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SPORTS
August 14, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just days after some knuckleheads defaced the statue honoring Jackie Robinson outside the single-A Brooklyn Cyclones stadium, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones apparently had a banana thrown at him during Sunday's game against the Giants at San Francisco's AT&T Park - and it was starting to feel like the old racial attitudes never faded. But unlike the goofs who scrawled on the monument commemorating Pee-Wee Reese's gesture of brotherhood with Robinson, the guy who threw the banana has stepped forward to apologize to Jones, saying his intent was to express anger at the Giants' effort in the 10-2 loss, not any racial animosity toward the O's slugger, who went 2 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs in the game.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Port of Wilmington's top banana - Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and the 65 million pieces of the yellow fruit it ships there each week - could be lost to the competing port across the Delaware at Paulsboro. After 30 years in Wilmington, Dole is considering relocating one ship a week - 3.4 billion bananas a year - to a new port being built on 190 acres in Paulsboro. For Paulsboro, landing Dole and gaining 100 to 120 direct port jobs, as well as the trucking and related businesses catering to the fresh-fruit trade, would be a major shot in the arm. The port, directly across from Philadelphia International Airport, is on 130 acres that had been the BP Oil Paulsboro Terminal, and 60 acres that was the site of Dow Chemical's former Essex Chemical plant.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) As the saying goes, "From an acorn grows a mighty oak. " Be sure your little idea is getting all the tending it needs to grow into a big idea. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Like a cosmetic advertiser, life might try to convince you that what's in the bottle will make you beautiful for $100. Do your research, though, because there's a $3 version that's just as effective. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) You know the truth when you hear it. Believing one true thing will change your whole day for the better.
FOOD
May 10, 2013 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
This is the ninth in a series on healthy cooking classes at St. Martin De Porres School in North Philadelphia. As our cooking classes wind down - just one more to go! - I still want to introduce healthy meals, but I also long to teach these 11-year-old girls to make something they really love. I figured smoothies were a good bet, and I knew better than to whip up the banana, kale, flaxseed, and almond milk concoctions I love. I'd go with a basic banana-yogurt-honey blend, and present it as an alternative to the fast-food banana milkshake Jayla Reeves loves.
NEWS
April 27, 2013 | By Danica Coto, Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The fishing trip off the rugged north coast of St. Lucia was supposed to last all day, but about four hours into the journey, the boat's electric system crackled and popped. Dan Suski, 30, a business owner and information-technology expert from San Francisco, had been wrestling a 200-pound marlin in rough seas with help from his sister, Kate Suski, 39, an architect from Seattle. It was noon Sunday. He was still trying to reel in the fish when water rushed into the cabin and flooded the engine room, prompting the captain to radio for help as he yelled out their coordinates.
SPORTS
February 13, 2013
Banana Joe , the Affenpinscher with the bouncy step and shiny black coat, walked off as America's top dog on Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The 5-year-old wagged his tail after earning his 86th best in show title overall, a day before he was set to fly back to the Netherlands with his owner. Old English sheepdog Bugaboo's Picture Perfect was picked as the runner-up on the green carpet of the Garden. Also in the best-of-seven final ring were a German wirehaired pointer, an American foxhound, a Portuguese water dog, a Bichon Frise, and a smooth fox terrier.
NEWS
September 11, 2012
How to have your banana and eat it too, or How to parody a sex show with a sex show, or How three wild and gorgeous clowns take on the porn establishment and break free. In Bang , Charlotte Ford (who conceived the show), Sarah Sanford, and Lee Etzold find themselves onstage with no idea why they're there; but the audience knows why it's there: to see a show. A sign above the actors' heads lights up: "Sex Show. " So they proceed to provide one. And, under Emmanuelle Delpech's direction, it's hilarious.
NEWS
July 30, 2012 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
WILDWOOD - Want to know what the hottest prize is this summer at Jersey Shore boardwalks? No problem, mon: It's de rasta-banana! Stuffed animals have long been among the most popular prizes at boardwalk games of chance of skill. But this year, the top dog is a banana wearing dreadlocks and a reggae cap. (Its cousin, rasta-cigar, is a close runner-up in some places.) "I don't know what it's all about, but this is one of the top things that people like this year," said Dante Silva, who runs a cork-gun game on the Wildwood boardwalk in which contestants win prizes by knocking over targets.
NEWS
June 21, 2012
2 cups Original Bisquick mix 1 cup whole milk 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 stick butter 1 cup real maple syrup 3-4 ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch slices 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts     1. Make pancake batter, combining Bisquick with milk, eggs, and vanilla. 2. Move top rack of oven to the upper-middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. 3. Melt butter in heavy 10- or 11-inch ovenproof skillet in oven.
NEWS
April 12, 2012 | Choose one .
A lot of chips come across a food writer's desk, but it's the rare bag we can't keep our hands out of. Don't let the fact that they are made from organic brown rice and full of protein fool you. These black-pepper chips are crunchy, satisfying, and, thanks to a good dose of white and black pepper, the perfect partner for mild dips or boring turkey sandwiches. Lundberg Family Farms Organic Cracked Black Pepper Rice Chips, $3.29 at Whole Foods Market, lundberg.com. - Ashley Primis Frigid fruit Local health food markets, such as Essene in Queen Village, have long served up a frozen banana custard that is literally just that: a soft serve-like sweet with one ingredient, frozen bananas.
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