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October 31, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The NFL insists it is committed to hiring more minorities, but it doesn't support a plan to use draft picks as an incentive for teams to consider black coaches. "It's ridiculous. It would be a sham," Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said after a discussion during yesterday's league meeting in New York about the plan, proposed by attorneys Cyrus Mehri and Johnnie Cochran Jr. The plan would reward teams that interview minority candidates for front-office and head coaching positions with extra draft choices and take picks away from teams that don't.
NEWS
August 22, 2002 | By TIMOTHY NOAH
NEW YORK Times Editor Howell Raines struck a blow for gay rights by announcing that, starting next month, the Times will publish "reports of same-sex commitment ceremonies and of some types of formal registration of gay and lesbian partnerships. " But no one should mistake this reform for a meaningful victory on behalf of social justice. If Raines is really interested in advancing equality, he shouldn't reform the Times wedding pages. He should abolish them. These pages are built on the false assumption that the weddings of wealthy non-celebrities constitute news.
NEWS
June 19, 2002 | Written by staff writer Dan D. Wiggs based on truth, justice, the American way and Daily News wire services. Send insults to dwiggs@phillynews.com
IF YOU call them woolly mammoths, we'll have to hurt you. These Maine women, ages 33 to 70, perpetuate two grand traditions: spinning wool and posing scantily clad. They are scantily clad in wool, by the way. (By the way, doesn't that stuff itch?) Susanne Grosjean, a Maine wool spinner, came up with the idea of a calendar featuring her sister spinners in all their glory - and wool. The group is using the proceeds to fund a trip to Ireland and to benefit breast-cancer research.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2002 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
It's called Time Out, but French director Laurent Cantet's unsettling film about a businessman between situations might well be called "Fake This Job and Love It. " Vincent (Aur?lien Recoing) resembles both Prince Albert of Monaco and a corporate executive. But he is a sham. Recently fired and too ashamed to admit it, Vincent constructs an alternative universe. To impress friends and family, he says he is a U.N. consultant in Geneva. He works harder to get the job description and language down than he would if he were actually employed.
NEWS
February 14, 2002 | MICHELLE MALKIN
NEWSFLASH: The woman who helped launder Al Gore's Buddhist temple money has not served a single day in jail. And probably never will. The hidden story of how funny-money honey Maria Hsia escaped any meaningful punishment for corrupting our election system shows just how empty all of this week's sound and fury over campaign finance reform really is. In the spring of 2000, Hsia was convicted by a federal jury in Washington of five felony counts...
NEWS
September 27, 2000 | By Elmer Smith
I've once more to click on the tube and see Dubya or Big Al fondling a child in a classroom or schoolyard. About once more to see America's next Education President mug for the cameras with a pointer in his hand and a chalkboard as a backdrop, before I launch my early warning system for America's public schools. I'd post pictures of the grinning gladhanders with red slashes through their grillwork and a warning: "Candidate-free school zone. " An armed militia would be posted as lookouts for motorcades and minicams with orders to terminate with extreme malice.
NEWS
July 6, 2000 | By Karen Masterson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Environmentalists are calling proposed rules to protect the state's water supply a sham. "You can sum up that 400-page document in two words - stall and sprawl," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club. A half-dozen environmentalists held a news conference yesterday to criticize Gov. Whitman's water-quality and watershed-management rules, which were published Monday in the New Jersey Register. The plan was crafted to encourage growth in areas designated for development and add hurdles for developers in areas where the state wants to discourage growth.
NEWS
February 22, 2000 | by William Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer
Last Dec. 16, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain made front pages across the nation by shaking hands with a leading Democratic contender, Bill Bradley, and pledging to fight to reform America's campaign finance system. But on the very next day, the Arizona senator netted at least $15,750 at a fund-raiser largely attended by executives, spouses and business associates of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp., the cable-TV giant with a major interest in legislation in front of the Senate Commerce Committee - chaired by McCain.
NEWS
December 22, 1999 | By Sudarsan Raghavan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A blind professor at Villanova University has filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the Main Line college alleging that she was denied a promotion because of her disability. Shams Inati, a tenured philosophy professor, filed the suit in U.S. District Court on Monday. It contends that her department head retaliated against her for forcing the university to buy a voice-activated computer and scanner to help her teach. She was not recommended for a full professorship in 1998 because she had made the receiving of this special equipment an issue, the suit alleges.
NEWS
June 30, 1999 | By Evan Halper, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In the last two years, the supervisors have spent more than $10 million on open space, preserving 12 percent of the township. But some residents say it happened too fast, and they are raising questions about how it all came about and whether there was appropriate oversight. The supervisors spent more than $5.3 million last year on two properties without first appraising them. They also bought land from a fellow supervisor, allowing him a $225,000 profit on 11 acres he had bought two years earlier.
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