<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 20 Jul 2017 18:50:30 -0400Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:50:30 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Costumes of San Diego Comic-Con 2017]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:24:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SDCC-2017-Costumes-3.jpg Sporting spandex, capes, wigs, masks and makeup, fans descended on San Diego Comic-Con International 2017. The 48th annual pop culture and comic book convention is known for inspiring incredible costumes. Here's a look at some of those get-ups.

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<![CDATA[The Best of Pawmicon 2017]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:55:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pawmiconcostume.jpg

Check out some of the best dog costumes from Pawmicon. This is the fifth straight year of the celebration of pets and their superhero owners.

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<![CDATA[PAWmicon 2017: Heroic Pups in Cosplay]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:19:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PAWmicon+Gallery.jpg A week before their human counterparts begin to flock to Comic-Con International in San Diego, the most adorable pups in the galaxy donned their favorite superhero costumes for PAWmicon 2017.

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<![CDATA[In-N-Out Worker Dishes Out Answers to Customers' Questions]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:35:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/InNOutQandA_2.jpg In-N-Out Burger, arguably the most popular burger chain on the West Coast, has been dishing out meals since the late 1940s, but many avid customers continue to ponder some of the most pressing questions associated with the restaurant's hidden secrets. A self-proclaimed associate with the chain recently took to Reddit to serve out any and all answers to those interesting queries. The "Ask Me Anything" post received a slew of random questions, and it appears the employee, who says she has nearly two years of experience at In-N-Out, wasn't afraid to tell all.

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<![CDATA[5 Comic-Con-Themed Treats in San Diego]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:00:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/captainamericanwaffles.jpg

Ever sipped on a White Walker or taken a bite out of Drax the Destroyer? Now’s your chance! Here are 5 comics-themed treats to try during this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Luxe for Less]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:59:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Luxe_For_Less_1200x675_1002590787999.jpg

Today Show correspondent Liliana Vazquez returns to NBC10 to talk about her career. She also shares some of her top beauty bargains.

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<![CDATA['Main Event' Family Fun Center Coming to Delaware]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:59:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Christiana_Is_Getting_A_New_Family_Fun_Center_1200x675_1002408003629.jpg

Christiana is getting a new family fun center that will open next year.  Main Event Entertainment signed a lease for a space at Christiana Fashion Center.

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<![CDATA[Diner En Blanc 2017 Just Around the Corner]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:09:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Diner+En+Blanc+2.png

Diner En Blac 2017 -- an evening filled with elegant food, art, and music -- is just around the corner.

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<![CDATA[#LoveMyPet: Share Your Love]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:24:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/promo-image_v01-nbc.jpg




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<![CDATA[New Jaguar Sets Record With Bond Movie Stunt]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:07:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jaguarstunt.jpg

A stunt driver took an SUV over a 50-foot jump with a 270-degree barrel roll as part of a release event for a new Jaguar SUV. It's the first time a production vehicle accomplished the stunt, which was performed in a James Bond movie.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks Introduces New Iced Teas With 'Free Tea Friday' Promo]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:28:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Starbucks-Shaken-Iced-Tea.jpg

Starbucks is debuting a new line of shaken iced teas, and it's shaking up the roll-out process by offering small versions for free on Friday — but only for one hour. 

On "Free Tea Friday," participating Starbucks stores are offering tall cups of its Teavana Shaken Iced Teas from 1 to 2 p.m. 

The fruit-infused teas come in three varieties: pineapple black, peach citrus white and strawberry green.

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<![CDATA[Krispy Kreme to Offer 80-Cent Dozens on Doughnut's Birthday]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:01:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KrispyKreme3.jpg

Say goodbye to your summer body!

To mark their 80th birthday, Krispy Kreme will be selling a dozen of its original glazed doughnuts for only 80 cents this Friday.

The company publicized the promotion on Twitter, posting a video of the NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who owns a Krispy Kreme store in Atlanta, surprising customers with the news.

The discounted doughtnuts will be sold at participating Krispy Kreme stories across the U.S. and Canada, though they're only available to people who buy a regular-price dozen as well.

