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BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sunday dumped a snowfall no one was expecting. Tuesday brought a batch everyone knew was coming. But both bursts had the same effect: draining dollars out of the one sector for which every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a big deal - retailing. The snowstorms emptied shopping centers and malls on two days of an already shortened 26-day shopping season, thanks to this year's unusually late Thanksgiving. The one-two punch meant stores in one of the nation's most populated metro areas cut staff hours, extended sales in some cases, or redeployed idle workers to stock shelves during the lull, while snowplows cleared lots so shoppers might eventually rush back to play catchup.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2013 | Reprinted from Wednesday's editions. By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
A Christmas story about a mother long estranged from her parents, about her son who doesn't even know his grandma and grandpa, about hard times and near crimes, Black Nativity offers a whopping serving of Yuletide emotion. And it's a musical - with plenty of wailing and rapping on the side. Inspired by Langston Hughes' play of the same name, filmmaker Kasi Lemmons centers her tale on a moody teen, Langston (R&B star Jacob Latimore), who lives with his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson)
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Steve and Mia
Q: No matter what I do in bed, my girlfriend's never satisfied. I've tried all kinds of stuff. She just lays there looking bored afterward. Sometimes, she even reaches for a vibrator. I've tried talking with her about it, but nothing works. Before we moved in together, we couldn't keep our hands off one another. We did it a couple times a week. Now when we have sex, it's like she's doing me a favor. Then she reaches for that thing again. It's not like I'm one of those guys who just takes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Ryan, who grew up in North Wales, became friends with Dana's cousin, Chris, in their North Penn High School days. Chris sometimes mentioned his cousin to his buddy, and his buddy to his cousin. "We knew of each other, but we never really met," said Dana, who lived in Abington. After high school, Chris started hosting a Christmas Eve get-together. In fall 2003, when he was 25, Chris and three friends died in a car accident. His mother - Dana's Aunt Mary Ellen - continued the Christmas Eve party.
NEWS
May 5, 2013
Robert W. Patterson served as a welfare adviser in the Corbett administration When Philadelphia Magazine compiled 76 reasons "Why We Love Philly" in December, the editors placed Tenth Presbyterian Church's Christmas Eve service in the 23d spot. "The spine-tingling, haunting sound of the congregants' collective a cappella 'Silent Night,' " the monthly observed, "is as serene and unifying as . . . Christmas. You feel chills, and not from the night air. " Yet, just as Philadelphia gets lost in the shadows of New York and Washington, the historic church that graces the southwest corner of 17th and Spruce Streets rarely competes in the media's estimation with such better-known Protestant houses of worship as Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, the popular Southern California megachurch, and Riverside Church of Manhattan, the iconic cathedral of liberal Protestants founded by John D. Rockefeller.
FOOD
April 4, 2013
Cedar Park Cafe was a pillar to those around 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia, with hearty, budget-priced breakfasts and lunches and cheery service. But a Christmas Eve fire forced it out of Cedar Park. Last month, it resurfaced with the same food and the same name in lovely, more spacious quarters near the Overbrook train station. Pay particular attention to the fluffy, veggie egg-white omelets ($6.95). - Michael Klein Cedar Park Cafe, 2035 N. 63d St., 267-292-2715.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg News
Netflix Inc., the world's biggest video-streaming service, said access to its movies and television shows was restored after a disruption caused by Amazon.com Inc.'s Web storage and computing system. Many customers in the Americas weren't able to access content online Monday from around 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia time until late Christmas Eve, according to Joris Evers, a spokesman for Netflix. The blockage was caused by issues with Amazon Web Services, a business hosted on the Internet that's separate from the online retail store, he said.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Brock Vergakis and Stephen Singer, Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Newtown celebrated Christmas amid piles of snow-covered teddy bears, long lines of stockings, and heaps of flowers as volunteers manned a 24-hour candlelight vigil in memory of the 20 children and six educators gunned down at an elementary school just 11 days before the holiday. Well-wishers from around the country showed up Christmas morning to hang ornaments on a series of memorial Christmas trees while police officers from around the state took extra shifts to direct traffic, patrol the town, and give police here a break.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Candice Choi and Mae Anderson, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Shoppers who waited until the final days before Christmas were rewarded with big bargains and thinner crowds. But their strategic deal-hunting reflects why stores may not ring up the sales they want for the season. Although fresh data on the holiday shopping season won't be out until after Christmas, analysts expect growth from last year to be relatively modest. Several factors have dampened shoppers' spirits, including fears that the economy could fall off the "fiscal cliff," triggering tax increases and spending cuts early next year.
NEWS
December 26, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
All Anton Mahne's wife wanted for Christmas was a Pandora bracelet. That, and to walk again. "I can't do anything about that," Mahne said of his wife's disability, the result of a stroke she suffered after giving birth to their daughter 18 months ago. But at 8 a.m. Christmas Eve, the Cherry Hill radiologist was among the first in line at the Pandora jewelry store at Cherry Hill Mall. Yes, in line, with several other flinty holiday shoppers making a mad dash for gifts.
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