<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 00:43:28 -0400Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:43:28 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[#RokerBurger Campaign Aims to Feed Hungry Children]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:57:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/Al+Roker+Independence+Hall.JPG Today Show's Al Roker has partnered up with Shake Shack to donate money to feed those in need when anyone buys his crafted "Roker Burger."

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<![CDATA[Steven Avery of 'Making a Murderer' Mulls Freedom ]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:03:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chi-AP_382183836392.jpg

The attorney who took over "Making a Murderer" subject Steven Avery's defense in January is encouraged to beef up exoneration efforts, after his nephew's conviction was overturned by a federal judge, the New York Times is reporting.

Kathleen Zellner, Avery's lawyer, says she has a new theory as to who killed 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach after she disappeared on Halloween in 2005.

Ken Kratz, the former Calumet County district attorney who prosecuted Brendan Dassey in the infamous trial showcased in the Netflix documetary series said he is “very surprised,” at the recent overturning of Dassey’s conviction according to USA Today.

Kratz, who prosecuted Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery for the murder of Halbach, recently told People magazine that he has "a great bit of sympathy" for Dassey, who he said "never would have been involved in this except for his uncle."

Judge William E. Duffin found that investigators repeatedly made false promises to Dassey, who was 16 years old and a slow learner, in extracting a confession, which Dassey's legal team had maintained was coerced. The judge found that confession was involuntary in a 91-page decision handed down Friday.

Krass Told USA Today evidence had been “suppressed” that had originally been allowed in the state prosecution, calling the decision “unusual.”

In response to the recent ruling, Kratz said that the Dassey case isn’t over and called the Duffin’s decision a “bold statement” that is almost never seen in court cases.

USA Today notes that only one statement was thrown out in the judge’s decision and that others were not, including witness statements saying Dassey was next to the fire where shards of Halbach’s bones were found.

The newspaper reported that Kratz declined to comment on whether or not the dismissal of the statement would weaken the case it was built on.

Dassey's attorney, Steve Drizin with Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, confirmed the news of the judge’s ruling last Friday.

"I am just beyond excited," Drizin said at the time. "I had to pick myself up off the floor."

Duffin ordered Dassey be set free unless the state initiates a retrial proceeding in 90 days.

That, or an appeal of the decision, would put Dassey's release on hold, Drizin said. He and the legal team would then seek to have him released on bond.

"A lot's going to depend on what the state does here," he said.

The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth legal team, based in Chicago, first took Dassey’s case to federal court in Wisconsin in 2014 in hopes that he would be granted a writ of Habeas corpus, which would have forced the government to examine his case and rule whether he has been imprisoned illegally.

Dassey was arrested at the age of 16 in connection with case, but his attorneys maintained his confession was coerced.

Avery, a Wisconsin man who was imprisoned for 18 years for sexual assault before DNA evidence exonerated him in 2003, was accused of Halbach's murder as he was suing Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, the former district attorney and the county sheriff for wrongful imprisonment, seeking $36 million in damages.

Most recently, the show's filmmakers said a juror from Avery's murder trial claims he was not proven guilty, but the juror had voted to convict him out of fear for his/her personal safety. The two filmmakers have not yet contacted other jurors to independently verify the claim, they said. NBC News has not independently verified the allegation with any jurors.

Drizin said the team investigated Dassey’s case for two years before filing an appeal in 2010. The appeal was ultimately denied by a state appellate court and the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

The habeas petition was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin in 2014.

“We’re hopeful is what I would say,” Drizin said at the time. “The deeper you go into this system, whether it’s in the state court system or the federal court system, the harder it is to win. We’ve won cases in federal court before and we’re hoping that this is another one that we’ll win.”

Drizin said the petition focused largely on Dassey’s original public defender, Len Kachinsky, who was ultimately removed from the case.

“A lot of our appeal has to do with the actions that Brendan’s original attorney Len Kachinsky took, which demonstrated his disloyalty to Brendan and his willingness to work with the prosecution to try to get Brendan to plead guilty and testify against Steven Avery,” Drizin said.

He also maintains that Dassey’s confession was coerced “by [investigators] feeding him facts.”

“To me, this case is a classic example of how not to interrogate juvenile suspects and the tactics that were used during Brendan’s interrogation are a recipe for false confessions,” he said.

In a brief filed last year, the state argued Dassey failed to show that the appeals court’s decision was unreasonable.

