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December 13, 1987 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The corner of Philadelphia that covets Big 5 basketball has been so besieged by the fuss over Temple's Mark Macon that it seems that another rather talented young guy has been playing in the dark so far this season. Remember Lionel Simmons of La Salle? You know, the silky 6-foot-6 sophomore who merely goes out every game and bangs in double figures in scoring and hauls down double figures in rebounds? The former South Philadelphia High star crashed onto the scene last year and averaged 20.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
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January 4, 1988 | By TIM KAWAKAMI, Daily News Sports Writer
For La Salle's Lionel Simmons, it was all set up for a big prime-time splash. He had the kind of national stage ESPN offers; he had a big-name opponent. He had a boisterous, sellout Palestra crowd on hand. But Simmons was just a little off-rhythm, La Salle got whomped on the boards, and the upset the Explorers were close enough to taste vanished under the TV lights. So Notre Dame (7-2) walked away, behind a monstrous 42-19 rebound advantage, with a 68-59 victory over La Salle (8-5)
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July 15, 1987 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lionel Simmons tried and failed in May to make the U.S. basketball team for the Pan-American Games, it gave him extra incentive to make the U.S. squad for the World Junior Games. "I was determined to play well," Simmons said. And he did. La Salle's 6-foot-6 sophomore-to-be was one of 12 players named to the team Sunday by coach Larry Brown. He will leave tomorrow for Italy to prepare for the first game of the championships on July 23 in Bormio, Italy. "I wanted to impress Coach Brown as much as I could," Simmons said yesterday in a telephone interview from Lawrence, Kan. "Coach Brown spoke a lot about being unselfish, so I tried to be unselfish and play well when I was in the post.
SPORTS
August 30, 1990 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Sports Writer
If you're tired of watching the Phils toil toward yet another subpar season, don't despair. Tonight you can turn off the tube and head down to Temple University's McGonigle Hall, where you can turn on to the 30th annual Baker League championship. The game, which pits the Jerome "Pooh" Richardson-led Carolina Rice team against the Lionel "L-Train" Simmons-led Ishkabibble's Eatery squad, will begin at 7:15. Admission is free, and the place is air conditioned, but that doesn't mean the action won't be hot on the court.
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November 22, 1988 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lionel Simmons scored the first layup of the 1988-89 La Salle basketball season 14 seconds into a game against a Yugoslavian club team, the 1,100 fans at Heyman Hall applauded more in relief than ecstasy. Simmons, a 6-foot, 6-inch junior, is being mentioned as an All-America candidate this year. His coach, Speedy Morris, says Simmons "is one of the top 10 players in the country, definitely. " He is the centerfold of a league that doesn't have another pinup boy. An argument can be started over who is the best player in the Big 5, Simmons or Temple's Mark Macon.
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March 11, 1988 | By TED SILARY, Daily News Sports Writer
For Lionel Simmons, nervousness is not speaking to a gaggle of print reporters or into a thicket of microphones after scoring, say, 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for La Salle University's NCAA Tournament-bound basketball team. It's returning to Southern High, as he did yesterday, for a ceremony retiring his old No. 22 jersey, and having to speak to the students. "The press is easy to talk to compared to this," Simmons said with a laugh. "I was nervous at first, but then I did all right.
SPORTS
December 26, 1987 | Special to the Daily News
Although La Salle's Lionel Simmons is only a sophomore, he already has made a name for himself from coast to coast. And beyond. Simmons had 26 points and 14 rebounds yesterday as the Explorers held off a late Dayton rally to register a 69-66 victory in the Chaminade Classic. The Explorers, who finished 2-1 in the round-robin tournament, scored 10 straight points late in the first half, breaking a 19-19 tie on their way to a 29-21 lead at intermission. La Salle shot 27.3 percent (12-for-44)
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April 10, 1991 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
When Kareem "Rab" Townes followed the final season of Lionel Simmons' La Salle University basketball career in 1989-90, he did more than keep his eyes on the court. He watched how the coaches treated Simmons as a person. Also, he watched how the coaches made Simmons' mother, Ruth, feel equally as important as her son. "I thought a lot about Lionel and his mom, how nice the La Salle people were to them," Townes said. "I pictured the same things maybe happening for me, and them treating my mom (Minnie)
SPORTS
January 22, 1998 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Retired at 29. Single. No responsibilities. All the money he'll ever need. All Lionel Simmons has to do now is live the rest of his life. For the first time since he was a kid, his life does not include basketball. The game is still there for him. Still has an allure. He's got a first-row baseline seat at the Sixers games. Watches as many NBA games as he can. But there are no more practices, no more games. Last Friday night, over dinner at the Italian Bistro, a few blocks from City Hall, Simmons, voted the best player in Big 5 history in a 1995 Daily News poll, talked about what's next.
