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April 4, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
He has played God - twice - and beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, he will lead National Geographic Channel viewers on a globe-spanning search for The Story of God , but don't, whatever you do, call Morgan Freeman an expert. "I'm nowhere near an expert on anything, except, maybe, me," Freeman said in an interview in January. Still, the Oscar-winning actor's curiosity had already led him to some big questions as host and narrator of the Science Channel's Through the Wormhole , whose first episode, six seasons ago, asked, "Is There a Creator?"
NEWS
March 30, 2016
By Seymour I. "Spence" Toll Since 1945, my annual anticipation of the month of April has triggered two memories whose perfect clarity has never been muddied by the erosion of accumulating years. The first of them involves the leader of millions of fellow Americans. The second is my beloved mother and her expression of maternal devotion to me. On April 12, 1945, I was a 21-year-old private first class, an Army combat infantryman who had sustained a wound to my right arm on Dec. 16, 1944.
NEWS
March 29, 2016 | By Charles Krauthammer
The split-screen told the story: On one side, images of the terror bombing in Brussels; on the other, President Obama doing the wave with Raul Castro at a baseball game in Havana. On one side, the real world of rising global terrorism. On the other, the Obama fantasy world in which romancing a geopolitically insignificant Cuba - without an ounce of democracy or human rights yielded in return - is considered a seminal achievement of American diplomacy. Cuba wasn't so much a legacy trip as a vanity trip, vindicating the dorm-room enthusiasms of one's student days, when the Sandinistas were cool, revolution was king, and every other friend had a dog named Che. When Brussels intervened, some argued that Obama should have cut short his trip and come back home.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Yusuke Yoda knew he wanted to get married in Philadelphia. But when you live halfway across the world from the City of Brotherly Love, that takes some work. Yoda, 33, and his bride, Kazuko Inoue, 35 - both linguistics lecturers at a Tokyo university - tried for months to arrange their dream wedding from across the Pacific. They knew no caterers here, no photographers, no reception halls, not even a judge. Then they remembered the Rotary Club. The service organization was the reason Yoda had come to love Philadelphia in the first place.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
TOUR GROUP 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo. Two episodes in, it seems safe to say Jared Levy is in the running for class flirt of Bravo's Tour Group . The 38-year-old Northeast Philly native, a financial adviser who graduated from George Washington High School ("I actually went to school with Kevin Hart"), has been particularly attentive to two of his fellow travelers, nonidentical twins named Misty and Jenna. But the fast-talking Levy, whose previous TV experiences involved talking about money, said he was interested in becoming a bit less guarded and careful when he agreed to be part of a group of 11 people chosen to see the world on Tour Group . Levy spoke recently about his experiences on the show, which airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays: You introduced yourself on the show by saying, "If Steven Hawking had a baby with Snooki, I would probably be the product of that relationship.
NEWS
March 11, 2016
Buzz: Hey Marnie, what does "fair trade" mean on a wine label? I've seen it on coffee and thought on wine it meant the wines were made for fairs and conventions. Marnie: No, Buzz, it's a social-justice movement that promotes sustainability and equality for the communities that produce the goods we buy, especially in the developing world. Buzz: Wow, that sounds like something started by the hippies. Marnie: Not really, Buzz. A number of organizations provide certification on ethical standards and grant the right to apply a "fair trade" seal on packaging to inform consumers.
FOOD
March 11, 2016 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Food Editor
I had a realization as I stood before the roughly 60 volunteers at a meeting for this spring's My Daughter's Kitchen cooking classes: We have started a small cooking revolution. Readers of this newspaper have opened their wallets and rolled up their sleeves to make the dream of teaching kids to cook healthful meals a reality. These volunteers continue to inspire by their sheer volume, their dedication, their passion for how important a home-cooked meal can be in the life of a child.
NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, Staff Writer
Slim, hyper-focused Martha King stood on top of a log in a clearing on her family's wooded Chadds Ford property, raised a razor-sharp ax high above her head, and, with a two-handed grip, slammed it down into the wood inches from her feet. Then she did it again, and again, sending chips flying everywhere, until she split the log cleanly - and grinned. At 26, King is one of a small group of lumberjills who chop, saw, and chain-saw at rural, male-dominated lumberjack competitions.
SPORTS
March 5, 2016
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere took their early snubs from the World Cup of Hockey in stride, pointing out they can still be added. But some of their Flyers teammates took offense at their omissions - Giroux from Team Canada, Gostisbehere from Team North America. Teams picked their first 16 players Wednesday, and they will announce seven additions June 1. "The two of them both deserve to be playing in that tournament, no matter what," right winger Wayne Simmonds said before Thursday's game.
FOOD
March 4, 2016 | By Joy Manning, For The Inquirer
There has always been a lot for locals to love about our city's culinary soul. But as the city and its restaurants are landing on "best of" lists nationwide, it's clear the rest of the food world is sharing the love, with two Top Chef winners running restaurants here and local chefs regularly honored by the James Beard Awards. There are a lot of things driving Philadelphia's food scene forward, but one unlikely contributing force is Drexel University's Center for Hospitality & Sports Management.
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