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FOOD
August 29, 2014 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
If it smells kind of scorched around here, it's probably not the errant crumbs in your toaster oven. More likely it's the wafting scent of all the fire-scarred foods coming out of local restaurants: Charred salad greens, charred squids and octopi, charred slices of bread with charred vegetable spreads. And there's no escaping the avalanche of charred brussels sprouts. "The trend we're seeing is open-flame cooking. Whether it's wood-burning ovens, charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, or simple gas ranges, cooks are really experimenting with fire," says Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink.
SPORTS
August 27, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO, for Matt Rhule's coaching debut, Temple's football team opened at Notre Dame. Enough said. This time the Owls will start Thursday night at Vanderbilt, which has a new coach in former Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. It's the first game on the SEC Network. While nothing else is South Bend, this one's a bigger deal than many. The Owls also closed last season in Tennessee, with a win at Memphis. Trouble was, that was their second victory. They haven't played an SEC opponent since 2002 (42-21 loss at South Carolina)
SPORTS
August 23, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Ryan Howard arrived in Williamsport on Thursday morning, flying into the quaint Central Pennsylvania town on a private plane. The Phillies first baseman spent the early part of the day at the Little League World Series, meeting each of the tournament's 16 teams. And one of the tournaments players - Taney slugger Zion Spearman - issued Howard a challenge. "He challenged me to a home run derby," Howard said. "I had to stand my ground on him a little bit. " Howard asked North Philadelphia's Spearman if he wanted to have the contest at Citizens Bank Park or a Little League field.
NEWS
August 20, 2014
NOW THAT the fundraising gimmick for Lou Gehrig's disease involving people dumping ice water on their heads has gone viral, similar causes around the country are wondering how they can capitalize on the idea for their own benefit. Frankly, we are not big fans of the "ice bucket challenge" that comprised about 80 percent of our Facebook feed this weekend. The idea works like this: Someone challenges you, you have the option of pouring a bucket of ice water over your head or writing a $100 check to the ALS Association.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As Atlantic City braces for a wave of casino closings expected to put more than 6,000 out of work, Gov. Christie, who once prophesied a promising future for the Shore resort, is again contemplating how to steer the city away from its woes. Over the last four years, the governor pushed for change in Atlantic City, including the completion of the lavish Revel Casino Hotel, which last week became the fourth casino to announce its closure this year. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in bankruptcy court.
SPORTS
August 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - There will come a point, Ryne Sandberg said, when the Phillies manager can discuss a playing-time strategy with his boss, Ruben Amaro Jr. At least, that is what Sandberg expects. The Phillies entered Friday on pace for 71 wins; their odds at a postseason berth were calculated at 0.2 percent, according to FanGraphs.com, but not small enough to force Amaro into a conversation about the future. "Not yet," Sandberg said. He laughed. "So the challenge continues. " The manager's position is not an enviable one. He must balance expensive contracts with sensitive personalities and executives' wishes.
NEWS
August 17, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
New Jersey's game of high-profile aqua-tag started this week with a video of the New Jersey Devils mascot hoisting an orange cooler of ice water onto team executive Scott O'Neil as the 1990 hit "Ice, Ice Baby" played in the background. O'Neil, who is also CEO of the 76ers, then drafted Gov. Christie for a dousing. From there, it took off: Christie nominated U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), who challenged the mayors of Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, and Camden. The governor also called out Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who brought in company executive Sheryl Sandberg.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania State University's divided board of trustees treated Nittany Lions fans to a rare public debate Wednesday. Trustees voted, 19-8, in favor of a litigation settlement proposal that would bind the state-backed university to "remain committed to full compliance with the Consent Decree" signed with the NCAA in 2012. The deal would uphold the original $60 million payment, management reforms, and football program sanctions that came in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CBS3's Erika von Tiehl didn't even know she makes sounds so high-pitched. Then again, your body does crazy things when you're doused in ice water. Von Tiehl was participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease. She's one of many media stars to take part in the social-media-fueled task. It goes a little something like this: Dump a bucket of icy-cold water on your head, upload a video of the deed to YouTube, nominate three more people to dump ice water on themselves.
SPORTS
August 14, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Throughout the early stages of Eagles training camp, Jeremy Maclin has probably grown accustomed to seeing No. 24 lined up opposite him. But yesterday, instead of teammate Bradley Fletcher, it was a veteran clad in nautical blue and widely regarded as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks, if not the best. For nearly all of his reps during the 11-on-11 portion of the first of three scheduled joint practices with the Patriots, Maclin matched up against Darrelle Revis.
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