“The joy created by our Original Glazed doughnut and its secret recipe spans generations, and that is certainly something to celebrate,” said Chief Marketing Officer Jackie Woodward said in a statement.




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<![CDATA[7-Eleven Celebrates 7/11 With Free Slurpees]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:58:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Slurpee-GettyImages-106159890.jpg

If brain freezes are your thing, you are in luck: On Tuesday, everyone gets a free Slurpee. 

To celebrate July 11 — or 7-Eleven Day — the convenience chain will be giving away its signature slushy drinks. Stop by your neighborhood 7-Eleven on Tuesday between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to grab a free small Slurpee drink.

Tuesday marks the company's 90th birthday, and if you're feeling festive, you can check out the chain's new concoction: the cotton candy Slurpee.



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<![CDATA[Mother-Daughter Writing Duo Discuss New Book]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:57:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mother_Daughter_Writing_Duo_Discuss_New_Book.jpg

"New York Times" best selling authors Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella sat down with NBC10's Vai Sikahema to discuss their new book, "I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool" that is based on their own lives.

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<![CDATA['SNL' Star Kyle Mooney, Dave McCary Discuss New Movie]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:49:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Mooney-SNL.jpg

NBC10's Vai Sikahema sat down with "Saturday Night Live" star Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary to discuss their new movie "Brigsby Bear" out Aug. 11.



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<![CDATA[More Retailers Hope to Take a Bite Out of Amazon Prime Day]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:04:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-696679794.jpg

Amazon's annual Prime Day kicks off Monday night, but the online superstore isn't the only retailer hoping to capture your business during a regularly sleepy month for retail.

Stores such as Toys"R"Us, Target, Sur La Table and more are jumping on the bandwagon, hoping to take a swing at Amazon by staging their own versions of this summer twist on Black Friday, which for Amazon runs from 9 p.m. July 10 to the early hours of July 12.

Unlike Amazon's sales event, these retailers are opening their deals to anyone, not just subscribers. It will pay to comparison shop; keep multiple tabs open to find the best deal.

"July is not a traditional shopping window," said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia Business School. But, he said, Amazon has "called the party and invited all sorts of people who might not otherwise be interested in shopping in July."

Amazon gave shoppers a window into most of its Prime Day deals starting Sunday, and Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us followed a similar strategy. Customers can receive 20 percent off their entire purchase online for 36-hours starting Monday at 6 p.m., said Joseph Contrino, spokesperson for Toys"R"Us, via email on Monday.

Best Buy waited until Monday to announce it will mark down prices on technology such as Apple Watches, iPads and select computers starting Tuesday, said Boua Xiong, Best Buy spokesperson, via email. Some deals will be available all week in stores and online.

"That's a strategic move on the retailer's part," said Henry Fonvielle, president of Rappaport, a retail leasing management and acquisition company focused on the D.C.-area market. "If they announce what they're doing ahead of time, Amazon will out price them before they go live. It's also creating a sense of discovery, that sense of 'ah ha, I've found this.'"

Sears is promoting a Summer Splash event, boasting deals online only on Monday and Tuesday -- the same time span as Prime Day -- all with free shipping, said Brian Hanover, spokesperson for Sears, via email. The store is also discounting clothes, mattresses, tools and bikes Monday through Saturday.

Kitchenware store Sur La Table will introduce a one-day shopping event called Lime Day, launching July 10. The tagline: Get primed for Lime Day. The day will feature more than 300 items on sale for up to 75 percent off, according to its Facebook advertisement.

Others are jumping in on the action:

  • Target is offering "season-long low prices" on back-to-school items, with specifics available in their circular, said Target spokesperson Shandra Tollefson. The deals began Sunday.
  • Newegg, an online tech retailer, will launch the Fantastech sale beginning Tuesday at 12 a.m. PDT.
  • Macy’s is promoting up to 60 percent off clearance items online. They promoted up to 70 percent off clearance items with a one-day sale last Friday and Saturday.

