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Homicides down, but it’s ‘not enough’ Changing its way? Police department records show a 25 percent drop in homicides from 2012 to 2013. With 236 homicides in the city on record as of Sunday, 2013 is on track to end with the lowest number of homicides since 1967, unless there’s a sudden spike. “To have Philadelphia on record with the lowest number of homicides in years is great, but it’s still too many,” said Shira Goodman, executive director of CeasefirePA. “Those 250 families — for them this drop in deaths is not enough.” Ray Gant, founder of the Ray of Hope project,

who does volunteer cleanup and house rehabilitation work, agreed that crime is decreasing. “Crime up here went down tremendously,” said Gant, who works in Frankford, Kensington and North Philadelphia. “At one point, every time you turned on the news, that was the only thing you heard about.” Gant credits the change with stronger community involvement. “As your neighbor begins to clean up, the more cleaner and more sustainable they are, crime has been diminishing,” Gant said. Rev. John B. Hougen, a coordinator at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, said he’s glad homicides are down and credited community groups, houses of worships, families and schools

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2007: 391 homicides

2008: 331 homicides

2009: 302 homicides

2010: 306 homicides

2011: 324 homicides

2012: 331 homicides

2013: 236 homicides as of Dec. 15

with working to curb violence. But there’s more to be done, he said. “The number of violent cries and homicides are taking a horrible toll on the people of Philadelphia, and many people do not feel safe, even at this point where homicides are way

down,” Rev. Hougen said. Based on police department records, 1967 was the last year when Philadelphia had fewer than 234 homicides. The record high is 500 homicides in 1990. The homicide rate was at its lowest, 16 per every 100,000 residents, in 1984, and peaked at 32 in 1990. If current rates hold, it could be back down to 16 at the end of the year. In 2012, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area, including Camden and Wilmington, had the highest homicide rate per capita in the nation, with 8.6 murders per 100,000 people. New York had 3.8 homicides per 100,000 and Chicago had 7.1 per that amount.

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“It’s definitely safer now. ... People are more understanding and compassionate.” Mel Faison, 33, North Philadelphia

“I think there’s a lot more random violence. Even if there’s less murder, I still see violent stuff happening.” Simone Jacobs, 24, Fairmount

“The police are certainly doing a better job. ... But there’s too much crime. It could be better, a lot better.” Frank Acosta, 21, Frankford

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Brick-thrower nabbed for signature Center City robberies Police arrested Keith McClary, 56, of Southwest Center City, whose trademark is hurling bricks through doors and windows to rob eateries. Police say McClary robbed four places this month: the Palm Tree on Dec. 1, Omega Pizza on Dec. 7, Honey’s Sit and Eat on Dec. 8 and Gavin’s Cafe on Dec. 9. METRO

Burn, baby, burn in Phoenixville A 25-foot-tall wooden phoenix burns at the end of the 10th annual Firebird Festival, an arts and music event held Saturday in Phoenixville. CHARLES MOSTOLLER, METRO

Upset

Hindus want Urban Outfitters to pull Ganesh socks The president of the Universal Society of Hinduism is urging Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters to pull socks

off shelves that carry an image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh, calling it “inappropriate.” Rajan Zed said Lord Ganesh is “meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be wrapped around one’s foot.” Zed is also urging Ur-

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issue an apology. The red-and-blue Ganesh Sock is sold online

as an Urban Outfitters exclusive for $8 a pair, three pair for $20. The company also sells green-and-black Jesus socks. Zed said the depiction of Ganesh on footwear is “trivialization” and “disturbing.” METRO


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MY CHRISTMAS WISH: A SINGLE FAMILY HOME Some women want diamonds for Christmas. Others want expensive clothes. I want a singlefamily house, with no neighbors on either side of me. That is a rather unlikely wish for a Philly chick like me, considering I grew up in a twin and then a rowhouse in Tacony. But I’ve had enough of being connected to my neighbors. It all goes back to 1977 when my family lived in a twin house on Wells Street. Our next door neighbor was mentally ill, which was not a problem until he lit candles all over the house. The candles caught the curtains on fire and his house went up in flames. Luckily, the fire department got there quickly, but not before his house was gutted. Our house filled with smoke and my little sister, older brother and I had to stay with friends. We all remember two things from that time: “Roots” was on television and our house smelled like Lebanon Bologna. After my parents divorced, we moved to a small row home on Greeby Street. Our neighbors on one side of the wall were a loud family whose alarm went off every morning at 5. In 1983, THEIR house caught on fire because of dryer lint in the vent. There was smoke damage to our house, but no structural damage. Flashforward to the early 1990s. Yes, the house next door caught on fire AGAIN — this time because they left

