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TRAVEL
September 4, 2011
I have fallen in like with a trio of shelves that travels with me and hangs around my hotel room. No more relying solely on whatever drawers or shelves (in whatever sanitary condition) come with the room. Shelves-to-GO are a deck of three sturdy but lightweight reinforced mesh shelf units with straps and hooks on both sides that can be hung in a closet, or joined together to hang against a door. Unhook, and the shelves collapse (clothes and all, if you like) to fit into most standard carry-on bags.
BUSINESS
October 24, 1988 | By Marian Uhlman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hercules Inc. wants to carve at least a $200 million niche in the fresh fruit- and vegetable-packaging market within the next five years. Last week, the Wilmington company introduced a new type of polypropylene film that will allow produce to "breathe" - a technological advantage that Hercules says will improve the appearance and double the shelf life of veggies and fruit. Developed over a five-year period, the FreshHold system involves controlling the atmosphere inside the package.
NEWS
August 16, 1999 | By Donna Shaw, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Most U.S. pharmaceutical donations to poor countries consist of "essential drugs" and arrive well before their expiration dates, but a substantial amount are still of little or no use, according to a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, being published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, is the first comprehensive look at the sometimes contentious issue of overseas drug donations. In the past, such donations by industry have ranged from lifesaving to what critics say were little more than mass dumpings of old and unsellable products in return for tax write-offs.
NEWS
May 29, 1988 | By Curtis Rist, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Robert Beelman walks into a supermarket, most of the times he's disappointed by the mushroom displays. "They're usually blotchy and deteriorated," he said. "I would think most shoppers would just walk right by. " But not Beelman. The Pennsylvania State University food scientist has just received a $35,000 grant from the state Department of Agriculture to examine ways to increase the shelf life of mushrooms. Beelman - and the Department of Agriculture - hope that an improved product will increase demand, and thereby increase employment in the state that has the largest mushroom production in the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TWINKIES ARE BACK, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember. The new boxes hitting shelves this week list the spongy yellow cakes as having 270 calories and a weight of 77 grams for two cakes, or 135 calories and 38.5 grams for one cake. Right before it went out of business, the predecessor company had said Twinkies were 150 calories per cake. Photos of past boxes online also indicate the weight to have been 42.5 grams per cake. A spokeswoman for Hostess, Hannah Arnold, said in an email yesterday that the size change was made in "mid-2012" by the predecessor company.
FOOD
February 8, 1989 | By Andrew Schloss, Special to The Inquirer
What sacrifices we make for the sake of speed. Take oats. Look at those fallacious flakes that pass for modern oatmeal. Even the noble look of the weighty Friend on the label can't disguise the anemia of a processed product that has all the appeal of culinary dust. Quickness is its one asset, and for that we have given up flavor, chewiness, aroma and much of the pleasure inherent in a grain that has been providing comfort and health since prehistoric times. The only commonly available oatmeal retaining any quality of oats has been dubbed "old- fashioned," as if flavor had somehow become passe.
NEWS
June 4, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
With mascara and other makeup, less is usually more - especially if it's been hanging around. "Most women will keep cosmetics for a while and use them for special occasions," says Sam Fine, author of "FINE Beauty. " But colors fade and bacteria counts blossom when cosmetics are kept past their prime. Cosmetics' shelf life varies from product to product, and manufacturers rarely offer expiration dates. "Anything powder-based, like foundation, that has been opened can go for about two years," says Tina Hodak, of Famous-Barr department stores in St. Louis.
FOOD
September 22, 1993 | by Anne B. Adams and Nancy Nash-Cummings, Special to the Daily News
Dear Anne and Nan: While traveling last summer, I had my hair done by a hairdresser who gave me a recipe that uses things ordinarily found in the kitchen to treat hair and remove buildup of hair spray and rinse. I neglected to make a note of the ingredients and have forgotten what she said. Could you possibly know what she was referring to, and if so, please pass it along? - Doris Long, Emporia, Kansas Dear Doris: Our favorite hairdresser gave us the following recipe: Combine 1 gallon distilled water, 1 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
FOOD
June 18, 1989 | By Gerald Etter, Inquirer Food Writer
Like the baseball season, the Jersey tomato is a warm-weather event that people eagerly anticipate. Unlike baseball, it's around for barely two months. Its season is short, but from mid-July to mid-September, this New Jersey jewel becomes a most sought-after commodity. Hitting a roadside stand for vine-ripened Jerseys is often a planned stop on a trip to the shore. But like our local baseball team, the Jersey tomato doesn't always have a winning year. Last year, for example, a cold spring followed by an excessively hot summer waffled the tomato.