“[Investigators] merely stated, in calm tones, that they ‘already knew’ what happened and allowed Dassey to confess that he had raped Halbach, and was involved in her murder,” the brief reads. “Dassey’s confession was not coerced, and the state court’s decision on Dassey’s voluntariness claim did not involve an unreasonable application of clearly established Federal law.”

Former Calamut County District Attorney Ken Kratz, who prosecuted Dassey and Avery, recently told People magazine that he has "a great bit of sympathy" for Dassey, who he said "never would have been involved in this except for his uncle."

Dassey would have been out sooner if he had taken a plea bargain, Kratz said.

Drizin said while “Making a Murderer” has put Dassey’s case in the national spotlight, he didn't believe it would have an impact on the judge’s decision.

“I don’t think that the Netflix movie is going to influence a federal judge, but at the same time, judges are human beings and the Netflix film has created a context for Brendan’s case that didn’t exist at the time of his trial or his appeals,” he said. 



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<![CDATA[Diner en Blanc Takes to Art Museum Steps]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:53:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DINER+EN+BLANC+-+00220800_20570038.jpg Five thousand people dined under pink skies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Thursday night for the 5th annual Diner en Blanc.]]> <![CDATA[King of Prussia Mall's Huge Expansion Opens]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:55:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KOP+Mall+Expansion+DURANTE+5P+PKG+-+00-00-06-24_20567998.jpg The area’s largest mall just completed a major upgrade and expansion. NBC10’s Deanna Durante takes us on a tour of the new King of Prussia Mall.]]> <![CDATA[7-Eleven's Slurpee BYO Cup Day ]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DSC00217_EDITEDbyocup.jpg

While we know that some special events only happen but once a week, month, or year, we can't help but wishing, from time to time, that after-Christmas sales popped up more often and eclipses had a way of appearing with far more frequency.

But sometimes, if you wish extra hard, something that happens annually can make a seemingly sudden return way before you thought it possible.

Look to Slurpee's Bring Your Own Cup Day, a springtime to-do which invites fans of the frosty 7-Eleven beverage to show up with, you guessed it, whatever kind of cup they fancy, all with the aim of filling it with copious amounts of Slurpee goodness.

This year's Slurpee day occurred in late March, and fans turned up in drink-craving droves, all prepared to fill giant vessels for the price of $1.50.

Get ready, though, Slurpeens: Like an unlikely eclipse, or out-of-the-blue sale, BYO Cup Day is back on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Slurpee is bringing back Bring Your Own Cup Day, again. Show up at an 7-Eleven with an iced tea pitcher, a mondo margarita glass, coffee pot, or a jar that formerly held pickles, and fill'er up for $1.50.

There are some rules to the deal, like the fact that your cup "must fit upright through a 10-inch hole," so best leave your picnic cooler or inflatable swimming pool at home.

It should also be squeaky clean pre-Slurpee, so read all.

You're right: The snow-cold, brain-freezable sip did turn 50 this year, so the birthday celebrations continue.

And, yes, the flavors have gone well beyond the cherries and colas of long ago (though those make regular appearances, and thank goodness, because classics are classics for a reason).

Got a clean coffee pot handy? Best clear some time on your end-of-the-week calendar. After all, BYO Cup Day only happens once, or, um, twice a year.



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<![CDATA[Day at Rio's Beach With Adriana Lima & Alessandra Ambrosio]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:52:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Ryan+Seacret+Adriana+Lima+Allesandro+Ambrosio.JPG Ryan Seacrest spends a day at the Brazilian beach with Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio who teach him a few things that differ between there and the United States.
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<![CDATA[7 Mile Stretch of Philly Will Be Car Free for Day]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 22:16:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Empty+Philly+Streets+Pope+Francis.jpg

Have you ever wanted to explore miles of Philadelphia without worrying about cars getting in your way?

Well, soon you'll be able to...for part of a day.

Here’s the deal. It’s called Philly Free Streets, and on September 24th, sections of major Philadelphia thoroughfares will be shut down from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, the city announced Friday.

Those closed routes will host free, family-friendly fitness activities and pop-up educational programming.

The routes include South Street from the Delaware to Schuylkill rivers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Black Road in West Fairmount Park.

The Schuylkill River Trail will make up a permanent non-vehicle portion of the route.

In all, a more than 7-mile route will pass through 15 neighborhoods.

Mayor Jim Kenney announced the event on Friday saying “Philly Free Streets will transform our streets into a safe environment for physical activity, learning, and bettering the futures of thousands of children.”

The car-free closure was spurred on by Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia last September. Whole sections of Center City were car free because of security closures for the multi-day visit.

