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FOOD
June 1, 1994 | by Phyllis Stein-Novack, Special to the Daily News
Mother Nature is a mysterious lady. Each May, when the moon is full, she works her magic in Maryland, specifically in the Chesapeake Bay, where the blue crab is king. Somehow she "tells" these creatures to shed their hard winter shell in favor of a softer, lighter one. The result is the soft-shell crab, and it wouldn't be summer without them. Soft crabs, as Baltimoreans call them, measure about 3 1/2 inches to 5 1/2 inches across. Although the Maryland soft-shell is native to the Chesapeake, they are farm-raised in Louisiana year 'round, and often frozen for use in winter.
LIVING
January 21, 2000 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
Twin brothers Duane and Dajuan like all kinds of animals. Their pets don't have to be furry and capable of wagging their tails. When they found an apparently homeless turtle in the woods last year, they claimed it, gave it a place to stay (in an outdoor pool), and fed it worms and water. "Are you hungry?" they'd ask. "Do you want to go for a walk?" Everyone was happy about the arrangement. And the boys have room in their hearts to include any other strays that cross their paths.
NEWS
October 7, 1999 | By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ever since she was 7 years old, Sandra Kelley has called the Borough of Malvern home. She sledded down the hill at Warren Avenue, ran past the cemetery on Roberts Avenue because it "was the scariest place in town," and went to school in what is now Borough Hall. "I guess you could say I have a soft spot for Malvern," said Kelley, 51, an unassuming but quietly assertive woman who is now at her town's helm as borough manager with a salary of $56,500 a year. Borough officials said that although her reserved style contrasts with her dynamic predecessor, Patrick McGuigan, a former Army sergeant who retired in May, they have a similar dedication to the town.
SPORTS
June 9, 1993 | by Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writer
I'd like to tell you this series is going seven and that the personal rivalry between Michael Jordan and his good friend, Charles Barkley, will live up to all the hype it is receiving. But the guess here is that the combination of Jordan and Scottie Pippen will be too much for the Suns to handle. The Bulls should win one of the first two games in Phoenix and then go on to finish off the Suns in six games. Look for Chicago to dominate the boards and hold Phoenix under 100 points at least three times.
NEWS
February 2, 2005 | By Thomas J. Brady INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's tough being Tom Brady in Philadelphia these days, but Thomas A. Brady is doing his best. Brady, 33, an orthodontist with offices in West Chester and Exton, has slapped the Brady name on the back of an Eagles jersey. And just to be sure no one confuses him with that other Tom Brady - you know, the one from New England who wears No. 12 and who has never (yet) lost a postseason game - Thomas A. has the number 9 on his jersey. Like other Tom Bradys in this football-crazed town, Thomas A. knows that he risks silly jokes at best and outright ridicule at worst just because his parents happened to give him the same name as you-know-who from you-know-where.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I dated a guy named "Jake" for two years. He was my first love and he meant everything to me. Well, things happened and he broke my heart. After a year of not really talking, Jake is now texting and calling to persuade me to be his "friend with benefits. " He tries to sweet-talk me by calling me pet names. Of course, I say no over and over each time he asks on the phone. But the minute we come face-to-face or hang out, I just give in. There will always be a soft spot for Jake in my heart, and I don't know what to do. I want to stay friends because he's important to me, but I don't want to be his FWB. It brings back painful memories.
NEWS
October 9, 1995 | By Chris Goldberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
With his team smarting from two tough losses and several key injuries, Germantown Academy coach Bill Caum was more than gracious in accepting a soft spot on the schedule. Caum's Patriots, gearing for their Inter-Academic League opener, jumped to a 37-0 halftime lead and whipped overmatched Faith Christian of Glassboro, N.J., 43-8, on Saturday. The victory left GA at 3-2 heading into Saturday's home clash with unbeaten Malvern Prep. It also helped Caum feel much better after disappointing losses to Springfield and Pennington Prep.
SPORTS
July 18, 2002 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tony Taylor, who received the 2002 Phillies Latin Legends Award before last night's game at Veterans Stadium, has a soft spot in his heart for Philadelphia. And always will. Back in 1960, however, Taylor didn't want to report to Philadelphia after the Phillies acquired him in a four-player trade with the Chicago Cubs. "I was playing day games in Chicago, playing next to Ernie Banks, and we had a lot of great ballplayers on that team," Taylor said during a pregame news conference.
NEWS
November 1, 2000 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Police Lt. Robert Weitman loves animals. He owns six dogs, two cats and a horse. On Monday morning, he said, he spotted "gobs" of blood in the 35th Police District parking lot at Old York Road and Champlost Street. He looked closely and saw a paw print. The gobs were part of a trail. Weitman, 43, followed the trail down and across Broad Street and straight into the Broad Street Animal Hospital. Weitman went in and found Letitia Willis, 49, standing at the counter, distraught.