NEWS
July 5, 1994
In tomato history, this will be a landmark year - another one. It is the Year of the Flavr Savr, the genetically engineered variety, said to rot more slowly on the shelf, giving it more time to ripen on the vine. And more time, the word is, to build up a head of flavor (as it used to be spelled). The proof is still wending its way from California's fields. So we'll withhold judgment, though we are not without prejudice: We're attached, frankly, to old-time tomatoes - the big boys that are just starting to roll in from Jersey, the sweet Beefsteaks, the soft, juicy, red, outdoor tomatoes that, by next week, will be polka-dotting Lancaster County.
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NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Though well past the shelf life of the greatest Broadway dancers, Chita Rivera, 81, is now playing a one-legged woman - but not because she has to. The minute she takes her curtain call after The Visit at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the walking stick is gone, her step has bounce, and her presence has fire - all unneeded for her icy assignment in this deliciously nasty John Kander/Fred Ebb musical, based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TWINKIES ARE BACK, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember. The new boxes hitting shelves this week list the spongy yellow cakes as having 270 calories and a weight of 77 grams for two cakes, or 135 calories and 38.5 grams for one cake. Right before it went out of business, the predecessor company had said Twinkies were 150 calories per cake. Photos of past boxes online also indicate the weight to have been 42.5 grams per cake. A spokeswoman for Hostess, Hannah Arnold, said in an email yesterday that the size change was made in "mid-2012" by the predecessor company.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | BY JILL PORTER
  PERHAPS THE next big thing that the U.S. Supreme Court should undertake, after marriage equality, is the issue that plagues boomers like myself whose generational identity is eternally affiliated with youth and revolution: How old is too old? In this new world, what is the end parameter of our shelf life? The recent retirement of the pope and New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg in quick succession had bad news and good news for boomers like myself and other youthful seniors who are grappling with notions of old age. Pope Benedict XVI's radical decision to step down at age 85 suggests that we all have an expiration date, and despite current evidence to the contrary - We still go to work!
SPORTS
May 2, 2012 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
I KNOW THAT I'm one of the few people outside of the Phillies front office who believes that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. played his hand wrong. This isn't where anyone expected the Phillies to be - not 11-12 and a rung out of the cellar in the National League East. But as frustrating as things presently are, I look at how the Phillies arrived here, and I ask myself, what could Amaro have realistically done differently? I'll get hundreds of suggestions, and if change in real-life Major League Baseball were as easy as it is in Fantasy League Baseball or arm-chair general managing, 99 percent of them would be right.
NEWS
May 1, 2012 | By Sam Adams, FOR THE INQUIRER
Given Nick Lowe's substantial backlog of old favorites, the announcement early in his Keswick Theatre show Sunday night that he'd be devoting a substantial chunk of the evening to showcasing songs from his latest album, The Old Magic, could have been cause for concern. But not to worry, Lowe assured the crowd: "If you cut me open, you'll find one word written through me like a stick of rock — quality entertainment. " Like the hard candy to which he likened himself, Lowe's music is sugary but sharp, sweet to the taste but with edges that can wound.
NEWS
March 8, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stuff. You have it. You love it. You hate it. You have no place to put it. But you accumulate more of it all the time. Old birthday cards. Copies of Animal Farm . Photographs of friends you couldn't pick out in a lineup. The coil pot someone (maybe you) made in first grade. Threadbare Wallace & Gromit T-shirts with marinara stains on the sleeve. Fourth-place trophies. Boxes of instant oatmeal so far past their shelf life, they qualify as ancient grains. Empty bottles of Malbec (or Bud Light)
TRAVEL
September 4, 2011
I have fallen in like with a trio of shelves that travels with me and hangs around my hotel room. No more relying solely on whatever drawers or shelves (in whatever sanitary condition) come with the room. Shelves-to-GO are a deck of three sturdy but lightweight reinforced mesh shelf units with straps and hooks on both sides that can be hung in a closet, or joined together to hang against a door. Unhook, and the shelves collapse (clothes and all, if you like) to fit into most standard carry-on bags.
NEWS
July 4, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Got milk? Not Lisa Montgomery, a raw-food expert and chef from Royersford. Nor does she have anything to do with meat, gluten, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, or peanuts. Ten years ago, she cleansed her kitchen cupboards of the processed foods she believes were harming her health. She began eating raw foods and found she felt better. Now she's a go-to girl in the raw-foods field; to cooking demos and monthly potluck raw dinners she has added a new series of books on the raw-food lifestyle.
SPORTS
November 13, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In college basketball, there are no constants. Players arrive with a shelf life. Eventually, they're leaving - but usually not all at once. At Cheyney University, this season's women's team is brand new. There's not a returning veteran in the group. Cheyney coach Marilyn Stephens, in her third season at the school, knew this was coming - more or less. In 2009-10, eight of her 10 players were seniors. They lost another player to academics, and another decided to concentrate on track.
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