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Sit down, have something to eat and join in the conversation. Around the Kitchen Table is all about food, family and folklore -- the three cornerstones of local culture. Four siblings from a...

The week that was

If you cared about the environment, it was quite a week for the auto industry. In a move that was like wish fulfillment for the world's greens, Ford hinted that it was going...

A topsy-turvy affair

The Good Girl Rated R Starts tomorrow at area theaters Two-and-a-half reels out of four The Good Girl is so all over the map emotionally and stylistically that you need a...

Food Feature

Today is Julia Child's 90th birthday. To honor the occasion, some friends and I are tossing an honorary birthday party. It will be an alfresco event, since Julia was born in the summertime. ...

Made in Japan

So the Philadelphia Museum of Art has a solo exhibition of this guy -- a major retrospective, actually -- who favors Walt Whitman, Beethoven and Van Gogh; learned lithography in Philadelphia; pushed the limits...

For the kids’ sake

When Tonya Rose opened a daycare center in South Philly this summer, it was just another step in a career that has been dedicated to helping children. Rose is the founder and executive...


Novelty 15 S. Third St. 215-627-7885 Credit cards accepted Wheelchair-accessible Open for lunch and dinner Reservations a good idea www.noveltyrestaurant.com � Webster's Dictionary cites five definitions for the Latin-rooted "novelty." One...

Seeing the lights?

To light or not to light? That is the burning question concerning the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge, known by some as the Passyunk Avenue Bridge. It's an issue that has sparked a...

Street tells tales out of school

Mayor John Street couldn't help grinning when he talked about the protracted negotiations between the School Reform Commission and the company set to take over 45 schools next month. He called it "the...

It’s bindweed, curse it

A gardener's life is not a happy one -- at least sometimes. This year it's been heat and drought, and now the dreaded bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). I thought I'd gotten rid of the...
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