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October 2, 2011
A scrumptious blog from a couple traveling around the world with their mouths and their minds wide open. Name: TheRoadForks.com What it does: Joins beautiful photography with first-person travel stories and advice. Akila and Patrick McConnell have created a site that is one part cooking class, one part art show, two parts tour guide, and three parts addictive. What's hot: You don't feel as if you're reading about an old trip. The vibrancy of TheRoadForks brings you right to their table whether the trip was in 2007 or last week.
NEWS
January 6, 2005 | By Crispin Sartwell
When a word is new, it is rich with meaning, capable of helping your mind gravitate toward something real. But meanings also decay. The thinking that a word occasions is the meaning of that word. So meanings are messy, shifting, volatile, pointed or dull, gathering or dissolving. Let's think along these lines about one of our most fashionable words ("blog") and one of our most venerable ("freedom"). People still occasionally ask me what a blog is, meaning that they want a simple definition of the word, which was apparently the most looked-up term of 2004.
NEWS
March 17, 2012
Camden charters alarming to some on school board Camden Flow Claudia Vargas' blog about Camden City http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/camden_flow/ The likely influx of charter schools to the Camden School District in September has some school board members worried. At Wednesday night's budget meeting (yes, another one), a few members complained about the increase in charter schools taking away money from the district schools. The board is predicting that $56.5 million of the school's $314 million budget will go to fund the city's charter schools in 2012-13, compared with $43 million this year.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Philadelphia has a new humanity. Not among people. On a blog: "Humans of Philadelphia. " On one level, it's a copycat cousin of the wildly popular "Humans of New York," a series of street portraits in which city dwellers candidly answer probing, personal questions: What was the saddest moment of your life? What one piece of advice would you give to a large group of people? What's your greatest struggle right now? But "Humans of Philadelphia," by amateur photographer Chuck Putnam, offers a different angle.
NEWS
February 9, 2012
A blog item posted Tuesday about Bart Blatstein's intention to make a bid for the Daily News ' owner, Philadelphia Media Network, was pulled down from Philly.com by company management. PMN spokesman Mark Block said he had been concerned that the news release referenced in the post to Philly Clout by reporter David Gambacorta "could be construed as more than it was, by creating the impression that Blatstein and his partners were in negotiations for the purchase of Philadelphia Media Network.
NEWS
January 25, 2006 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Plymouth Community Ambulance, already under investigation for questionable spending, is dealing with another problem - an employee whose Web log got her fired. John Durante, acting president of the ambulance's board of directors, said yesterday that the employee was fired Jan. 13 for misuse of a computer and "inappropriate comments" about emergency victims on her blog. Durante declined to identify the former employee other than to say she was a female paramedic. Durante said he had not seen the photos and text on the woman's blog.
NEWS
May 30, 2007 | By Richard Mark Kirkner
One town's meager Web space was cluttered with criticisms and kudos - and lots of disparaging comments aimed at local personalities - after a local blogger was outed as a Town Council member last month. Many of these posts have been exercises in poor Web etiquette, particularly in a small town. The acerbic blogger was anonymous until a local developer identified him as Kendrick Buckwalter, an otherwise mild-mannered Phoenixville councilman. Buckwalter owned up, but not before his heretofore anonymous posts had derided the council president as a "king" and accused the executive director of the Phoenixville Main Street program of engaging in "double speak.
SPORTS
March 11, 2009
McNabb, you are the best QB. We love you here in Philly, and I totally agree that you should get more weapons. I hope the Eagles can get some moves so you can have more weapons and win our first Super Bowl!!! Number 5, you're the best thing to have ever happen to Philly. We want you to be an Eagle for life. - http://www.yard barker.com (comment from Donovan McNabb's blog) Yeah, Donovan. Please don't pay no attention to the haters. YOU are the best QB in the history of the Eagles.
NEWS
June 23, 2012
A Central Bucks School District teacher who was suspended from her job last year for a blog in which she called students "disengaged, lazy whiners" filed a First Amendment lawsuit Friday against the district. Natalie Munroe contends the Central Bucks superintendent and her principal violated her free-speech rights by "harassing and retaliating against her" over the blog, the Doylestown Intelligencer reported. She returned to the classroom. But the lawsuit says she has since been subjected to "ridiculous and overly critical evaluations.
NEWS
February 11, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
She wished in her personal blog that she could call students "ratlike," "frightfully dim," or "dunderheads" on their report cards. But administrators at Central Bucks High School East wish she had never said anything at all. Principal Abram Lucabaugh assured students at an assembly Thursday that the blog posts English teacher Natalie Munroe made did not reflect the attitude of the school's faculty. "The sentiments are in no way representative of how we feel about our students or how the teachers and faculty feel about them," he said.
