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March 30, 2001 | by Jeff Jacoby
It is no secret that the civil rights establishment has become a parody of what was once a courageous battle for racial dignity and fairness. There was a time when those who claimed to fight against prejudice confronted genuinely terrible injustice: segregated public schools, the bombing of black churches, flouting of the 15th Amendment. No more. "Civil rights" leaders today are typically shakedown artists like Jesse Jackson or racial inciters like Al Sharpton. The old struggle to cleanse the law of distinctions based on color has given way to demands for permanent racial preferences.
NEWS
October 30, 1995 | BY MIKE ROYKO
It's time for baseball and other sports to get serious about changing team names that are considered offensive. This year we had two teams in the World Series with names - Braves and Indians - that troubled some Native Americans. So a record number of sensitive individuals went on TV to talk about their pain and anguish and wounded dignity. I have to admit that I've never understood this, because the players on these two teams were not wearing feathers, grunting "ugh" or staggering from drinking too much firewater.
SPORTS
July 19, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Some ballplayers introduced themselves yesterday to their new teammates. Other teams had been practicing in recent days, trying to take the whole thing as seriously as time allowed. Some showed up at the Herb Magee Court at Philadelphia University with six guys. Others went as deep as a pro team, and were full of pro players. The whole concept is as old as basketball. Get a team together, get on the court. As long as you keep winning, you keep playing. The big hook here: The team left standing at the end divvies up $1 million.
NEWS
April 17, 2000 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Camden's minor-league baseball franchise went to the city's schoolchildren last week for help in choosing a name for the new team. Ballots distributed to about 16,000 students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the city's public and parochial schools offered seven names - Batts, Cowfish, Craze, Crickets, Rivermen, Riversharks and WaterDogs - and a blank for write-in nominations. If an informal exit poll of students at Coopers Poynt Elementary School in North Camden was any indication, Riversharks looked like the runaway favorite.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
Washington may or may not get a new President next year, but it is getting a new baseball team. And like almost every major-league team that has ever worn Washington on its jersey, this one is a last-place bunch. Word yesterday was that the poor, mistreated, bumbling Expos will end their long twilight in Montreal and move to the imperial city. Let's hope this team is more successful that the District's previous two. It's not a high bar. The original Senators' penchant for losing inspired the quip, "Washington, first in war, first in peace, last in the American League.
NEWS
December 29, 1986 | By David Bianculli, Inquirer TV Critic
Ronald Reagan is on TV tonight and ABC has him exclusively. But it is not the President and the show is not worth watching. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS WHATTA YEAR . . . 1986 (8 p.m., Ch. 6) - This is not to be confused with Whatta Failure: 1986, which is NBC's about-to-expire news magazine. This is more like a year-end poll with the increasingly common, and tedious, viewer call-in gimmick. There will be guests and features, but if this retrospective is remembered in a later retrospective, its only distinguishing feature will be the presence of Ron Reagan, who is co-host with Justine Bateman of NBC's Family Ties.
NEWS
October 25, 1992 | By Edward Engel, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was a brisk October evening at an empty ballfield in the Lawnside Recreational Park, but Ricardo Hayes could hear the crack of wood against a tiny white orb and see the swirl of dirt as a runner slid under a clear night sky. A former batboy with the Camden Travelers of the Negro League, Hayes brought Little League back into the borough this summer, after a hiatus of 17 years. Now, Hayes and his fellow Free Haven-Lawnside Little League coaches are hoping they can upgrade the field that youngsters in the league used this summer.
NEWS
August 13, 1992 | By Maura Webber, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Some do it to meet new friends; others do it to meet old friends. There are those who play for the sport of it and those who play because, they say, there's just nothing else to do. But, whatever is sending Washington Township residents to the town's four new outdoor sand volleyball courts, the sand is flying. James McKeever, who oversees the maintenance of the courts in Washington Lake Park as director of municipal services, said the $32,000 courts were one of the new park's more popular attractions.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
The New York Mets' troubles aren't confined to their record as of last week's All-Star break, which made the .500 Phillies look downright hopeful. The team also made the mistake of scheduling a Native American Heritage Night for this week - on the day of a game against the tomahawk-chopping Atlanta Braves. After belatedly discovering the unfortunate coincidence, the team tried to dial back the festivities, which were being organized in partnership with the New York-based American Indian Community House.
NEWS
September 8, 1998 | By Jennifer Farrell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
They exist on the fringes. A loosely knit society of workers whose lives are divided between Mexico and the United States by the seasons, they follow the harvests, often without putting down roots of their own. But here, a group of migrant farmworkers have taken a step toward building a permanent community: They have set up the Bridgeton Soccer League. The 11 teams that make up the league are made up mostly of Mexican immigrants, but players also hail from Jamaica, Italy, Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Ecuador.
