April 16, 2013
This week, we debuted Inquirer.com - a site that brings you unequaled coverage of the region and unlimited access to the best work of our award-winning staff. For the first time, all the news from the print edition of The Inquirer will be available on an easy-to-navigate site that will be updated throughout the day. Current subscribers to the print edition or the digital replica edition simply have to register to gain access. For more details on registration or information on how to subscribe, see the Frequently Asked Questions nearby.
April 14, 2013 |
Recently, this space has been devoted to reader complaints that builders of over-55 housing aren't meeting the physical and financial needs of aging baby boomers. It's a discussion that was initiated a few weeks ago by a reader who was disappointed by what she considered to be the options the market offered. In response, I received more than 100 e-mails and calls supporting her observations, some of which I quoted in a subsequent column. The result of that, of course, was 150 more e-mails.
April 5, 2013
THIS IS A letter in response to the editorial "Liquid Assets: A bottled-water ban has merit, but it's not crystal clear. " I sincerely congratulate the Daily News for having published an article which so articulately elucidates the problems of allowing national parks to continue to sell bottled water. As the article states, when discussing the issue of the sale of bottled water, there inevitably gets asked the question of whether water should be seen and treated federally as a human right.
March 15, 2013
DEAR HARRY: Some time ago, you advised an older reader not to transfer ownership of her home to her child. I don't remember the reason, or even if it was a son or daughter. I thought: "What does he know about family relations? He's a money guy. " Then I had a similar situation. In 2009, I transferred my home to my only child, a son, primarily to save the Pennsylvania inheritance tax. My estate is not big enough to meet the federal minimum. I even protected my interest by getting a long-term lease at $10 a year.
March 15, 2013 |
Without fanfare, Google announced that it is killing off its once popular Reader, a program that allowed users to subscribe to news feeds through a simple interface. It was sad news for news junkies and researchers who used it to suck in thousands of headlines from publications both local and global. Wired, lamented the loss, calling Reader 'revolutionary' and 'beloved.' "That's a shame, because Reader was pretty great," Wired stated. Google says Reader will go away July 1. Reader used what was nicknamed Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, to bring in news stories through a bit of programming code known as XML. Google reader debuted in 2005 and morphed into a simple, easy-to-use program that allowed users to personalize feeds by curating them by topic in folders.
March 15, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: To mark St. Paddy's Day, I had Colcannon at the Black Sheep near Rittenhouse Square . . . We can talk about other places to celebrate the holiday, as well as a number of hot topics . . . like the continued rise of ValeMar – that power couple from Midtown Village, Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, whose 13th Street domain keeps growing. Not only are they swapping their BYO status for a liquor license at Lolita, but taking over the 13th and Locust space that previously housed Rhino Bar and Fish.
March 7, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from March 5: Craig LaBan: What's been making your dinners, drinks, and snacks happy? My new invention to keep the kids from fighting at dinner? Personal nachos! Made these babies to order - chili for some, black beans for others, hold the salsa, heavy on the cheese - all a hit thanks to those addictive, amazing fresh chips from Tortilleria San Roman in the Italian Market. Are they the best chips on earth? ¡Creo que sí!
March 1, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from Feb. 26: Craig LaBan: Last weekend was the Jewish festival of Purim, and that means our oven was full of fresh hamentaschen, those tricornered cookies filled with apricot, cherry, and raspberry jams. (See recipe at http://is.gd/MDelZV .) The best front-page news I've read in a long time: the report on the heart benefits of a Mediterranean diet from New England Journal of Medicine. Of course we knew this, but as the most scientific study to date has weighed in: pour on the olive oil, fish, and beans!