<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:12:49 -0500 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:12:49 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Philly Auto Show Underway]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:16:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/delucia+at+philly+auto+show+2015.PNG The yearly event provides car shoppers an opportunity to find the right fit that meets their needs and budget.]]> <![CDATA["Ugh! That Newsweek Cover": Silicon Valley Women Respond]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:22:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/newsweekmain.jpg

Newsweek's latest cover on "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women" sparked a firestorm Thursday —  on Twitter and in Silicon Valley — with some accusing the magazine of taking on sexism with a sexist cover.

The clip-art cover shows a woman in red heels holding a laptop, while a cursor lifts up her red dress.

“It's going to take a revolution to change the sordid and systemic sexism in Silicon Valley,” was how Newsweek tweeted out its cover story, which delves into scandals and controversies that have rocked the valley — from tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal who was accused of attacking his girlfriend to the sexual harassment lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins to startup “bro culture.”

"Well, Newsweek, the revolution's not going to start like this," feminist site Jezebel fired off on Twitter.

"Clickbait, designed to piss off women while pretending to investigate sexism in tech. Fail--but you know it," tweeted Jennifer Pozner, executive director of Women in Media and News.

“It’s kind of like doing a story about rape and having the cover image be a cartoon with a victim handcuffed to a bed,” tweeted Carmel DeAmicis, a reporter for Gigaom.

But it wasn’t just social media pundits and journalists lashing out.

The cover also got a lot of buzz at the Tech Superwoman Summit in San Francisco Thursday.

"Yikes," "What the heck," "This is the actual cover?" ... "Well interesting" — female software engineers and excecutives chimed in.

“I don’t know if I would have gone with that graphic,” said Cathryn Posey, founder of Tech Superwoman.

“It’s unfortunate, parents will tell their girls ‘don’t go into the tech industry,' when that’s only part of the story,” said Julie Elberfeld, an MVP at Capital One.

The Newsweek article itself points out that despite running tech giants such as Yahoo and HP, women are still under-represented in tech, something conference attendees didn't disagree with. Google, Facebook and Apple recently released gender breakdowns for its employees, and the numbers don’t look too good for women.

“I also think it’s our biggest opportunity — with this data, now that we know what’s going on, we can all partner to solve it, so I think it’s a transcendental moment for the industry if we can come together on it,” Posey said.

“We are actively hiring and recruiting right now, and we are looking to bring in a good balance of men and women,” said Julie Giannini of New Relic.

Newsweek’s editor James Impoco responded to the backlash, telling The Daily Beast: “We came up with an image that we felt represented what that story said about Silicon Valley. If people get angry, they should be angry.”

<![CDATA[Philly Flower Show Theme Revealed]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:28:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009372262_1200x675_391107651915.jpg Organizers have announced this year's Philadelphia Flower Show theme.]]> <![CDATA[A 'Lyft' From Your Smartphone]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:34:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Lyft+Generic.jpg

Philadelphia is about to get a “Lyft” that could cause further headaches for the Philadelphia Parking Authority already dealing with the ridesharing cutting into traditional taxi business.

Lyft, the ridesharing service/app known for its pink mustache, will begin serving Philadelphia Friday night, the company announced Tuesday.

“Lyft’s friendly drivers -- like Renee, a grad student at the University of Pennsylvania and Dave, a local pub owner -- will be ready to provide welcoming, memorable, and affordable rides,” the company wrote on its blog.

But the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxi and limousine services in the city, is ready to go after Lyft, like it did with UberX, for operating in the city.

"The PPA will fully enforce all existing laws prohibiting illegal hack taxi service in the city of Philadelphia," said Vince Fenerty, PPA's executive director, in a news release Tuesday. 

"Unlike the 1,600 licensed medallion cabs in the city, there is no guarantee that Lyft cars are clean, safe, inspected, or insured," he said. "Lyft drivers have no training and have not gone through extensive driving and criminal background checks."

The San Francisco-based service lets people request rides in private cars on their smartphones and promises to serve the city from “Rittenhouse to South Philly to Fishtown.”

The drivers, however, should cart passengers at their own risk, warned Fenerty, who said they could face fines and even jail time.

"Like UberX drivers, Lyft drivers will also be fined $1,000, as well as having their cars impounded and be required to pay all associated towing, storage, and court costs," he said. "Drivers are committing a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of $2,500 and/or a one-year jail sentence."

The regulations need to catch up with current services, according to a Lyft spokeswoman, who added the company will support its drivers should they incur any legal troubles.

