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NEWS
June 11, 2004
Do you have stories you would like to share with other readers, tales from long ago or the present? The kind of anecdote you would normally tell a family member, friend or neighbor? We would like to see them and print the best on our local Commentary pages. Please send essays of 300 words or less to: Mysteries, Surprises and Delights c/o Metro Commentary Editor The Philadelphia Inquirer Box 41705 Philadelphia 19101, or E-mail metro@phillynews.com.
NEWS
May 3, 2005
JUST-RELEASED figures indicate that the circulation numbers of a considerable majority of American newspapers continue in a consistent slide, a phenomenon which I greatly lament. Although the technical quality of most newspapers has declined over the years, and the price of subscriptions has been hiked, quite sharply in some instances, I don't believe these are the reasons for diminished interest in our old reliable standard to obtain news. The newspaper is something I look forward to each day. It enables me to be knowledgeable and conversant on local, national and international issues; this is why I read three papers every day plus two weeklies.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1991 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last spring, a listener writing to Recorded Books suggested that the company do James Joyce's Ulysses. In a humorous, Joyce-in-cheek response, the company noted: " . . . there's no doubt its a great book poetic too but the thing is 768 pages long thats about 26 cassettes and the other problem is where would we find a reader who could hold her breath for an hour or so while she reads Molly's soliloquy its 45 and a half pages long divided into...
SPORTS
September 27, 2011
Alan Baldwin, of Philadelphia, is the winner of the Daily News' Phillies Clincher Contest. Baldwin was randomly chosen from among those who selected Sept. 17 as the date for the Phillies to clinch their fifth consecutive National League East title. Baldwin will receiver a commemorative Daily News front page from a historic Phillies moment; the chance to put his own headline on a keepsake Daily News front page; and lunch with a member of the DN sports staff.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2006 | By NATALIE HAUGHTON Los Angeles Daily News
Even though many people have never heard of it, the largest cooking magazine in North America is Taste of Home. So notes Catherine Cassidy, senior vice president of Reiman publications, based in Greendale, Wis. With a circulation of 3.4 million, "We're bigger than the top three [food magazines] together," said Cassidy, also editor in chief of the magazine, launched in 1993. Cassidy oversees four cooking-related bi-monthlies - Taste of Home, Simple & Delicious, Light & Tasty and Cooking for 2. All are reader-driven - and contain reader-submitted editorial, including stories, recipes and memories.
NEWS
October 29, 2014
WHEN FOLKS ask me for advice, I have a standard line: "To be clear, you asked me, right?" I preface my answer with this line because it's my way of warning them that they may not like what I have to say. Then there are readers who weren't asked for their opinion but nonetheless feel compelled to offer their thoughts. OK, so from time to time I'll let them weigh in for a feature I'm calling "Money Back Talk. " Let me start with an inheritance question I received during a recent online discussion: "My father, who was extremely wealthy, rewrote his will after my mother died 11 years ago," a reader wrote.
NEWS
July 10, 2010
An alert Daily News reader helped cops nab a fugitive wanted in an attempted rape and sexual assault, authorities said yesterday. Darnell Coleman, 22, whose photo was displayed in the People Paper's "Week's Most Wanted" feature on May 10, was captured Wednesday afternoon on the roof of a relative's home in West Philadelphia, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Coleman, whose last known address was on 20th Street near McKean in South Philadelphia, was wanted in connection with an attempted rape and sexual assault on Jan. 29, police said.
