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October 8, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
David Toms, like David Duval before him, is turning the Michelob Championship into his launching pad to stardom. Toms birdied four of his first seven holes yesterday, overcame a bogey in the middle and a late challenge by Kirk Triplett to shoot a 3-under-par 68 and defend his tournament title by one shot. The victory, clinched with a par on the 18th hole at the Kingsmill Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., was the PGA champion's third this year and the seventh of his career. "It has been a good year and winning this week is extra special because of the way I played last week," Toms said.
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September 27, 2004 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
At age 5, Ronia had already set her sights on a career. She would either be a cheerleader for a professional sports team or a dancer. Now 9, she dreams of making a dance video that will start her on the way to becoming a star. Friendly, outspoken and charming, Ronia loves to talk, and can carry on a lengthy conversation about anything that interests her. She appreciates it when people take time to listen to her and watch her dance. Ronia gets along well with everyone and is regarded as a leader by the other youngsters in her foster home.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2009 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
'I'm feeling particularly slutty tonight," Stefani Germanotta purred to a sold-out Susquehanna Bank Center on Thursday night. Known to her fans - as well as anyone who's passed within hailing distance of a working radio or TV set in the last year - as Lady Gaga, she arrived with the kind of explosive force that can incinerate artists unprepared for the spotlight. Since the success of her insidious, inescapable single "Poker Face," Gaga has staged a blizzard of reinvention, from sex kitten to bondage queen, as well as what might be a visitor from a far more stylish future.
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February 22, 1990 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Sports Writer
Stardom has found Brett Hull, almost as quickly as Hull's wrists can flick a puck into the net. Just two years ago, Hull was a chunky Calgary Flames rookie struggling for ice time. Now, as a St. Louis Blue, he is the NHL's leading goal scorer, with 56, and the focal point of the league's hottest team (10-2-2 over 14 games heading into tonight's game with the Flyers). Over the past few months he has done Letterman and "Today," and has seen his picture in every magazine and newspaper on the continent, with the possible exception of Cosmopolitan.
NEWS
June 30, 2002 | By Chris Gray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sitting calmly in her stroller in a block-long line outside a casting agency yesterday, 9-month-old Julia Frank seemed unaware that her first crack at television stardom was imminent. Her mother, Jodi, however, had prepared for her tow-headed charmer to shine. "Everywhere we go, she turns heads," the Wilmington resident said as she stapled glossy photos of the tot to the firm's "talent information" form. The one-page questionnaire required participants to list everything from their shoe size, to car ownership and ventriloquism experience.
SPORTS
August 22, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bryan Scott can hold your attention in several ways. He can get your feet moving with a lively riff on the drums. He can tap out a variety of tunes on the piano. He can set a mood with his saxophone. He can move you with his rich voice, as he did when he sang a tribute to Kevin Dare, a Penn State pole-vaulter who fell to a tragic death at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in February. So why is it that Scott, a senior cornerback for the Nittany Lions, has yet to find the proper rhythm that can propel him to stardom?
SPORTS
February 24, 1987 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
Behold Chico Resch. Examine every barnacle hanging from his 38-year-old body, check out every crease across his forehead, and devour every piece of sage wisdom that emanates from his mouth. You have little time left to appreciate him. When Resch retires at the end of this season, we will not see his breed again. The venerable goaltender, perched like a molting old owl in front of his crease, is about to become extinct. There was something decidedly grand about his matching 14 seasons of guile and cunning against slick, fresh-faced young talents.
SPORTS
May 8, 1992 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nobody knows exactly how it is that a ballplayer suddenly turns into a star. You can't find the latest stardom breakthroughs listed in the transactions column. They don't break into network programming to announce them. And these days, you can't even measure star quality by the size of a guy's paycheck. No, this stardom stuff just kind of happens. And it is happening right now in front of your very eyes. It is happening to California's Bryan Harvey, suddenly the best short reliever on earth.
SPORTS
June 1, 1995 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
His is the story of a fallen hero who gets a second chance. It is the story of a kid from a small town in Canada whose on-ice skills with the Montreal Canadiens elevated him to instant stardom, but whose off-ice problems brought about a swift decline. Claude Lemieux arrived at the New Jersey Devils' doorstep five years ago aiming to please his coach, who was then John Cunniff. Lemieux, whose emotional personality had caused him difficulty with the Canadiens, made accommodations inside his hockey family, but couldn't make things work with his own family.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
And who do you think you are Running around leaving scars Collecting your jar of hearts And tearing love apart You're gonna catch a cold From the ice inside your soul - Christina Perri, "Jar of Hearts" It can't be easy to be an overnight singing sensation, a genuine, honest-to-goodness pop-culture phenom. "It feels pretty amazing," says Bensalem native Christina Perri, 23, who in less than a month catapulted from obscurity to stardom with her remarkable self-released song, "Jar of Hearts," an alternately ferocious and mournful indictment of an inconstant lover.
