February 17, 2001 |
The City of Brotherly Love, which two years ago earned the distinction of being America's fattest city, is trying to shed the lard. Led by Mayor John F. Street, a fitness fanatic, and Pat Croce, owner of the NBA's 76ers and a former fitness trainer, the city is trying to get residents to lose a combined 76 tons in 76 days.
September 9, 1999 |
Big Daddy's Drive-Thru is sandwiched among a Chinese restaurant, a Cuban place and a fancy Jalisco-style seafood restaurant, where you may see mariachis on a cigarette break sweltering out front in their brocaded black suits. That's good old Peck Road for you, in good old multicultural El Monte. The drive-through is a tiny fast-food building in the '30s or '40s style; it looks like an overgrown sugar cube with a takeout window.
July 30, 2000 |
Everyone remembers Philadelphia's cliches: former Mayor Frank Rizzo wearing a nightstick in his cummerbund, a dopey-eyed boxer named Rocky Balboa yelling "Yo, Adrian!" and locals shoving cheese steaks in their mouths. They're pretty inaccurate images these days. Rizzo's been dead for years, "Rocky" movies are relics and some Philadelphians are devout vegetarians. In fact, the city's downtown has been renovated and infused with cultural activity and gourmet restaurants.
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September 21, 1992 |
The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia and the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution there. But it took a 10-hour celebration in Studio City on Sunday to give the oft-bashed city the respect it deserves. "It's got history," proudly proclaimed former Philadelphian Susan Yannessa, 40, of Beverly Hills. "It's got the Liberty Bell." Yannessa was one of more than 400 expatriates, including new Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L.
November 19, 2003 |
Eight Turkish sailors, marooned aboard their ship in waters off Philadelphia since June 6 because they had no visas, have returned home after whiling away the months by playing ping-pong or exploring local delicacies such as cheese steak sandwiches, a sailor advocate said. The sailors flew home to Turkey after being holed up in the 550-foot-long bulk carrier Ahmetbey, which had been held in the Delaware River.
September 27, 1992
Carol Watson's otherwise delightful article "Natives Share Philadelphia Stories" (Sept. 21) was marred by the egregious and, alas, all too common mistake of listing Penn State as a "Philadelphia university" (Carol, Carol, Carol . . . ). Nothing against Joe Paterno's great football teams, but the Nittany Lions hail from State College in central Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is home to the University of Pennsylvania.
May 12, 1996 |
Police are trading fast food for some fast confessions. When a suspect is in custody, a Big Mac or a Whopper can be a powerful tool in getting the detainee to tell what he or she knows, detectives say. "We should open an account at Burger King," said homicide Det. Kent Hart. "Every time we walk in, they ask, 'Are you taking confessions tonight?' " The reason: Suspects get sick just thinking about jailhouse cuisine.
November 6, 2001 |
Between big bites of collard greens and a cheese steak, the world's first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart thanked God on Monday for giving him the courage to make medical history. "The biggest risk I have ever taken in my life was this risk, and it paid off big," said Robert Tools, 59. "I didn't get the courage from anyplace except from my religion, from my God."