With Prime Day, Amazon is "going to take all the legacy retailers down the rabbit hole with them, who will have to compete in price," Cohen said.

Consumer interest might drive sales for retailers trying to compete with Prime Day, but the added volume may not translate into profit, Cohen said. Brick-and-mortar stores can offer high-quality value, service, convenience and quality to keep customers loyal, Fonvielle said.

"The reason why there's the gold rush is because the people that get the largest market share are going to ultimately going to lead the next evolution of retail sales," Fonvielle said.

Amazon, however, benefits twofold from Prime Day, Cohen said. They sell both product and subscriptions, generating loyal customers who are likely to return to Amazon to use their Prime memberships in the future -- including during the holiday season.

"Amazon is doing this and everyone is paying attention because they're not used to it," Cohen said. "This is a new toy to play with."



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<![CDATA[Ice Cream Pit Stop at Bucks County 5K]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:13:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/5K_Eat_And_Run_With_Ice_Cream.jpg

Instead of having water stations, halfway through the Bassett's Eat & Run 5K, runners had to stop at the halfway mark and eat a pint of vanilla ice cream. They had to eat the whole thing before continuing to finish the race.

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<![CDATA[North Texas' Largest Estate Sold at Auction]]> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:27:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Champ+D%27Or.jpg Champ d'Or, the largest estate in North Texas, sold at auction Friday for the second time. The lavish French chateau-style palace in Denton County is modeled after the Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau in Paris, and was built in 2002 by Alan and Shirley Goldfield for an estimated $52 million.

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<![CDATA[10 Tools to Use in Your School Garden]]> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:22:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_142992771.jpg Whether you’re just breaking new ground on a school garden or are a seasoned pro looking to spend more class time outside, here are 10 tools that will help turn your garden into a fully equipped outdoor classroom.

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<![CDATA[July 4th Parade Marches Past Independence Hall]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 14:38:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Joe+Kaczmarek+July+4th+Day+%282%29.jpg It was a red, white a blue march as the United States of America Independence Day Parade took place. Photojournalist Joseph Kaczmarek took pictures of the fun in the sun Tuesday. Take a look!

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<![CDATA[Free Family Fun at Independence Mall for July 4th]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 08:36:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Free_Family_Fun_at_Independence_Mall_for_Fourth_of_July.jpg

NBC10 has your all access pass to the festivities for the biggest birthday party for America. There will be five blocks of free family fun at Independence Mall. NBC10's Pamela Osborne has the details of all the activities that are happening.

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<![CDATA[Weigh in for Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 07:20:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hotdogs_1200x675.jpg

At the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, New Jersey school superintendent Rene Rovtar says she will try to eat 10 hot dogs in 10 minutes. This is her first time competing.



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<![CDATA[Oreo Makes, Mails Wild Cookie Flavors for Fans]]> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:50:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/oreo+getty.jpg

What's your dream Oreo flavor? Ask, and you may receive.

Oreo is surprising some fans who submit their ideas for cookie flavors with actual boxes of their creations.


The crowdsourced #MyOreoCreation hashtag started gaining enough traction in recent months that Oreo decided to market it as a real contest, according to Grub Street. 

Fans have been surprised in the mail with the cookies of their dreams -- including flavors like Coffee, Glazed Donut, Bacon and Avocado. 

There's also been "Unicorn," "Mermaid" and "Millenial Pink" flavors, as well as "Nuts n' Honey" and "Raspberry Danish." 

Oreo says it'll continue to surprise fans until July 14. Anyone can submit one Oreo idea per day and, it says, "we just might make it."

Three lucky winners will even get their cookie creation mass-produced for the market for a limited time. 

No telling if some of these wild Oreo fantasies may just come to life for a lucky few in the next two weeks: 



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<![CDATA[Summer Fun: TripAdvisor's 10 Best Theme Parks in the World]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:16:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ISLANDS_062917.jpg

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<![CDATA[PAWmicon: Comic Canines in Cosplay]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:04:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/pawmicon_19.jpg Coo over woofers dressed as superheroes, and villains, too, from movies and comic books, at a sweet San Diego fundraiser.

