October 2, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat Of Sept. 29, 2015: C.L.: There has been story after story about the disappointing dining crowds and miscalculations that contributed to what restaurateurs say was their worst September weekend in memory. (There were some bagel cafe and burger shop exceptions, as Michael Klein noted.) Some misplaced derision has been leveled at "greedy" owners who dared to complain, as if it were their moral obligation to forfeit a weekend's revenue.
September 25, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Tuesday, Sept. 22. Reader: Since the weather is starting to get colder in the morning, where is your go-to place for a great cup of joe? Craig LaBan: So many right now. I tend to hover between Menagerie (Old City), Rival Bros. (Fitler Square), and Talula's Daily (Washington Square), with visits to Bodhi (10th Street), Toast (12th Street), Square One (13th Street); and sometimes the new Passero's (800 block of Chestnut Street)
September 24, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter and his "Pope Five" team answered questions on Philly.com for an hour this morning in what Samantha Phillips, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management, joked was her most stressful hour to date related to the event. The team answered 60 questions out of more than 100 that poured in over the hour. Most questions dealt with transportation and transit or funding. No taxpayer money will go toward the event. Here are five key questions - and three bonus ones for those who need a laugh this week.
September 11, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Reader: I can't get enough of the seafood at Shore Catch. This week they had a beautiful Spanish mackerel. I'm soooo happy with their quality. Craig LaBan: We're lucky to have such good fresh fish at our farmer's markets these days - and Shore Catch goes to both Rittenhouse (Sat.) and Head House on Sundays. I love their Barnegat scallops, too, so sweet. They also have great flounder, tuna, and swordfish. Mackerel is very tempting.
September 11, 2015
IN JUST A LITTLE BIT, we'll begin to see Christmas holiday decorations, which start showing up even before Halloween. And along with the strings of lights all over the place will be a set of emotions that accompany the presents we are supposed to give. A recent question from a reader provides an opportunity to talk about gift-giving expectations for all occasions. In this case, an upcoming wedding triggered the gift dilemma. The background: The reader's niece is getting married.
August 30, 2015 |
Electrical contractor Bill Lutz, of Generation 3 Electric Inc. in Philadelphia, has weighed in on the letter from the reader who last week wondered whether the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installation in his attached garage was really overkill. The reader, who had just purchased a new house, said he was surprised to learn that the GFCI in the attached garage also included the overhead lights, but not the light on the garage door opener. The reader suspected that this would impede safety in the garage if someone were in there when the GFCI engaged, and therefore the individual would not have any lighting to get out of the garage or find and reset the GFCI.
August 25, 2015 |
YOUR PAPER HAS now stepped to a new low for reporting a "story. " A dog is killed accidentally by a police cruiser, and because the owner hates cops and puts out an erroneous petition calling for his firing, your paper deems it newsworthy because people like dogs! Why don't you tell the truth? Your paper is nothing more than a supermarket tabloid that sensationalizes useless stories. Since this "news" falls under the category of hating police, your paper ran with it to further enrage the public.
August 14, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm writing in response to "Not Talking About the Future," whose wife has breast cancer, was told she has only a few years to live and feels sad when her kids talk about their futures. My dad was diagnosed with stage four multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2006. He was told that even the most aggressive treatment would buy him only two or three more years. Well, he's now working on year nine. While I must admit that it's been hard at times for me to stay positive about his prognosis, I try not to let it show.
July 31, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 28, 2015: Craig LaBan: I'm not the only one who's been busy praising Philly's culinary bounty. My counterpart at the Washington Post, Tom Sietsema, has been circling the country in search of America's best food city. His piece on Philly landed online Tuesday, and it's a beautifully designed, comprehensive, and vivid guide to what makes this town special. Impressive for a one-week visit. Tom's already been to Charleston, S.C.; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and Chicago.
July 30, 2015 |
BILL COSBY might be able to read women, as he testified in 2006, but Andrea Constand's attorneys say he couldn't read her. In court filings yesterday in Constand's case against the comedian in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, attorneys Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz revealed that Constand is a lesbian. "Despite [Cosby's] talent for interpreting female reactions to him, he did not realize [Constand] was gay until police told him," the lawyers wrote in a memorandum. Constand, formerly the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, accused Cosby of molesting her at his Cheltenham mansion in January 2004.