"Current rules for taxis and limos were created long before anything like Lyft was ever imagined," Chelsea Wilson said in a statement Tuesday.

"In any case of citation, Lyft will respond immediately to provide support and will also cover the costs of the citations and any necessary legal assistance," Wilson said.  "Lyft drivers are also covered by $1 million of commercial liability coverage, which acts as primary to a driver's personal policy from the time the driver has been matched with a passenger until the ride ends in the app."

Representatives with the rideshare service have spoken with city officials, including the PPA, about the company's "strong commitment to safety and peer-to-peer model," added Wilson, who said Lyft drivers undergo extensive criminal background and driving history checks, as well as a 19-point vehicle inspection.

Photo Credit: Lyft]]>
<![CDATA[Local Puppy Drafted for Puppy Bowl]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:29:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/jamison+puppy+bowl.jpg

Jamison, a rescued pup from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, will be one of the adorable doggies featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Sunday.

“I don’t care about the Super Bowl, but we’ll be watching the Puppy Bowl,” Head of New Life Animal Rescue Kim Mangione told Burlington County Times. “We watch it every year, but this year we’ll be watching Jamison. We know he’ll do great.”

The pit bull-terrier mix was rescued by Animal Care and Control Team in Philadelphia when he was less than three weeks old. Soon after, he was transferred to New Life Animal Rescue suffering from worms, seizures, cigarette burns and a variety of maladies.

The Evesham-based shelter took the three-pound pooch to Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, where he was promptly treated.

When Animal Planet contacted the shelter about any playful puppy candidates, Mangione recommended Jamison and submitted pictures and video.

The Puppy Bowl is taped in October, but airs every year on Super Bowl Sunday.

If you’re unfamiliar, here’s all you need to know -- it’s a small field filled with puppies and toys. The event is live-tweeted by a bird and features kittens during half-time. It’s the kind of adorable that makes hearts explode with joy.

Tune in this Sunday at 3 p.m.

Photo Credit: Animal Planet]]>
<![CDATA[Popular Doughnut Shop Begins Delivery Service]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:51:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/b1318470ab8311e3a5c71250dc3745878.jpg

Doughnut and fried chicken lovers rejoice, Philly’s beloved Federal Donuts now offers delivery!

The shop, known for its sugary-sweet doughnut and savory fried chicken announced their new online ordering and home delivery service on their Twitter account Sunday.

Delivery is offered through the delivery site Caviar and even offers a pre-order option when the shop is closed..

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<![CDATA[Seeing Empty Shelves? Gas Lines?]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:32:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Empty_Shelf_Juice_640x480.jpg

The potential of a big snowstorm had residents rushing to the supermarket and gas station to load up on supplies Monday before the storm strengthens overnight.

If you're out for last-minute necessities and you see empty shelves, long lines and evidence of the pre-storm rush snap a quick photo and tweet it to @NBCPhiladelphia for a chance to see it on our site or on air! Don't forget to tag #NBC10snow.

<![CDATA[Artist Creates Iconic Album Art on Her Etch-a-Sketch]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:26:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/185*120/Alli+Kurtz+Bruce+Springsteen+Born+in+the+USA+art.JPG

Some iconic album covers are getting a face-lift of sorts from a Philadelphia-based artist. Her medium of choice isn’t a pencil, pen or even crayons. Instead, 30 year-old Alli Katz uses the white knobs on her red Etch-a-Sketch to transform the likes of Bruce Springsteen’s "Born in the USA," and the Beatles’ "Abbey Road" into a mechanical masterpiece.

The left knob creates horizontal lines while the right makes vertical ones. When you turn both at the same time you have the ability to create diagonal lines and it seems Katz has perfected this technique as her creations are far from the boxes and mazes most people are able to produce.

This kind of art form takes patience and perseverance as Katz explains that sometimes she has to start over several times before she gets the image just right. One that proved especially difficult for her was Fleetwood Mac’s "Rumors" album art.

"Sometimes I have to start a really simple one six or seven times because there is something off about it and there's no way to cover up mistakes," Katz told Fast Company Connection.

The other dilemma with Etch-a-Sketch art is that the image can be shook off easily and with only four or five Etch-a-Sketches in her collection she must often scrap one picture to start a new one. Don’t worry though, before Katz shakes it off, she makes sure to Instagram her works of art including one of her recent renderings of Taylor Swift’s "1989."