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I continued to live in apartments. My neighbors continued to be weird. There was The Salsa Music Lover. There were the kids who jumped up and down in the apartment above me. Then there was the couple who spent every Friday night smoking pot. food cooking in a pan. I was on my own by then (in an apartment on Frankford Avenue where the neighbor below me shot his friend in a fight). My mom and sister soon moved to Florida — to a single-family house. They were smart. I continued to live in apartments. My neighbors continued to be weird. There was The Salsa Music Lover. There were the kids who jumped up and down in the apartment above me. Then there was the couple who spent every Friday night smoking pot and having sex. In 2008, I bought a townhouse. It never

occurred to me to buy a single-family house. But the group home next door was the final straw. I am very tolerant, but the young mentally handicapped lady took out her anger by kicking her closet wall — every evening, for hours. Sometimes she hit her caregivers and the rescue squad, fire trucks and police cars had to show up. The group home is gone now. My current neighbors on either side of me are lovely families. They don’t kick the wall or set their houses on fire. But I still hear them and I am sure they hear me, especially at night when I yell at — I mean, LOUDLY ENCOURAGE my little boy to “Get in bed! Stay in bed! Why are you out of bed???????” It’s time to move. I can’t afford it just yet, but someday I will own a house with no neighbors touching any of my walls. Until then, I have fire insurance and ear plugs. Kathryn Quigley is an associate professor of journalism at Rowan University and a Philadelphia native. She can be reached at kathrynsquigley@gmail.com.

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Five local priests are ‘unsuitable’ after 2011 report Removed. Seven more priests were investigated, with five deemed “unsuitable for ministry.” Five Archdiocesan priests were removed for good from their parish positions after a board decided allegations that surfaced in a February 2011 Grand Jury report of sexual abuse were legitimate. In March 2011, 26 priests were suspended while the Archdiocese investigated the sexual abuse claims brought in

the Grand Jury report. Since May, an Archdiocesan board has been investigating a few claims at a time. So far, more than half have been permanently removed from their parishes. Only one more case is pending. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced Sunday that out of seven priests recently investigated, two were deemed suitable for ministry. The details of the allegations were not released. “Those priests found unsuitable for ministry will have no public ministry in the Archdiocese,” according to a news release.

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Ukraine is LOVE, say local immigrants A young girl of Ukrainian parents joined Ukrainian immigrants and their supporters at a protest Sunday in Thomas Paine Plaza in support of ongoing protests in the eastern European country calling for closer ties to the European Union. / CHARLES MOSTOLLER, METRO

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Milford cop investigated for shooting Delaware State Police were asked to investigate a police-involved shooting Saturday afternoon between a 58-year-old Milford, Del. man, who is in critical condition, and a Milford

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Injured officer named top cop Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies was named Police Officer of the Year at a ceremony over the weekend. Davies was shot in August after struggling with a suspect involved in a traffic stop. METRO


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Peter O’Toole dies at 81 after long illness One of the most acclaimed actors of screen and stage, Peter O’Toole died peacefully at home at age 81, his agent said on Sunday. O’Toole had been battling illness for the last few years. In June 2012, after more than six decades of work, he officially retired. Already a celebrated star of the English stage, O’Toole shot to stardom with his first major picture, 1962’s “Lawrence of Arabia.” His striking good looks, piercing blue eyes and uncommon intensity made him the perfect young thespian to thrust into the spotlight. O’Toole was awarded an Oscar nomination, which proved to be the first of eight throughout his lifetime. In fact, O’Toole is notable as the actor with the most Academy Award nominations

without ever winning. Even more incredibly, the nominations were all for Best Actor, including his combustible Henry II in 1968’s “The Lion in Winter,” an earl who thinks he’s Jesus Christ in 1972’s “The Ruling Class” and a drunken actor doing a TV appearance in 1982’s “My Favorite Year.” His last nomination was in 2006, for “Venus,” in which he played a dirty old man who bonded with his comely great-niece (Jodie Whittaker). Looking sickly and haggard — a result of rather legendary partying — the film played as a farewell to the medium he so enriched. MATT PRIGGE. METRO

