March 22, 1995 |
Just two weeks after releasing a blistering critique of Superintendent David Hornbeck's reform agenda for the Philadelphia public schools, a Commonwealth Court judge pronounced herself "tremendously reassured" by his plans. Judge Doris Smith came to that conclusion after spending more than four hours yesterday listening to Hornbeck and Assistant Superintendent Katherine Conner explain in detail his 10-point "Children Achieving" proposal during a court hearing. Smith, who is presiding over a long-running school desegregation case, even invited the parties in the lawsuit to work together to find a way to provide equal educational opportunities for the city's poor and minority students.
December 20, 1993 |
Being the owner of a professional sports team has its perks. One is that you hire the coach. Chester County resident Scott Barker, owner of the Delaware Blue Bombers of the Atlantic Basketball Association, hired himself. Barker, of Franklin Township, was an assistant coach at Delaware Tech when he read a newspaper article this year saying that the six-team ABA, a successor to the Eastern Basketball League, was looking for people or organizations to purchase franchises. The ABA, a weekends-only league, began its first season Nov. 27. Barker became very interested when he found that a franchise "wasn't too expensive," meaning under five figures.
July 8, 1993 |
Denis Mercier sees himself as a modern Don Quixote. "But instead of tilting at windmills," said Mercier, a communications and popular-culture professor at Rowan College of New Jersey, "the target is Jack Kent Cooke!" Mercier, 51, whose colorful office walls display the fruits of his quest for examples of ethnic stereotyping in the media, now finds himself lined up against Cooke and his Washington Redskins football team. After seven prominent American Indians began a campaign to cancel the trademark term Redskins last September, Mercier was recruited to bolster their case by compiling examples of American Indian stereotyping in the media.
October 25, 1992 |
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.
August 13, 1992 |
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.
March 2, 1992 |
The 1991 professional football season ended with the Washington Redskins crowned world champions. Although the game has been briefly placed in mothballs, the battle over the name of the victors rages on. Last week, District of Columbia City Council member William P. Lightfoot introduced a measure calling for the name of the Washington Redskins to be changed to acknowledge the sensitivity of American Indian leaders and many of their 1.8 million followers...
January 20, 1992 |
For the second time in three months, the Metrodome in Minneapolis finds itself hosting both a major sporting event and a Native American controversy. In October, it was the World Series, with the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves playing baseball against a backdrop of tomahawk chops and Indian war chants. This week, it is the Washington Redskins, a team with a nickname many Native Americans consider offensive, coming to Minneapolis for a Super Bowl XXVI date with Buffalo on Sunday.
November 30, 1990 |
On the surface - a fitting expression in this case - the decision restricting Australia's Pat Cash to doubles duty in the Davis Cup finals against the United States starting today is a shocker. Although Cash has struggled through several injury-plagued seasons recently, the 1987 Wimbledon singles champion still is Australia's most successful player. The reason Australian captain Neale Fraser is limiting Cash to doubles with John Fitzgerald tomorrow is the playing surface for this 29th U.S.-Australia Davis Cup final meeting (the Aussies lead, 15-13)
March 21, 1988 |
Two Avon Grove players, Ivy White and Beth Mollerup, have been named to the all-Southern Chester County League girls' basketball team by the league coaches. Also chosen were Stacey Wetzel, from Octorara, Bishop Shanahan's Ann Samoylo and Mia Vendlinski, from Kennett. Ed Hoffman, coach of the league champion Kennett Blue Demons, was named Coach of the Year. Chosen for the boys' all-SCCL squad were Jason White and Travis Davis, from Octorara; Mike Russell and Steve Tordone, from Unionville; Kennett's Todd Haines, and Bishop Shanahan's Dave Harlan.
December 29, 1986 |
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.