July 16, 2013 |
Daily fasting by devout Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan is always a challenge of self-discipline. When the month falls in the summer, as it did this year, beginning last Tuesday, the long days from sunup to sundown make going without food or drink until the break-fast meal, or iftar , even harder. Linked to the lunar calendar, the start of the holiday, which celebrates God's revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad, moves back about 11 days annually, explained Arshad Amanullah, of Collegeville, who joined 150 worshipers at Thursday's prayer service and iftar at the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge mosque in Devon.
July 15, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The Orlando Pro Summer League has come and gone, and we won't be watching the 76ers again until the preseason begins. Summer leagues are basically glorified pickup games. But the games do give you a good look at the new draft picks. They enable you to see what some of the veterans have learned, and introduce you to undrafted rookies trying to make NBA rosters. The NBA preseason is slated to begin Oct. 4. So here are some things we learned about the 76ers: Michael Carter-Williams still has a lot of work to do running a team as a primary point guard.
July 15, 2013 |
Song-of-the-summer seekers will find many gone-viral candidates in this first summer in which YouTube clicks count in sending a song toward the top of the charts. Among them: the badly behaving Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," whose "unrated" video featuring topless female models has been banned by YouTube. (A cleaned-up version has still managed to garner more than 86 million hits.) The season's pop music playlist before you stretches to about 90 minutes - longer than a mix CD because, really, who listens to CDs anymore?
July 14, 2013
This is your opportunity to show where you went and what you did on vacation this summer season, from Memorial Day, May 27, to Labor Day, Sept. 2. We'll pay $25 each for four of the five best photos. The photographer of the winning photo will receive $100. We want to see sunrises and sunsets, water-skiers and zip-liners, mountain hikes and campsites, and, of course, maxing and relaxing. We'll announce the five finalists on Sept. 15. In addition, we'll print a Photo of the Week as selected by Inquirer editors.
July 12, 2013 |
"Man, I love basketball. I just really love playing basketball. " - Dionte Christmas ORLANDO - In a little more than a week, Dionte Christmas has gone through almost a dozen practices, will have played five games in 6 days and then will leave tomorrow to do it all over again in Las Vegas. And still, despite the soreness and the early wake-up calls and the nonstop grind that is Summer League basketball, the Temple alum simply can't get enough. His energy is boundless, his enthusiasm almost noncontainable.
July 12, 2013
GOT A BEER mule in the family? You know, someone traveling out of town this summer who's willing to lug back a few bottles? Then, I have a list for you. These are the gems you can't buy in the Philadelphia area - top-rated brews that you might've read about but never tasted because they're simply not shipped our way. Unless, of course, you have your own mule. Where's yours headed this summer? Northwest The no-brainer from this region is Alaskan Smoked Porter , the rich, smoky dark beer from Juneau that makes its way as far as Texas, and no farther east.
July 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Having a delicious product that comes in beautiful packaging and fills a unique niche might not be enough to make it in the crowded world of gourmet foods on the market today. To really get noticed, you need a story. At least that would be the impression one would get wandering past the 2,470 booths of specialty food producers at last week's Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. From Flamous Brands' falafel chips packed with 21 herbs, spices, and legumes to Ajiri Tea Co.'s teas grown by a co-op of micro-farms in Kenya and packed in boxes designed by Kenyan women, many of the exhibitors wanted the show's estimated 24,000 attendees to know that their products were either good for the consumer, good for the world, or both.
July 11, 2013 |
Bikinis on the sand? Of course. Monokinis at the swim-up bar? No problem. One-piece by the pool? Absolutely. Any swimwear silhouette goes this summer - as long as you feel fabulous in it. It's the print that makes it of-the-moment. Think bold, black-and-white patterns, multicolored stripes, and beaded details. And then there are the accessories. "People are making entire looks out of their swimwear," said Taylor Schlette, the Baltimore-based marketing coordinator for the South Moon Under retail chain.
July 10, 2013 |
WHEN THE LIGHTS went on at the playground at 10th and Olney for another round of games in the Chosen League last Wednesday night, an unexpected visitor drew a crowd upon news of his participation. His flow and charisma with the ball, and without, wowed fans, and opposing players alike. Rysheed Jordan scored 26 points in his return to the Chosen League, the only time he will play in the league this summer. The star guard is headed off to spend the summer practicing with his new team, the St. John's Red Storm.
July 10, 2013 |
Every summer for the last 37 years, Italiano's, a South Philadelphia landmark, has sold a South Philadelphia trademark: water ice. But this summer, the first-floor window of the Italiano home on South 12th Street has never opened to customers. The store, which once sported a hanging white sign reading "Italiano's" in red block letters, has consistently ranked as one of the best water ice and gelato shops in Philadelphia. After the sudden death of the owner's 52-year-old brother, Frankie Italiano, in February, the family decided to pay respects to Frankie and delay the shop's planned summer opening.