Photo Credit: Fast Company Connection]]>
<![CDATA[County Tries to Draw Winter Tourists in New Campaign]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:03:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/Valley+Forge+Park.PNG Montgomery County is trying to draw tourists with its new "Make It Montco" campaign, promoting the area with TV and billboard ads featuring local restaurants and winter attractions, including Valley Forge Historial Park

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<![CDATA[Target Launches New Plus-Size Line]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:51:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/240*120/AVA+VIV+Header.jpg

Target has announced plans to unveil a new clothing line designed specifically for plus-size women.

The line, expected to arrive in mid-February, was designed by Target's in-house design team and features "stylish basics along with trend-driven statement pieces that fashionistas will love," the company said in a release Wednesday.

Similar to Target’s other apparel line, the new AVA & VIV clothing will be updated monthly, with prices ranging from $10 to $79.99.

“Target is synonymous with great design, and with the launch of AVA & VIV, we’re stepping up our fashion game for our Plus-size guests,” Stacia Andersen, senior vice president of merchandising, apparel and accessories at Target said in a statement. “From stylish original prints to the attention to detail and fit, this line is meant to impress and we can’t wait to share it with our guests.”

As part of their latest line launch, the Minneapolis-based retailer enlisted the help of a blogger who once called for a boycott of the company. Chastity Garner, along with fellow plus-size bloggers Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason, were hired to help promote the line and give feedback on the newest collection.

Last August, Garner announced she was boycotting Target after the company released their Altuzarra for Target collection.

"Year after year, season after season, you put out these gorgeous designer collections and you almost never include a plus range. Every time each of these collections is about to be released it feels like a slap in the face," Garner wrote. “You may ask, ‘Is there any way I will take you back?’ I will take you back, when and only when, you include true plus sizes in your designer range collaborations. Until then, I will take my money elsewhere."

The line will be available on Target.com on Feb. 22 and will arrive in stores mid-February through March, the company said.

Photo Credit: Target
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<![CDATA[Sad Monkey Consoled by Pal]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:08:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/012215+comforting+monkeys.jpg

Think you had a bad day? Try trading places with this sad little monkey.

In this adorable clip from Miami's Zoological Wildlife Foundation, Angelica, a capuchin monkey, lands herself in timeout. And clearly, she is heartbroken over it.

Jessica Soto, an assistant with ZWF Miami, tells NBC 6 that Angelica is a 2-year-old capuchin monkey, and Toby is almost 4. Together, the pair were both playing with a Yorkie puppy when Toby pulled on the pup's leg. The two were scolded, and Angelica took off running to hide. As a result, Soto says both monkeys were put in timeout.

In the clip, we can see Angelica inconsolably rest her head in her hands, looking truly heartbroken over her predicament.

Thankfully, her good friend Toby was there to make their time in timeout more bearable. 

In the adorable clip, Toby can be seen putting a caring arm around his pal, offering some friendly chatter, and even giving her a few sweet scratches to the head.

The caption on the @zwfmiami Instagram page says,"Toby consoling Angelica, who's on timeout," along with the hashtag "#almosthuman."

Soto says capuchin monkeys are highly intelligent and are often used as service animals, as is the case with Angelica and Toby who are the service animals of a ZWF guest.

Thankfully, Soto says Angelica was not kept in timeout very long, but just long enough to capture the sweet moment between two friends on video.

Photo Credit: ZWF Miami/Instagram
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<![CDATA[Oreo Dresses Up for Valentine's Day With New Flavor]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:00:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/oreo+red+velvet+1200.jpg

Oreos are dressing up for Valentine’s Day.

The treat dubbed “milk’s favorite cookie” has a new look and flavor, one that is popular among foodies—Red Velvet. The chocolate cookies are now red and have a creme cheese spread between them.

They will hit stores on February 2 and be around for only six to eight weeks.

Eager Oreo lovers can enter for a chance to win free samples before they hit shelves — 20, 250 people will be selected to try the cake-like treats.

According to a taste test by Today.com, the Red Velvet cookies have garnered mixed reviews. Some call it too sweet while others think they are simply delish. 

<![CDATA[Embattled Bill Cosby Continues Tour]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:47:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP475625555815.jpg Despite recent sexual assault allegations, famed-comedian Bill Cosby performed to a sold out crowd in California Sunday night.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Grateful Dead to Reunite for July Farewell Shows]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:15:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/gratefuldead.jpg

The Grateful Dead is coming back to life for final concerts in July.

