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August 30, 1986
In an Aug. 22 article of the "inexplicable" shooting of 14 people in Edmond, Okla., by a "disgruntled colleague," the Rev. Dale Carter is quoted as wondering whether there is something "wrong" with their community. Really, people who use violence and kill others in order to solve problems are following the role models and leadership of our society. After all, a "disgruntled" President Reagan recommends using violence and killing when he backs the contras in Nicaragua. He used these methods in Grenada.
NEWS
June 30, 1990 | By SANFORD PINSKER
In the face of it nothing sounds more reasonable than the request - increasingly sounded by students across the academic spectrum - that they be taught by those who will be especially sympathetic to their minority status, and who might thus act as positive role models. While I'm also concerned about the shoddy use of language such as "role modeling" and "empowerment," what gives me the willies are the implications of such demands. Increasingly, students and faculties alike are prone to take the short view.
NEWS
December 1, 2003
Concerning Michelle Malkin's 11/17/03 OP/ED piece, entitled "Just Another Dumb-Blonde Joke," about Jessica Simpson and other Hollywood "dummies" as poor role models for our children. Aren't conservatives cute when they're self-righteous? I'll be the first to admit that I have never watched Jessica Simpson's show, nor do I plan to, and all I know about it is what I have read in the paper. But as I read Ms. Malkin's "fair and balanced" rant, I thought of some other Hollywood "dummies" that she neglected to mention . . . perhaps intentionally.
NEWS
July 15, 1999 | By Ellen Goodman
So this is what it's like to be a soccer mom. Hold the minivan. Forget about the pollsters. Never mind the demographic cliches. It's about taking pride in the sheer, sweaty, muscular joy of the go-for-broke winners. It's about taking pleasure in the faces of girls in the stands, faces painted red, white and blue, instead of blush-on pink and mascara black. On Saturday, some 90,000 fans filled the Rose Bowl in the glaring afternoon sun to watch 20 women pass and kick their way up and down a scoreless field.
NEWS
September 13, 2008 | By Alfred Lubrano, Peter Mucha and Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Miles Mack was gunned down at a basketball tournament that he'd founded to save and serve a community he once referred to as "my people. " In that quick and brutal act, a city starved for role models lost one of its best. And a good man who had stepped up to make a difference was apparently victimized by the same tough guys and "hard-headed" kids he had worked all his life to help. "He was on the front lines," said Rick Young, a friend and the chief executive officer of the Mantua Community Improvement Committee.
NEWS
May 23, 1991 | By Gordon Mayer, Special to The Inquirer
Last October Marie Skertic became a big sister. There were no births or adoptions in her family - she joined Burlington County's Family Companion Program and met Rose, an unwed mother she now visits once a week. "If I have to get something off my chest, she's there to listen," said Rose, who wants to be a veterinarian's assistant. The former Mount Laurel resident thinks of 29-year-old Skertic as her "big sister. " Eighteen volunteers, all of them women, do for the 17 Burlington County families they work with what big sisters, aunts or even mothers often do. The service is part of the Family Companion Program sponsored by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.
NEWS
August 21, 2007 | By Gail Shister, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Having served their time, convicted drug dealers Daniel Mangini and Steven Roberts, a couple for more than 20 years, were eager to resume their life together. Both had survived a hellish descent into methamphetamine addiction, and had emerged from prison clean and sober. Both were ready to serve their five-year parole, with mandatory weekly drug-testing and counseling. Any dreams of a reunion for the Montgomery County men quickly dissolved, however, when they learned they could not have any contact.
NEWS
July 9, 1993 | BY MIKE ROYKO
There has been a debate about role models lately. It started when Charles Barkley did a Nike commercial saying that he is not a role model, he is a basketball player, and that it's the job of parents to be their children's role models. This prompted other basketball stars to say, no, Charles is wrong, and that as a public figure, he must accept the responsibility of being a role model. I agree with Barkley. The ability to jump high and slam-dunk a basketball has entertainment value and pays well, but compared with other skills - such as collecting garbage - it really doesn't make the world a better place to live.
