July 19, 2014 |
The prosecutor called David Gentile a "serial shoplifter," an unrepentant thief who over nine months last year struck Target stores in four counties, pilfering only high-end Texas Instrument graphing calculators. Gentile's lawyer laughed at that, calling her 35-year-old client a "completely unsuccessful criminal," a drug addict who couldn't help but get arrested. Both descriptions may be apt, but Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo's sentence - three to 23 months in prison followed by three years' reporting probation - satisfied neither side.
January 22, 1999 |
It could have been some Warhol-inspired pop art on the wall, but instead of soup cans, almost 100 shiny teakettles caught the light in the foyer of the Whitney Museum of American Art on Tuesday night. Sporting red referees' whistles at the end of their spouts, they proceeded to strike up a calliopelike chorus of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," in a performance that challenged onlookers to keep a straight face. The teakettles, which don't ordinarily break into song, were designed by Michael Graves, a man perhaps better known for his colorful, classically inspired architecture and, to those who have visited Walt Disney World, for his Swan and Dolphin Hotels.
December 3, 2009
Tim Tam sandwich cookies, top-selling treats Down Under, are available now through March on these shores. Two flavors, chocolate creme and caramel, will be at all major supermarkets, but Classic Darks can be found only at Target stores. All three chocolate-covered cookies are addicting. Pick your favorite. The newest in Oxo's line of Good Grip measuring cups is this 1/4 cup mini, perfect for smaller measurements and calibrated in tablespoons, ounces, and milliliters. Like its larger siblings, this Oxo provides angled measurement marks inside the cup. Dishwasher safe; no-handle stability.
October 2, 1997 |
The Rendell administration expects that Philadelphians will be reaping some of the benefits from the six new stores that will be opened by the end of next year by Target Stores, the other mega-marketer - other than Wal-Mart and Kmart, that is. "Target will bring more than 1,200 new jobs to the region," said Kevin Feeley, deputy mayor for communications. "We anticipate that some of those jobs will go to Philadelphians. And when Target expands into Philadelphia, even more will go to Philadelphians.
January 10, 2013
Glass markers with personality Wine markers are great for stemware, but we've been to one too many gatherings where we try to remember where we set down our stemless glass. Solve the problem with these colorful figures that stick with tiny suction cups. And have fun assigning markers to your party guests. Who is Sneaky? Macho? Curious? Vacu Vin Party People Glass Markers, $6.95 for 12 at Sur La Table stores, or www.surlatable.com . - Ellen Dunkel iPad slipcover Many a cook has discovered the joy and convenience of cooking with an iPad, with literally millions of recipes and images at your fingertips.
October 19, 2007 |
Put the house into frightening form for Halloween with this scary stuff. Our night to haunt and howl is less than two weeks away! Set these mini-totes ($12 for 2) all around, filled with candy and other goodies. Available at www.williams-sonoma.com (online/catalog sales only). Let this glowing grapevine pumpkin ($10) greet visiting ghouls. Sold at Target stores; see www.target.com for availability. John Derian's Trademark paperweight ($60) puts the eerie fun deskside.
December 14, 1995 |
In the trenches, retailers are slugging through a disheartening Christmas season. TeleCheck Services Inc., which monitors Christmas sales by tracking check transactions, reported a 7.2 percent decline in holiday sales from last year. But at the Marriott Hotel in Center City yesterday, all that gloom and doom was eclipsed by visions of a future rosy with possibilities as representatives of retail chains described their plans to expand in the Philadelphia region. Today, at the International Council of Shopping Centers' deal-making sessions, retailers' real estate representatives will be huddling with regional shopping-center developers to see how many of those rosy plans can be translated into signed leases.
February 10, 1994 |
A Philadelphia jeweler, accused of helping direct a team of "smash-and- grab" robbers who allegedly stole more than $2 million in jewelry in five states, was released on bail yesterday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter B. Scuderi freed Alexander Khaytin on $500,000 bail after he posted $10,000 in cash and family and friends posted real estate valued at more than $600,000. Scuderi warned Khaytin and the four property owners that all four homes would be forfeited if Khaytin fled or failed to make court appearances.
January 7, 2014 |
GLOUCESTER COUNTY A team of Gloucester County students is learning how to tackle what President Obama has called "one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation": the cyberthreat. The 30 students, ages 12 to 18, are members of the Gloucester County Composite Squadron of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the Air Force. The squadron is similar to ROTC. It helped distribute food to people in a Shore town in the aftermath of Sandy, led a toy drive for children with autism, and participated in other community activities.
May 15, 1990 |
ANOTHER SIDE OF FRIES French fries are bad for you, right? Wrong, says Swedish food expert Ingrid Lamberg, who maintains that pommes frites, as they are known in Europe, contain a near-complete supply of vitamins and minerals and, if cooked properly, are relatively low in fat. Lamberg says boiling sliced spuds briefly and letting them dry before frying cuts down on the fat absorbed. STEP-BY-STEP A grass-roots spiritual renewal is sweeping the country, but not with more of you going to religious services.