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider is a major investor in the new conservative cabler RightNetWork. Comcast says it's not an investor. RightNetwork, which debuts as soon as summer, also has backing from actor Kelsey Grammer. Where Fox goes in hard for news and politics, RightNetWork, judging from the prelim lineup, will be more entertainment-based. A Snider statement says, "RightNetWork will be the perfect platform to entertain, inform and connect with the American majority about what's right in the world.
SPORTS
February 26, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Bobby Abreu arrived for spring training last year, the muscles of his upper body, sharply honed from a winter in the weight room, bulged from beneath his shirt. This year, there are no bulges. Abreu arrived at the Phillies' camp yesterday looking trimmer. "I'm skinny," he said. What happened to the weight work? Did Abreu become a fat cat after signing a three-year, $14.25 million contract? Not exactly. Abreu underwent surgery on his right elbow in October, and during the recovery period, his time in the weight room was limited.
NEWS
August 6, 1990 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Which of the following pop-music mega-stars proposed to Diana Ross, toured with Michael and Janet Jackson, and hit No. 1 - numero uno - with his first record? (A) Paul McCartney. (B) Bruce Springsteen. (C) Frank Sinatra. (D) Norman E. Burnett. Oh, all right. We'll make it easy on you. Our pop star and his group got their start by sending a tape to the Tip Top Talent Contest, sponsored by a Philadelphia bread company. He's never made a music video, starred in a soft- drink commercial or had an international concert tour underwritten by a credit-card company.
SPORTS
April 8, 1987 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Sports Writer
Marcus Liberty is the top high school basketball prospect in the country this season. Not the 10th-best, or the fifth-best, or even No. 2. Make no mistake, we're definitely talking numero uno. Who says so? Well, just about every talent-rating service worth its Dick Vitale seal of approval, which includes many of the same folks who similarly tabbed J.R. Reid as the Most Likely to Succeed a year ago. And if that seems like an awful lot of extra weight to be lugging around, you're absolutely right.
SPORTS
February 15, 2001 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The voice is a little deeper now. And, at 6-foot-1, he is an inch taller than he was last season. No longer does he just step up and dive off a 1-meter board without giving much thought to whether he's going to score high or low. In addition, he would rather be called "Chuck" than "Chuckie. " "Chuck," he said, sounds more grown-up. Senior Chuck Venuto, the No.1 diver at Council Rock, has matured into an introspective competitor. He is keenly aware that his days as a scholastic athlete are dwindling.
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March 17, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Clooney , who seems to be everywhere these days, led a demonstration against the government of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir Friday outside Sudan's embassy in D.C. It wasn't long before the cops clapped Georgie in cuffs and led him away. What did his mom, Nina Clooney , think of the prospect of his arrest? "He's a big boy. He'll be OK. " Yes, he will. So will his dad, Nick Clooney , who also got arrested. George has been active investigating reports of war crimes by Bashir, reports that outspoken George says are true.
SPORTS
September 16, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Ask them, and they'll tell you. A Sports Illustrated poll of 215 major-leaguers on the "meanest player" in the game had no surprise at the top: Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski , who has long cultivated an irritating rep, with 29 percent of the votes. (Hey, his own manager, Ozzie Guillen , says: "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less. ") What is a bit of a surprise, at least for Phillies fans, is the second-place finisher: Chase Utley , with 13 percent.
NEWS
May 7, 2010
I WAS APPALLED to see that School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman got a $65,000 bonus on top of her exorbitantly high salary. Why is a city whose financial situation is dire giving such a generous bonus to someone who's well paid to do the job anyway? It's more of the same that we had with Mayor Street's "friends & family" plan. Why should people who are about to be taxed for beverages, and who knows what else, have to read about a bonus in the paper? I drive around in South Philly on streets that are riddled with potholes and the city is giving out 65K bonuses?
