February 23, 2012
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The biggest drawback in traveling with a pack of beer fanatics on a pilgrimage to Belgium is that they take the term liquid bread too seriously. True, this is the land where the phrase was coined by brewing monks who drank their yeasty treasures as sustenance while fasting. But this Philly Beer Week crew is following that holy example to an unexpectedly impressive degree, as visits from one fantastic brewery to the next blend with one must-see, back-alley, Renaissance-era tavern after the other with nary a mention of lunch.
October 23, 2011 |
Question: I've been haggling with Travelocity for almost three months about a flight, and I need your help. I recently booked flights from Newark, N.J., to Madrid via Continental Airlines and on to my final destination of Barcelona, Spain, via Iberia. The outbound trip was completed without issue, although I had to claim my baggage in Madrid, go through customs, and go back through the ticketing counter to get my second boarding pass. Unfortunately, the return trip through Brussels was less successful.
December 24, 1999 |
Eva H. Gelernter, 61, a survivor of the horrors of Nazi occupation who went on to become a social worker after reaching the United States, died Wednesday of colon cancer at Keystone Hospice House in Wyndmoor. Before requiring hospice care a few weeks ago, Ms. Gelernter had been a longtime resident of Center City. Born in Brussels in 1938, Ms. Gelernter escaped the Nazi police state in Belgium with her family, crossing into France in 1942 before reaching America in 1951. They first settled in Chicago, but within a short time moved to Philadelphia.
November 13, 1994 |
A dead heat, down to the wire. Once again, the European Union is living on the edge. Today, the 12-member alliance of Western European states will try to take a big step toward fulfilling its grand ambition to conquer the continent by democratic means. Sweden, the most pivotal Scandinavian nation, will decide in a referendum whether to be part of a unified Europe. A thumbs-up vote would make it easier for its nervous Nordic neighbors, Finland and Norway, to follow suit. Along with Austria, which voted to join the EU last spring, the Scandinavian countries would increase the roster to 16. And it would pave the way for the most ambitious expansion of all: pulling in the nascent democracies of central and Eastern Europe, binding them to a peaceful future with the West.
June 25, 2010
A Vienna court backs American VIENNA - An Austrian judge sent a case involving allegations of police brutality by a black American to a higher court, saying the matter was too serious to be handled by her district court. After a day of testimony from both sides and an expert witness, Judge Margaretha Richter said the case needed to go to a provincial court. She said that based on the testimony, the undercover officer acted improperly in tackling 36-year-old Mike Brennan to the ground in a Vienna subway station on Feb. 11, 2009, severely injuring him. Police said they mistook Brennan for a drug dealer they were looking for. Brennan, a teacher at the Vienna International School, welcomed the judge's decision and remarks, saying they sent a message.
March 9, 2012 |
The University City Science Center is designed to serve as a business incubator, sometimes serving as a landing spot for small foreign firms starting in America. But the incubation can work the other way, as it did Thursday, when officials from the Wallonia region of Belgium explained to a small gathering of executives the basics of how they might one day expand their health-care businesses to that slice of Europe. "When you enter the European Union market, it is very important to know where to start," Franck Toussaint, a partner with Biologistics Consulting, told the group.
October 27, 2011
YOU KNOW those Belgian lambics that are all the rage these days? Beer fans rhapsodize about their complex character, their funky aroma, their tart flavor produced through the vagaries of spontaneous fermentation. The brewers who make them are worshipped as artisans, and bottles valued at $30 or more are collected and traded. It's worth noting, though, that lambic wasn't always so beloved. As recently as 25 years ago, Belgian lambic was largely regarded as beer gone bad. The French, in particular, often raised their Gallic noses in disdain at the barrels from the north, complaining about their unusual flavor.
February 5, 1991 |
John McEnroe, winner of four straight U.S. Pro Indoor tournaments in the 1980s, said yesterday that he had accepted a wild card into this year's tournament. The $1 million U.S. Pro Indoor, which begins Monday at the Spectrum, already includes Australian Open finalist Ivan Lendl, defending U.S. Open and Pro Indoor champion Pete Sampras, and John's brother Patrick McEnroe, a surprise semifinalist last month at the Australian Open. The tournament also will feature Americans Tim Mayotte, Brad Gilbert, Jay Berger, David Wheaton and Jim Courier.
January 23, 1994 |
WORKING FEVERISHLY TO KEEP FORCES OF NATURE OFF BALANCE As temperatures hovered in single digits last week, officials in New York's Westchester County scrambled to find heaters - to keep their air conditioners running. Yes, it sounds like the worst-case scenario for government inefficiency. But it wasn't - it was just the best way to keep the county's massive computer system from crashing because of bizarre circumstances created by the cold. The heaters were under a tent on the roof of the county office building Thursday, keeping the air conditioners from freezing up. Without the air conditioners, the computer system would overheat, crash and cause chaos.
July 14, 1995 |
Anne J. Turner, 40, an economist and homemaker, died Thursday at her home in Villanova after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Mrs. Turner was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and grew up in the village of Erps-Kwerps, outside Brussels. In 1977, she graduated with honors from the University of Louvain in Belgium with a degree in economics. She was first employed by SOBEMAP, S.A., an insurance organization in Brussels. In 1981, she went to work for the Banque of Belgium in its London office.