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February 14, 2006
CHARLES SCHAAL'S letter criticizing Chaka Fattah for accepting oil from Venezuela is in no way rooted in reality. He offers no evidence of Hugo Chavez attempting to "destroy our way of life" because there is none, but there is evidence of U.S. involvement in the attempt to overthrow the democratically elected Chavez in 2002. Venezuela is the fourth-largest supplier of oil to the U.S. Venezuela (not Chavez) owns CITGO. While ex-oilman Bush thinks it's OK for oil companies to gouge record profits out of our pockets, Chavez is offering deeply discounted oil to needy families.
NEWS
August 19, 2003
ARNOLD Schwarzenegger, Larry Flynt, Gary Coleman, Arianna Huffington, Cruz Bustamante, and let's not forget current Gov. Gray Davis - all contending for the position of governor of California in a historic and unprecedented event. We've got well over 100 people running for this coveted position, so why don't we make it interesting and entertaining for the American public? "Who Wants to Be Governor of California" can be a prime-time, star-studded spectacular highlighting the entire process and featuring all of the candidates.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
You should sit down: This report may shock you to the very core of your being. Not all scenes in reality shows are spontaneous, unscripted, or really real! This hard truth has come to light in the Kris Humphries - Kim Kardashian divorce battle. According to court documents obtained by Life & Style Weekly, Keeping Up With the Kardashians producer Russell Jay admits at least two scenes from the reality show were scripted, reshot and/or edited to make Humphries out as a villain.
NEWS
November 8, 1991 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Deanna sat up and bit her cranberry-colored fingernails when the man with the chain around his waist and handcuffs on his wrists walked head-down into the courtroom. The man wasn't much older than Deanna, but he stood before the district justice, rough-faced and alone, hoping his bail would be reduced from $100,000 to $20,000. Deanna's eyes stayed on the handcuffs until the man, guided by a constable with a 9mm semi-automatic on his waist, was put in a small holding room. Deanna wasn't related to the man. She wasn't a victim of his crime.
NEWS
August 2, 2012 | Daily News Editorial
E lected officials are human, too, including members of City Council. They have tuitions, mortgages, car payments and bills like the rest of us. But they have something that most of us don't have: Since 2003, they get automatic annual raises tied to the Consumer Price Index that reflects the rising cost of living. This year, that raise bumps Council salaries by 2.8 percent. In defending these raises, many members of Council have something else: Lives divorced from reality. If they had a grip on real life, they would know that the COLA is wrong for many reasons.
NEWS
May 30, 1995
The double-your-money charity scandal was a bomb tossed into the midst of Philadelphia's cultural community, and the epicenter of the blast could well be the Avenue of the Arts on Broad Street. Up and down the proposed arts and entertainment district, the challenges were daunting enough before the little-known Foundation for New Era Philanthropy in Radnor folded - taking with it millions from major institutions like the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as museums, charities, schools, and churches.
NEWS
March 14, 1999
Philadelphia's mayoral candidates appear only too happy to agree with many residents that it's time, as the stump speech goes, to pay attention to the neighborhoods. The men and women running for mayor better watch out, though. Voters just might hold them to their promises. Not only is it tempting to over-promise, it's also tempting to seize upon the obvious steps, and miss subtler, more productive ones. All neighborhoods are not alike, and voters must beware of a one-size-fits-all approach.
SPORTS
March 11, 1994 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The Phillies' clubhouse was unusually quiet early in the morning. Part of the reason was that a group of players was missing, already departed on a three-hour bus trip to Fort Myers and a scheduled exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox. But part was that the normal conversations also were missing yesterday. Nobody was talking about baseball, or what they'd done the night before or if they could get in some golf that afternoon. Around the room, whispered phrases seemed out of place.