For more information, visit www.phillyfreestreets.com.



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<![CDATA['Hank Gathers: Made in Philly']]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:44:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/1395900.jpg Filmmaker Tony Paris talk about his new project "Hank Gathers: Made in Philly," which follows the life of the city and college basketball great who collapsed and died during a college basketball game.

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<![CDATA[Roaring 20s Return to Delaware River]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016469300_1200x675_733985347675.jpg Meg Sharp Walton, executive director of Glen Foerd on the Delaware talks about the return of 1920's-themed "Jazz Age" event this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Questlove Talks 'Oprah Rule' of His Philadelphia Childhood]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:46:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/slack-imgs.com.jpg

Questlove, the drummer for The Roots, the house band on "The Tonight Show," recalled that while growing up in Philadelphia, his parents enforced the "Oprah rule" to keep him off the streets after school.

He was expected to be home before Oprah Winfrey’s talk show came on at 4 p.m.

"My parents were like, 'you want to come straight home. Do not let that 'Oprah' theme come on and you're not in this house," Questlove, whose birth name is Ahmir Thompson, told "Today's" Matt Lauer in an interview that aired Wednesday morning.

The Roots, Questlove said, started out by busking on Philadelphia streets in 1987 with the aim of "earning date money." The word spread about them in the hip-hop community, leading to bigger shows. The Roots served as the house band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" from 2009 to 2014, and in the same role on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", since 2014.

Questlove, who's also a music producer and a DJ, discussed some of his favorite moments on "The Tonight Show," describing one performance with Bruce Springsteen that drove the audience wild.

"It looked like the yuppie version of the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video," he said.

Questlove reminisced about weekends where he would go with his father, a doo-wop singer, to the record store and return home with a trunk full of vinyl.

"He'd buy like 200 records at a time," said Questlove. "I was in a house with 5000 records."

He said his family's dedication to music is what made him successful.

"They literally saved my life, he said. 



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<![CDATA[Eagle Keeps Making Magic on 'America's Got Talent']]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:06:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Jon+Dorenbos1.JPG

A Philadelphia Eagle has used a little magic to soar into the semifinals of the live rounds of NBC's popular reality show "America's Got Talent."

Jon Dorenbos, the team’s long snapper, performed a mind-blowing prediction in a bottle for judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum live on Tuesday night.

The judges were wowed as Dorenbos read their minds even Cowell's famous "No." The veteran snapper got a standing ovation from the crowd as he yelled "I'm Jon Dorenbos, peace out!"

"He represents us, the organization, this city on that show," said Eagles head coach Doug Pedersen.

Fans of the show and team backed Dorenbos and pushed him into the semi-finals next week. It's unclear how he will balance his magic fame with his duties as Eagles long-snapper since Eagles veterans reported for training camp Wednesday. He is due in Philly for the first set of training tests Thursday.

He will continue to make the trip between Philadelphia and Los Angeles next week. Luckily for him, the Eagles don't have practice scheduled for next Tuesday.

Dorenbos has performed card tricks for teammates during his time as a Pro Bowl long-snapper. He regularly performs as a motivational speaker and comedy magician in the off-season, according to the Eagles’ website.



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<![CDATA['Today Show's' Al Roker Has Big Plans While in Philly]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:12:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/Al+Roker+Independence+Hall.JPG NBC10's Matt DeLucia caught up with Al Roker on the "Today Show" weatherman plans on doing while in Philadelphia and it seems like a good place to spot him will be the Reading Terminal Market.

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<![CDATA[Jacqueline London Headlines NBC10's Team in Rio]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:57:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/Jacqueline-London_web-bio.jpg

Watch NBC10's Rio 100 special in the video above.


As Team USA goes for gold in in Rio de Janeiro, NBC10 will be following the biggest moments from the Olympic Games and from our more than 60 Philadelphia-area athletes thanks to our team in Brazil.

Anchor Jacqueline London will join producer Andrea Berry and photographer Dan Lee to cover the Rio Games and athletes like soccer star Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ), sprinter English Gardner (Voorhees, NJ), basketball star Elena Delle-Donne (Wilmington, Del.) and shot putter Joe Kovacs (Bethlehem, Pa.).

It will mark the first time Jacqueline will cover an Olympics for NBC10.

"Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved watching The Olympics," said Jacquelyn. "I was on the swim and crew team in school, so it was automatic that I was glued when those sports came on TV. Like most little girls I was also obsessed with watching gymnastics -- always in awe of how they could balance and fly on the beams with such ease.

