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 |
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.
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 6, 2013 |
'Buy a paper from Jerry," they used to say, "he may give you a drawing!" That was back in the early 1950s, when now-renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney worked as a kid at a newsstand at the corner of Germantown and Chelten Avenues. "You couldn't find me without pencils and sketch pad . . . In between selling newspapers I would sketch people waiting for the bus or the trolley," Pinkney, now 73, said recently. "It was a very busy intersection. The department store, Rowell's, was right across from the newsstand and I would draw the window displays.
July 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving U.S. drivers a break as they set out for the beach and other vacation spots for the Fourth of July weekend. The national average for a gallon has fallen for 21 days straight and is now below $3.50 for the first time since February. The reason: Oil prices have been relatively stable, and refineries are turning out more gasoline after completing springtime maintenance. The drop may be interrupted temporarily because oil prices spiked Wednesday on fears that the turmoil in Egypt would disrupt the flow of crude in the Mideast.