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!
June 8, 2011 | By MARK KRAM,
WESTMINSTER, Md. - Steve and Mandy Dunne have a lovely home, full of suburban charm. They have a 3-year-old son, Ryan, and another son on the way in August. Steve is a passionate Philadelphia sports fan, which you can surmise easily enough by the two flags hanging over his driveway - one for the Phillies, the other for the Flyers - and the shrine he has set up in his cozy basement hideaway to display the Philadelphia sports memorabilia he has collected through the years. But if you truly want to know how off-the-charts crazy he is when it comes to Philly sports, get him to go digging in his freezer.
May 19, 2011 | by Bill Fleischman
WHEN NASCAR teams and fans arrive at Pocono Raceway for the June 12 Sprint Cup race, they'll see major safety improvements. SAFER barriers have been installed on the infield side from Turn 1 to Turn 2 (over the tunnel), and from Turn 2 to the exit of Turn 3. Pocono president Brandon Igdalsky said Tuesday more than 5,000 feet of the crash-absorbing barriers are in place. Pocono previously installed the barriers on the outer walls of all three turns at the 2.5-mile track.
April 26, 2011
In the Region Area jobless rates continue decline The Philadelphia area's unemployment rate fell in March by 0.3 of a percentage point to 8.2 percent, the fourth straight monthly decline, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry reported. Local employers added 3,200 jobs, while the number of unemployed people dropped by 8,300. The region consists of the immediate eight-county Philadelphia area, plus Salem County, N.J.; New Castle County, Del.; and Cecil County, Md. - Paul Schweizer Del. Judge Chandler stepping down Delaware Chancery Court Chief Judge William B. Chandler III, who oversaw challenges to the Walt Disney Co. and Hewlett-Packard Co. boards as head of one of the most important U.S. business litigation courts, is stepping down.
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