August 24, 2015 |
The mother of one of the three men accused of kidnapping and torturing a Jewelers Row employee in April testified Monday at a bail hearing that her son was coloring Easter eggs on the day of the violent abduction. "He was with his baby mom, and they were home making eggs for Easter," testified Lolita Tucker. "That's what they were supposed to do. Dyeing eggs for Easter. " Tucker is the mother of Basil Buie, 23, one of the three men accused of kidnapping a then-53-year-old woman who worked at the National Watch and Diamond Exchange store at 8th and Chestnut streets in Center City on April 4 - the day before Easter Sunday.
August 10, 2015 |
The women drifted around the cloth-draped, candlelit tables, cradling glasses of wine and nibbling on cheese cubes. Some, in suits and heels, had arrived directly from work; others, in stylish workout gear, had already been to the gym. Their chatter muffled sounds of the trendy Rittenhouse Square restaurant downstairs. Then the PowerPoint image flashed up. "This is an egg," reproductive endocrinologist Maureen Kelly told the dozen women, now listening intently. The screen showed a human oocyte, the star of this unlikely happy hour on egg freezing for women who want children, but not right now. Sprouting up all over the country, such events have been praised for offering important information and criticized as marketing schemes targeting a vulnerable demographic, women all too aware of their ticking biological clocks.
August 3, 2015 |
Haddon Township may soon find out whether chickens make good neighbors. The densely developed Camden County suburb is considering a pilot program to allow up to 25 households to each raise up to four hens (no roosters allowed). Participants would have to obtain a $10 license and attend a chicken-raising class. Those who violate sanitary or other township regulations would risk fines of up to $1,250. An advisory board of five members, to be appointed by the township commission, would oversee the yearlong test; an ordinance to launch the program is set for a public hearing and a final vote Aug. 25. "The pilot is our chance to show the town their fears are unwarranted," says Gwenne Baile, a retired nurse and longtime advocate of backyard chickens.
July 7, 2015 |
EPHRATA, Pa. - Here in the heart of Lancaster County, where the Shell station proudly boasts "We have worms," and the dark rolling earth turns green with corn, soybean, or tobacco crops, the chicken egg is king. "We are the No. 1 county for egg production in the U.S.," says Paul Sauder, 64, a third-generation egg producer, who has seen the boom and bust times since he was a boy working with his grandfather selling eggs, chickens, and produce door-to-door in Philadelphia. "We have more chickens producing eggs in Lancaster County than in any other county in the United States.
June 4, 2015
YIKES! Bathing suit season is here! That's right, Memorial Day was the unofficial start of Summer Slim-Down 2015. But don't worry if you've skipped a few workouts or overindulged a little during the bone-chilling winter. The good news is, it's not too late, and it is never too late, to adopt a healthier lifestyle and shed a few excess pounds. So, this year, don't dread the summer. Instead, embrace it, along with the bathing suits, shorts, sundresses and sleeveless tops. The key to success is not to worry about where you are, but to focus on your target.
May 11, 2015 |
Just one in five retirement-age Americans is able to pass a basic test on how to make a nest egg last through retirement, if the results of a recent survey are any indication. For example, the "4 percent rule" - considered a conventionally safe rate of withdrawal from your retirement funds - is a mystery to seven in 10 Americans, the survey conducted by the American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr suggests. Sixteen percent of respondents said it was safe to withdraw 6 percent or even 8 percent of their retirement money per year, the survey found.
April 20, 2015 |
CANCUN, Mexico - For most sea turtles, crawling onto the beach at night to lay eggs is a risky proposition. Out of the water, they are achingly slow, ungainly . . . and vulnerable. But in tourist meccas where hotel sprawl has rendered the coastline a virtual Monopoly board of development with 24/7 hubbub, the annual trek onto the sand becomes all the more treacherous. Tourists, cameras in hand, camp out for a look at these massive tortugas, or worse, try to pet them or pose for pictures with them.
April 17, 2015 |
The most rewarding part of teaching kids to cook is watching them progress. They not only build very practical skills in the kitchen - learning how to hold a knife, chop onions, peel carrots, sauté and roast - they also learn to keep an open mind. They learn to be willing to try something new. And they are often surprised at how much they enjoy things they never thought they would. Two weeks ago, when we were making honey mustard chicken wings with eighth graders at Roberto Clemente Middle School, Emily Gonzalez lamented: "I don't like mustard, can I have mine plain?"
April 17, 2015 |
IN WHAT could turn out to be a real "Modern Family," Nick Loeb , the ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara , is suing the Colombian bombshell to prevent her from destroying the fertilized eggs they created when they were a couple, TMZ.com reports. Loeb, it seems, still wants to have her baby. Is this going to be another Diane Sawyer interview? According to TMZ, Loeb claims that he and Sofia made a contract nearly two years ago in which they agreed to attempt to have children by means of in vitro fertilization.
April 4, 2015 |
This weekend welcomes two holidays. There will be Easter eggs and candy for some, seders and matzo for others, as Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jews begin their eight-day observance of Passover at sundown Friday. Easter If you're celebrating Easter, here are a few places where you can hop on down the bunny trail. Let the great egg hunt begin! Stenton Easter Egg Hunt. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Search for eggs and chocolates at the colonial home of William Penn's secretary James Logan.