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Brave and Proud

Appearing on the Today show with Matt, Katie, Al and Ann would more than likely make even the most self-assured person a little nervous. After all, millions watch the live NBC morning show...

Tailpipe tactics

The auto industry went into overdrive last week, propelled by highly flammable legislation in California. It seems that the Golden State, which already has the country's toughest emissions laws, passed a new bill that...

Those were the days, already?

Nostalgia is a funny thing. It usually takes 20 years before a trend resurfaces and is re-embraced by the masses. For instance, the sounds and looks of the '50s came back during the...

Support from the home front

Tech. Sgt. Frank Dragon (left) and Staff Sgt. Richard Scavola, both St. John Neumann alums from South Philadelphia, recently crossed paths in the Middle East, where both are serving in the Air Force. Dragon,...

Spy sequel is Double-OK

Aside from its live-action format, what made the first Spy Kids resonate with its audience -- in this reviewer's humble opinion -- was the story. Basically a twist on ordinary people dealing with extraordinary...

Sideline activity

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park has been home to more than picnickers, sunbathers and flocks of birds this summer. Joining the regular park guests have been dump trucks, backhoes and bulldozers hauling tons of...

Sweating it out

It has been hot -- asphalt-boiling, rubber-sole-melting hot. Thermometer readings have topped 90 so many times this summer, the 76ers ought to be jealous. Despite the heat, it is no mirage that a...

Scared straight

Traffic Court has become a popular place this summer. Thanks to the city's Live Stop program, which took effect July 1 and allows police to confiscate cars operated by unlicensed, unregistered drivers, people queue...

Hoa Viet

Hoa Viet 1022 Race St. 215-592-8540 Credit cards accepted A few steps up into restaurant BYOB Open daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. � When I...

Spoonful of history

Sharpen your No. 2 pencils; it's time to take an ice-cream quiz. The hand-cranked ice-cream churn was invented by: (a) Thomas Jefferson, (b) Benjamin Franklin or (c) Nancy Johnson. The ice-cream soda was...
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