The band announced Friday that surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will perform three shows from July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the shows will mark its final performances, the band said. They last performed at the Chicago venue in 1995 with band member Jerry Garcia, who died a month after the show.

Tickets for "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will be available through a mail order system on Jan. 20. They go on sale online Feb. 14.

The Grateful Dead will be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and pianist Bruce Hornsby at the concerts.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[100 Cases of Beer at Your Door? There's an App for That]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:54:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bud+Light+App.jpg

Some Bud Light lovers can now get beer delivered to their door with the tap of a smartphone screen.

With two weeks to go until Super Bowl Sunday, Anheuser-Busch has introduced a new app offering home delivery of Bud Light in less than an hour.

The free app "Bud Light Button" made its debut in Washington, D.C., this week. It provides Bud Light during the legal hours that alcohol is allowed to be sold in the city. The company said a "nominal" delivery fee will be charged, but did not specify the amount.

As of Thursday, D.C. residents of legal drinking age were able to order between one and 100 cases of beer with just the touch of a button.

The app is part of Bud Light’s "Up for Whatever" campaign to encourage customers to have spontaneous fun.

David J. Hanson, professor emeritus of sociology at the State University of New York at Potsdam, said the app follows a broader trend of dry counties becoming wet and blue law prohibitions against Sunday sales of alcohol declining.

"I think a lot of people will be willing to pay the extra fee for home delivery. Hopefully it will decrease the number of drinking and driving injuries as well," said Hanson, who has researched alcohol and drinking for more than 40 years.

He hopes to see the app spreading to all 50 states, predicting that it will do well if the company sees people vote with their dollars... or with their pointer fingers. 

The app is currently only available on Android-powered smart phones; an IOS version is coming soon.

For more information on how to download the app, click here.  

<![CDATA[Local Red Carpet Event Raising Money for Disability Services]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:38:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/woods+service+disability+fundraiser+red+carpet.PNG NBC10's Tracy Davidson talks to Hilary Stephens from Woods Services about the work they do to help people with intellectual and developmental diabilities and discuss the upcoming "Hollywoods" Red Carpet Gala fundraiser held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue on Saturday, Jan. 17 emceed by NBC10's Jim Rosenfield. Woods student Josh Pensinger also shares his experiences at the school.]]> <![CDATA[Fall Trial for 'Jersey Shore' Star]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:00:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_arrestan_a_mike_sorrentino_jersey_shore.jpg Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, a star from the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" will go to trial next fall on tax charges/

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Cookies on Sale]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:29:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/girl+scout+cookie+boxes1.jpg On behalf of Girl Scouts, Natalye Paquin and Jazlyn Crawford join NBC10's Vai Sikahema to discuss the wildly popular girl scout cookies.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift Controversy Not Slowing Spotify]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:52:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/spotify_722x406_2172347738.jpg Despite the recent Taylor Swift controversy the music streaming service Spotify says business is doing well and that they added 2.5 million paying-users since the young singer decided to pull her entire catalog of songs back in November.]]> <![CDATA[New High Rise in University City]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 07:33:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009231385_1200x675_384110659845.jpg Philadelphia is celebrating a new high rise in University City. There will be a topping off ceremony on Wednesday for the new building on 3737 Chestnut Street.]]> <![CDATA[Delta Makes Flight With 2 Passenger]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:26:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Empty-Plane.jpg

Legroom wasn't an issue for one Brooklyn man who was lucky enough to be one of two passengers on a flight from Cleveland to New York City Monday morning.

Chris O'Leary, editor of beer blog Brew York, tweeted a photo of himself on the otherwise empty plane before the jet turned back to the gate to pick up a second passenger, according to his Twitter feed.

"They rebooked everyone but me on another flight to LGA, so I am literally the only person on this plane," O'Leary said in one tweet.

In another tweet, O'Leary said that a second passenger got on the plane just as his plane was about to push back from the gate. The two passengers then departed for New York City.

Several other Twitter users expressed envy at O'Leary's presumably peaceful flight.

"Talk about leg room. No babies crying. And, no fighting over the arm rest. Play the lottery, you're sure to win," tweeted Kesha B.

Photo Credit: Chris O'Leary via Twitter @ohhleary
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<![CDATA['Ellen Show' Spotlights Philly Pizzeria's $1 Slice Mission]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:57:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Elen+DeGeneres+Rosa+Pizza+Mason+Wartman.jpg

Mason Wartman, owner of Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, is trying to help Philly's homeless with dollar slices and one simple question ...

" ... Can I get one off the wall?"

