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NEWS
March 23, 1995
There is a fanciful, down-the-rabbit-hole quality to Republican welfare "reform" legislation being debated in the House of Representatives. In the wonderland inhabited by Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America crowd, the outrageous idea that "less is more" has become an article of faith. But not to worry. Instead of scrambling to close the funding gaps likely to be created by welfare "reform," social-service agencies and public schools can find a model for Life Under the Contract close to home - in Upper Darby, Delaware County.
NEWS
March 1, 2013
ONE OF THE JOYS, if not the reason, for going to the movies is popcorn, but a new movie may have you thinking twice about munching while watching. "A Place at the Table," which opens nationally Friday (see story and review on Pages 29 and 30) is a powerful look at a problem that should not exist in this country: hunger. The documentary is notable, and not just for the human stories it tells of working and unemployed families who struggle to get enough food to feed their families.
SPORTS
May 12, 2012 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Before every game, Gloucester Catholic softball coach Tom Sullivan has the same brief conversation with Cait Eltzholtz. "I look her in the eyes," Sullivan said, "and I tell her, 'I need you to get on base.' " How the scrappy leadoff hitter does so is generally not Sullivan's concern. And why should it be? Eltzholtz has won two state championships. She has as much softball in her blood as any South Jersey athlete. And she has done nothing but earn the trust of her coaches and teammates in a career that includes more than 100 hits.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2014 | By Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
Dinner at the Rosen Schwartz household is no rushed, throw-a-slice-of-a-pizza-on-a-paper-plate affair. OK, it is on occasion - the hazard of 21st-century married-with-kids life. But often enough, and certainly on this school night, the family of four sit down to a properly set table for dinner - emphasis on properly set. "On a regular basis, I insist on this scaled-down formality, that there are essential items that belong in a table setting that go on our table," Lynn Rosen, 52, says from her Elkins Park house.
NEWS
November 11, 2011 | By Becky Sher, McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE
As families gather for large and loud celebrations at year's end, children often are relegated to a space of their own during meals, whether they like it or not. "I love the idea of everyone around the table for Thanksgiving, sharing stories and enjoying each other's company. But sometimes, that isn't realistic," says Lydia Menzies, a former teacher who now plans parties and writes a children's party blog called "The Party Wagon" (party-wagon.com). "I think the best approach is to do what works best for your family and the flow of the host or hostess' home.
FOOD
November 20, 2008
For Thanksgiving dinner, or any night hot dishes are served, these autumnal steel trivets brighten the table setting with a splash of graphic color. Also, a nice token for your Thanksgiving hostess. Recycled multitaskers Made from recycled plastic bags, these cute baskets have already fulfilled their debt to the planet. They unsnap for flat storage, or, for yet another use, serve as a placemat. Pumpkin at its best The Chestnut Hill soup-and-sandwich stalwart Jonathan Best has opened a second location in the Reading Market, taking over the space of a former vitamin stand.
LIVING
February 11, 1998 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Forget about it. With few exceptions, that's the answer if you're interested in booking a table for two at a romantic restaurant on Valentine's Day. The calendar and a big convention in town have conspired against procrastinators. For the first time since 1987, Valentine's Day is on a Saturday night, traditionally the busiest night anyway. Also in town this weekend is the American Association for the Advancement of Science Convention. Dinner for 6,570 people will be part of the equation.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2011
DEAR ABBY: From time to time, my husband and I are asked by some friends to dine out with them. However, the wife does some things that make us very uncomfortable. She prides herself on being friendly and outgoing. When we're in a restaurant, she'll go from table to table and engage in conversations with people she doesn't know. She'll ask where they're from, what they've ordered, etc. Once, she eavesdropped while the people at the next table discussed what they were ordering and gave them her opinion on what they should "really" order.
NEWS
March 2, 2012 | By Stacy Downs, McClatchy Newspapers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - So much is happening with the coffee table that Cosmo Kramer needs to update his coffee-table book on coffee tables. During the 1990s Seinfeld era, the coffee table was mainly a place to place food and remote controls - and maybe rest your feet when Mom wasn't looking. The ubiquitous wooden piece of furniture was a far cry from the 1950s cocktail table, limbo-low with a sculptural wooden or chrome base and an elegant round glass top. Home furnishings design forecaster Michelle Lamb is seeing a return to artistry in coffee tables, and more function than ever.
