November 14, 2011 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a simple act, really, one that Ledjan Qato performed dozens of times in the corner of a spacious engineering lab at Villanova University. Again and again, he lifted a 14.5-pound weight more than four feet in the air and dropped it - BANG! - on a series of metal tubes. Again and again, they were crushed by the impact. Some, however, were crushed less than others, and therein lay the rudimentary beginnings of a project to protect U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
November 11, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
State College Borough police stepped up patrols Thursday night, vowing to crack down swiftly if Pennsylvania State University students riot again as they did Wednesday night after the firing of fabled football coach Joe Paterno. "The behavior of last night is not going to be tolerated," Police Capt. John Gardner told reporters at an afternoon briefing. "Each time they up the ante, we're going to up the ante too. . . . Wanton destruction of property is not acceptable. " About 10 p.m. Wednesday, a crowd estimated at more than 4,000 converged on downtown State College.
October 7, 2011 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, 215-854-4225
HAVE YOU EVER had a complaint against a police officer and not known what to do? Have you ever filed a complaint against an officer and felt that it went nowhere? City residents who want to know more about how the process of formally complaining about police works - from how to file one to how they are investigated - are urged to attend one of six community forums this month hosted by Internal Affairs. Stephen Johnson Sr., deputy commissioner of the Office of Professional Responsibility, said the forums are intended to explain the complaint process to the public and illustrate the department's commitment to transparency.
September 25, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Lately Jonah Hill, the potty-mouthed teddy bear of Superbad , resembles a stuffed animal that's lost its stuffing and gained muscle tone. Did Hill shed those pounds by running the bases on the set of Moneyball ? In the movie that opened Friday he is Peter Brand, statistics wonk, a composite of all the real-life wonks who helped Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) spot baseball players with high on-base percentages and low salaries. Baseball, however, is not responsible for Hill's newly slim silhouette.
September 15, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
A LAWSUIT by a nanny and a chauffeur against Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife has ended with a judge's written ruling confirming her previous oral decision that the employees failed to prove their claims of mistreatment. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy Hogue had nothing but praise for Simon's former Miss Universe wife, Bui , and said the couple were extremely generous and kind to their employees. The nanny, Claudia Leite , claimed she was fired because she became pregnant.
August 10, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sports complex will be crawling with fans this week, so SEPTA is stepping up service on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines. The traffic shouldn't be out of control, though, because each night has only one sports event. No concerts are scheduled at the Wells Fargo Center until an American Idol tour rolls in next week. Cars heading to the Shore, though, could compete with Phillies fans before Friday night's game. Here's the rundown: Soccer tonight. At 9 p.m., the United States' men's soccer team takes on Mexico at Lincoln Financial Field.
July 21, 2011
_ "Take 4 Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes, roughly chopped . . . " How could a recipe that starts out like this turn out anything but delicious? Find out for yourself at , a new page that shares local restaurants' recipes using Tasty products. And yes, the swoon-inducing Cake Shake served at Square Burger, in Franklin Square, is among them. _ Read no further if you're still trying to maintain your beach-bod resolve. Because if Tastykake shakes weren't enough, the Cooking Channel, celebrating its first birthday, will roll its Frozen Treat Truck Tour 2011 up to Reading Terminal Market from noon-5 p.m. Wednesday.
July 3, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The recipe for Jim's Jarhead Jerky is hush-hush, but the patriotism packed into every pound of this distinctive dried beef snack is no secret. Jim Ewen and his wife, Joette, started making and shipping beef jerky to frontline American troops in 2009 after their son-in-law, Tim Missel, shared his care package with fellow Marines in Iraq. "Everybody wanted more . . . even guys who didn't like beef jerky," recalls Tim, now 24 and home safe in Medford. "Sometimes it served as two or three meals in a row for me . . . rather than the MREs," or meals ready to eat. "I like to cook as a hobby, but I had never done jerky, so I started trial and error," explains Jim, a 57-year-old transportation company executive and a Marine Corps veteran.
June 24, 2011 | By JASON NARK, 215-854-5916
THE STANDOFF took place outside a slaughterhouse, and the air hung heavy and hot with the stench of livestock. On one end was a vegan, a woman who believes that the worldwide slaughter of animals for human consumption is akin to a "holocaust. " Across from her was a young man dressed in black, an employee of the Madina Live Poultry Co., in Upper Darby, who said that "animals were put on earth for us. " The vegan, and other animal activists, had come for a cow, the one that momentarily escaped the slaughterhouse Saturday night only to be captured after ramming a police cruiser.
June 23, 2011 | By Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune
Filet mignon is one of the tenderest and easiest cuts of beef to cook. Too bad it's also one of the priciest. Get the most beefy bang for your buck by serving this cut with a sauce that adds flavor, color, and texture. Here are three sauce recipes. All are easy to make, so don't feel you're stuck with serving one sauce at a time. Remember how half the fun of an old-fashioned beef fondue was having a variety of sauces on the table to dip your cooked meat into. Offer one, two, three (or more!
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