SPORTS
July 7, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Dream Team got a dose of reality yesterday, trailing a bunch of college kids by 17 points at halftime before rallying for an unconvincing 96-90 victory in the opener of a five-game exhibition tour. "That was the best kind of game we could have had to open the exhibition season," said guard John Stockton, a member of the first Dream Team in 1992. "They showed us we're going to have to play. Hopefully, it was a good wake-up call. " The Select Team - a group of 22-and-under players - strutted off the court with a 59-42 halftime advantage.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1998 | By Nathan Gorenstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Real estate executives and city officials - professionally disposed to accentuate the positive - took turns predicting the region's economic future yesterday. What they saw was rosy. Mostly. The cast was Mayor Rendell; his economic development chief, William Hankowsky; analysts from a local real estate firm; and one economist. The economist, the recently ubiquitous Mark Zandi of Regional Financial Associates of West Chester, forecast some clouds on the horizon, but said he was "hard-pressed to find a time when the Philadelphia [regional]
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SPORTS
April 1, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
THE BASKETBALL worlds of 76ers coach Brett Brown and Villanova's Jay Wright couldn't be further apart. Brown is guiding a team that might tie the NBA mark for worst record in an 82-game season. If his club loses its remaining seven games, it would tie the futility mark of 9-73 set by the 1972-73 Sixers. Brown's team is riding a 10-game losing streak, part of a 23-game stretch in which it has lost 22. Wright, of course, is the toast of the town as he and his Villanova Wildcats left for Houston on Wednesday afternoon for their national semifinal game against Oklahoma on Saturday and a possible trip to the championship game on Monday against the winner of North Carolina-Syracuse.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When artist Shelley Spector based her latest work on the life of the late Philadelphia folk-art historian Frances Lichten, it was, she said, an act of "creative nonfiction. " She assumed Lichten had been in a semi-closeted, 40-year romantic relationship with the author and illustrator Katherine Milhous. "I took all these liberties with the story," she said, "and I always thought that there were no living relatives that would be close enough to this to care about it that were going to call me up. " Then, one did. A week ago - just a month before the exhibition, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Perelman Building, was set to close on Sept.
SPORTS
August 27, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT PROBABLY won't look quite this breathtaking, once the season starts and opponents really game plan for Chip Kelly's offense, and most especially, for its torrid pace. Through two weeks of the preseason, the Eagles rank first in the NFL in scoring (76 points), first in offense (444 yards per game), first in rushing (182.5 yards per game) and fourth in passing (261.5). "We've done a really good job embracing tempo this preseason. Really, for defenses, this is when tempo's going to hurt them the most," Eagles center Jason Kelce said.
NEWS
January 20, 2015
AMID THE pomp of ceremony of Tom Wolf's inauguration as governor tomorrow, we are sure to hear soothing words from all parties about the need for compromise, about moving the state forward and about bipartisanship. The challenge - again for all involved - is how to make them real and not simply an exercise in hollow rhetoric, blown away by the winds of January almost as soon as they are uttered. Most of the political experts fear that we are in for another period of paralysis, with a Democratic governor and a Republican-controlled legislature caught in a freeze-frame of conflict over nearly every important issue.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A top official with the outgoing Corbett administration and incoming Gov.-elect Tom Wolf agree on this much: The state will head into 2015 with a roughly $2 billion shortfall looming for next year's budget. But while Budget Secretary Charles Zogby pointed to sluggish revenues and increasing costs, Wolf blamed it on Gov. Corbett's "failed ideology. " Their dueling briefings Wednesday offered a preview of what could be a rocky start for the new Democratic governor as he wrangles with a GOP-led legislature.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
LET'S TALK political reality. One: The Legislature's an insular sect of me-first pols, too many of whom don't give a flying flock about Philadelphia or its schools. Two: Schools will open on time. Yes, Mayor Nutter, schools boss William Hite and others see today as one more day when the Legislature sticks it to the city. Yes, lawmakers were to return to the Capitol from vacay and maybe authorize a $2-per-pack cig tax for schools. And, yes, that's not happening. So we get another sky-is-falling, schools-can't-open, fire-more-teachers response.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly told President Obama on Sunday that Vladimir Putin was out of touch with reality. When it comes to Ukraine, however, it's not just Putin who seems to be operating in a parallel universe. In Washington, this crisis is causing politicians from both parties to lose their grip. I don't just mean Republican hawks, who see an opportunity to bash Obama for foreign-policy weakness. Or Florida's presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio, who opposed authorizing force in Syria and now claims Russia's use of force in Crimea threatens to reverse "the hard-fought gains of the Cold War. " Democrats, too, have joined the chorus.
SPORTS
October 17, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
'THIS IS reality. " Those were the words of 76ers coach Brett Brown following his team's 127-97 thumping at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. While the two organizations are headed in polar-opposite directions at the moment, there were some frightening realizations brought to light in the 48 minutes of preseason action in front of what couldn't have been more than a few thousand spectators. While the Nets and owner Mikhail Prokhorov have gone all-in and broken the bank in order to try to capture a title, the Sixers are fielding a team that is very short on NBA-proven players.
SPORTS
September 23, 2013 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
I ADMIT IT - I drank the Chip Kelly Kool Aid. After the Redskins game, I allowed myself to daydream about February in the Meadowlands and the Birds beating the Broncos, 48-42, to win the Super Bowl. Even after our loss to the Chargers, I thought that was just a bump in the road. Well it's 2 in the morning and I just got home from doing "Post Game Live" on Comcast SportsNet after the Eagles' awful loss to the Chiefs on Thursday night, and as I write this, I am filled with despair.
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