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August 25, 1988 | By Lou Perfidio, Special to The Inquirer
Township manager Paul Janssen, fresh from a dip in the pool, toweled himself off and promenaded around the picnic grounds, exchanging congenial hellos with the assembled. After he grabbed a quick dinner of rare roast beef on a kaiser roll, he began mentally preparing for the main event of the evening - the touch football game. His preparatory ritual must have worked. "The thrill of victory is incredible," he reflected a few days after the game. Touch football, casual conversation, cold cuts and soda were the order of the day when about 100 Lower Gwynedd officials, employees and their family members took advantage of the fair weather last Thursday to get together for their annual picnic at Gwynedd-Mercy College.
NEWS
December 14, 1999 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
This is a column about Elian Gonzalez and the things he is not. Surely you know his story by now. Elian, who just turned 6, was found clinging to an inner tube and plucked from the Atlantic Ocean ... on Thanksgiving, no less ... by fishermen. He was one of three survivors of yet another attempt by a desperate group of Cubans to escape Fidel Castro's island prison. Eleven people are believed to have drowned in this latest effort, one of them Elian's mother. It's a perfect story for the media age. A story that has action, tragedy, an endearing central character and, most of all, a moral about the value of freedom.
NEWS
April 10, 2002
COUNCILMAN Frank DiCicco chose to make a political football out of a bill to help severely disabled veterans with service-connected disabilities find a place to park. Now he's crying and calling people cowards because he has incurred the wrath of veterans groups. DiCicco is no friend to veterans and his vote proved it. Maybe if he had someone shooting real bullets at him instead of just political barbs, he would stop pouting and understand why vets feel so betrayed. Charles Jones, Philadelphia
NEWS
November 10, 2008
WE HAVE BIG HOPES and high expectations for President-elect Barack Obama. But his to-do list is longer and more difficult than any incoming president has confronted in a very long time, so maybe the biggest favor we can do is temper our hope with realism. In that spirit, let's consider the health-care crisis, an issue central to his campaign. This issue alone would be a handful for a new administration - as it proved for President Bill Clinton - but Obama also needs to fix the economy and deal with two wars.
NEWS
October 19, 1990 | By Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
Urged on by about 40 members of the Firefighters Union, City Council members yesterday bashed the Goode administration for developing a list of possible budget-cutting options, one of which would eliminate three firehouses and one ladder company. Many Council members said they were surprised to hear through media reports that the administration was considering a list of cost-cutting measures that would save the city about $45 million. The list also includes cuts to Police, Health and other city departments.
NEWS
January 22, 1995 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After a bit of lawyerly sparring, Kevin Hopkins Smith ended up punting what he called a "political football. " Smith, the county's administrative hearing officer for disputes involving challenges to the county's trash ordinances, agreed Thursday morning to remove himself from a case after lawyer Stephen P. Lagoy challenged Smith's impartiality. "This forum could be used as a pulpit to conduct a political campaign," said Lagoy, who was scheduled to start arguing the case before Smith on Thursday morning.
NEWS
August 17, 1995 | By Kristin Vaughan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
"Thanks, but no thanks," was the word George E. Saurman gave the Borough Council Tuesday night on his nomination for the 1995 Ambler citizen of the year award. Saurman, a former state representative, mayor of Ambler and Borough Council member currently running for a council seat, cited speculation that he was being nominated for political reasons. "It appeared to me there was an insinuation that the award was being given to me because I am running for council," said Saurman.
NEWS
April 26, 2011
Here's a look at how plans to overhaul Martin Luther King High School turned into a political football that was passed to Mayor Nutter yesterday. March 16: After a community-led process, the School Reform Commission accepts the recommendation of King's School Advisory Council to turn King into a charter school run by Atlanta-based Mosaica Turnaround Partners. Later that evening: SRC Chairman Robert Archie, state Rep. Dwight Evans and Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunery meet privately with John Porter, the head of Mosaica.
NEWS
October 13, 1999 | By Chani Katzen, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The township will not be paying its bills - at least for the next couple of weeks. For the first time in memory, the Board of Commissioners, with one member absent, voted down a routine motion to pay outstanding bills on Tuesday night. That means charges from toilet paper suppliers, the local car wash, Peco Energy Co., health insurers and more than a hundred other creditors will go unpaid. Before the vote, the commissioners haggled for more than an hour over whether the township had enough money to pay the bills.
NEWS
April 12, 2012 | Daily News Staff Report
TUESDAY, the city's Board of Ethics went before City Council in the annual budget beg-a-thon. Although this is an annual rite of passage for every city department, we hope that Council considers the board's plea for an additional $120,000. That would inch the board's budget to just above $1 million. (As a point of comparison, the Council's own budget is $15 million, and it doesn't have to answer any questions about how the money's spent.) Considering the work of the Ethics Board, especially since it was revitalized in 2008, after a tepid reconstitution under Mayor John Street, it's one department of the city whose positive impact is undeniable.