NEWS
January 30, 2003 | By Sylvia Auerbach
We were surprised - forks in mid-air - when she stopped at our table. "Would you mind if I visited for a few minutes?" "Of course not. " The four of us were feeling mellow. We were at Victor's Caf? in South Philadelphia, celebrating the 62d wedding anniversary of Liz and Iz, and 50-plus years of friendship. Dorothy was maybe five feet tall, silver hair stylishly cut, the wrinkles of age denied by a young, broad smile, an orange turtleneck sweater, a surprisingly strong voice, and a stance to match.
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NEWS
September 14, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Philadelphia Gas Works has notified 500,000 customers that it is open to competition. But it's the public-utility version of setting a table, inviting guests for a banquet, then offering them nothing to eat. Despite years of preparation and millions spent to remove obstacles to competition, no other gas suppliers have extended offers to PGW's residential customers. "Residential-market conditions are not ideal for competitive suppliers in PGW territory," said Bernie Tylor, a spokesman for WGL Energy Services, a District of Columbia supplier active in other parts of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
August 14, 2016
By Donald Ray Pollock Doubleday. 365 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke It's 1917, but along the border of Georgia and Alabama, it might as well be 1817. There, the three Jewett brothers eke out a miserable life along with their father, Pearl, who looks forward to dining at the heavenly table, where there will be "no scrounging for scraps," a table only for "them that shun the temptations of this world. " Pearl has not always been so pious, however. According to the narrator, his sons' names - Cane, Cob, and Chimney - are what one should expect "when a man who's been off the sauce for a while consumes too much whiskey and then insists on having his way. " But The Heavenly Table isn't merely Southern Gothic.
NEWS
August 8, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA John E. McMullan set the Inquirer's course John E. McMullan, who died Monday in Cutler Bay, Fla., at age 95, was a key figure in the transition of the Philadelphia Inquirer from the Walter Annenberg days to today. He took over the scandal-plagued Inquirer on Jan. 1, 1970, at age 48 for Knight Newspapers and immediately improved it. Annenberg's Inquirer had a history of feuding with prominent figures he disliked, including gubernatorial candidate Milton J. Shapp.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Efforts to legalize such services as UberX in Philadelphia are taking a summer break. Pennsylvania state legislators said Thursday a long-gestating bill that would establish a regulatory framework for ride hailing through apps would not be voted on before the legislature took its summer recess. It will likely be reconsidered in September, lawmakers said. "There just isn't time in the present session," said state Rep. Robert Godshall. Companies such as Uber and Lyft are active in Philadelphia, but the city is the only place in the state where they do business without regulatory oversight.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I completely understand that people have very different expectations about who will pay at a celebratory "let's go out to XX restaurant" night. What I struggle with is how to know who will pay. I received an Evite from the birthday girl to join her at a restaurant with a hipster bar, and because I love her and want to celebrate, I RSVP'd yes. Because I am short of money, I planned to buy the b'day girl a drink, stay for an hour, give her a little gift, and head out. My plan was quashed, though.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey's third-largest public university broke public bidding laws when it purchased a custom conference table shipped from China that ultimately cost nearly a quarter-million dollars, the state comptroller said in a report Wednesday. Officials at Kean University in Union County authorized a Chinese manufacturer to build and ship the 22-person, state-of-the-art table before obtaining approval from the school's board of trustees, according to the comptroller's 19-month investigation.
NEWS
June 1, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - If proponents of expanded gambling have their way, Pennsylvania may fill part of its looming budget gap with income from round-the-clock cocktails in casinos, slots machines in airports, and wagers made legally on phones and laptops. The House last week toyed with measures that would have legalized online gambling, allowed slot machines at airports and offtrack betting sites, and permitted 24-hour liquor sales at casinos. One proposal would also have allowed video-gaming terminals at bars and truck stops.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Question: My husband and I have just purchased our first home. We are very excited to finally host all the friends and family who kindly fed us over the years. My husband is agnostic, I am atheist, and we do not say grace. My father-in-law always says grace and insists all bow their heads and participate. I have always respected this in his home but do not want this in my own home. How do I explain our "house policy" without causing a rift?
FOOD
May 5, 2016
St. Martin of Tours It was unanimous: Curried chicken, crudite and homemade ranch, and strawberry shortcake. The students practically made the entire meal without any assistance! They have truly become master chefs and are excited to continue cooking new foods at home. Phoenix Diaz even said, "Next week, I'm going to make dinner!" - Ashley Stadtfeld, Pattie Farrell La Salle Academy Hannah Bickert loved learning new recipes and cooking with her peers. Marvese Forrest learned how to clean up after herself and wished she could participate next year.
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