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SPORTS
July 19, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Some ballplayers introduced themselves yesterday to their new teammates. Other teams had been practicing in recent days, trying to take the whole thing as seriously as time allowed. Some showed up at the Herb Magee Court at Philadelphia University with six guys. Others went as deep as a pro team, and were full of pro players. The whole concept is as old as basketball. Get a team together, get on the court. As long as you keep winning, you keep playing. The big hook here: The team left standing at the end divvies up $1 million.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neumann-Goretti's Ja'Quan Newton and Constitution's Ahmad Gilbert were named players of the year in their respective classes on the Pennsylvania Sports Writers all-state boys' basketball teams announced Friday. Newton, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, was selected the top player in Class AAA. Gilbert, a 6-6 junior forward, gained the honor in Class AA. For guiding Constitution to a 28-5 record and a second state title in three seasons, Rob Moore was named coach of the year in Class AA. The all-state girls' basketball teams also were announced, but no one from Southeastern Pennsylvania was named player of the year or coach of the year.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
The New York Mets' troubles aren't confined to their record as of last week's All-Star break, which made the .500 Phillies look downright hopeful. The team also made the mistake of scheduling a Native American Heritage Night for this week - on the day of a game against the tomahawk-chopping Atlanta Braves. After belatedly discovering the unfortunate coincidence, the team tried to dial back the festivities, which were being organized in partnership with the New York-based American Indian Community House.
SPORTS
April 18, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
St. Joseph's senior Chatilla van Grinsven was named the Big Five women's basketball player of the year, and the Hawks' Cindy Griffin received coaching honors Tuesday. Joining van Grinsven on the first team were Villanova's Laura Sweeney (Cherokee), Penn's Alyssa Baron, Temple's Victoria Macaulay, and La Salle's Brittany Wilson. Penn's Keiera Ray was the rookie of the year. Baseball. In his second career start, freshman John Ryan (Paul VI) allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings for Immaculata (12-15)
BUSINESS
April 20, 2012 | Michael Armstrong
The Business page would not be my first choice to learn about the fanaticism displayed by supporters of Philadelphia's sports teams. After all, you can see people wearing Flyers jerseys or driving cars with the Phillies' "P" on the front license plate. Team names are painted into lawns. I pass a custom minibus emblazoned with the "Eagles" logo sitting in a driveway when I take one of the younger Armstrongs to his violin lesson each week. But Philadelphia's deep identification as a rabid sports town brought about 120 businesspeople to the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday to hear a panel of experts make the case that it's not all fun and games.
SPORTS
July 25, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles officially passed the title of defensive coordinator from Jim Johnson to Sean McDermott yesterday. With Johnson still battling the metastatic melanoma that was discovered by doctors during the Eagles' playoff run in January, the decision was mutually agreed upon that it was time for McDermott to take control of the defense. McDermott, a 35-year-old graduate of La Salle High School and a member of the Eagles' organization since 1998, will speak about his new role for the first time today at a 1 p.m. news conference.
SPORTS
May 12, 2009 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some people see a bridge. In fact, they see a very specific bridge, the Commodore Barry, deftly tucked into the logo of the region's new pro soccer team, the Union, which formally announced its name and colors yesterday. A rollicking news conference at Philadelphia City Hall drew hundreds of fans along with dignitaries from Mayor Nutter to Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, gathered to celebrate what team co-owner Jay Sugarman grinningly called "the world's worst-kept secret.
NEWS
March 10, 2008 | By Jeff Gammage INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The new Philadelphia soccer team has chosen its nickname: The IronPigs. Just kidding, soccer fans. Don't have a stroke. Besides, that name is already taken, picked for a new Phillies farm club in Allentown through an online vote of baseball fans. Which explains why, when Philadelphia was formally awarded a Major League Soccer team and Gov. Rendell announced that fans would choose the name, you could see members of the ownership group squirm. Actually, fans will only help select the name.
SPORTS
November 1, 2006 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles yesterday signed a cornerback you've never heard of even though he's a veteran and former division rival. Yes, William James is now a member of the Eagles. Before yesterday, James was known as Will Peterson, but after agreeing to a one-year deal at the prorated veteran minimum of $585,000, the Eagles announced his name change as well as his addition to the roster. To make room for Peterson - sorry, James - the Eagles released cornerback Dexter Wynn, who had returned to the team after a Week 1 injury to Lito Sheppard.
NEWS
September 30, 2004
Washington may or may not get a new President next year, but it is getting a new baseball team. And like almost every major-league team that has ever worn Washington on its jersey, this one is a last-place bunch. Word yesterday was that the poor, mistreated, bumbling Expos will end their long twilight in Montreal and move to the imperial city. Let's hope this team is more successful that the District's previous two. It's not a high bar. The original Senators' penchant for losing inspired the quip, "Washington, first in war, first in peace, last in the American League.
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