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The myth of SUV safety

25598767 "I bought an SUV because they're safer." "I like to sit up high." "I need four-wheel-drive to get through the snow in the winter." "I hate minivans because of the image -- people would...

Growing upbeat

25598762 In the play Brighton Beach Memoirs, the father says, "If you don't have a problem, you wouldn't live in this house," and that's no joke! Memoirs is one of Neil Simon's more serious...

Samurai bored

26968027 I have a sneaking suspicion that the American Film Institute, which makes lists like Campbell's makes soup, will soon come out with "The Top 100 Buddy Movies of All Time." I can't predict number one,...


25598747 Penne 3611 Walnut St. 215-222-0200 Credit cards accepted Wheelchair-accessible Reservations a good idea I wonder what would go through Ben Franklin's mind today if he were to walk about the University of Pennsylvania, the...

What ham!

25598752 I prepare certain foods just once a year. Corned beef and cabbage find their way to our table on St. Patrick's Day. Roast duck is a delicious and necessary comfort each December, especially...

Fear of the unknown?

26968037 Some Stella Maris parishioners seem convinced that an assisted-living facility is a done deal -- with construction set to begin soon on their church's grounds. But the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says that's...

Market will fill a gap

25598782 After a couple years of negotiations and several proposals about what would be built at 19th Street and Oregon Avenue, neighbors have gotten their wish. Acme Markets, the largest food and drug...

School days numbered

25598777 The loyalty displayed by parents and faculty of E.M. Stanton rallying to save their neighborhood school from closing just won't be enough. A group of teachers, parents and adults who volunteer as...

Answering the call

25598772 It was Feb. 3, 1943. World War II was in full swing. Lts. George L. Fox, Alexander D. Goode, John P. Washington and Clark V. Polig were not the only men who lost...

Roaring cat

25598767 In the early 1970s, I backpacked my way around the world and spent a few days in the unlikely city of Beirut, Lebanon, just before that lovely seaside capital was wracked by horrible...
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