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<![CDATA[Can You Identify These Celebrities in Sunglasses?]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:37:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SUNGLASSES_DAY_1-149858084274500001.jpg

June 27 is National Sunglasses Day. Can you identify these celebrities based on their sunglasses?

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<![CDATA[Nintendo Goes Back Into Retro Gaming Market With SNES Classic]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:28:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SNES_CLASSIC_062617_2_1-149850703485200001.jpg

Nintendo will release the Super Nintendo Classic on Sept. 29, after the success of the release of NES Classic last year.

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<![CDATA[Behind the Keyboard: How New Emojis Are Chosen]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:48:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Emoji-5-1.jpg

Between wizards, rock climbers, and gender non-conforming people, many of the 137 new emojis coming soon to your phone's keyboard may have come from the minds of ordinary texters, NBC News reported. 

Like all four batches before it, the latest set of emojis was approved by the Unicode Consortium, an international organization that ensures all words and images are read the same way on devices everywhere. The newest release should appear in your next system update. 

Anyone can propose an emoji to the Unicode Consortium, which narrows down candidates based on factors like use and popularity in a lengthy process.

"It's not like the Supreme Court, they’re not going off into some star chamber in robes or anything. It’s not like that at all," consortium member Greg Welch told NBC News.



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<![CDATA[Ruffed Up: The Dogs in Competition to Be World's Ugliest]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:32:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/AP_17175106375003.jpg

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<![CDATA['Star Trek: Bridge Crew' Goes Where No Gamer Has Gone Before]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:24:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/STBC_Enterprise_AstroGator_1490913773.png

The world of virtual reality in video games has explored places never seen or experienced. In these scenarios, the landscape and everything that goes with it is new and springs from someone’s imagination.

But what if VR tries to recreate someplace that is very well known and puts the player inside that location? In “Star Trek: Bridge Crew,” developers not only let you see what it is like to be on the bridge of a Federation starship but also allow you to take control of different positions, including being the captain.

For a “Star Trek” fan, this is a dream come true. Whether you are aboard the U.S.S. Aegis, a newer starship, or the legendary U.S.S. Enterprise (the first one), the attention to detail by Red Storm Entertainment and Ubisoft is meticulous, lovingly rendered, and reflects the passion of those who loved the television series and the movies.

David Votypka, senior creative director at Red Storm, felt a little bit of pressure to get things right, but he wanted it to be more than just a recreation.

“’Star Trek,’ maybe even more than ‘Star Wars,’ has fans that are extremely adamant about accuracy and scientific logic behind everything,” Votypka said. “We knew from the very beginning we had to get it right. Not only the details on the bridge but actually the sense of being inside ‘Star Trek’ and being on a Federation starship and doing the things that a Federation officer does.”

The VR experience is best done using hand controllers, which allows the players the freedom to use their hands in a more natural motion. Whether captain, engineer, helm or tactical, the roles intertwine and create a sense of team to complete the missions.

It is a smooth experience for the player and doesn’t create any motion-related illnesses that can come with a virtual reality game. The calm motion, when not in a firefight situation, also allows players to really get a sense of how vast and complex the bridge of a starship can be.

Whether on the Enterprise or the Aegis, Votypka and his team created a unique sense of actually being on those starships. Fortunately, they had many years of source materials to make sure they could produce that feeling, both visually and aurally.

“The Aegis was based off the ships in the new films. In recent Hollywood production, the crews keep all the digital copies of everything they’ve done,” Votypka said. “(For the Enterprise,) CBS has an archive in (Los Angeles) and we got to visit that and they have props that exist from the shows.”

Whether it was audio tracks from the films or TV shows or video that play on the background screens on the Enterprise, the developers had a lot of material from which to work. Votypka said it was all very helpful in allowing them to get the finer details while still using them as springboards to tell the stories they wanted to tell.

Some of the most meticulous information as to the look and feel of the Enterprise bridge came from a super fan, James Cawley, from Ticonderoga, New York, who built a life-sized replica of the starship from the original TV series.