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South Africa buries ‘greatest son’ Mandela Service. Family, friends and dignitaries attended the state funeral in a huge domed tent. South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, leaving the multiracial democracy he founded without its living inspiration and still striving for the “Rainbow Nation” ideal of shared prosperity he had dreamed of. The Nobel Peace laureate, who was held in apartheid prisons for 27 years before emerging to preach forgiveness and reconciliation, was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Qunu after a send-off combining military pomp with the traditional rites of his Xhosa abaThembu clan.

Mandela’s casket arrives for his state funeral in Qunu, South Africa. / GETTY IMAGES Quoted

“Yours was truly a long walk to freedom, and now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of your maker.” General Monwabisi Jamangile Armed forces chaplain said at the grave site

As the coffin was lowered into the wreathringed grave, three army helicopters flew over bearing the South African flag on weighted cables, a poignant echo of the anti-apartheid leader’s inauguration as the nation’s first black president nearly two decades ago. A battery fired a 21gun salute, the booms reverberating around the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, before five fighter jets flying low in formation roared over the valley. Among the 450 mourners at the private burial ceremony were relatives, political leaders and foreign guests including Britain’s Prince Charles, American civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. REUTERS

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Sandy Hook shooting remembered One year later, the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., still evokes raw emotion and sadness. On Saturday, a day after another school shooting, this time at a Colorado high school where one student was wounded, the United States paused to remember the tragedy and revisit the contentious issue of guns in America. Newtown officials said the town wanted to be left alone on the anniversary. Some of the victims’ families encouraged those moved by the shooting to mark the day by performing an act of kindness in their own communities. In Newtown and elsewhere around the country, bells tolled in remembrance of those who died. REUTERS

Sandy Hook: A year later in pictures Residents of Newtown, Conn., quietly marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School over the weekend. Some people chose to remember publicly by displaying memorials on their lawns. Others warned the media to stay away. /NICOLAUS CZARNECKI, METRO

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Lunar. Chinese unmanned spacecraft lands on the moon China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday, state media reported, in the first such “soft-landing� since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat. The Chang’e 3, a probe named after a lunar goddess in traditional Chinese mythology, is carrying the

solar-powered Yutu, or Jade Rabbit buggy, which will dig and conduct geological surveys. China has been increasingly ambitious in developing its space programs, for military, commercial and scientific purposes. It has moved in lock step with its emergence as a major global economic and political power.

Moscow. Protesters called for a rally on Tuesday to monitor Yanukovich’s trip.

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Thirty-six people, nearly half of them children, were killed on Sunday when Syrian army helicopters dropped “barrel bombs� on the disputed city of Aleppo, the Syrian

Observatory for Human Rights said. Video uploaded by local activists showed a fire in a narrow street covered in debris and dust after one air raid in the Karam el-Beik district. Another showed blackened and twisted wreckage of a vehicle at a busy roundabout. REUTERS

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“We forbid this president to sign anything in Moscow that contradicts the interests of the Ukrainian state.� Oleh Tyahnybok, far-right nationalist leader

Thousands rallied on Sunday against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich just days before he heads for a meeting in the Kremlin and opposition leaders told him not to bother coming back if he “sells out� Ukraine. Minutes before the rally, EU enlargement chief Stefan Fuele said on Twitter he had told Ukraine he was suspending work on a trade and political deal, which should have been signed two weeks ago, saying Kiev’s arguments to improve terms had “no

grounds in reality.� Fuele’s words suggested the European Union has lost patience with Kiev’s demands for financial aid and was irritated at the way the bloc was being forced to take part in a “bidding war� with Russia over Ukraine. The focus was now on a visit Yanukovich is to make to Moscow to tie up trade agreements with the Kremlin to help the distressed Ukrainian economy, but which the opposition fears will slam the door on integration with the European mainstream. They fear he may take the first steps toward joining a Moscow-led customs union, together with Belarus and Kazakhstan, which they see as an attempt by Vladimir Putin to recreate the Soviet Union. REUTERS

