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May 30, 1990 | By Scott Brodeur, Special to The Inquirer
About 130 police, IRS agents and other members of South Jersey law enforcement are expected to take part Friday in a 67-mile torch run from Atlantic City to Camden to benefit the Special Olympics. This is the seventh year for the statewide run, but only the second year that South Jersey law enforcement officials will be involved, said Gary Evangelista, a Camden patrolman who with Pat Vesci of Camden County Central Dispatch organized the event. Last year, the South Jersey torch run covered 12 miles, from the LARC School in Bellmawr to the Hall of Justice in Camden.
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October 10, 1993 | By Pauline Pinard Bogaert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The 40 equestrians stood singing or listening to " . . . and the home of the brave," the last line of the national anthem. Many of them were about to start a brave effort, testing their skills in the third annual Montgomery County Special Olympics Equestrian Event, held last Sunday in Evansburg State Park. The games are for mentally and physically handicapped athletes ranging in age from 8 to 40. They compete individually and as members of teams in such events as pole bending, relay races, and walking and trotting.
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November 12, 1992 | For The Inquirer / BEVERLY SCHAEFER
They roller-skated, rode horses, ran, played volleyball in competition at Villanova last weekend. The three-day Fall Festival of the 1992 Special Olympics drew participants from throughout the state.
NEWS
September 21, 2000 | by Regina Medina , Daily News Staff Writer
James Moody took the Visa card slogan to heart: it was every place he wanted to be. The 34-year-old Montgomery County resident used the credit card to purchase a bunch of compact discs, a slew of clothes and bags of groceries to stock his refrigerator in Souderton. Problem was, the Visa didn't belong to the CD-loving clotheshorse. It was the property of the state's Special Olympics program, which employed Moody as a controller from May 1999 until he was fired in December. Moody was arrested and charged yesterday with theft, fraud, and related offenses and is being held in jail after he failed to post $50,000 bail.
NEWS
March 21, 2009 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
WASHINGTON - President Obama's appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno attracted the largest audience to NBC's late-night program in more than four years. Unfortunately for the president, that meant a lot of people also heard him make a wisecrack about the Special Olympics that was criticized as insensitive and prompted the White House to swiftly apologize. His gaffe came toward the end of the interview Thursday, when Leno ribbed Obama about his poor bowling skills, derided on the campaign trail.
NEWS
July 17, 2011 | By Dante Anthony Fuoco, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lady Gaga said the word when her song "Born This Way" was labeled a Madonna rip-off. LeBron James muttered it in May after a reporter posed a question to a teammate. The word got Tracy Morgan in trouble last month, and was used nearly 20 times in the 2008 film Tropic Thunder , to the discontent of some. And on the heels of legislation by other states and Congress, Pennsylvania is poised to remove the word from its legislative lexicon. Retarded - derived from mental retardation , once a sterile, clinical term for a person with intellectual disabilities - is increasingly considered a demeaning description and hurtful verbal jab. So is retarded - "the 'R' word," as some now say - a slur?
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October 7, 1986 | BY RICH PORCO
The Special Olympics program could use your help. As you're probably aware, the Special Olympics is the world's largest program of sports training and athletic competition for mentally retarded children and adults, with over one million participants. I'm proud to be able to say that the 1700 mummers in the Murray Comic Club, of which I am president, are volunteering their time as comics and face- painters to help raise money to benefit the Special Olympics program. We're asking area residents and businesses to donate $1 to benefit the Special Olympics by entering a balloon in "The Special Balloon Olympics.
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April 3, 1988 | By Ellen Dean Wilson, Special to The Inquirer
Cipriano Gomez is not a typical sports champion. Just 11, Gomez is a special-education student, and he won two medals at the annual state Special Olympics skiing competition March 9-11. Although he was bumped up from the novice to the intermediate class at the last minute, Gomez won a silver medal in the slalom, a bronze medal in the downhill and a fourth-place ribbon in the giant slalom. "He has a very good attitude, and he trains very well," said Paula Clark, a music teacher at the Chester County Intermediate Unit, who is county manager for the Special Olympics, the nationwide sports program for mentally handicapped children and adults.
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June 21, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mist of white chalk sprang from the hands of David Praiss as he dropped a barbell into a shoulder-high stand Thursday morning. He had just come back up from a squatting position when his knees nearly touched his bright-orange "Genuine Jersey" T-shirt - meaning the state, not the fabric. He had 120 kilograms, or 265 pounds, of weight on his shoulders. As many champions do, Praiss pumped his arms in the air while cheers engulfed him inside Kendall Hall at the College of New Jersey in Ewing.
NEWS
October 11, 1989 | By John D. Shabe, Special to The Inquirer
As her son John competed in the 5-kilometer run at Saturday's South Jersey Special Olympics, Kathleen Jeffries urged him to slow down. "He wants to be out in front, but he sometimes has trouble pacing himself," Jeffries said as her son rounded the far turn on the cinder track at Washington Township High School. "He used to be a sprinter; and the first time he ran a distance race, he started out way ahead and had nothing left for the rest of the race. Sometimes, he still has problems with his pacing.