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November 3, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the sight of President Obama and Gov. Christie, clad in matching his-and-his wind breakers, all cuddly in Brigantine, N.J. Actually, the president and governor got together to survey the damage done to the flood-ravaged Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy and to reassure displaced residents that "we are here for you. " But make no mistake: In political terms, they were doing some bipartisan cuddling....
SPORTS
September 5, 2012
Cleveland rookie running back Trent Richardson returned to practice on Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery to remove torn cartilage in his left knee on Aug. 9. The No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama may be available to the Browns for Sunday's opener against the Eagles. With his dreadlocks flowing out of his orange helmet and a black rubber sleeve on his knee - which has been operated on twice since he helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship in January - Richardson took some snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense during the portion of practice open to the media, then had a short quiz on his assignments with running backs coach Gary Brown (he passed)
NEWS
April 12, 2012 | Daily News Staff Report
TUESDAY, the city's Board of Ethics went before City Council in the annual budget beg-a-thon. Although this is an annual rite of passage for every city department, we hope that Council considers the board's plea for an additional $120,000. That would inch the board's budget to just above $1 million. (As a point of comparison, the Council's own budget is $15 million, and it doesn't have to answer any questions about how the money's spent.) Considering the work of the Ethics Board, especially since it was revitalized in 2008, after a tepid reconstitution under Mayor John Street, it's one department of the city whose positive impact is undeniable.
NEWS
January 30, 2012 | By Chris Christie
  This issue that our state is exploring - whether or not to redefine hundreds of years of societal and religious traditions - should not be decided by 121 people in the State House in Trenton. The fact is we're discussing huge change, and I believe we need to approach this not only in a thoughtful way, not in a rushed way, but also in a way where we're able to get the most input that we can from the public. So, if New Jersey is seriously looking to overturn hundreds of years of societal, legal, and religious tradition, we need to give the issue the weight that it merits.
SPORTS
October 4, 2011 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
HANK WILLIAMS JR. has lost his mind. You might have noticed you didn't hear Bocephus wailing "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" before last night's "Monday Night Football" game. ESPN pulled the song - which has been associated with "MNF" for 20 years - after Williams compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler on the show "Fox and Friends" yesterday. Williams was interviewed live from Tennessee, via satellite, by hosts Brian Kilmeade, Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy.
NEWS
August 4, 2011 | By Curtis Tate and Daniel Lippman
McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON - Barely a day after the dust cleared from the battle over raising the debt ceiling, Democrats and Republicans in Congress launched their next war of words, this time over reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Congress has passed 20 short-term funding bills for the agency since 2007 without much controversy. But because Senate Democrats object to certain provisions that House Republicans attached to the current legislation to keep the FAA functioning, it's turned into a stalemate.
NEWS
April 26, 2011
Here's a look at how plans to overhaul Martin Luther King High School turned into a political football that was passed to Mayor Nutter yesterday. March 16: After a community-led process, the School Reform Commission accepts the recommendation of King's School Advisory Council to turn King into a charter school run by Atlanta-based Mosaica Turnaround Partners. Later that evening: SRC Chairman Robert Archie, state Rep. Dwight Evans and Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunery meet privately with John Porter, the head of Mosaica.
NEWS
February 5, 2010
THE BUSH hangover persists. Not only hasn't President Obama been able stop the job-bleeding begun in 2007 under Bush, he hasn't been able to completely recover all the TARP money given to Wall Street under Bush. Fortunately, Mr. Bush was prescient enough to put an expiration date on his tax holiday for the wealthy that contributed mightily to the doubling of the national debt, and Mr. Obama won't have to figure that one out. I wonder if that will be another political football used by the right-wing so they can continue to transfer our public debt to our grandchildren while telling us they're the party of fiscal responsibility.
NEWS
November 27, 2009 | By CHRISTINE FLOWERS
FROM a "giving thanks" standpoint, this year's definitely been a mixed bag. While there have been some major reasons to genuflect in gratitude, I've also felt a bit like Job on more than one occasion. So instead of providing you with a cherry-picked list of things I'm happy about, I've decided to present my pumpkin pie of appreciation with a side serving of regret. After all, the sweet sometimes tastes better when leavened by the bitter. SEPTA: I regret that the leadership of TWU Local 234 decided that the generous package offered to them by management wasn't sufficient, and decided to hold the innocent commuters of this city hostage while they pitched a municipal hissy fit. And I'm especially grateful that the strike is over so I don't have to see Willie Brown's smug mug on the front page of the local papers or read self-serving interviews with him in the weeklies.
NEWS
March 27, 2009
A federal judge deserves applause for ordering the Food and Drug Administration to rethink its politically motivated age restrictions on an emergency contraceptive for women known as "Plan B. " District Judge Edward R. Korman of New York told the FDA to make Plan B available to 17-year-olds within 30 days, without a prescription. He also instructed the agency to review whether the contraceptive should be made available to girls of all ages without a doctor's order. While that decision is more difficult, the judge's order makes it possible for the agency to base its findings on health considerations, not political interference.
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