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August 23, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To treat every at-bat, every pitch and every play as if his team's postseason future depended on it, Phillies manager Larry Bowa reiterated that players need experience. Until then, they just don't know. Bowa talked more about the sense of urgency he said some of his players have lacked as the Phillies clung to a half-game lead over Florida in the National League wild-card race before last night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. "It takes time," Bowa said.
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December 11, 2012 | Associated Press
CINCINNATI - The Bengals know they flubbed a chance to put themselves in better shape for a playoff berth, and now there is a greater urgency to beat the Eagles on Thursday at the Linc. Penalties. Dropped passes. A game-turning interception. A defensive letdown at the end. They reviewed all of those on Monday as they did a fast-forward to their next game. A 20-19 loss to Dallas Cowboys on Sunday left the Bengals tied with Pittsburgh at 7-6 for the second AFC wild card. The Steelers and the AFC North-leading Ravens (9-4)
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December 6, 1997 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 5 a.m. wakeup call that began their trip home from Akron, Ohio, on Thursday wasn't so tough for Phil Martelli and the St. Joseph's Hawks to bear. That's because there was a sense of progress in their 65-62 victory over the Zips Wednesday night. The Hawks rectified some of the shortcomings that irritated Martelli in the season-opening loss to East Carolina on Nov. 25. "We definitely played better team defense, and we responded better to game situations down the stretch," said Martelli, whose 1-1 Hawks face a difficult task today at the Fieldhouse against tall, experienced Old Dominion.
NEWS
July 31, 2004 | By Sumana Chatterjee INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, there is still no one coordinating government efforts to thwart a new assault, the cochairmen of the 9/11 commission told Congress yesterday. "I don't find anyone is in charge," former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton said. In their testimony, Hamilton and former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean outlined a government bureaucracy that missed clues to the attacks because it did not share information or take responsibility for stopping terrorists. Many of those problems still exist, Hamilton said.
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March 31, 2006 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The stress of the 76ers' late-season swoon seems to be getting to them. Players and coaches hunkered down yesterday behind closed doors at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to talk among themselves for almost two hours before players fled without anyone talking to the media. That left coach Maurice Cheeks to face the inquisitors and to interpret Chris Webber's comments Wednesday night after the Sixers suffered their 10th loss in their last 12 games, a 101-91 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Pistons.
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December 29, 1992 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If the Flyers have any chance of beating the Los Angeles Kings at the Forum tonight, of salvaging this deteriorating season and improving the job security of coach Bill Dineen, they must do at least one thing - regain their work ethic. The last-place Flyers have not only lost eight of their last 10 games, they have done so with little emotion or verve. Some people inside the organization have even called these last 10 games "an embarrassment. " And it's not coincidental that a similar western road trip at this time last season - when the Flyers went 0-3-1 - marked the beginning of the end of the team's playoffs hopes.
NEWS
January 16, 2004 | By Todd Bernstein
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children with the fierce urgency of now. " Decades later, there is still an "urgency of now" in fulfilling the ideals of equality and justice that originally were framed in Philadelphia.
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August 22, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's time to wake up and look around. There's a wild card to be won. That was Larry Bowa's take after the Phillies' 5-2 loss yesterday to Milwaukee at Miller Park. The victory allowed the Brewers, a team that had the third-worst record in baseball, to sweep a team that had a half-game lead over the Florida Marlins in the National League wild-card race. "When you're in this position, it's no mercy," Bowa said. "You kill people. You kick them. When they try to get up you kick them again.
NEWS
April 17, 2005
The Philadelphia School District's school building and renovation program is in essence a bid to balance urgency and excellence. Urgency because schoolchildren in the city have already spent too many days sitting in aging schools poorly suited to modern education. Urgency, also, because the educational vision of schools CEO Paul Vallas and his team hinges on getting rid of most middle schools and making this a system of K-8 neighborhood schools. It also hinges on giving families a richer menu of high school choices, replacing the dysfunctional behemoths of today with a larger number of smaller, more workable schools.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
SOMETIMES you just have to hold your nose and jump right in. Especially when situations are bad, like crime in the streets or discipline in the schools. There's no time for dilly-dallying when the safety of citizens and the education of our children are at stake. And that's why we hail the sense of urgency generated recently by Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas when it comes to violence in the schools. We wish others in Philadelphia had the same sense of urgency.