"I’m thrilled to be able to cover our local athletes competing in the Olympics and can’t wait to share all of their incredible stories with NBC 10 viewers. Each athlete has a remarkable story of success, determination and will to win. It will be an honor to witness it in person and bring those inspirational stories to viewers each and every night."

Jacqueline and her team already got a taste of Rio during a visit for the Rio 100 special. They will now give NBC10 viewers an inside look at what’s happening at the Summer Olympics. [[377088461, C]]

"The Rio Olympics will be unlike any other, and NBC10 is planning the ultimate viewer experience," said Andrea. "We are bringing you the stories of hometown heroes. We have some amazing Olympians from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware – and we’re giving you an up-close look as they live out their dreams."

Look for their first reports in the days before the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5 and then throughout the 17 days of the Summer Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Politicalfest for Everyone]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016413565_1200x675_731595843601.jpg NBC10's Pamela Osborne is outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center -- one of many locations for this year’s Politicalfest. So what is in store for visitors?]]> <![CDATA[Dozens of Arrests at GNR's NJ Show]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:59:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/188*120/72416slash.jpg

At least 30 people were arrested at a Guns N' Roses concert at MetLife Stadium, police in New Jersey said Sunday.

The arrests occurred Saturday night and the charges ranged from drug possession, lewdness and simple assault to resisting arrest.

One New Jersey woman was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, officials said.

Guns N' Roses performed a second show at the stadium in East Rutherford on Sunday night.

The band broke up in 1996 and the reunion of Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan is called the "Not in This Lifetime" tour.



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<![CDATA[Dad, Daughter Spoof Matthew McConaughey Commercial ]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:08:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Moyer+Spoof.PNG

"I didn't do it to be cool. I didn't do it to make a statement. I just liked it." 

You've probably heard the uber suave Matthew McConaughey utter those lines effortlessly during one of his Lincoln car commercials.

Bucks County resident and filmmaker Eric Moyer imagined a different version, featuring his five year old daughter Michelle in her uber cool, pink Barbie car.

In his YouTube spoof, Moyer recreated the commercial word for word with Michelle behind the wheel, driving through a park.

"We practiced her lines driving to the store in her car seat and she’s pretty good at saying them. We watched the video numerous times and a lot of editing because some shots weren’t always feasible," Moyer said. 

Moyer is not new to the film industry; he has written two books and produced a video series called 'Wilber the Cat.'  

"I did a film called 'A Halfway House' with Robert Romanus and my YouTube show with Wilber was pretty successful. So, I’ve always been dabbling in film but I had never done a spoof before,” Moyer said.

"I got the idea one day because it was playing non-stop on the television. I just thought how funny it would be to have a kid in a Barbie car doing the same thing," Moyer said.

Moyer enjoyed recreating the ad but said it was time consuming because he wanted to mirror the original commercial.

"This video with my daughter is a shot for shot recreation of the original, down to the beats of the music and angles of the camera."

Moyer's video has been viewed over 58,000 times and he hopes to do more spoofs in the future.

"We're actually going to do another one. There is one with a bull in the middle of the street with Matthew McConaughey and he says 'that’s a big bull.' I picture that with Michelle and a Teddy Bear saying ‘that’s a big teddy bear.'"

Look out for more of Moyer’s movies on his YouTube channel.



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<![CDATA[Powerball Pandemonium Builds]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:13:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/buscan-boleto-powerball-un-millon-rosemead-california4.jpg The jackpot is at $390 million, just shy of the most recent winner’s $429.6 million jackpot; which was awarded to the Smith family of Trenton, New Jersey back in May.]]> <![CDATA[Jersey Shore Town Bans Loud Music on Beach]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:33:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/187*120/seaside+heights.jpg

Turn down those jams!

That’s what a Jersey Shore town is telling beachgoers with a new rule in effect.

Seaside Heights banned loud music on the beach starting Friday.

"Audio speakers, 'boom boxes,' and similar audio amplification equipment will not be permitted on the beach," said a post on the Seaside Heights tourism Facebook page. "If you wish to listen to music with a personal device such as an iPhone or smartphone, please use your ear buds. We want all of our guests to enjoy themselves on the beach!"

NJ.com reports the experimental ban will last 60 days.

Someone kicking out the jams on the beach will be asked to put the boom box back in their car, reported NJ.com.



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<![CDATA[Delaware State Fair Mixes Slices of Tradition, Technology]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:15:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016363963_1200x675_729400899589.jpg

Delaware State Fair organizers say this year's slice of summer fun caters to both traditional tastes and users of modern technology.