“Every hallway, every room, every prop you could think of. When I walked in there, it totally felt like a time machine, especially when I walked into the transporter room. I really expected (William) Shatner to walk around the corner at any minute,” Votypka said. “When I went on to the bridge, it was recreated to the finest level of detail.”

Cawley used screenshots from DVD and Blu-Rays of the original series to help him build his “starship.” He also spoke with set designers who worked on the series in the 1960s to find out what they made their props with and how they constructed each piece.

All that attention to detail is great, but it only becomes truly immersive in a game setting where players can naturally interact with one another. Social VR, allowing players to interact with one another through voice or gesture, gave the starship bridges a new sense of reality with the natural movements of the players.

“The heart of ‘Star Trek’ is the relationships between those people on the crew,” Votypka said. “The idea of social VR and ‘Star Trek’ seemed like a perfect fit.”

Whether in solo mode or in co-op with other players, “Star Trek: Bridge Crew” hopes everyone gets the feeling they are in starship missions. The missions aren’t all combat, but like their inspirations, the starships also explore, find new discoveries, help others when they can, and put them in situations where there is not necessarily one right answer.

“That’s such a common theme in ‘Star Trek,’ where they come upon a situation, and there is no obvious choice here, and we just have to make the best moral decision we can or the best decision that reflects the intent of Starfleet,” Votypka said.

Much like those starship, the game also has its unique computer partners. IBM Watson, and its interactive speech and cognitive capabilities adds another layer to let players use their voice and natural-language commands to interact with their virtual Starfleet crew members.

“We have been eager to find the right way to use interactive speech further the immersive and interactive experiences that virtual reality offers,” said Votypka. “Watson gives captains in ‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ the ability to issue commands to non-player crew members in the same way they do with a human crew by using their voice.”

Watson can operate a crew of just AI characters or mix in with other human players without breaking the immersion of the experience. Think of it as having another Vulcan on the bridge.

Votypka doesn’t want people to think this is only for “Star Trek” fans. He hopes the lure of the detailed experience in virtual reality will get other people to dive into the universe.

“The game is about being on a spaceship with others, with your friends out in space, and that’s a pretty broad and universal fantasy,” he said. “The core gameplay experience and the social interaction is still a lot of fun, even if you aren’t a ‘Star Trek’ lover.”

“Star Trek: Bridge Crew” is available now for Oculus Rift, PlayStationVR and HTC Vive. It is rated E 10+ for everyone 10 years of age or older due to fantasy violence.


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<![CDATA[Fun Times at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:14:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Summerfest_at_Blue_Cross_RiverRink.jpg

Jodie Milkman from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation tells NBC10's Tracy Davidson about how the addition of a 60-foot Ferris wheel is adding to the fun at Blue Cross RiverRink's Summerfest along Penn's Landing.

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<![CDATA[Star of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Talks Superhero Story]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:59:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Spiderman_Homecoming.jpg

NBC10's Vai Sikahema joins actor Jacob Batalon to discuss his role in the upcoming summer blockbuster "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

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<![CDATA[Free City Pools Open for Summer]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Public+Pool+Philly+3.jpg A full list of when Philly Public Pools are opening for families this summer.

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<![CDATA['Saturday Night Fever' Dances Into Philly]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:15:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Saturday_Night_Fever_Performance.jpg

"Saturday Night Fever” is a fresh take on the Disco-era classic. NBC10's Vai Sikahema talks with two of the stars, Jacob Tischler and Alexandra Matteo about the performance at the historic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Burger King Shakes Up Menu with Lucky Charms Beverage]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:44:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/armus-lucky-charms-shake.jpg

They're magically delicious — and now, they're in a milkshake.

Lucky Charms cereal will appear in a limited-edition shake at select Burger King locations, the fast-food chain announced last week.

At $2.99, the Lucky Charms shake features 740 calories' worth of ice cream, syrup, and crushed pieces of the sugary marshmallow cereal.

"The mashup of our velvety vanilla-flavored soft serve and one of America’s classic breakfast cereals is something we think our guests are going to love," Alex Macedo, the president of Burger King North America, said in a statement.

