June 3, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - There's a new U.S. symbol for healthful eating: The Agriculture Department unveiled "My Plate" on Thursday, abandoning the food pyramid that had guided many Americans but merely confused others. The new guide is divided into four different-sized quadrants, with fruits and vegetables taking up half the space and grains and protein making up the other half. The vegetables and grains portions are the largest of the four. Gone are the old pyramid's references to sugars, fats, or oils.
June 2, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Farewell food pyramid. Government officials are getting ready to dish out nutritional advice to the nation on a more appetizing platter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was set to unveil a replacement to its much-maligned food pyramid this morning, scrapping the rainbow-striped triangle in favor of a simple circle designed to evoke a dinner plate. "That would go a long way to producing something that is actually useful for nutritionists and dietitians in the United States," said James Painter, a food psychologist and registered dietician at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The key, he said, is that it would give viewers a quick idea of what their meals should look like at the table.
December 29, 2010 |
It could be said that if you have not been to Egypt, you have hardly traveled. My wife and I had come to see the sights of an exceptional land - fertile without rain and bordered by a river that drains half a continent - and a civilization as old as history. Most tourists head for the Giza pyramids, arguably the most recognizable archaeological site on the planet. The three pyramids that make up the Giza Necropolis, 20 miles southwest of Cairo, have been photographed from every angle and been famous since ancient times, when the Great Pyramid was deemed one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.
August 11, 2010
10 p.m. A&E Angel (right) attempts to defy the laws of gravity by walking up the side of Las Vegas' Luxor Hotel and Casino and disappear into the blinding light at the top of the pyramid, all before thousands of onlookers.
February 11, 2010 |
The old brownstone, on a worn strip of Girard Avenue, has been remodeled. Gone are the shiny brass railings, the quarry-stone facade, the adjacent courtyard. Near the row of gray mailboxes hangs a symbol of North Philadelphia's slow revitalization - a For Sale sign. As David Howard stared at it from his parked car one recent afternoon, he felt a pang of regret - and a tingle of promise. Maybe he'd call to find out the asking price. Maybe he could acquire the old building and restore it to glory.
February 9, 2009 |
MAYOR NUTTER, as he reminds us on the other side of this page, has been visiting barbershops and beauty parlors to solicit ideas on how to cope with rapidly shrinking city revenues. And another round of citizen-engagement forums (see box) is also about to get under way. It's commendable that the administration is engaging the public, whether it is someone getting a shave or at a neighborhood kaffeeklatsch. But for these sessions to be worthwhile, it's important that the right questions be asked.
August 2, 2007 |
On Sunday, the d'Zert Club traveled to see the Sphinx and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramid, the largest of the three pyramids on the Giza Plateau, just outside Cairo. The Great Pyramid was built as a tomb by the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu of the Fourth Dynasty, about 2560 BC. The pyramids, or "merkuti" as they are called in the ancient language of the Kemetans, are even more majestic and awe-inspiring when one is standing in their presence. When I first saw the pyramids, I couldn't believe that these great shrines to the kings who built them have survived for 4,000 years.
December 1, 2006 |
A Drexel University scientist who hails from Egypt announced provocative new findings yesterday about one of the enduring mysteries of his native land: How did the ancients lug the enormous carved blocks, weighing more than two tons apiece, to build the upper portions of the great pyramids? The answer, says Michel Barsoum: Some of the blocks were not carved at all, but were made atop the pyramids by pouring a concrete-like "geopolymer" that could be brought up in buckets. A version of this theory has been kicking around since the 1980s, promoted by French materials scientist Joseph Davidovits and widely rejected by traditional Egyptologists.
October 27, 2006 |
THERE'S AN interesting scene in "The Ten Commandments" where Yul Brynner, as the pharaoh, decides to show everyone that his word is law. Like a petulant child worried that he's not being taken seriously, Egypt's absolute ruler juts out his chin, squares his shoulders and says, "So let it be written, so let it be done. " Which basically means, my way or the highway. Of course, having a temper tantrum can lead to bad things, like a plague of locusts and such. I thought of this on Wednesday when the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the state legislature to amend current laws to permit same-sex marriage, or provide some comparable and virtually indistinguishable benefit to gay and lesbian couples.
May 17, 2006 |
Haven't cracked "The Da Vinci Code," but looking for a jump on Ron Howard's movie, which opens Friday? Here's a roundup of the major players and places from Dan Brown's mega-seller, as well as a look at whether the novel's assertions are accurate. (Warning: Contains spoilers.) The Priory of Sion: The first sentence in the "Code" reads: "FACT: The Priory of Sion - a European secret society founded in 1099 - is a real organization. " In the book, it is this society - whose members supposedly included Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli and Victor Hugo - that keeps the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene a secret.