And the Center City pizza shop owner's efforts to feed the hungry have now gained national attention.

"They come in for the good pizza and they just happen to help people at the same time," said Ellen DeGeneres as she featured Wartman's $1 slice mission on Tuesday's Ellen Show on NBC10.

NBC10.com first told you about the mission in November. The interior of Rosa’s is covered in neon and even some pizza-shaped post-it notes. Those notes reflect prepaid slices bought by customers who can afford it, for people who can’t. If you're in need, you simply ask to grab a post-it off the wall.

More than 8,500 slices have already been served to homeless people inside the restaurant on 11th Street between Market and Chestnut streets, said Wartman.

Wartman, a native of Plymouth Meeting liked the $1 slice concept — popular in pizzerias in New York City where he spent three years working on Wall Street after graduating from Babson Business College in 2010.

In 2013, he left Wall Street behind and moved back to Philadelphia. That's when he decided to open Rosa's, named after his mother.

"Seeing homeless people come in and benefit from the system we have, it's really awesome," Wartman told Ellen.

Ellen presented Wartman with an "As Seen on Ellen" light-up sign to help drum up even more business for the Center City pizza joint. She also presented Wartman with a check for $10,000 from Shutterfly in hopes of helping the cause even more.

Wartman also offered a challenge to national restaurant chains to adopt similar pay-it-forward feeding initiatives.

Photo Credit: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.
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<![CDATA['Cake Boss' Star to Open Philly Bakery]]> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:12:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cake_Boss_Rolls_24.jpg

The ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro is setting up his next shop in Rittenhouse, according to the Carlo's Bake Shop website.

Carlo's Bake Shop, made famous by the TLC series "Cake Boss" is gearing up to open its 10th location at 21st and Walnut sts, the website reports.

Valastro's Philadelphia location, which is used to be home to a tanning salon, is expected to open in March of this year, according to Philly.com's Michael Klein.

Following the expansion into Philadelphia -- and also Connecticut -- will put a Carlo's bakery in five states.

Handling growing pains, is one of the biggest challenges of expansion, Valastro told Klein.

"I might have to shave the menu for quality control."

Carlo’s Bake Shop originated in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Marcus Riley ]]>
<![CDATA[Eagle to Go to Prom After Twitter Challenge]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:29:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/usa-emmanuel-acho-eagles-cowboys-thanksgiving.jpg

Suit up because it's almost prom season for Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho.

Acho, who was asked to prom by a fan via a direct message on Instagram, is keeping true to his word after he challenged the high schooler to a little Twitter challenge.

The fan asked Acho if he would escort her to prom if she got 2,000 retweets. Acho responded with an offer, if she got 10,000 retweets in a week, he would be her date, according to a screenshot posted on Instagram.

A few hours and more than 13,000 retweets later, Acho was eating his words.

Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com]]>
<![CDATA[Famous Philly Restaurant Reopens]]> Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:27:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/104130827753607958413351389442205n.jpg One of Philadelphia's most famous restaurants, Bookbinders, has re-opened as The Olde Bar.

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<![CDATA[WMMR Preston & Steve Host's Cancer Scare]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:30:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jillian+preston+and+steve+marisa+wmmr.jpg

The co-host of one of Philadelphia's most popular morning radio show revealed on-air Wednesday he was diagnosed with cancer last fall. 

Steve Morrison of WMMR's long-running Preston & Steve program told listeners he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last fall.

"There was no blood, no pain, the one thing was this [prostate-specific antigen] test," the 55-year-old broadcaster told NBC10.

The unusual test results led Morrison to have a biopsy performed -- which led to his diagnosis in early October. 

"My mindset was -- just take it out," he said.

After a Dec. 17 surgery at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Morrison said he is in near perfect health.

"I feel great," he said. "I can categorically say everything is returning in fantastic fashion to pre-surgery levels."

Only a few hours after the procedure, the host was on his feet, walking the halls of the hospital.

The announcement, a surprise amid the hosts' usual prank calls and comedy antics, surprised many long-time fans, who began showing their support on social media.

<![CDATA[French Bulldog Struggles to Reclaim Bed From Cat]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:04:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-01-07+at+8.33.42+AM.png

It's a dog-eat-dog world.

In a video picking up steam on the web, a French bulldog named Pixel adorably struggles to reclaim its bed after a calico cat stole it away.

Despite the 10-week-old puppy's efforts, the cat shows no intention of leaving.