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SPORTS
May 28, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Pete Mackanin will listen to the stadium organist on Friday afternoon when the Phillies begin batting practice at Wrigley Field. He'll be waiting to hear his high school fight song. Mackanin will then peer up to Gary Pressy, the longtime man behind the music at the iconic ballpark, and pump his fist when the tune begins. The Phillies manager, who took a winding journey to get here this weekend, will be home again. The road to Mackanin's first full-time major-league manager job started in an empty lot on this city's South Side.
NEWS
January 27, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
I spent the snowy weekend getting to know Chris Christie all over again, the governor who at first fascinated, and eventually infuriated, me. The man I first encountered six years ago has been so busy barnstorming America - on what looks more and more like a quixotic quest for the presidency - that I'd forgotten how beguiling he could be. But as the flakes fly and the wind blows, I stay in my jammies and savor my friend and former Inquirer colleague...
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
FOR COMICS writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, coming to Wizard World Comic Con Philly (through Sunday at the Convention Center) is like coming home. "I have a sentimental attachment to Philadelphia," said Fingeroth, who is best known for editing the Spider-Man group of titles for Marvel in the 1990s. "I grew up in New York. If my family wanted to go away for a weekend or a few days, we'd often go to Philadelphia. "I remember the Mummers Parade and just enjoying some old-time Jewish neighborhoods," he continued.
REAL_ESTATE
November 16, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lansdowne native Jeffrey Tubbs comes from a hardworking family. His father, David, has worked as a plumbing contractor for more than four decades. But the younger Tubbs preferred the city to the suburbs. He attended high school at Friends Select in Center City, then went to Boston University and on to the University of Pennsylvania for a master's in urban planning. Now 37, he's an active developer, currently working to convert vacant lots on Frankford Avenue into commercial space and condos and doing smaller townhouse projects around the Northeast.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Kiya is a sweet, humor-filled 11-year-old who loves animals, and whose favorite class in school is Pet Care (with gymnastics a close second). She delights in helping train dogs, and giving them treats when they obey. For the long term, Kiya dreams of a career as a veterinarian. In the more immediate future, though, she would like to learn more about the field by visiting an animal shelter. A fifth grader, Kiya does well in school, and her grades are continually improving. She looks forward to taking part in the school play each year.
NEWS
November 11, 2013 | By Francesca Serritella, For The Inquirer
I've been living in the city for four years, so I've earned the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in urban living. I've had all the rites of passage: My apartment's been burglarized, I've had a regular flasher, I've braved the Whole Foods lines after work, I've gone to the beach by train, I've watched the fireworks from a rooftop, and I've eaten pizza standing in the street. They say you have to toughen up to live in a major city, and in a lot of ways, it's true. For every extra convenience, something else is a little harder.
SPORTS
February 13, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
CALL THE roll: Dan Reeves, Jim Mora Jr., Andy Reid, now Chip Kelly. They all thought they could harness the diverse talents of Michael Vick for a greater football good. Now, only Kelly - surprise! - still has a chance. Reid, especially, was seduced by the possibilities that Vick brought, only to be disappointed in the end - just as Reeves and Mora were before him in Atlanta. Kelly, by contrast, seems more of a realist. Reid had a soft spot for a man returning from incarceration, a state from which his sons had also emerged.
SPORTS
October 27, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like every single player who has worn a Cherry Hill West football uniform for the last 38 years, Connor Moloney doesn't know what it's like to make the playoffs. He has an idea, though. "It would be like going to Disney World," Moloney said. Cherry Hill West hasn't punched its ticket to the Magic Kingdom. But the Lions are thinking about packing a bag. Cherry Hill West moved to the brink of the program's first playoff berth since the creation of the state tournament in 1974, with a 20-14 victory over visiting Bishop Eustace on Friday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I dated a guy named "Jake" for two years. He was my first love and he meant everything to me. Well, things happened and he broke my heart. After a year of not really talking, Jake is now texting and calling to persuade me to be his "friend with benefits. " He tries to sweet-talk me by calling me pet names. Of course, I say no over and over each time he asks on the phone. But the minute we come face-to-face or hang out, I just give in. There will always be a soft spot for Jake in my heart, and I don't know what to do. I want to stay friends because he's important to me, but I don't want to be his FWB. It brings back painful memories.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2011
MY 18-YEAR-OLD nephew, John Armstrong, gasped when I told him that the star of the Food Network's "Big Daddy's House" would be coming to my house to cook us dinner. "He's coming to your house?" "That's right. Big Daddy's coming to our house," I repeated, pausing for emphasis. Yeah, I was name-dropping. But it's not every day that McCargo cooks a meal in somebody's home. Maybe back in the day, but not since 2008, when he became the last man standing on "The Next Food Network Star" and wound up snagging the grand prize - his own TV show.
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