The Lucky Charms concoction follows the release of other Burger King mashup beverages like an Oreo shake and a Froot Loops shake, the latter of which was added to menus in April.

BK isn't he only food chain to make waves for its dairy creations this year, after Unicorn Frappuccinos swept the nation in the spring as part of a purple and pink unicorn-themed food craze.

Ben & Jerry's has also combined cereal with frozen dairy products, releasing three new ice cream flavors in March called "Cereal Splashbacks" designed to taste like Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Pebbles or Froot Loops.



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<![CDATA['Elizabeth & Michael... a Love Story']]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:55:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Elizabeth_and_Michael_Love_Story.jpg

Donald Bogle is the author of the book "Elizabeth and Michael, The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop, a Love Story." NBC10's Tracy Davidson talks to Donald about the book.

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<![CDATA[Chick-Fil-A To Offer Gluten-Free Buns]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:14:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_CHICK_FIL_A_GLUTEN_FREE_061917_1-149790016143700001.jpg

Chick-Fil-A has become the latest fast food chain to offer gluten-free options to its customers. The new gluten-free bun will come wrapped in plastic since the kitchens are not gluten-free. Customers who pay the extra $1.15 for the gluten-free bun will need to assemble their own sandwich

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<![CDATA[Five Times Athletes Have Challenged Animals]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:36:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_5_TIMES_ATHLETES_VS_ANIMALS_061617-149765207316100001.jpg

With the announcement that Michael Phelps will race a shark for Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," we take a look back at five times athletes competed against animals.

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<![CDATA[Advertisers Strive to Show 'Real Dads']]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:57:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657869706-withchild.jpg

"Diapers don’t care who change them."

That's the attitude companies are increasingly adopting when advertising products for dads.

The diaper phrase, part of Procter & Gamble's #WeSeeEqual campaign from March, captures advertisers' recognition of changes in how society views fatherhood. In the ad, men, women and children defy stereotypes in the roles they take, including a father changing a diaper. Procter & Gamble is not alone: many advertisers are trying to give a truthful representation of fathers in their campaigns.

Fewer fathers are the sole breadwinners for their families now, according to the Pew Research Center. In addition, fathers are just as likely as mothers to see parenting as central to their identities. This research can shape how advertisers market their products to consumers.

"A lot of [Procter & Gamble's ads] are about breaking down stereotypes and representing this more equal world that we all aspire to," said Christine Wever, leader of the gender equality communications team at Procter & Gamble. 

Father's Day, which is being celebrated on Sunday, provides an opportunity for advertisers to showcase dads in the roles that they are increasingly taking on in home life, including caretaking and household responsibilities.

Dove Men+Care, a branch of the Dove brand and a part of Unilever since 2010, has worked to show fathers in realistic ways when advertising products. Most recently, the 2017 Dove Men+Care Father's Day campaign, #ThereToCare, features men who act as father figures for children in their latest campaign video.

"These guys want to see themselves portrayed in media in movies, T.V., pop culture, everything, the way that they're actually acting in their real lives—and that is in the caring role for their families," said Josh Levs, author of "All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together” and Dove Men+Care partner.

Competitors have followed suit in harnessing "modern masculinity and modern fatherhood," according to Levs. Gillette, a Procter & Gamble brand, has garnered praise for its "Go Ask Dad" Father’s Day campaign, which began in 2016. The campaign video features sons seeking guidance from their fathers instead of the internet.

"Modern dads are the most misunderstood parts of modern families," said Levs. "We have this scourge of the bumbling, clueless dad in ads, and we have some companies that have stepped forward to take the lead in changing that."

Social media plays a role in the shifting trends of advertising to fathers, and families more broadly. But social media platforms' emphasis on picture-perfect moments can distract from the issues that might prevent fathers from spending time with their children, according to Laura Tropp, professor of Communications and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College and co-editor of "Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture."

"The more we have these positive moments [in advertisements], the less we’re really debating what it takes to allow people to be what they would consider 'good fathers,'" Tropp said. "We’re not discussing paid family leave, we're not discussing people who aren’t given the same chance to be good fathers due to problems within society."

