February 21, 2014 |
Was it the pistachios? The Muppets in the Toyota? The Cheerios girl angling for a puppy? You may think you know which Super Bowl ad you liked most. But through the efforts of Temple University scholars and a company called Innerscope Research, the picture has been clarified with the tools of hard science. As it has done for several years, Boston-based Innerscope measured certain physiological characteristics of people watching the much-ballyhooed commercials, including heart rates and breathing patterns.
July 6, 2013
By John R. Lott Jr. and Brad Thor July Fourth might be the day we celebrate freedom, but can America still truly be called the land of the free? Even for something as basic as our health care, we need government approval. We can't buy 75-watt or above incandescent bulbs. Our children face disciplinary action for playing with imaginary guns. Don't think we're drowning in regulations and government overreach? Try setting up a small business. But as crazy as these examples are, the list goes on: As our government collects data on whom we call, how long we talk, and where we are when we do our talking, can America still be classified as free?
January 7, 2013 |
Tea, anyone? Actually, by the time Sunday night's Downton Abbey return is over, you may be wanting something a good deal stiffer. Maybe one of those newfangled "cocktails" that are all the rage in the spring of 1920 as the third season of this British delicacy begins. What's all this, then? Trouble in Yorkshire? Indubitably. Both in the drawing room and in the scullery. When last we visited the Crawleys, Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) were joyously celebrating their betrothal in a shimmering snowstorm.
October 12, 2011 |
The seventh day of Occupy Philadelphia got off to a quiet start, with rain falling lightly on the more than 100 still zipped-up tents. But keeping protesters inside, as rush-hour traffic was splashing by, wasn't the weather so much as the need for sleep. The mini-city was alive late into the night with socializing and social-policy discussions, said Adam Hill, 28, a self-styled "failing independent contractor" from Norristown. "A lot of new people showed up," said Hill, who arrived himself last evening and didn't crash until about 4 a.m. That's about when the tent next to him went up, at the southwest corner of City Hall's Dilworth Plaza.
September 22, 2011 |
For a kid who gets decent grades and is headed to college next year, my 17-year-old son can be a knucklehead about breakfast. If something isn't at his fingertips as he stumbles out the door on his way to an early morning football practice, he'll go without. And it shows - not only on the field, but in the classroom. You don't have to graduate summa cum laude to understand the value of a healthy breakfast, but try telling that to high school and college warriors, running through life juggling academics, sports, activities, and stress.
May 12, 2011
I am young, I tell myself, and anecdotally, this appears to be true. I can't drive. I care too much about basketball. I eat plain Cheerios by the pound. On my better days, tucked securely within the confines of my university's campus, such quirks register as endearing character traits. Matt, the lifelong city kid who never had a car, ducks away to check box scores on his phone, keeps six big yellow cereal boxes in his room at all times. What a character! That all changes this weekend when, after so many years of school - 17, actually - they hand me a diploma and kick me to the curb.
March 24, 2011
NEW YORK - General Mills Inc.'s net income rose 18 percent in the fiscal third quarter, driven by the sale of more snacks and strength abroad. The maker of Nature Valley snack bars and Cheerios cereal has started to raise prices for some of its products over the past few months to cope with rising ingredient costs. It expects price increases will accelerate during the current fiscal fourth quarter. -Associated Press
July 15, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Eddie Murphy; Jason Lewis; American Idol castoff Casey James. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Updates on past guests, including a woman who lost 175 pounds and a transgender teen. Glee (8 p.m., Fox29) - Plotting to divide and conquer, Sue tries to cause dissension among members of the glee club by forcing the students to compete against one another, then goes ballistic when Will flunks most of the Cheerios in his Spanish class.
April 22, 2010 |
There are moments when being a parent seems a bit like being a walking snack machine. From a toddler's first fistfuls of Cheerios to a tween's after-school foraging, modern American children are on the receiving end of a steady stream of food - much of it unhealthful and potentially contributing to childhood obesity. Snacking has become such a problem that a recently published study found that young Americans' relationship with eating is becoming "dysregulated, as our children are moving toward constant eating.
August 20, 2009 |
Howard Eskin, the sports broadcaster who is often a target of Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's barbs, set the tone of Stu's 19th annual Candidates Comedy Night last night with - what else? - a joke: "This is a night when politicians show their sense of humor by telling us jokes, and we show ours by electing them to office. " The lighthearted charity event at Finnigan's Wake, 3rd and Spring Garden streets, had local politicians parading to the mike to make funny with professional comedian Joe Conklin.