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BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, Staff Writer
He came, touted his blog, and riffed on the intricacies of negative interest rates. The Wharton School on Wednesday evening hosted former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who sat for an hour-long Q&A with finance professor Jeremy Siegel before a packed house at the Annenberg Center. Bernanke was promoting his new book, The Courage to Act (W.W. Norton, 2015). While his remarks were off the record, on Thursday, Siegel gave a brief overview of key points covered during the talk, attended by Wharton VIPs and hundreds of students.
NEWS
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NEWS
September 6, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Bucks County high school teacher who was fired after profanely blogging about her "utterly loathsome" and "frightfully dim" students cannot sue the Central Bucks School District for violating her right to free speech, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the disruption that Natalie Munroe caused at school with her online writings outweighed her claim that the First Amendment should have protected her from losing her job. "When a teacher's derogatory comments about his or her students cause numerous parents to tell the school district that they 'don't want her as my child's teacher,' it is appropriate to conclude that his or her speech impedes the performance of the speaker's duties as a teacher," wrote Judge Robert Cowen.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez entered their ninth year of blogging at tomandlorenzo.com by trying something new: a podcast. The Philly celebrity-fashion writers have cultivated a devout following - referred to as "bitter kittens" - by critiquing celebrity fashion. They also love TV, taking time to talk about whatever they're watching. Fitzgerald and Marquez have been together for 19 years and made it official when Pennsylvania legalized gay marriage. That's quite evident in the podcast, in which they lovingly banter back and forth in their Old City loft.
NEWS
January 19, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Deirdre Giumetti, a.k.a. Yummygal, is behind the wheel of her Buick Enclave, heading east from her home in Woodstown. "I love this," she says, as Route 40 unfurls across the rolling Salem County landscape under a gauzy winter sky. "It's a different world down here. " We're on our way to Daretown Lake in Upper Pittsgrove, a favorite among "Yummygal's South Jersey Adventures. " That's the title of Giumetti's Facebook page, where thousands of visitors click and comment on her eclectic, entertaining, and enlightening posts about the Garden State's better half.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A PILE OF spareribs and turkey bones sits on Stephen Danley's otherwise empty plate in a Camden soul-food restaurant, and on his way up for seconds he also gets his second hug of the afternoon. The warm greetings that Danley receives at Corrine's Place on Haddon Avenue are an indication that the 6-foot-9 former power forward on the University of Pennsylvania basketball team isn't just studying Camden as an assistant professor of public policy at Rutgers-Camden. Danley's living it. "I decided I was going to really get to know Camden, block by block.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Friends unfailingly describe Eileen McDonnell, a retired public school speech and hearing therapist, as "quiet" and "reserved. " Except when the conversation turns to nature. Watch her eyes widen and her speech grow animated! "She effervesces," says Andrea V. McCabe, development director at Foulkeways at Gwynedd, the Quaker-affiliated continuing-care retirement community in Montgomery County. McDonnell, 83, formerly of Harleysville, has lived at Foulkeways for a decade, and from Day 1 she's been "effervescing" about the place, trying to boost awareness of the 110-acre campus' flora and fauna.
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Bucks County high school teacher who claimed she was fired for disparaging students as "frightfully dim," "utterly loathsome," and "whiny" in an online blog can't sue the district for violating her right to free speech, a federal judge has ruled. English teacher Natalie Munroe sued Central Bucks in 2012, contending her blog was protected speech because she wrote it as a private citizen. But in a Friday ruling that blocked the lawsuit from going to trial, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe wrote that the blog failed a long-standing legal test that weighs a teacher's right to free speech against the disruption the statements cause at a school.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The hawk that captivated area bird lovers by winning the heart of a red-tailed female and moving into her nest on a ledge of the Franklin Institute has apparently died. Known as "T2" by the hawk fans who monitored its movements via the Franklin Institute Hawk Nest camera, the male hawk, or tiercel, was last seen last Sunday, according to Della Micah, who runs a "Hawkwatch" blog dedicated to the birds. Then, early last week, Amtrak workers found the body of a hawk on some train tracks near 30th Street Station.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
By now, 2013 has been widely eulogized as the year of the selfie - the year when, it appears, our collective vanity finally surpassed our sense of shame. But for Danielle Audain, who regularly hits the streets of Fishtown and Northern Liberties armed with a camera, tripod, and remote, selfies are just a practical necessity. That's because Audain runs a personal-style blog, a genre devoted to showcasing, through several photo shoots per week, her every outfit and accessory itemized.
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