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Part of Utah’s bigamy law struck down in victory for TV star

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Ruling. Kody Brown praised Waddoups’ “courageous decision” in a statement. A U.S. federal judge struck down a portion of Utah’s bigamy laws as unconstitutional on Friday, siding with a reality television star and his four wives. Polygamy is illegal in

all 50 states. But Utah’s law is unique in that a person can be found guilty not just for having two legal marriage licenses, but also for cohabiting with another adult in a marriage-like relationship when they are already legally married to someone else. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled the second aspect is too broad because it bars con-

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Iran minister says nuclear pause talks will continue Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic is committed to reaching an accord over nuclear activities even as the U.S. seeks to punish companies for possibly violating sanctions. Zarif, in an interview Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said it was “a very wrong move” for the U.S. government to freeze assets of compa-

nies doing business with Iran while a deal aimed at keeping his country from developing nuclear weapons is being pursued. High-level talks in Vienna between six countries and Iran were disrupted after the Treasury Department on Dec. 12 said it was freezing assets and banning transactions of entities that attempt to evade the sanctions, including by doing business with the National Iranian Tanker Co., Iran’s primary shipper of crude oil. BLOOMBERG

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tionships. He said the law violates both the First Amendment’s clause ensuring religious rights and the 14th Amendment’s due process clause designed to ensure liberty. The rest of Utah’s bigamy law remains intact under the ruling, so only individuals who fraudulently obtain multiple marriage licenses would be guilty. REUTERS

Berlin. Merkel picks popular woman ally as defense minister German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Ursula von der Leyen as her new defense minister on Sunday, a surprising choice that could vault the ambitious ally into the lead as the front-runner to one day succeed the chancellor. Merkel, 59, will begin her third term on Tuesday — three months after winning the Sept. 22 election — now that her junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats, voted on Saturday to join her in a “grand coalition.” Even though Merkel has an aversion to the unexpected, she pulled a rabbit out of her hat in picking the spirited von

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der Leyen to lead defense, one of the top jobs in her cabinet with a 33-billion euro budget. “Those who know her know that she has always had an interest in international issues alongside social policies,” Merkel told a news conference. REUTERS


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Health plans

Obamacare site back up ahead of schedule HealthCare.gov underwent what officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency running the health care overhaul, called “extended maintenance” beginning at midnight Saturday. The work was scheduled to last through approximately noon on Sunday, during which time people in the 36 states served by HealthCare.gov could not fill out applications or enroll in plans. The site was instead up and running at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, CMS said in a statement. The downtime affected not only customers in the 36 states but also those in the 14 states and District of Columbia running their own insurance marketplaces. REUTERS

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The cannibal social network Body snackers. It’s growing, and the authorities have no answers. On Nov. 4, German businessman Wojciech Stempniewicz left his native Hanover by train and made the 360-kilometer journey to Dresden. The 59-year-old managed a successful trucking firm and was engaged to be married. On arrival in Dresden he met with police worker Detlev Guenzel, who stabbed him in the neck and chopped his body into small pieces. But this was not a straightforward murder. Police quickly announced their suspicions that part of the body had been eaten and that Stempniewicz had been a willing victim. “The missing man had fantasized since his youth about being killed and eaten by another person,” report-

British man Geoffrey Portway had a chamber specially designed for cooking and eating a child. / USDOJ Members

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The most popular website, with over 55,000 members and 1 million monthly page views, is run by a U.S. retiree with a name of “Perro Loco.” He describes his network as the “premier cannibal forum.” Stempniewicz and his killer were users, and Loco’s client list also includes the infamous “Rotenburg Cannibal,” Armin Meuwes.

ed Dresden police chief Dieter Kroll. Neither was this an isolated incident. British man Geoffrey Portway was arrested in September for a plot to kill and eat a child, complete with gruesome accessories. A New York police officer is standing trial for allegedly plotting to eat his wife. German authorities estimate they

have thousands of cannibals within their borders alone. In every case, investigators discovered that the cannibals had plotted their actions online, through dedicated communities with thousands of members, reaching around the world. Metro trawled a few of the websites listed by prosecutors and easily found posts describing similar plans. “Please send more info. height/weight/physical condition. plus any serving requirements. photos front/rear might be helpful. plus idea for disappearing without attention,” posts one user. Some of the most popular posts concern “food” preparation, either for the dish or the diner. The community has own slang, such as “long pig” for a male victim.