NEWS
April 21, 2010 | By John Timpane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ed Snider backs new conservative media outlet Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider is a major investor in the new conservative cabler RightNetWork. Comcast says it's not an investor. RightNetwork, which debuts as soon as summer, also has backing from actor Kelsey Grammer. Where Fox goes in hard for news and politics, RightNetWork, judging from the prelim lineup, will be more entertainment-based. A Snider statement says, "RightNetWork will be the perfect platform to entertain, inform and connect with the American majority about what's right in the world.
NEWS
June 21, 2009 | By Rick Nichols INQUIRER FOOD COLUMNIST
Stephen Starr took the boys (and a couple of girls) out for pizza Thursday. At 9:41 in the morning. For a clam pie, in New Haven, Conn., for goodness' sake, four hours and change by jouncing shuttle bus from his offices over the Continental in Old City. In the gray, drumming rain. He was so hungry by the time he got there that he did what any famished pizza-eater would do: He promptly, and with rueful chagrin, burned the roof of his mouth. And that was just pizzeria Numero Uno. There were four more to come on this gonzo pizza tour - back down in New York's East Village, and in Brooklyn, the harp wires of the bridge going hazy in the fading light.
NEWS
September 1, 2008 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
For a decade, an American flag has snapped and flapped atop a pole in front of Mel Rosenberg's beachfront house in Ventnor, N.J. And not just any old American flag, but a big one, really big - 25 feet long on a 40-foot pole - and a pristine, new one each and every year. But sometime after 3 a.m. yesterday, Rosenberg's flag went missing. "Somebody stole the American flag!" an incensed Rosenberg reported. "I have no idea what they're going to do with it," he added, hinting darkly that "kids from Philly" who like to "have a few beers" might be responsible.
NEWS
November 30, 2007 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The words on the barn wall, painted in homage to the mare in stall No. 9, refer to this horse's prolongada mala suerte, her "prolonged bad luck. " This big, sturdy-looking, 9-year-old brown mare named Dona Chepa - spotted one recent morning in her stall, languidly eating her feed - must be the hardest-luck racehorse of all time. Her grandfather won the Kentucky Derby - but Dona Chepa doesn't know that. She has left the starting gate 128 times and lost each time. This is believed to be a world thoroughbred record, breaking the mark of an Australian horse who was 0 for 124. But Dona Chepa doesn't merely fail to win. "Solidly last" is how her exercise rider describes her typical performance.
SPORTS
February 15, 2001 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The voice is a little deeper now. And, at 6-foot-1, he is an inch taller than he was last season. No longer does he just step up and dive off a 1-meter board without giving much thought to whether he's going to score high or low. In addition, he would rather be called "Chuck" than "Chuckie. " "Chuck," he said, sounds more grown-up. Senior Chuck Venuto, the No.1 diver at Council Rock, has matured into an introspective competitor. He is keenly aware that his days as a scholastic athlete are dwindling.
SPORTS
February 26, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Bobby Abreu arrived for spring training last year, the muscles of his upper body, sharply honed from a winter in the weight room, bulged from beneath his shirt. This year, there are no bulges. Abreu arrived at the Phillies' camp yesterday looking trimmer. "I'm skinny," he said. What happened to the weight work? Did Abreu become a fat cat after signing a three-year, $14.25 million contract? Not exactly. Abreu underwent surgery on his right elbow in October, and during the recovery period, his time in the weight room was limited.
NEWS
January 20, 1999 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
When Pope John Paul II arrives in Mexico City Friday, one topic he'll address will be the drain of Hispanic priests and members of religious orders throughout the hemisphere - an issue that hits home in Philadelphia. Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who will join the pope there and in St. Louis, the pontiff's only American stop, said the archdiocese is trying to build stronger ties to local Hispanics - including a plan to send Philadelphia priests to Puerto Rico. The cardinal said yesterday that the pope will focus on bishops' recommendations from a recent Synod of America in Rome that Bevilacqua attended.
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