November 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia's King of Cheese used to stock only one Greek feta in his South Philadelphia realm: a pungent and creamy creation of mountain shepherds. A briny curd called Dodoni. That's because Claudio Specialty Foods, like others in the know, considered it the good stuff. A white wonder straight from Greece, where the crumbly cheese made an ancient cameo in Homer's Odyssey and has reigned ever since. In a global sea of feta impostors, Dodoni was a sheep's-milk standout demanded by natives.
October 19, 2015 |
ATHENS, Greece - I am a paper guy, always have been. I read this newspaper in its paper version, the dead-tree form you can hold in your hand, fold, use to swat flies, clean glass, and line birdcages. I work for the other newspaper in town. I am a paper guy. Similarly, I've always liked, and used, paper maps. I know how to perfectly fold them. Not bragging, just saying. I love their look, their feel, their smell. Still - it's a new age, the machines have arisen. There are new ways.
July 10, 2015 |
The photo is shocking. A 77-year-old Greek retiree sits sobbing on the ground outside a bank with his passbook and identity card thrown on the ground. He had queued for hours at four failing banks but was unable to withdraw his pension of $178. Not surprisingly, the photo of Giorgios Chatzifotiadis went viral. But the image illustrates much more than the suffering of ordinary Greeks. This pensioner's despair symbolizes the limits of a decades-old effort to meld European nations into one community based on shared democratic values.
June 24, 2015
ATHENS, Greece - After a long, but too short, holiday in Greece, I came home changed, and not just by Grecian Formula. I enjoyed a period of introspection and reflection in a nation that gave the world democracy, philosophy, the Olympics, Aristotle, Plato, tzatziki and baklava. After sitting at the Parthenon for hours, then cruising the myth-laden Greek Islands for days, I realized that so much of what I am is rooted here. So I use this forum to announce - move over George Stephanopoulos and Jennifer Aniston - I identify as Greek and wish to be regarded as Greek.
June 19, 2015 |
VILLANOVA incoming freshman Jalen Brunson, considered one of the top lead-guard prospects in the country, has made the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball Under-19 team that will play in the FIBA World Championships in Crete, Greece, from June 27 to July 5. Brunson was part of the U-18 team that qualified for this competition by winning the FIBA Americas title last summer. In the first game, he broke Stephon Marbury's 20-year-old USA Basketball record with 13 assists against Uruguay.
February 4, 2015 |
Money may not buy you love, but lack of money is so rough on the psyche that it's life-threatening. A new study led by a University of Pennsylvania professor found that economic turmoil in Greece correlated with an increase in suicides for both men and women. Researchers from Penn, Greece, and Scotland analyzed month-by-month data on 11,505 suicides from 1983 through 2012. Charles Branas, a Penn epidemiologist, said previous studies had found more suicides during rough economic periods.
February 2, 2015 |
Most Americans born after World War II take peace and democracy in Western Europe for granted. Enfolded in the European Union, France and Germany became allies and Spain absorbed democratic values. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, former communist countries joined the fold and embraced parliamentary norms. But we forget all too easily that the 70 years since 1945 are an anomaly for Europe, whose previous 150 years of history were marked by war, ideological strife, and revolution.
November 11, 2014 |
LIKE MANY immigrants, Pete Dovas looked upon America as the promised land. Pete grew up in the small farming town of Karitsa, Greece, with no running water or electricity. After compulsory service in the Greek army, Pete decided to take the chance. "He took a huge risk and leap of faith to come to America to live the American Dream," said his son, Vasilios "Bill" Dovas. "And he did live it. " Panagiotis Vasilios "Pete" Dovas, co-owner and manager of the Penrose Diner, the popular South Philadelphia landmark, died Wednesday of heart failure.
October 14, 2014 |
Dr. Nicholas K. Gonatas, 84, Philadelphia pathologist, researcher and founder of the Division of Neuropathology at the University of Pennsylvania died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday, Oct. 7. Born March 15, 1930, Dr. Gonatas was raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, capital of the province of Macedonia. His son Dinos recalls stories his father told about living through the Nazi occupation of Greece between 1941 and 1944, including leaving home to live on the island of Euboea. "And they had no electricity.
June 5, 2014 |
Vincent Enyeama batted Greek forward Georgios Samaras' shot from the left side of the box into the air. The rebound went straight to forward Dimitris Salpingidis, who attempted a header in the 83d minute of the pre-World Cup friendly between Nigeria and Greece at PPL Park. This time, Enyeama, the Nigerian goalkeeper, leaped and caught the attempt, preserving a scoreless game. Defense and goalkeeping controlled the game in a 0-0 draw played in front of a largely pro-Greece crowd of 10,131 fans at the Chester stadium.