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October 26, 1988 | By T.J. McCarthy, Special to The Inquirer
The dress code is in, which means that the David Letterman look is out for teachers at the Magnolia Public School. Letterman likes to wear sneakers - even with a business suit - when hosting his late-night television show, but if he were teaching at Magnolia, his outfit would violate the school's new dress code. The school board in August adopted a code for teachers, administrators and clerical staff that is broad for the most part but does ban sneakers. Only physical-education teachers are exempt from that prohibition.
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February 21, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Christopher Demby and his friend, Allen Gore, both 15, went to the 52nd Street Strip in West Philadelphia on March 17, 1990, to buy sneakers. They were stalked, then set upon by three teens, two with guns, who stole their new sneakers and left Christopher Demby dead in the street. Yesterday, the two gunmen, Kenyatta "Yattie" Miles, 20, and Michael Henry, 18, were convicted by a Common Pleas Court jury of first-degree murder in the slaying. A sentencing hearing for the two was set for today.
NEWS
August 27, 2004
AS AN African-American, I am appalled by some of the negative reactions of my fellow African-Americans toward Bill Cosby's comments over the decline of moral and social structure in black communities and families. If what Bill Cosby has said does not refer to you, and if you are decent, productive parents, then you should not be offended by his remarks. I agree with Bill. Many African-Americans put too much importance on $200 sneakers, for example, and less on cleaning up their neighborhoods, respecting one another, pursuing a decent education - need I say more?
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October 26, 2000 | By Oshrat Carmiel, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For an hour Saturday night, the borough will cordon off the one block of Mechanic Street for its first drag race. No fast cars will be competing on that tiny stretch of hill that is no more than a few hundred yards long. This race belongs to drag queens, who will celebrate Halloween with a race in heels to the top of the hill. The race will begin at 8:30 p.m. Saturday from the corner of Mechanic and Main Streets. The contestant who is fastest in pumps will take home nearly $1,000 in gift certificates to local businesses and a two-foot trophy of a gold-plated heeled sneaker with wings, said Sam Burns, a Chamber of Commerce member who thought up the race.
NEWS
July 12, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
He took a shotgun blast in the right shoulder in a bloody rampage in an Oak Lane drug house in 1988, but Andre Kinard apparently didn't learn a thing, the prosecutor said. "Sometimes you look at these people and wonder if there was any impact, because they go out and commit the same kind of vicious acts," Assistant District Attorney Joe McGettigan said. Municipal Judge Arthur S. Kafrissen yesterday ordered Kinard, now 18, held without bail for trial over his alleged role in the murder of a 17-year-old boy during an attempt to steal the victim's new Nike sneakers on West Philadelphia's 52nd Street shopping strip.
NEWS
October 4, 2004 | By PATTY-PAT KOZLOWSKI
WHILE millions of Americans know the conspiracies behind who killed JFK and why Elvis is living in a trailer park in Port Orange, Fla., I don't waste my time with such theories. Instead, I live my life and judge people on their athletic footwear. I call it the Sneaker Theory. Growing up, every generation had the fear of having to wear Bo-Bo's. Already the song is creeping in your head: Bo-Bo's, they make your feet feel fine, Bo-Bo's they cost $1.99. Just like you didn't want to be the kid who was forced to eat a urinal cake, you didn't want to be the kid wearing Bo-Bo's.
NEWS
March 29, 2007 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Sneakers as girly confections? In the male-dominated world of novelty kicks, that might seem a bit of a stretch. But then again, it hasn't ever been tried by the first bona-fide princesses of hip-hop. Vanessa and Angela Simmons, daughters of Reverend Joseph "Run" Simmons, one-third of the pioneer rap group Run-D.M.C., launched their sneaker line, Pastry, on Sunday. The design duo are also the nieces of urban fashion/lifestyle moguls Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons - the couple credited with taking hip-hop-inspired clothing mainstream with Phat Farm, Def Jam University, and the runway spectacle Baby Phat.
SPORTS
October 23, 2009
BACK IN APRIL, on the same day that his famous father, Michael Jordan, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Marcus Jordan announced he would play hoops at the University of Central Florida. That was a happy day for the Knights, who beat out the likes of Iowa, Stanford, Toledo, Butler, and Oklahoma for Marcus' talents. But it may end up being a costly decision for the university. Marcus, it seems, will only wear Nike Air Jordan sneakers because, he says, they hold special meaning to him and his family.
NEWS
February 16, 1993 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
Homer Jackson is on the one. Whether using video to document the transcendent rush that came when he first dunked a basketball or bringing together a broad sampling of artists for a timely exhibit about sneakers, Jackson - as funk demi-god George Clinton might say - "is on the one," intuitively hitting a creative downbeat with a combination of precision and unkempt cool. The North Philadelphia multimedia artist has orchestrated "High Flying," an exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art that explores assorted perspectives on athletic footwear.