NEWS
December 31, 1992 | By Paul J. Lim, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Mrs. Klein is going to Washington. Simmons Elementary School Principal Rita M. Klein will trek to the nation's capital in March to meet with the new secretary of education, and perhaps even the new president, when she accepts a national award recognizing the Horsham school as one of the best in the country. Simmons, the largest of the Hatboro-Horsham School District's five elementary schools with 640 students, found out last week that it was one of seven elementary schools in the state and 228 in the country to receive the National Elementary School Recognition Award.
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July 29, 2015 | Jenice Armstrong
SOMETIMES you make grand plans, and then life happens, as former Daily News reporter Sheila Simmons can attest. When I met her, back in 1991, she was a business reporter and Miss "It" around town, active in such organizations as the Urban League Young Professionals and also the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. The bashes she threw were famous. Our group of friends was sad when she left the City of Brotherly Love, in 1994, for a plum gig at the Cleveland Plain Dealer covering entertainment.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
There is much for painter Danny Simmons to do before he opens his "Badass Art Man!" exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Friday. The self-described "neo-African abstract expressionist" isn't just packing up his own large-scale works, such as 2013's cluttered, jazzy In the Middle of Sumthin . There are also life-size superhero statues, along with his extensive collection of traditional African sculptures, his cache of rare signed first editions, and his deep catalog of paintings from such abstract expressionist brethren as Derrick Adams and Edward Clark.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Simmons allowed a hit to the first batter he faced Thursday. After that, he was unhittable. The senior tossed a one-hit shutout for Holy Cross in a 10-0 win over visiting Riverside in a Burlington County League baseball game. Simmons struck out two, walked three, and went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Connor Truncer had three RBIs. Pat Bruce and Ian Maier-Breed each scored twice. Tri-County Classic. Devin Champagne had four RBIs in Gloucester's 11-1 rout of Salem at home.
SPORTS
February 4, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple football coach Matt Rhule wrote last month on Twitter that he had received news "so good it makes me want to put a jet pack on and take off. " Adam DiMichele, a former player and current assistant, wrote that the news could be a "game changer. " The pair had to speak ambiguously. College coaches are not allowed to talk publicly about high school recruits. The Owls had received word that T.J. Simmons, a four-star running back from Florida, would be visiting campus the next weekend.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
PROSTITUTES looking to leave the streets behind just got some good news: City prisons officials have agreed to help fund a halfway house intended to help women break the cycle of prostitution. The $214,000 approved will fund salaries, training and some supplies for one year at Breaking the Cycle, a program University of Pennsylvania nursing professor Kathleen Brown designed and partnered with the Rev. Michelle Simmons to run at Simmons' halfway house in Germantown. "This is going to be a blessing," said Simmons, who has run transitional housing for ex-offenders since 2003.
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Since stepping into Bristol's starting lineup midway through his freshman season, Donte Simmons has quietly put up big-time rushing numbers. Quick and elusive, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior has totaled 6,266 yards and 83 touchdowns on the ground. Through 11 games this season, he has carried 163 times for 1,656 yards and 24 scores. Recognition, in part because Bristol was a Class A member in his first three years and competes in the lesser-known Bicentennial and Independence leagues, has not come as easily.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
AS BULLYING, hazing and corporal punishment are lawyered out of polite society, nagging doubts seep in. We wonder if children need more than a safe, flexible space that nurtures creativity and self-esteem. We wonder if they need discipline in some rigid form - high expectations, met with hard work. From this lagoon of cultural guilt crawl such creatures as the Tiger Mom, and now, in "Whiplash," one of the most vivid monsters in recent movie history - a jazz instructor, of all things.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A PHILADELPHIA firefighter arrested recently with his girlfriend, for allegedly beating up his pregnant ex-wife and her boyfriend, was cleared of the most serious charges and released from jail yesterday. Michael Lawson, 38, will be tried on two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, after felony counts of aggravated assault and all other charges related to his ex-wife were dropped by Municipal Judge Karen Y. Simmons at the end of a preliminary hearing. Sada Greenlee, Lawson's girlfriend, was held for trial on aggravated assault and related counts for the alleged attack of Lawson's ex-wife, Shareba Timbers.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Simmons said he was trying to be "ordinary. " He was a smashing failure. Simmons cracked a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to power Holy Cross to a 4-3 victory over Paul VI on Wednesday in a nonleague baseball game. "I was just trying to move the runners over," Simmons said. "Coach [Steve Paolini] always says, 'Be ordinary, not extraordinary.' What comes extra is a bonus. " Simmons, a junior lefthander, also earned the win by pitching the final 11/3 innings for Holy Cross (5-1)
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
IS KIMORA LEE Simmons secretly married? Ex-hubby Russell Simmons , daddy to the onetime pair's two daughters, Ming , 14, and Aoki , 11, tweeted so. The music mogul has stayed superfriendly with his former model/clothing designer ex, and his electronic message may have been meant to dispel rumors that Kimora Lee's involved with rapper Birdman , who just this week called the former Mrs. Simmons "luv of my life" via Instagram....
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