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March 21, 1988 | By Scott Huff, Special to The Inquirer
The buzzword in the scholastic baseball world is parity as the Suburban One Colonial, Suburban One Patriot, Suburban One Freedom, Suburban One Liberty, Bicentennial, Philadelphia Catholic Northern Division, Inter-Academic, and Keystone Leagues all boast numerous teams with championship potential. "The league is always a challenge," Abington coach Ray Buck boasted of the Suburban One Colonial. "We have the defending state champion in Pennridge, and they can't even be considered a favorite in our division.
SPORTS
December 24, 1989 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the 1980s draw to a close, the NFL is being both jeered and cheered for its competitive balance. Powerhouse teams, let alone anything vaguely resembling a dynasty, are precious few. Every flawed team probably can beat almost every other flawed team, and it can be argued that a season like this one - with 16 clubs still in contention for the playoffs going into the final weekend - is either ridiculous or a tribute to sharing the wealth....
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patient and physician groups cheered Monday as the Pennsylvania House overwhelmingly passed legislation to equalize patients' out-of-pocket costs for oral and intravenous cancer drugs. Patients currently may be charged thousands of dollars a month for cancer pills, vs. a $50 co-payment for a dose of a drug given through a vein, because most insurers cover the two formulations in different ways. This is the second consecutive year the House has passed a bill; its prospects in the Senate are unclear.
SPORTS
April 5, 2011
IF YOU ARE a fan of the Connecticut women's basketball program, or a fan of dynasties in general, you probably didn't like what happened Sunday in the semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament. But if you are looking forward to the continued growth of women's basketball, then Notre Dame ending UConn's bid for a third straight NCAA title and Texas A&M stunning Stanford was a good thing. As far as NCAA championships have been concerned, it's always been an exclusive society with a few schools winning the bulk of the first 29 titles.
NEWS
January 23, 1989 | By Edward Kracz, Special to The Inquirer
It's the opinion of some coaches in the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League (ICSHL) that parity has arrived, much the same way it has come to the National Football League. Conestoga would appear to be the front-runner in the 11-team league with a 9-0 record. Three other teams, Lower Merion (2-10), Harriton (0-10) and Radnor (1-7), seem destined to finish in the bottom three places. But the fate of seven teams is definitely up in the air. "It really seems like there's parity and things have leveled out a bit," said Unionville coach Don Centrella, whose team is in second place with 12 points.
SPORTS
December 16, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
While teams compete to win conference, South Jersey, and possibly state titles, an always interesting subplot to any season is the battle for the No. 1 spot in South Jersey. Last year, Eastern began the season on top in The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' basketball rankings and ended there. In between, there were close games, but not a lot of suspense. This season, that top spot could turn into a game of musical chairs. Parity is the buzzword in South Jersey. It's possible that any team in the preseason Top 10 could end up as No. 1. The same goes for the teams under consideration, and a team not mentioned also could sneak in. Without that one dominant team, the race for No. 1 will consist of plenty of awfully good contenders.
SPORTS
December 16, 1991 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
One word best describes the Colonial Conference this season - parity. "Based on what teams have coming back from last year, I think as many as eight teams could win it," said Dave Wiedeman, now in his 18th year as Haddonfield's coach. "This is the most evenly matched group of teams that I've ever seen in the conference. " Sterling, with four returning starters from a 19-8 team, appears to be the oh-so-slight conference favorite. Haddon Heights, defending champion Woodbury, Haddonfield and Gateway are also strong contenders.
SPORTS
September 28, 2007 | by Paul Hagen
MAJOR LEAGUE Baseball sent out an advisory yesterday that outlined, among other things, how the National League would go about untangling its knot if five teams ended the regular season with the same record. Which pretty much sums up the parity that existed in baseball this year. Even though the free-spending Yankees and Red Sox once again dominated the AL East, the playing field appears to be getting more level. Revenue- sharing seems to be gaining some traction. And while there is nothing particularly enthralling about widespread mediocrity, it clearly doesn't help baseball to have half the teams come to spring training having no chance to compete, either.
NEWS
October 26, 2011
When it comes to wage parity between men and women, Pennsylvania is the only state in the region below the national average, according to a U.S. Labor Department report released Wednesday. Nationally, the average weekly wage in 2010 was $747, with women earning $669, or 81.2 percent of the men's wages of $824. In Pennsylvania, women earned $664, or 80.8 percent of the $822 that men made. The average state wage was $751. New Jersey women fared better, earning $824, or 84.8 percent of the $972 earned by men. The average New Jersey wage was $895.
NEWS
August 10, 1989 | BY LINDA WRIGHT MOORE
Hurry up, 3152. At the current rate of progress, that's the year when the black home ownership rate will reach parity - or be equal to - that of whites. Just 1,163 years away. That dramatic statistic was among the findings in a study on black progress released this week by the National Urban League at its annual conference in Washington. It is in keeping with the newly defined concept of "hypersegregation" - in which the degree of racial separatism in America can be measured by analyzing census data and housing patterns.