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FOOD
June 17, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 14, 2016: Craig LaBan:  Here's one notable update from the Department of Disappointments: Isn't it especially sad when a longtime reliable favorite begins to slip and then keeps going? Such appears to be the case with Tiffin, the once stalwart Indian take-out specialist. . . . Tiffin hit a new low when we decided to give it one more try via take-out last night. . . . Food was not very hot, and it had even less flavor.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2016 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Friendly and outgoing personality are words often used to describe Jabril. The 14-year-old has a great sense of humor and delights in making you laugh. His brilliant smile draws people to him. Smart, curious, and resilient, Jabril is an avid reader and thinker. This teenager has many talents. He is very good with numbers and details. In addition, he is artistic and loves to draw. He enjoys watching Naruto video games and then drawing the various characters. Other favorite activities include playing chess and collecting and trading Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
NEWS
June 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
Bill Lyon has done it again, striking a chord with readers. Soon after the legendary retired Inquirer sports columnist disclosed he is battling Alzheimer's disease in a piece posted on Philly.com Saturday, and slated for publication in the Sunday Inquirer, a torrent of support from readers followed. Lyon's column, " My Alzheimer's fight: Never, ever quit ," has been shared on Twitter and Facebook, and emailed from friend to family. Online, commenters wrote in to celebrate the sportswriter, to cheer on his fight, and to thank him for sharing his experience.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
Last month, I asked readers about airplane etiquette and what rules are needed. "My worst experience on an airplane? That has to be the woman in business class who drank so much that she physically and verbally attacked the gentleman sitting next to her," wrote Christine in Pennsylvania. "Her curses could be heard all the way back in economy class. " My friend Katherine found a soiled diaper in the seat pocket. Really? Someone thought it was OK to leave it there? One person was on a plane where a teen choir sang for half the flight from Dallas to Philadelphia.
FOOD
May 27, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 24, 2016: Craig LaBan: Last weekend I hosted a crawfish boil for my block for the first time in a few years. We flew in 100 pounds of fresh crawfish from Lafayette ( www.CajunGrocer.com is a fantastic, affordable, reliable source for next-day UPS deliveries), some real andouille, boiled links of porky boudin, and spice-crusted cracklins from my favorite Louisiana butcher shop (the Best Stop in Scott). I fired-up my old 60-quart boiling rig, dusted off my trusty golf driver (a secret weapon for stirring the pot; golfing, less so)
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Steve & Mia
Editor's note: This week, we respond to reader letters: Q: I'm convinced you either make this [all] up or you pick the most obnoxious, dumb questions. Top or bottom in anal sex? Really? We've fallen so far down the drain it's embarrassing. Can't you save that [stuff] for Penthouse or something? It's really disgusting for a family paper . . . Sorry, but I think you're both slobs. Steve: Not dealing with sex is a bad idea. Communication improves all facets of life. Mia: Yo, potty mouth.
NEWS
May 26, 2016
PHILADELPHIA'S soda tax has been the subject of cheers and jeers from Democratic presidential candidates, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a slew of pundits on both sides of the issue. If only Philadelphia's deep poverty crisis and the near-destruction of our public schools at the hands of former Gov. Corbett had garnered this much attention. Our city finds itself at a crossroads between new prosperity and the abject poverty that plagues one out of four of our neighbors.
NEWS
May 24, 2016
Effective today, the price of the single-copy daily Inquirer will increase to $1.50, our first single-copy price increase in five years. The price increase will not affect home-delivery subscriptions. In taking this action, we guarantee that the Inquirer will continue to provide the most in-depth news coverage of Philadelphia, the surrounding Pennsylvania suburbs, and South Jersey. We have also bolstered our commitment to public-service journalism by adding a new investigations and projects editor, and combining the investigative teams of the Inquirer and Daily News.
FOOD
May 20, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat:   Craig LaBan: I've been loving the unexpected trend of meals built entirely from skewered meats, as you can tell from my enthusiastic review last weekend of Saté Kampar, the fun and evocative Malaysian spot on East Passyunk that's grilling its skewered meats (try the goat) over imported coconut shell charcoal. Add in Double Knot and Sansom Kabob House, and this year's definitely been a United Nations of tasty international skewers.
FOOD
May 13, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 10, 2016:   Craig LaBan: We held the Inquirer's seventh annual Brew-vitational Competition for local beers at the paper earlier in the week. The private tasting event was our biggest to date, with 35 breweries and 64 beers. I can't divulge any results until our special Brewvi package in the Inquirer Food section June 2. But I had a tremendous panel of judges and there were some big surprise winners. A blind competition always delivers a few. You'll be able to taste most winners June 3 at Opening Tap at the Fillmore, which launches Philly Beer Week . Lovers of sour beer - our featured style this year - will rejoice.
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