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September 5, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
UNDER A BLAZING noontime sun, Philadelphia police Capt. Stephen Glenn and a couple of officers slowly worked their way, one by one, down the row of 11 young fast-food workers and supporters sitting in the normally busy intersection of Broad and Arch streets in Center City. Most of the youthful workers grabbed a microphone and uttered a short statement before the cops read their rights, arrested them, placed them in plastic handcuffs and led them to a waiting bus. "I'm doing this so we can pay our medical bills - we're making history right now," protester Jose Torres said before he was led away.
FOOD
September 5, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Having brought modern Israeli cuisine to Philadelphia at Zahav, Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov are focusing on Jewish cuisine from the rest of the world at the contemporary Abe Fisher , at 1623 Sansom St. (215-867-0088), next to their new hummus shop, Dizengoff. Yehuda Sichel, a Zahav veteran who won great notices when CookNSolo ran the kosher Citron & Rose in Merion Station, is billed as co-chef with Solomonov. The menu of small plates is divided into dishes based on vegetable ($10)
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
IN THE SPIRIT of a 1970s Burger King commercial, low-paid fast-food workers in Philadelphia - and around the nation - say they're more determined than ever to have it their way. Tomorrow, employees not just from Burger King but also from McDonald's, KFC, Popeyes and other iconic fast-food chains seeking a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize hope to stage their largest one-day job action ever - punctuated by sit-ins and other acts of civil...
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MARIE FLETCHER didn't know much about the world. Hers was a sheltered existence, the youngest in the family, protected and spoiled by her older brothers, married at 19, and soon a mother of six and content to be a housewife. Then, it all fell apart. Her marriage broke up and she was suddenly faced with providing for six children as a single mother. What to do? She soon found out what to do, and the courage and determination that would mark the rest of her life came to the fore.
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.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
PETER WOOLSEY should be thankful that acting chops were not a prerequisite when FringeArts came looking for a food guy to run the new restaurant inside its Delaware River headquarters. Aside from appearing in a ninth-grade production of the musical "Gypsy," he doesn't have much experience as a thespian. But that hasn't stopped the chef/owner of Bistrot La Minette from buying into the unexpected parfait of food, drink, culture and entertainment behind La Peg, offering Philly's art and food communities something they've never seen before.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The package that led the Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting to evacuate staff and shoppers Sunday for the second time in a month turned out to be "a suspicious accordion," Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph F. Lawrence said. Around 2:30 p.m., police received a call about a "suspicious" suitcase beside a trash can near the store's front door, according to the police report. The store and neighboring ones at Plymouth Meeting Mall were cleared for about three hours as police and dogs scoured the market.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JOSEPH OSEFCHEN knew something was up when he noticed a "gap" on the yogurt shelf at the Whole Foods in Marlton, N.J. His law firm is suing the grocer over the sugar content of its 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt. But, last week, that particular yogurt suddenly disappeared. "There's a frigging 2-foot hole in the dairy case," Osefchen said. You remember the 18-minute "gap" in the Nixon White House tapes, right? Osefchen also went to the Whole Foods in Cherry Hill and on South Street.
NEWS
August 26, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shoppers and employees at the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting were evacuated Sunday when a suspicious package was found in the store - the second time this month a threat shut down the market. The package was found around 1 p.m., store team leader Sue Haney said. Haney said the store - which is part of the Plymouth Meeting Mall along Germantown Pike - was closed for about 90 minutes while police investigated. Several surrounding stores were also evacuated. The Plymouth Township Police Department declined to comment.
NEWS
August 23, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even as the economy recovers, the number of hungry Americans is increasing, with working people, military members, children, and the elderly among those suffering from lack of food. Those findings are in a major survey of people who use food pantries commissioned by Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization. A new report comes out every four years. The 2014 report shows that one in seven Americans, or 46.5 million people, received food from a Feeding America food bank.
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