Despite the tug-of-war match, Pixel and the cat can be seen sharing the bed in a photo posted on an Instagram account made for the dog.

The video was first noted by Jezebel.

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<![CDATA["Flat White" Added to Starbucks Menu]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:08:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0105-2015-FlatWhite.jpg

The "flat white" is going mainstream.

Starbucks introduced Tuesday its own version of the flat white, a specialty coffee drink popular in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K, but until now relatively unknown in the U.S.

"This coffee connoisseur's choice combines ristretto shots made with Starbucks signature Espresso Roast and freshly steamed whole milk with microfoam, expertly handcrafted for a genuine Flat White experience," Starbucks explains on its website.

It may be hard for some to distinguish between a cappuccino and flat white.

"It’s about two ounces of espresso and covered in four ounces of milk, with less than a centimeter of foam,” said Chromatic Coffee co-founder Otessa Crandell in California's Bay Area. Crandell's San Jose-based shop has until now been one of the few in town to serve a flat white.

Crandell said the hard-to-make drink is similar to a cappuccino or could be considered akin to a condensed latte.

"Incredibly quick in preparation and it also is really delicate so if you stretch it [the milk] even a little bit too much, essentially you have too much foam,” Crandell said.

"You get more of the sweetness from the lactose in the milk, and the sweetness in the espresso really shines through as well,” said Chromatic Coffee co-founder Hiver van Geenhoven.

The flat white has been on Chromatic's menu for more than a year, but few customers have had it.

"If Starbucks is going to launch a flat white, what that means for us is that we're going to get even more customers that are excited to taste something they tried, and they want to taste it elevated even more,” Crandell said.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Philly's Jazmine Sullivan Covers Whitney Houston]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 12:12:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jazmine+Sullivan+Singer.jpg

Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan showed she has plenty to offer in her rousing rendition of Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing.”

The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts graduate caused a buzz with her version of Houston’s hit — Sullivan belts out all the high notes Houston was known for — that she recorded for VIBE V Series.

A YouTube video of the Grammy-nominated singer’s rendition quickly garnered tens of thousands of views and gained the praise of various online music publications — MissInfo.TV noting that “doubting Jazmine Sullivan’s superior singing abilities is just silly.”

Reality Show, the latest album from the 27-year-old songstress, comes out next week on RCA Records.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET
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<![CDATA[YOUR PHOTOS: Mummers Strut New Route]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:51:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2015+mummers1.jpg

The Mummers strutted down Broad Street this year in a new route for the 114-year-old folk parade, breaking tradition by skipping South Philadelphia all together.

The elaborately-costumed performers marched on a shortened route from City Hall down to Washington Avenue, where South Philly begins. The new course was put in place amid declining participation from members and increased costs.

Parade participation has declined from 12,000 performers in 2001 to about 8,000 this year, according to organizers. Some brigades were forced to step aside because of a lack of funds.

Some two dozen residents protested the route change by demonstrating at Broad and Oregon streets, one of the intersections that was removed from the parade route.

Still, the Philadelphia tradition dazzled spectators for another year with lots of people lining up to cheer on the Mummers donning 'dem golden slippers.

Murray took home first place in the Comic Division. Riverfront was top of the Wenches.

In the Fancy Division, which now only consists of one club, Golden Sunrise won by default.

Fralinger played their way into first place among the String Bands in that division. Quaker City and Woodland came in second and third respectively.

And among the Fancy Brigades, the South Philly Vikings bested the Bill McIntyre's Shooting Stars for first place.

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<![CDATA[AC's NYE Accommodations No. 2 Most Expensive]]> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:50:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hotel_Room_generic.jpg

Closing casinos and high-profile lawsuits won’t stop Atlantic City from using New Year’s Eve as a reason to charge top dollar for accommodations.

TravelMag.com named Atlantic City the second most expensive New Year’s destination in the United States. The average cost of a hotel room on New Year’s Eve runs about $350, about 586 percent higher than the normal rates in AC that start under $100.

New Orleans landed first place with an average room cost of $359. Philadelphia made the list at No. 20 with a hotel rate increase averaging 42 percent and a rate of $159 for the night – still about $200 less than New Orleans or Atlantic City.

The survey looked at the cheapest double room price in hotels in major cities with a rating of at least three stars before compiling and comparing the list.

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<![CDATA[Mushroom Drops Again to Ring in Year in Chester County]]> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:18:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Mushroom+Drop+Kennett+Square.JPG Kennett Square will hold the 2nd annual event to celebrate 2015.

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