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.
April 30, 1991 |
Like folks all over Europe, the people of Britain have long been unsure precisely what the coming of the single, 12-nation European market at the end of next year may mean to them. Now they know. No more "prawn cocktail"-flavored potato chips. This most unnatural of food items, the third-most-popular snack in Britain, is targeted for elimination throughout the European market in a directive issued from Brussels by the European Community's department for industry. The directive in question, designed to limit the use of artificial sweeteners, prohibits their use after January 1993 except in a list of specified foods.
October 12, 1987 |
Six Philadelphia defense lawyers, a federal prosecutor and two Drug Enforcement Administration agents will be spending at least a week in Belgium next month, all courtesy of Uncle Sam. The entourage is going to the U.S. Embassy in Brussels to take depositions from 10 European witnesses. Federal prosecutors say they need the depositions to make an important part of the case against reputed mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and 27 others charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiring to possess and distribute phenyl-2-propanone, or P2P, which is used to manufacture meth.
April 18, 1993 |
Joab Thomas, president of Pennsylvania State University, and James McCormick, Pennsylvania's chancellor of higher education, will discuss the need for a qualified workforce at the Eye-opener Breakfast of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry on April 28 at 7:44 a.m. at J&J Caterers in Exton. Madeleine Wing Adler, president of West Chester University, will moderate. The cost of the breakfast is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For information, call 436-7696.
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.
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.
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.