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NEWS
July 29, 2016
By Cynthia Terrell and Susannah Wellford With the convening of the Democratic and Republican Parties, we see greater diversity in their national delegations and leadership than what we currently have in Congress. Women hold less than 20 percent of the seats in the Senate and House, making the United States 95th internationally in the number of women elected to national offices. Imagine if the Senate or House required gender parity for each state? Before completely dismissing this idea, consider this: Both parties already have statewide and national rules requiring gender equality.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania this week became the 41st state to pass controversial legislation aimed at making oral cancer drugs more affordable for patients. The bill, which passed both chambers of the legislature unanimously Thursday, was headed to Gov. Wolf, whose office said Friday that he would sign it into law. Out-of-pocket costs for intravenous chemotherapy - which requires going to a medical office for infusions - are much lower than patients' costs...
BUSINESS
March 7, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
Five years ago, Valerie Furlong's life was in turmoil. Both of her teenage sons, raised in South Jersey about 20 minutes from Camden, had become addicted to opiates. Yet when she tried to get them into rehabilitation centers, one of them was denied outright and the other was deemed ready for outpatient care after just two weeks, which would have put him right back into the environment where he became addicted - before it was safe to do so, Furlong said. That experience led Furlong to dedicate herself to ensuring that a 2008 federal law that requires insurance plans that cover mental illness and addition to treat those conditions the same as physical ailments.
SPORTS
February 7, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
If you're still looking for a dominant college basketball team similar to last year's Kentucky group that fell two wins short of the sport's first undefeated season since Indiana in 1975-76, you may be out of luck. The parity in college basketball this season is as rampant as it's ever been. Five teams have held down the No. 1 position in the Associated Press poll - preseason and in the 12 polls conducted since competition began in mid-November. In addition, 13 teams have occupied a spot in the top five for at least one week.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blanchett: Hear me roar "We have to push forward," Cate Blanchett tells Variety regarding the responsibility of women in the film industry to achieve parity - in pay and in opportunity, for not only actors but also writers and directors. "What industry has parity pay for women? None. Why would we expect this industry to be any different?" Blanchett, 45, plays Rooney Mara 's lover in Carol , director Todd Haynes ' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith 's scandalous 1952 novel The Price of Salt . It's one of a growing number of films, she says, that tell women's stories.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patient and physician groups cheered Monday as the Pennsylvania House overwhelmingly passed legislation to equalize patients' out-of-pocket costs for oral and intravenous cancer drugs. Patients currently may be charged thousands of dollars a month for cancer pills, vs. a $50 co-payment for a dose of a drug given through a vein, because most insurers cover the two formulations in different ways. This is the second consecutive year the House has passed a bill; its prospects in the Senate are unclear.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2013 | By Steve Garmhausen, Associated Press
The mutual fund industry is forever trying to build a better mousetrap - with mixed results. Index funds were once a novelty, but pioneers such as Vanguard 500 brought about a new standard for low costs, tax efficiency, and solid performance. Target-date funds, too, were once the next big thing, but losses as high as 45 percent during the 2008 crash gave the category a black eye. The latest contender to be a better mousetrap is known as the risk-parity fund. Just four years after its debut, the new breed of funds has already attracted nearly $30 billion in assets - $16 billion of that in the last year, according to Lipper.
SPORTS
October 19, 2012
The first are the last and the last are the first in the AFC East, or AFC Least, if you prefer. The Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, and Bills are all 3-3, a rare logjam this far into the season that has coaches and players unsure if they should be happy or concerned. "It's good news, bad news," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Let's face it, we're tied for first in our division, so that's great. We're also tied for last. It's a little depressing. " Since the NFL merger in 1970, this marks only the fourth time every team in a division has the same record after Week 6 or later, and first since the AFC East was knotted up at 5-5 after Week 10 in 1987, according to Stats L.L.C.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2012 | Howard Gensler
Even in the world of entertainment, somebody's always mad about something. At the Cannes Film festival, five women from French feminist group La Barbe took to protesting on the red carpet due to the lack of female directors at this year's fest. Of the 22 films vying for this year's Palme D'Or, none were directed by women. La Barbe (which means The Beard) previously had a letter complaining about the male-dominated line-up published in Le Monde and The Guardian newspapers.
NEWS
April 21, 2012 | By Jack Gillum, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign raised $12.6 million in contributions in March, adding to roughly $14 million his Republican Party brought in last month. But the combined figure puts Romney at a disadvantage with the man whose job he wants in November. President Obama countered Romney's fund-raising haul with about $53 million in donations between his campaign and the Democratic Party during the same period. That left his campaign with $104 million cash on hand - about 10 times more than the $10 million Romney had in the bank at the end of March.
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