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October 7, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLEANS, Mass. - Ed Snider thinks right winger Jake Voracek is on the verge of NHL stardom. "This kid," Snider said early in training camp, "has a chance to be a superstar. " Is the Flyers' chairman, mindful that Voracek was part of the package the Flyers acquired in 2011 for scoring machine Jeff Carter, overdosing on hyperbole? Or is the 25-year-old Voracek, coming off the best season of his six-year career, ready to take the next step in his development? Relayed Snider's comments, Voracek smiled.
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February 6, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Chandler always would eat just part of his food - half of a hamburger, maybe, or one of the two slices of pizza. He wrapped up the rest to take home to his little sister. "This was all the time," said Brad Hawkins, who coached Chandler with the Whitman Park Tigers football program in Camden. "We'd take Sean to get something to eat, and he always had to make sure he had something to take back to his sister. " The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Chandler was one of New Jersey's best football players last season.
SPORTS
July 15, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rosemary Joseph disappeared. She told the newspaper her son, Domonic Brown, was "brainwashed. " For years, she worked two jobs to raise her two children as a single parent. She loved her 17-year-old son and encouraged him to play baseball because she was a former softball catcher. And when Brown chose his father over his mother, Joseph clutched her daughter. "We just left," Joseph said. "It was such an embarrassment. " Five months later, Robert Walker bought his son a batting cage for Christmas.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
BORN CHRISTMAS Day 1948, backup singer Merry Clayton has been lending her skills to pop musicians for most of her 64 years. Usually she's the "last person, along with the string players," to add their flavor to a studio recording session. "That's why they call it 'sweetening,' " she explained in a recent chat. More often than not, she's the least recognized, least thanked contributor, though Clayton's blow- torched, highly emotive vocals made a major difference on massive hits such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," Carole King's "Way Over Yonder," Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned" and Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | BY MARK OLSEN, Los Angeles Times
  LOS ANGELES - You've seen them, but not noticed them. You've heard them, but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a light away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
NEWS
December 25, 2012 | By Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press
SANTIAGO, Chile - They don't have demands, but they're loyal to the cause and are always on the front lines of the fight. They run with protesters, lap up shots from water cannons, bark at police in riot gear, and sometimes even bite officers. Stray dogs are truly man's best friend for thousands of students and workers who demonstrate and clash with police nearly every day to press demands for education improvements, redistribution of Chile's wealth, and environmental protections. As the protests become fixtures in this modernizing capital, normally unnoticed street dogs have become stars in their own right, with the Facebook fan pages and fawning media coverage to prove it. "Blacky," a mutt adopted by young protesters, has become the most visible mascot, with rival fan pages totaling more than 7,000 subscribers or "likes.
SPORTS
August 22, 2012 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Most seasons, your best bet when assessing the fantasy prospects of a rookie class is to focus on the running backs. First-year quarterbacks should be avoided like the plague, or synchronized swimming. Rookie receivers occasionally achieve fantasy stardom, but it usually takes them a while to ramp up. Last season was no ordinary season. Injuries and ineffectiveness plagued Mark Ingram and Daniel Thomas, the cream of the 2011 running back crop. The top performer at the position was Roy Helu, who scraped his way into the top 30, thanks to a late-season surge.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times
She hosted the opening festivities for L.A.'s Fashion's Night Out in September and sat in the front row at the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris last month. Come February, she'll be in our living rooms every week, as a mentor on NBC's new Fashion Star designer competition series. Is tabloid sensation-turned-designer Nicole Richie poised to become the next big celebrity fashion brand? Following in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson and Rachel Zoe, Richie, 30 - whose adoptive father is Lionel Richie - launched her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line in late 2007, adding shoes in 2009 and bags in June 2011.
NEWS
September 24, 2011
KIM DELANEY joins a long line of Hollywood celebrities who have embarrassed themselves in public. An (extremely abridged) look back: LADY GAGA: She celebrated the New York Giants' win last week by pouring champagne into the stands. Into the handicapped section. KANYE WEST: "I'mma let you finish," he famously told Taylor Swift after drunkenly stumbling into her MTV Video Music Award acceptance speech in 2009. PAULA ABDUL: She had to tell the world about a neurological disorder to dodge allegations that she was drugged up while on "American Idol.
SPORTS
September 20, 2011 | By Charean Williams, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
SAN FRANCISCO - The Dallas Cowboys' 27-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers had a Holley-wood ending. Jesse Holley, who got a chance with the Cowboys only after winning Michael Irvin's reality show three years ago, had never had an NFL catch until Sunday. He played in overtime only because Miles Austin had been injured on the last play from scrimmage in regulation. Yet, Holley (three catches, 96 yards) made the biggest play of the game with a 77-yard catch-and-run on the Cowboys' first play from scrimmage in the extra period.
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