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June 24, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
TAILGATERS AT Penn State football games will have a new brew to wash down all their 'dogs and ribs next season. The Latrobe City Brewing Co. is producing the Paterno Legacy Series of beer in honor of the late Joe Paterno, who died in January of 2012. JoePa spent 62 seasons with the Lions, 46 as their head coach, before he was fired amid the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The idea for the beer came from Jay Paterno, Joe's son, who was his father's assistant for 17 seasons.
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June 20, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Channing: Not so good Channing Tatum , who continues to grow as an artist - and no doubt as a human being - tells fans in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session that some of his early performances weren't exactly worthy of an Oscar. "How many times is too many times to see  Step Up ?" one fan asked TC of his 2006 romantic dance film co-starring  Jenna Dewan Tatum . "Hahahahaha! I guess you need to see it as many times as it takes you to realize how bad my acting is in it," says TC. "And fast-forward to the dancing parts after that.
NEWS
June 6, 2015
ISSUE | SPECIAL ATHLETES Relay a message Despite advances that have been made over the years, men, women, and children with disabilities face negative stereotypes on a daily basis. This summer, Special Olympics and Bank of America are providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to join the movement for equality. We're bringing the Unified Relay Across America to cities and towns throughout the country, including Philadelphia, where it continues Friday. The relay will give Philadelphians an unprecedented opportunity to show their commitment to inclusion and respect for all by simply getting involved.
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March 9, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter J. "Bud" Ryan thought all young boys and girls should get to play baseball if they wanted to, regardless of their skills. So in spring 1977, he volunteered to coach a team for his son, "Buddy," then 8, in Roxborough. Buddy grew up. Time moved on. But Mr. Ryan stayed with that team year after year, coaching two of his daughters and hundreds of other kids from the neighborhood. This would have been his 38th consecutive season coaching with 21st Ward Junior League Baseball.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danza returns to Northeast   Tony Danza is coming back to Northeast High School. He taught there during the 2009-2010 school year, basis for the A&E show Teach: Tony Danza . Every year since, he's hosted Teachers vs. Students Talent Show, to raise funds for the school. It's March 23.   Kanye drops name of CD On Saturday, Kanye West Twitter'd the title and cover of his next album. Title: So Help Me God . Cover: a four-sided shape with m 's at each corner.
SPORTS
December 7, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THERE COULD come a time when Ryan Neher is living a life dedicated to the service and protection of others. But for now, the 6-3, 255-pound center is just happy to be back healthy and protecting quarterbacks and running backs. It was a Tuesday night in October when the Archbishop Wood senior wrenched his left wrist competing in drill work against the scout team. Ever the competitor, the Richboro resident finished practice and gave another go the following day. It was La Salle Week, after all. "I was still able to move it right after," Neher said, "but as it sat, it swelled up. " Bulbous and painful, Neher's wrist was put in a cast, then operated on after a scan revealed a fracture.
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November 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Irvin Fliegelman, 76, formerly of Blue Bell, a retired life insurance agent, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, of dementia at home in Atlantic City. Born in Philadelphia and reared in Norristown, he grew up helping in the family business, Fliegelman's Kiddie Center, on Main Street. He graduated from Norristown High School in 1956. Mr. Fliegelman earned a business degree from Rider College in Trenton in 1960. Later, he served on Rider's board of trustees for 15 years. Mr. Fliegelman worked as a sportswriter and in public relations before joining the Equitable as a life insurance agent in 1966.
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June 21, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
A mist of white chalk sprang from the hands of David Praiss as he dropped a barbell into a shoulder-high stand Thursday morning. He had just come back up from a squatting position when his knees nearly touched his bright-orange "Genuine Jersey" T-shirt - meaning the state, not the fabric. He had 120 kilograms, or 265 pounds, of weight on his shoulders. As many champions do, Praiss pumped his arms in the air while cheers engulfed him inside Kendall Hall at the College of New Jersey in Ewing.
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March 28, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson will be released from jail Friday and transferred to an inpatient drug-treatment facility as he awaits trial on felony fraud charges involving an alleged travel-package scam, officials said. The petition to release Tollefson was filed by a public defender - not the two high-profile attorneys who flanked him at his arraignment in Warminster in February, according to court documents. Bucks County Judge James McMaster granted the order on Tuesday, reducing Tollefson's bail from $10,000 to zero.
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March 28, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE OVERBROOK man arrested in December who cops say fatally shot a man to steal his expensive headphones was ordered yesterday to stand trial for murder. In upholding murder and related charges against Arkel Tymeer Garcia, 20, Judge Teresa Carr Deni rejected Garcia's police statement in which he claimed to have merely been present with two brothers when one of them shot Christian Massey just before 5 p.m. Nov. 30. During a preliminary hearing, Deni was shown residential surveillance video that captured Massey, 21, walking in the alley behind Lebanon Avenue near 58th Street, in Overbrook.
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