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October 20, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Here's some essential info you may not know about halting the spread of Ebola. It depends on the women. Stopping the contagion in West Africa is key to preventing its spread to other countries, and rural African women are key to halting its transmission - if they can be mobilized to teach fellow villagers how to avoid infection. Toward that end, the global humanitarian aid agency Mercy Corps is ramping up a massive grassroots public-health education campaign in Liberia. And a Philadelphia-based group, Women's Campaign International, which has trained 20,000 Liberian women in leadership skills in the last six years, has already mobilized hundreds of women to educate their fellow villagers, while helping feed families under quarantine.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
If a cinema orgy promising more than 100 films from 28 countries in 11 days can ever seem manageable, the 23d Philadelphia Film Festival does it. It's not remotely possible to catch everything in the ambitious program, which began Thursday night with the gala premiere of Birdman and ends Oct. 26 with more than a dozen titles spread across four venues. But the selection and scheduling of films - from awards-season candidates to homegrown docs, from musicals to new masterworks - makes sense, somehow.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
There's a strange sort of bookending between Philadelphia Theatre Company's 40th-season opener, Lisa D'Amour's Detroit , and last season's production of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike . Where Durang's characters examined contemporary America through the eyes of an elder generation filled with nostalgia and disdain for today's careless youth, D'Amour brings us up to date, in real time, with the American Dream's death...
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE 23RD PHILADELPHIA Film Festival ramps up today with an assortment of Hollywood sneak peaks and buzzed-about indies and foreign titles. The festival officially commenced yesterday with opening day screenings of Bill Murray's "St Vincent" and also "Birdman," the latter featuring Michael Keaton's sensational and sure-to-be Oscar-nominated performance as an aging Hollywood star mounting a Broadway comeback. The festival concludes Oct. 26 with a closing night screening of another likely Oscar contender, "Wild," featuring Reese Witherspoon in an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-seller about a thousand-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's business community was officially introduced Wednesday to the new executive director of Select Greater Philadelphia - the organization charged with attracting business to the region. Matt Cabrey, 48, never made it to the stage at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's annual breakfast at the Convention Center, but he heard the applause from the more than 1,200 business people in attendance. "Select Greater Philadelphia is stepping up" its marketing efforts, the chamber's new chairman, Denis O'Brien, said before showing a new video promoting the group's slogan: "Here for the Making.
SPORTS
October 17, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Of all that Chip Kelly has showed disdain for since arriving in Philadelphia to begin our reeducation on the game of football, near the top of the list is the traditional reverence accorded the time-of-possession statistic. There are other things he doesn't much like - including outsiders who attempt to compartmentalize or categorize his methods - but he holds a special place for time of possession and those who clutch its importance the way a dog guards a well-worn bone. On the surface, it seems like an important stat.
FOOD
October 17, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Brigantessa on E. Passyunk Walk into the new Brigantessa (1520 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-318-7341) which opened Tuesday on a Passyunk Square corner. Pass by the hand-cranked slicer on the marble counter and the salumi hanging behind the bar. There's a wood-burning oven handmade outside of Naples by the well-regarded Gianni Acunto, who finished it with mortar made with ash taken from Vesuvius. Peek back farther into the kitchen and you'll see a rotisserie and grill, fueled by wood and coal.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Delaware and Maryland were already in. El Paso, Orlando, San Diego, and Spokane were in. On Tuesday, Mayor Nutter, flanked by federal energy and environmental officials, announced that Philadelphia also was joining a U.S. better-buildings challenge and launched an energy race among the city's biggest buildings. As in weight reduction, the biggest losers win. The challenge is to reduce energy use 5 percent by Sept. 30, 2015. But building operators are encouraged to do more.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
When Philadelphia's Century 21 department store opens Oct. 23 at Eighth and Market Streets, walls of discounted designer perfumes from Burberry to Marc Jacobs will greet shoppers, just like in its New York flagship. Behind the scents will be the affordable handbags, where a swirly-print Kate Spade tote beckons. On the ground floor, tucked between Enzo Angiolini pumps and Isaac Mizrahi kitten heels, there will be a glorious pair of gold patent leather Mary Jane wedges by Céline.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gayl P. Gentile, 76, of Philadelphia, a teacher in the city's elementary schools, died Thursday, Oct. 2, of cancer at her home. For 30 years, Ms. Gentile taught reading and math to pupils with learning disabilities. Most of her career was spent at Dobson School in Manayunk. Born at Women's Lying-in Hospital at Eighth and Spruce Streets, she grew up in Lansdowne. She graduated from Lansdowne-Aldan High School in 1956 and from Temple University with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1960.
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