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May 6, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts opened its season Saturday afternoon not in sylvan Fairmount Park but amid the golden glow of Mother Bethel AME Church's stained glass, its audience in the fervent communion of common purpose. Baltimore and social justice were on everyone's lips, even if nothing so specific could have been foreseen when plans for the concert were first laid. It was the kickoff of the Mann's Liberty Unplugged! festival, the music center's months-long focus on Frederick Douglass, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela, and so it was. But social justice being the unfinished business it is, by the time these musical performances and poetry readings reached the stage, they had gathered a new, grievous urgency.
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February 24, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tanya Baker and Hyacinth King expected to strike out with Little Miss Betty Wilson, a 64-year-old homeless woman bundled up and seated alone on a subway concourse floor near City Hall on Sunday. It was sunny and above freezing for the first time in days, but the mercury was about to nosedive again in a mercilessly cold winter that has broken records for cold, if not for snow. Outreach workers, Baker and King had a job to do on another Code Blue day in Philadelphia, the 47th so far. They could have forced Miss Betty to go to a hospital for the night.
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November 20, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
IF YOU FOLLOW Penn basketball and just look at scores, it would be difficult not to make a few assumptions. Rider lost at Princeton Friday, 64-58, and beat the Quakers last night at the Palestra, 73-57. Unless you were actually in the old gym, and not many (1,066) were, you would not have seen the first 12 minutes when Penn's offense actually moved the ball pretty well, promising after the turnover fest of the last two seasons. The Quakers had just one TO in the first 17 minutes and three in the first half.
NEWS
August 6, 2014
Gov. Christie's apparent lack of interest in making any adjustments to the discredited leadership of the Delaware River Port Authority is at odds with his past scolding of the bistate bridge and rail agency. But it's in keeping with his long-standing failure to back up his bluster. While the terms of New Jersey's eight DRPA commissioners expired more than a month ago - and while all of them were appointed by Christie's Democratic predecessor, Jon Corzine - the Republican governor said last week that he felt no "sense of urgency" to make his own choices to run the agency.
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June 27, 2014
THE PERCEPTION some racing fans have of drivers' wives is they live in McMansions, buy expensive clothes, drive luxury cars and travel to races in private planes. Krissie Newman insists this perception isn't entirely true. "Some [wives] are glamorous, but most of us are ordinary people," she said during a recent interview. Krissie and her husband, Ryan Newman, have two young daughters. Ryan drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Krissie grew up in North Jersey.
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February 28, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, a 29-year-old with big eyes and long straight hair, is like a lot of other single young women living in Center City: She tracks her exercise with a Fitbit, meets friends for dinner, and works as a new-media researcher. But unlike other twentysomethings, she devotes much of her day to an all-consuming mission: Extending her life. Kramer-Golinkoff's outward vitality masks the rapidly advancing state of a deadly disease, cystic fibrosis. With her lungs operating at 37 percent capacity, she undergoes an arduous three- to four-hour routine of breathing rituals and medications simply to face every day. With life expectancy for her illness in the 30s, Kramer-Golinkoff is throwing much of her waning energy into a philanthropy, Emily's Entourage, with a single mission - to find a cure that will save her life, as well as those of others with her rare form of the disease.
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July 6, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - New 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie might convince you that hiring a head coach isn't a high priority, if you're not careful. That's because with the Boston Celtics' hiring of Brad Stevens on Wednesday, the Sixers are the lone NBA team without a head coach. Part of that has to do with the draft and the Orlando Pro Summer League taking precedence over looking for a coach. That was obvious Thursday, when Hinkie, who was hired in May, wouldn't give any insight regarding the coaching search.
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June 10, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
YOU HAVE TO wonder about the lack of urgency new Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie has shown in searching for a head coach to replace Doug Collins. Collins resigned on April 18, opening the door for Hinkie to be hired from the Houston Rockets on May 11. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about how Hinkie might go about putting together a new roster for a team coming off a disappointing 34-48 season, but barely a whisper about who will direct the team once it gets on the court.
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May 6, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan delivered an impassioned homily Friday evening at a Vineland church, telling a crowd of more than 1,500 that the Catholic Church was pushing for immigration reform in Congress with "a moral urgency we have not had in the last decade. " The sermon, at Divine Mercy Parish, came as Congress appears to be on the cusp of changes that have eluded lawmakers in recent years. Given the new opportunity, Sullivan urged parishioners to contact their members of Congress and ask them to move legislation forward.
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