In the end, advertisers look to sell products to consumers. But that does not mean that companies do not realize they can effect change.

"When you embrace the reality of the modern dad, that we are loving, that we prioritize families, that we are absolutely capable of doing everything that parenting requires, you see fantastic results," said Levs. "People respond, people agree, people believe in it."



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<![CDATA[The Costs Of Being A Dad]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:57:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dad-generic-and-son-shaving.jpg

Welcome to parenthood. You are a proud new father, simultaneously overjoyed and terrified. Since you are now responsible for another human being, you should know that the estimate of what it will cost to raise your child is approximately a quarter of a million dollars, without accounting for inflation.

If you would like to send him or her to college, you will probably need at least that much more. 

A report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 at $233,610 ($284,570 adjusted for inflation). That is for the average middle-income couple; costs ranged from families in the Northeast that will spend around $264,090 to residents in the urban Midwest and rural regions who will spend about $227,400 and $193,020, respectively. 

Unfortunately, that figure is not likely to drop, and inflation-adjusted wages are not filling the gap. Costs are up across the board, and certain areas are taking an increasingly large share of the costs – especially health care, childcare and education (pre-school through high school). 

That ratio will continue to climb based on recent trends, especially with respect to childcare. 

Child Care of America (CCA) has put out an extensive report breaking down the demographics of childcare costs by state and the variations with respect to income and style of child care. Combining their data with Department of Labor statistics, CCA estimated that just in the last year, childcare costs outpaced family income by up to a factor of eight.

The CCA report shows that childcare costs and housing are the two largest components of household expenses by far – varying slightly by region, but each one is approximately twice the expenses of transportation and food, and around five times the expenses of utilities and health care. 

The percentages from the USDA report do not show childcare as quite as large of a component. Housing tops the percentages of child-raising costs at 29 percent, followed by food at 18 percent, childcare and education at 16 percent, transportation at 15 percent, health care at 9 percent, and clothing at 6 percent. Miscellaneous costs compose the remaining 7 percent. 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sets 10 percent of family income as a general benchmark for affordable childcare. Yet in the CCA study, only 10 states averaged less than 10 percent of family income for child care — the Dakotas, plus the southern block of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. 

The actual expenses of childcare are mostly independent of how much you earn. As a result, the disproportionate rise in childcare costs hurts low-income and single-parent families the most. It's no surprise that the steep bill that comes with raising a child can put a strain on your family's finances. 

Single dads have a difficult enough time handling childcare with a single income (as do single moms), because if they can't find affordable childcare or programs through their work, they have no choice but to rely on friends, relatives, or some form of unlicensed childcare. 

For married couples, there will be a threshold earnings value for the lower-earning spouse where it makes economic sense to stay home and care for children – but it may be hard for them to re-enter the workplace if they do. These are not always mothers, as there are increasing numbers of stay-at-home fathers with breadwinning mothers. 

It's okay to feel a little overwhelmed and terrified as a new father — there will be plenty more anxious moments along the way, but there will be even more moments filled with joy and wonder. Although it won't show up in your bank account, you are likely to get a great return on your investment of fatherhood. Have a happy Father's Day.

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<![CDATA[Preview of Pride Weekend in Philadelphia]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:25:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gay+rights+stock+pride+flag.jpg

Almost 50 years ago, Philadelphia played host to the first major LGBT rights protest. Now, the Pride Festival is back in Philly and will be taking over the streets this weekend.

The festivities kick off Friday with a party at 12th & Locust, where discounted tickets to the festival will be sold.

On Saturday, William Way will host a homecoming brunch to celebrate leadership in the LGBT community. The event will honor community leaders Ada Bello and Connie Lyford and a silent auction.

The annual parade will start in the “Gaybrohood” and make its way down to Penn’s Landing, where a celebration with live music, food and dancing will be waiting.

Tickets to the festival are $15 and can be purchased at Penns Landing. The parade is expected to bring over 25,000 people into the streets.



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