NEWS
December 27, 1987 | By Curtis Rist, Inquirer Staff Writer
Along Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, shopkeepers have stuffed their storefront windows with Christmas trees, lights and New Year's decorations. Not Bill Carlin. He has stuffed his window with sneakers, as he has every month since his store opened in February. Carlin is the manager of John's Sneaks, at 140 E. Lancaster Ave., which sells sneakers cheap and operates on a shoestring budget. That means no money for decorations and - at the sister store in Ardmore - no telephone. Advertising depends mostly on word of mouth.
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May 4, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Charred and soggy shoes sit in a pile on the back deck of Dante Holley's home in South Jersey, the left-behind debris of a sneaker-head who was down on his luck. There's jewelry scattered around the yard, too, and lots of wet, muddy clothes, and something wild is scampering in the soffits, because last year, fire burned out the roof. Holley, 20, feels blessed and looks upbeat, though, even in the shadow of his condemned family home in Atlantic County.
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April 23, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
A ntics Performance Group is a Los Angeles hip-hop company, founded by Artistic Director, Amy "Catfox" Campion in 2007. It wrapped up the dance performances of this year's PIFA festival at the Perelman Theater on Wednesday evening in a production titled Sneaker Suites . The genre of hip-hop dance has been evolving in Philly over the last 25 years under giants in the field like the imaginative Rennie Harris, the elegant and political D. Sabela...
NEWS
January 12, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington
It seems the fashion universe is ruled by the most considerate of goddesses, and it was she who declared pockets were a must-have on the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday night. Ivory - as opposed to last year's blinding optic white - was among the evening's most popular hues. And blush - or rose quartz, Pantone's color of the year - was at least the runner-up shade. Frocks that weren't a matte pastel sparkled with a flurry of jewel-toned sequins. Sleeves were key. Deep Vs were essential, and capes amped up the night's drama.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Staff Writer
John Small didn't have it easy growing up in Delaware County during the Depression. He endured a series of tough jobs, like hoisting 100-pound slabs of soap at a Fels Naptha plant in Darby Borough for skimpy wages, and scrounging elsewhere to make a buck to help his family. The experiences hardened him physically and mentally, but nothing could really have prepared him for the horrors of war. John became an Army sharpshooter in the European Theater in World War II, and survived the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest battle of a bloody war. But his fortunes turned in peacetime, and he became a successful businessman, selling sneakers to what seemed like every kid and his parents in a wide region beyond the store in Ardmore.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
Mo's Xmas sneaks Little League sensation  Mo'ne Davis  launches her holiday sneaker collection today. This is Mo'ne's second collection in the "Because I Am a Girl" line with the brand M4D3 . Part of the proceeds from each shoe sale goes directly to Plan International USA's "Because I Am a Girl" initiative, which supports millions of young girls living in poverty. Brad Coop sings for the Birds Movie heartthrob and Jenkintown native Bradley Cooper was in the house for the Eagles' crushing Monday-night win over the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field (1 Lincoln Financial Field Way)
NEWS
October 11, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
In the world of high fashion, nothing says "Look at me!" more than Versace's Medusa logo. The trendlet These days, the bigger the golden head of Medusa, the more expensive the high-top sneaker. Label-obsessed dandies pair the kicks with distressed jeans and button-down shirts or quilted sweatshirts for nights out at the club. Collectors leave their precious patent-leather Medusa high-tops in plastic, kept pristine in boxes. Where's it come from? In Greek mythology, Medusa is a she-monster with snakes for hair, so one look at the old girl will turn you into stone.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - Here at the Interactive/Film week of South by Southwest, the question arises: Is it possible to own too many pairs of shoes? The title characters of Sneakerheadz , David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge's lively, pop-cult-savvy documentary about sneaker collectors, would agree with Imelda Marcos that it is not. With appearances by sneaker obsessives including rapper Wale, comedian Mike Epps, and DJs Samantha Ronson and...
SPORTS
January 31, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Own, collect, or wear enough sneakers and people might dub you a "sneakerhead. " Antwan James might qualify. Sayre's 6-5, 245-pound forward claims to own 17 pairs of basketball sneakers. Perhaps the most interesting thing about his performance Thursday was the senior's wardrobe change at halftime of a 61-30 Public League win over visiting Overbrook. "My sneaks didn't have much grip so I was slipping a little bit," James said. "They were low tops and I tweaked my ankle a little bit on somebody's foot.
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
OWN, COLLECT or wear enough sneakers and people might dub you a "sneakerhead. " Antwan James might qualify. The 6-5, 245-pound forward for William Sayre High claims to own 17 pairs of basketball sneakers. However, perhaps most interesting about his dominant performance in Public League action yesterday was the senior's halftime wardrobe change. "My sneaks didn't have much grip, so I was slipping a little bit," James said after Sayre overwhelmed visiting Overbrook, 61-30. "They were low-tops and I tweaked my ankle a little bit on somebody's foot.
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