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SPORTS
July 27, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
When it came time to clean out his office at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Lou Lamoriello probably didn't have much work ahead of him. He decorated the place sparsely on purpose - no photos of his family or friends or former coaches and players, not a touchstone from his personal past to be found, nothing to obscure his single-minded focus. One day in February 2011, as Lamoriello sat behind his desk for an interview, the only accoutrements in the room were seven replica trophies atop a shelf: four of the Prince of Wales Trophy, awarded to the winner of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and three of the Stanley Cup. He added one more to that collection the following year, when the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the last time during Lamoriello's tenure, and by now he's likely boxed up those trophies and shipped them to Ontario.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
After years at the mike for WXPN, Michaela Majoun, the voice of morning for thousands of music-hungry people locally and worldwide, is stepping over to her other love: writing. She came to what was then a pretty good college station in 1989, the first professional on-air host the station had ever hired. Since then, and largely thanks to her efforts, XPN has become a cultural hub, connecting fans to artists they might not have known about, organizing concerts, conventions, and events such as the XPoNential Music Festival, with an especially splendid lineup Wednesday through Friday.
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
I'm not paid to be a role model. ... Parents should be role models.   - Charles Barkley   The suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winner of the last Super Bowl and a virtual lock to one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is the latest development in an ongoing conversation about cheating in sports, and even Americans who are uninterested in athletics should pay attention. The National Football League on Monday suspended Brady for the first four games of next season for orchestrating or knowing about a scheme to deliberately deflate footballs, making them easier to throw during last season's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Marcelle describes himself as an excellent builder, and for proof, he can point to his Lego structures, which he spends many hours happily creating. Like most 12-year-olds, he also likes video games and remote-control cars, and although a bit shy at first, he'll talk avidly on both subjects. He also enjoys reading the Hardy Boys books. Marcelle is enrolled in the seventh grade, and receives special-education services. He does best in small classes with individual attention and positive reinforcement from his teachers.
NEWS
January 2, 2015
A FEW YEARS ago, NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley got into a lot of trouble for making the audacious observation that sports figures didn't need to be role models. Legions of fans and professional journalists (who are simply glorified fans with a byline) were outraged at this attack on the fundamental principle that the person who jumps highest must aim highest, the person who tackles the running back must also be able to tackle life's problems with grace, the person who hits it out of the park must swing for the cheap seats in real life as well.
SPORTS
December 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - After skating at practice Wednesday, Flyers forward Vinny Lecavalier fondly recalled his idol, Jean Beliveau, the Montreal Canadiens great who died Tuesday at age 83. During his prime, Lecavalier's graceful style - on and off the ice - was sometimes compared to Beliveau's, and he portrayed the Hall of Famer in the 2005 movie The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard . One of the most beloved players in Canadiens history, Beliveau...
SPORTS
November 24, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
RUNNING marathons and gluttonous eating competitions aren't a typical mix of activities. Unless, of course, your name is Breandan Lyman, aka Skin and Bones - the La Salle University graduate who consumed 4 pounds of bacon-wrapped sweet potatoes in 8 minutes to qualify for last February's WIP Wing Bowl 22. Lyman didn't finish in the Top 6 in that Wing Bowl, but, at Wing Bowl 21 in 2013, the 6-3, 175-pound runner finished fourth after consuming 209...
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
IN THE MOVIE "Pride," Jessica Gunning plays a young Sian James, the wife of a Welsh miner whose 1980s activism is awakened when her conservative coal mining town, striking against Margaret Thatcher, is unwelcoming to a group of London gays trying to help them. Last month, Gunning and James were at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Pride" received a thunderous ovation, to discuss the film and its issues. Gunning, a well-known British TV actress (she was one of the stars of "Law & Order: UK")
NEWS
August 23, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Philadelphia's hometown heroes faced Chicago's pride and joy Thursday night, Bryan Morton saw players on both teams who looked a lot like the youths he coaches in his North Camden league. "A few years ago, all you heard about was how there were no majority African American teams in major–league baseball," Morton said. "This, this is awesome, because it shows it doesn't matter your background. On that field, everything else disappears. That's why everyone is totally enthralled.
SPORTS
August 6, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
FRIENDS OF RECENT college grads Pat Connaghan and Jess Koci are most likely green with envy. Connaghan, who played basketball at University of the Sciences, and Koci, who played at La Salle, are among 13 international athletes headed to Ireland this month thanks to Victory Scholarships they received through the Sport Changes Life Foundation. They will spend a year mentoring at-risk youth while playing ball and attending graduate business classes at the Institute of Technology in Carlow, about 50 miles south of Dublin.
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