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October 23, 2015
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Oct. 20, 2015:   Reader: I read in The Inquirer that health inspections in Philly restaurants are not published until 30 days after the inspection, as opposed to N.Y.C. and other large cities that are posted immediately. How can this be? What can be done to change this? How do you feel about this problem? I don't want to see others get sick from poor health inspection being withheld for 30 days. C.L.: The Inquirer has done a lot of work to present Philly's restaurant health reports for public scrutiny.
NEWS
October 20, 2015
DON'T BE MAD at Ebony magazine for its November issue. It's not the editors' fault that the image of the fictional TV family known as the Huxtables on "The Cosby Show" is fractured like a broken window pane. They didn't do it. Their job is to be responsible journalists, not to sugarcoat reality. Guilty or not, we'll never think of the Cos in the same way. That's over. Although he's never been charged with a crime, more than 50 women have stepped forward to accuse the funnyman once known as America's Favorite Dad of sexual assault in encounters dating back decades.
FOOD
October 16, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: It's worth talking about Michael Matza's front-page story this week about Barbacoa chef Benjamin Miller's quest to force a public dialogue in the local restaurant industry about the plight of undocumented Mexican workers here - including his wife and co-chef, Cristina Martinez. Tequila's owner, David Suro, estimates 1,500 Mexican immigrants work in local kitchens. But where would our restaurant scene be without them?
FOOD
October 2, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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.
FOOD
September 25, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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)
NEWS
September 24, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
FOOD
September 11, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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.
REAL_ESTATE
August 30, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | $util.encode.html($!item.byline), $util.encode.html($!item.bycredit)
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.
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