The fair opens Thursday and runs through July 30 in Harrington.

Spokesman Danny Aguilar says in a statement the event will include staples such as barbecue, baby animals, carnival rides and a homemade ice-cream contest.

For the first time this year, visitors can learn all about the attractions through a mobile app available on the state fair website.

The concert line-up includes Little Big Town on July 24, Alabama July 25 and George Thorogood July 29. Blues Traveler headlines July 30, when the fair also features a craft beer festival.

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<![CDATA[Get 1st Look at PoliticalFest Ahead of DNC]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:11:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/DNC+Donkey+Art.JPG

With the Democratic Convention just days away, NBC10 is getting a first-look at the PolitcialFest sites around Philadelphia.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will host a tour of the sites -- that will be open to the public -- from the National Constitution center to the Union League to the National Liberty Museum Thursday morning.

Click here to get details on PoliticalFest and to pick up your tickets. The PoliticalFest promises to have something for everyone be you a Democrat, Republican or Independent.



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<![CDATA[Meet The Creators of The New Film, Equity]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:38:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016332193_1200x675_727850051973.jpg The new female-driven movie "Equity" was filmed right here in Philadelphia, Director Meera Menon and actresses/producers Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner are in the NBC10 studio to give you a sneak peak.]]> <![CDATA['Robot Restaurant' Opening in NYC]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_19724380454.jpg

Robots (and some hidden chefs) will serve quinoa to customers at a fast-food restaurant opening in midtown Manhattan later this year, according to reports.

There will be no cashiers at Eatsa’s midtown location, just lines of iPads and rows of cubby holes handing over quinoa.

Eatsa’s first New York City location opens at 285 Madison Avenue in the fall, Grub Street reported. Right now, the fast-food chain has two locations in San Francisco and one in the Los Angeles area.

There are a few stages to the Eatsa system. First, customers swipe their credit cards at an iPad. After that, a list of quinoa-based menu items pops up. Diners can customize their dishes before finishing their orders.

The all-vegetarian menu is inspired by different types of cuisine. There’s a Mexican burrito bowl, a Japanese bento bowl, an Indian spice market bowl and a Mediterranean Greek salad bowl, among others. A breakfast menu includes a southwestern scramble and a yogurt quinoa parfait.

While the system that prepares the food is mostly automated, there are still about five employees who prep, assemble and deliver meals to the cubbies, according to Fast Company. But they may not be around forever. Scott Drummond, a cofounder of Eatsa, said he sees a future where robots do it all.

After the food is assembled, it’s delivered to one of the cubbies. All of the cubbies have a transparent, LCD-screened door that displays each customer’s name. A customer taps the door and it flips open, revealing the packaged food and beverage.

"The food comes out in little cubby holes. It’s so neat to see your cubby go dark and then your food appear with your name on it," one user said of an Eatsa location in San Francisco.

Eatsa is a bit reminiscent of the now-defunct Bamn! on the Lower East Side. That automat-style eatery consisted of rows of vending machines serving up corn dogs and grilled cheese.



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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Announces New Ice Cream Flavor]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:01:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cookie-two-step.jpg

In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Blue Bell announced a new flavor of ice cream Friday.

The Brenham, Texas-based company announced the release of Cookie Two Step, vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate crème filled cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough pieces.

"Cookie Two Step combines ingredients from two of our top-selling flavors," Blue Bell spokesman Ricky Dickson said in a news release.

The new flavor will be available in stores beginning Friday, according to the company.

Dickson said the company will release more flavors within the next few months.

"Most will be returning favorites and we plan to have another new one soon," he said.



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<![CDATA[Here are the 68th Annual Emmy Nominees]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:47:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/emmys-3way-thrones-oj.jpg “Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” dominated the list of nominations for the 2016 Emmys. But there were plenty of other nods for other shows. Here is a selection of nominees in top categories.

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<![CDATA[Nintendo Plans Retro 'Mario,' 'Zelda' Console]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:04:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NES_Classic_2.jpg

If you're of a certain age and miss the video games of the 1980s, Nintendo has a Christmas gift for you.

The video game company said Thursday it will release the "NES Classic Edition" on Nov. 11, a $59.99 system that comes loaded with 30 vintage Nintendo games.

Among the highlights are all three "Super Mario" games, two "Zelda" titles, two "Castlevania" entries and two installments from the "Donkey Kong" franchise. 

Nintendo described the new console as a "near-identical mini replica" of the original NES; this one, though, connects to TVs via a more-modern HDMI port.

