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May 7, 1986 | By Richard Cohen
I knew a woman once whose problem was her beauty. She said women envied her, men lusted after her and employers never took her seriously. I believed her until I mentioned her plight at a dinner party. The men nodded in sympathy, but the women indicated they disagreed. They threw their napkins at me. It must have been in the same spirit that the Washington Dossier, a slick monthly of no consequence, asked members of Congress for some personal information, including their bad habits.
NEWS
August 3, 2004 | By Fred Alden
'Imagine: Losing weight while quitting smoking. A drug shows promise. " This was a headline on a newspaper article a while ago. Lose weight and quit smoking. This drug could truly be a wonder drug for those honestly struggling to keep their weight to a manageable number, or for those who want or need to quit smoking. I began to examine my own world, and I realized that, while I do not smoke or truly struggle with my weight (yet), I have more vices, issues and concerns than I need.
SPORTS
December 23, 1995 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
To paraphrase Moses Malone, 'peat, 'peat and repeat? Not this time. If streaks were made to be broken, the 76ers found a way to snap their two- straight-wins embarrassment of riches like a twig. Protect a lead? Build on what they had? Get the opponents down and keep them down? Maybe next time. This isn't a basketball team, it's a 5-18 excavation crew. These guys lead the league in digging themselves holes. Next on Oprah: trying to climb out of the cellar and not doing a very good job. On this we've-seen-it-before night, the Sixers dropped a 99-94 decision to the less-than-dazzling Milwaukee Bucks at the CoreStates Spectrum, building a 52-37 advantage, then seeing the Bucks score 37 of the next 48 points.
NEWS
March 2, 2005
If Philadelphia is to shed the sleazy image fostered by the ongoing City Hall corruption trials, its elected leaders must show the courage to change the way the city does business. A City Council committee finally took an overdue baby step in that direction yesterday. It approved restrictions on no-bid contracts as part of a watered-down ethics package. Beyond that incomplete action, an essential step on the road to recovery is to stop embracing bad habits borne of tradition.
NEWS
December 20, 1987 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everybody's got at least one these days. A bad-driver story. The commute to the office is almost guaranteed to produce one. So will a trip to the grocery store or an expedition for errands. Tempers flare. Angry words are addressed to the occupant of the next car, usually while the windows are tightly closed. Fists are shaken. Nerves anticipate the sound of metal against metal. Hearts quicken in a moment of fear, as a speeding auto barely misses a pedestrian. Traffic stops and so does sensible behavior.
NEWS
December 16, 1999 | By Christopher Merrill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Eric Daly bursts into the room, drowning out "Sounds of the Rain Forest" and the soothing trickle of flowing water as he romps over the wooden bridge, passes through an ivy-draped trellis, and drops his backpack. "You can tell I have work," the sixth grader at Phoenixville Middle School says, rubbing his shoulder somewhat dramatically. Daly is one of 30 elementary and middle school students in Phoenixville who come after school to this rain forest/classroom hybrid in the basement of Barkley Elementary School.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2012 | Reid Kanaley
We all seem to do something wrong when it comes to money. Whether your problem is not saving enough, or investing in money-losers, these sites could help you begin to change. Becoming a saver. There are three basic financial profiles, according to this entry at the personal-finance section on Tipcentral.net. You either spend more than you have, spend what you have, or spend less. Everyone's first long-term goal should be to get into the last category of savers. As creatures of habit, however, it's incredibly hard to do that.
NEWS
March 24, 2004
Today, Philadelphia is real happy. Real proud. Real, let's admit it, sorry, that there was a misunderstanding. But that is, thankfully, history because the Real World - MTV's popular television show - is back. Next season, viewers will learn something about Philly that's not nearly well enough known - its cool factor. This is a feeling worth remembering, this glow of a City Hall-brokered deal that brought picketing unions and Real World producers back together after the show pulled out March 16 citing a disagreement over the show's nonunion labor workers.
NEWS
January 4, 2012
By Gareth Cook You've probably tried exercise. Maybe you've given Atkins a shot or done time on Weight Watchers. But even if you've tried a thousand ways to drop pounds, I doubt you've tried this one: the Other Hand Diet. The approach is simple. If you are right-handed, use only your left hand to eat; your right hand must stay down at your side. (If you are left-handed, of course, then eat only with your right.) I can't promise that you'll become leaner and healthier on the Other Hand Diet.
