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December 19, 2012 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
YOU THINK you're eating lots - or are gonna eat lots - this holiday season? Chances are, you ain't got nuthin' on the 28 diners who took part in a 10-hour, 40-dish feast at South Philly's Le Virtù Sunday. You read that right: 40 dishes. Four-oh. And 10 hours. One-oh. (Well, for some people. Not everyone who came and saw also conquered.) Here's how it went down. A little before 2 p.m. at the drizzly end of last weekend, many Philadelphians, some suburbanites, a few out-of-towners filed into the East Passyunk Avenue restaurant with empty stomachs, elastic waistbands and varying degrees of anticipation.
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | By Tom Hays, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Victims of Superstorm Sandy in New York and elsewhere in the Northeast were comforted Thursday by kinder weather, free holiday meals and - for some - front-row seats to the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "It means a lot," said Karen Panetta, of the hard-hit Broad Channel section of Queens, as she sat in a special viewing section set aside for New Yorkers displaced by the storm. "We're thankful to be here and actually be a family and to feel like life's a little normal today," she said.
FOOD
November 15, 2012
Trained cooking aides, online information, and hotline recordings are available to answer queries and help resolve problems that arise during Thanksgiving meal preparation. Butterball Turkey Talk Line: 1-800-288-8372. Experts answer live questions during the month of November and December or www.butterball.com . USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-800-535-4555 Food specialists address questions of food prep and safety, or go to www.foodsafety.gov .
TRAVEL
October 21, 2012 | By Irene S. Levine, For The Inquirer
After a wait of several minutes, the doors of a no-frills construction elevator open precisely at noon. We enter the metal-framed box that scales the outside rear of the Royal Opera House (   Kungliga Operan   ) of Stockholm, transporting us from the street to our rooftop destination, the Electrolux Cube. At the end of the elevator ride, Ludvig Jureskog, tall, blond, and immaculately attired in a black suit, greets us and the other luncheon guests with flutes of champagne.
TRAVEL
October 14, 2012 | By Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
HENDERSON, Ky. - The churning red paddle wheel propels the pearl-white steamboat along the wide Mississippi River like a slow-moving time machine, through a slice of Americana that harks back to Mark Twain and the history, culture, and commerce of the 19th century. Inside the six-level steamboat, passengers enjoy tea time in the ladies' parlor, rousing musical shows in the Grand Saloon, lessons on river history, and four-course meals in an antebellum-style dining room. With the relaunching of a vessel called the American Queen, steamboat travel has returned to the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers for the first time since 2008.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. - The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs, as well as worms, authorities said. The grand prize in Friday night's contest was a live python. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that it is waiting for an autopsy to give the official cause of death. However, a news release on Monday said that 32-year-old Edward Archbold became ill soon after winning and collapsed in front of the Ben Siegel Reptile Store, where the contest was held.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2012 | By Mitchell Hecht, For The Inquirer
Question : Can someone actually die from eating too much food at one time, like from one of those eating contests or with bulimia?   Answer : While the stretched stomach won't explode, it's still possible for a person to die from eating a massive meal. Notable examples of that include King Adolph of Sweden, who died in 1771 after consuming a massive meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring, champagne, and 14 servings of dessert in hot milk; a 25-year-old Marine who died in 1983 after a doughnut speed-eating contest; and a 22-year-old Hungarian woman who died in 2006 after eating so much that her massively distended stomach compressed her aorta and femoral arteries, sending her into shock.
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey saw a 21 percent rise in the number of low-income students who get school breakfasts, but it still lags far behind most other states, a report released Tuesday found. In South Jersey, seven charter schools or districts were among 64 high-poverty districts statewide where less than 31 percent of eligible students receive subsidized school breakfasts, according to the study by Advocates for Children of New Jersey, a nonprofit child research and action organization. On the plus side locally, the Woodlynne school district and Camden's Promise Charter School, both in Camden County, were two of 13 schools listed last year that worked their way off this year.
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter and religious groups that distribute free outdoor meals to the poor have reached a truce, agreeing to temporarily step away from litigation in order to address larger issues surrounding the problems of hunger and homelessness. The interim agreement was signed Thursday by U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. It put on hold a federal complaint filed last June by faith-based groups arguing that the city's ban on serving outdoor meals in parks violated the exercise of their religious beliefs.
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