While classic Nintendo games have been available on other platforms - either legally or via the download of illicit "ROM" files from the Internet - this is the first time Nintendo has stepped into the retro games market with a dedicated piece of hardware. 

The complete list of games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr. 
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Galaga
  • GHOSTS’N GOBLINS
  • GRADIUS
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros. 
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • SUPER C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.  2
  • Super Mario Bros.  3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link



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<![CDATA[The Devil Wears Tennis Shoes]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:34:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016264976_1200x675_725103683520.jpg "Devil Wears Prada" author Lauren Weisberger, who has ties to the Lehigh Valley, has transitioned into the tennis world with her latest novel "The Singles Game." Weisberger will be at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill Thursday night.]]> <![CDATA[7-Eleven Celebrates 7/11 With Free Slurpees]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:42:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Slurpee-GettyImages-106159890.jpg

There's no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than with a Slurpee, and on Monday it won't cost you a thing. 

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

Monday marks the company's 89th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the creation of the slurpee. If you're feeling festive, you can check out the chain's new birthday cake flavor. 

But that's not all.

This year, 7-Eleven is also offering customers who download their app a chance to get 11 free slurpees when they purchase 7 slurpees between July 11 and July 18. 



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<![CDATA[Town Finally Gets Its July 4th Fireworks]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:50:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016199944_1200x675_722544195934.jpg Better late than never, Aston Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania got its fireworks show Sunday night after having to postpone it last week.]]> <![CDATA[Misty Copeland Talks Breaking Barriers]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527358950.jpg

It's been one year since Misty Copeland leaped over barriers to become American Ballet Theatre's first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.

In an interview with "Sunday Today" host Willie Geist, Copeland reflected on her history-making accomplishment and reveals the motivation behind her soon-to-be released dancewear line, Égal.

"I was aware that I was black, but I wasn't aware of the deep rooted history of the lack of diversity, the lack of African Americans in top companies," Copeland said. "It was like, it hasn't happened for 75 years. Why would it happen to me? And then, at the same time, it gave me even more of this fire that was like, 'I am carrying so many people with me and I can do this.'"

Copeland has been able to forge a career outside the dance world with her trailblazing accomplishments, a rare feat for someone from the dance world. In addition to various endorsement deals and TV appearances, the 33-year-old has published two New York Times best-selling books, was the subject of a documentary, appeared on Broadway, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and was recently honored with her own Barbie doll.

"I didn't expect it to be like that. It was really wild. I don't think anyone in the company or in the dance world — we were all kind of shocked," Copeland said. "But I am giving people hope that you don't have to fit into this mold of what society has cut out for you to be in order to succeed."

Having broken the ballet mold herself, Copeland is hoping to motivate dancers of all sizes with a new line of dancewear called Égal — French for equal.

"I was going through this time where I had gained a lot of weight," she said. "I went through puberty really late in life and my bust had grown and I was like, 'I'm going to create dancewear that people who aren't stick thin can wear, but also people who are thin can wear."

Copeland says she hopes to eventually expand Égal to include a plus-size collection.

"It's finally coming to fruition," she said.



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<![CDATA[Enjoy Free Music This Summer]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:43:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/11p+camden+free+music+festival.JPG Camden kicks off its free music festivals.

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<![CDATA['Sun Splashed' at The Barnes Foundation]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:25:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016120085_1200x675_719527491536.jpg Thom Collins, executive director & president of The Barnes Foundation, talks about the new "Sun Splashed" exhibit by artist Nari Ward.]]> <![CDATA[A Better Rodney Square in Wilmington]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 06:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rodney+Square+Wilmington.JPG

Improvements are coming to Rodney Square.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the area across from the historic Hotel DuPont is getting new lighting, security cameras, and new bus shelters with electronic kiosks.

Officials hope the changes will make the area safer and allow buses to pass the park more quickly.

DART CEO John Sisson says the new bus stops should be ready by the end of the year. DART is proving up to $500,000 for the project.

Officials say they plan to expand bus service in the area after the project is completed. They say they hope to eventually build a cafe in the park.



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<![CDATA[Cuba Libre's Chef Giving Tours of Cuba]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:21:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/241*120/Chef+Guerillmo+Pernot+cuba.JPG With relaxed travel rules, Cuba Libre's chef, Guillermo Pernot, is leading Philadelphians on tours of Cuba.]]> <![CDATA[Wawa Welcome America! Festival Concert ]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:31:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/ParkwayConcert11copy.jpg

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