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SPORTS
June 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - It was exactly a year ago Friday when Ken Giles made his highly anticipated major-league debut. His first pitch registered 100 m.p.h. on the Citizens Bank Park scoreboard. His fifth left the field of play. A monumental 31/2-month run followed for the reliever who became one of the lone bright spots in the Phillies' second consecutive 89-loss season. It wasn't until this past spring training that he endured his first stretch of bumps at the big-league level. "I think I'm a completely different pitcher than I was a whole year ago," Giles said this week.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Breaking a bad habit and replacing it with a new, healthier one isn't easy. Ask any habitual dieter, smoker, or prospective exerciser. One reason habits are so hard to change is "they are behaviors that get triggered by a particular situation that doesn't require you to think about them," says Russell Poldrack, a psychology professor at Stanford University who has studied habits and decision-making. "They can also be things that you keep on doing - even if you no longer get the results you used to. " Because of their automatic nature, habits are generally difficult for people to change through willpower alone.
NEWS
January 3, 2014
SO, a Trinidadian auto specialist and a Guyanese-Muslim business strategist walk into a combination restaurant, grocery and carpet-installation center in Delco . . . That sounds like the setup to the most convoluted crack in comedic history, but it's not a joke - it's the seed that sprouted Bad Habit, a distinctive Caribbean restaurant in diverse Upper Darby. Exploring the cuisine of the islands through American-influenced street food and a halal-friendly approach, owners Sheldon Crosbie and Zahid Khan are addressing a void many don't even realize demands filling.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Thanksgiving is the kickoff for the season of indulgence, you are about to observe some unhealthy behavior. Drunk Uncle may be filling up his tank with a gallon of gin and tonic. Your kid sister may be wafting in on a nicotine cloud after returning from a brisk walk for some ostensible fresh air. Your father's recent triple bypass may not stop him from piling the buttered yams so high you are tempted to offer a sherpa guide to the summit. You will want to say something, purely out of concern for their welfare, longevity, and because it would be a shame to have to call 911 before the pecan pie. The question is, will your two cents do any good?
NEWS
July 16, 2013
J ETHRO HEIKO, 40, of Fishtown, is the organizing director and a co-owner of the Action Mill, a "habit-design" firm on Vine Street near 12th, near Chinatown. The firm, which includes co-owners Nick Jehlen, 41, of New York, and Rob Peagler, 48, of West Philadelphia, was founded in January 2006 and has four employees. Q: What does the business do? A: We help teams, organizations and leaders identify bad individual and group habits and replace them with good ones. We design tools that increase employee engagement, reduce burnout and increase efficiency.
SPORTS
April 5, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - In the wake of his abbreviated first start of the 2013 season, a frustrated Roy Halladay said he had to stop being so fine with his pitches and attack hitters earlier in the count. But what he said didn't jibe with that he did: Halladay went to his off-speed stuff almost exclusively after a three-run first inning. So are his continuing struggles partly a result of Halladay not trusting his stuff? "I don't know if it's an issue of trusting his stuff as much as trying to get to where he understands what his stuff is and how it's going to play and how he can work off that," pitching coach Rich Dubee said before Thursday night's 2-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - The Big East tournament was neither kind nor unkind to Villanova as the Wildcats split their two games, beating St. John's on Wednesday and then falling to No. 4 Louisville in Thursday's quarterfinal round. Villanova got what it earned and nothing more. Despite some stretches of very spotty play, that almost certainly includes a locked-up bid to the NCAA tournament next week. The Wildcats don't know where they will be going or how impressively the tournament committee views their season, but they will be going somewhere to play someone - and that is still what this game is all about.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
BUFFALO, N.Y. - A nun with a gambling addiction has been accused of stealing $128,000 from two rural parishes where she worked. Sister Mary Anne Rapp was treated for a gambling addiction and is in recovery, her order said Monday, but she still faces a criminal charge of grand larceny following the thefts from the St. Mary and St. Mark congregations. She was expected to plead not guilty at an initial appearance in Kendall Town Court on Monday night. "She's been a nun for a very long time, been a very good person, never in any trouble before," said her attorney, James Harrington.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2012 | Reid Kanaley
We all seem to do something wrong when it comes to money. Whether your problem is not saving enough, or investing in money-losers, these sites could help you begin to change. Becoming a saver. There are three basic financial profiles, according to this entry at the personal-finance section on Tipcentral.net. You either spend more than you have, spend what you have, or spend less. Everyone's first long-term goal should be to get into the last category of savers. As creatures of habit, however, it's incredibly hard to do that.
NEWS
January 4, 2012
By Gareth Cook You've probably tried exercise. Maybe you've given Atkins a shot or done time on Weight Watchers. But even if you've tried a thousand ways to drop pounds, I doubt you've tried this one: the Other Hand Diet. The approach is simple. If you are right-handed, use only your left hand to eat; your right hand must stay down at your side. (If you are left-handed, of course, then eat only with your right.) I can't promise that you'll become leaner and healthier on the Other Hand Diet.
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