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Theater. “Potted Potter” parody pokes fun at J.K. Rowling’s beloved books. Where J.K. Rowling falls short, the guys of “Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience” come through. “Obviously J.K. Rowling does very well with describing quidditch in the book, but it’s one of those things that has to be seen to be believed,” says James Percy, co-star of “Potted Potter,” playing at the Prince Music Theater through Jan. 5. “We’re the only show in the world that features a live game of quidditch. That really brings that big side of the ‘Harry Potter’

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Top pop culture Roundup. This year, these events shocked us — or at least got us talking.

Miley Cyrus transformed from Hannah Montana into a tongue-wagging Twerk Monster this year. / ALL PHOTOS GETTY IMAGES

Pop culture gets a bad rap, according to Metro’s gossip editor, Dorothy Robinson. Sure, it’s lowbrow (especially when Miley Cyrus decides to take her clothes off with no deference to taste or talent) and it births fame-hungry monsters (Kimye, you are a creation even Walter Winchell couldn’t dream up). Yet, the hijinks and disasters of people who fly so very high take us away from the humdrum of everyday life. Keeping up with Miley is a nice distraction from the fact that the cable bill is due. Watching Beyonce at the Super Bowl is a reminder of what is humanly possible if you have drive, talent and a whole lot of luck. And witnessing

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Miley Cyrus transforms from Hannah Montana to tongue-wagging Twerk Monster

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian reproduce; North West is born

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William and Kate reproduce; Prince George is born

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Beyonce wins the Super Bowl

Tie: Cory Monteith/ Paul Walker dies

The happy (and totally staged?) family.

the untimely deaths of two stars reminds us that even our little lives are ones worth living. In fact, maybe we’re the lucky ones, blessed to be outside looking in — instead of the other way around. “I didn’t put the Royal Baby

on my list because I thought that fell under news. Come on: Kate Middleton should NEVER be on the same list as Miley or Kim Kardashian, even if she is engaged to Kanye West. And although Avril Lavigne marrying Chad Kroeger wasn’t earthshaking, it was so delight-

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“I, for one, definitely had Beyonce winning the Super Bowl on my list. Nothing can stop her, not even a blackout. I don’t even remember who actually played. All I remember is the Destiny’s Child reunion and Beyonce’s black lace body suit. She wins.” EMILY LAURENCE “You do all know that royal gossip is a conspiracy, right? It’s something that after America won the Revolutionary War, we had to sign a concession that our major media outlets would always pretend to care about what the British royals were doing. WE MUST BREAK THE CHAIN, PEOPLE! USA! USA! USA!” PAT HEALY “I was a little worried that people would forget about Cory Monteith for a second,

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zen” took the No. 2 spot, selling $22.2 million worth of tickets from Friday through Sunday, beating new comedy “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” which was third with $16 million. Sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” earned $13.2 million domestically for the weekend, claiming the No. 4 spot. Its worldwide cumulative total climbed to $740 million, eclipsing the total sales for the first “Hunger Games” movie.

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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman $224.95 You’re probably not going to get a better deal than this: Twenty-five movies for just over $200, all Criterion Collection-quality. And unlike the Bonds, it’s for a series of which you’ve likely seen nada. Created for the screen, the character Zatoichi (played in every single

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Want to snack smart? Go nuts! Health. Fuel up on nuts for a longer life. Nuts can get a bad rap — their high-fat content stops many dieters on the “low fat” bandwagon from putting their hands into a bag. But don’t shy away from these little protein powerhouses — the fats in nuts are the monounsaturated, which are the good kind that your body needs to lower cholesterol and your risk of heart disease and stroke (not to mention, that number on the scale). Plus, a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine links people who eat nuts to longer life spans. Not all nuts are created equal though, so we enlisted Beth Warren, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian with a private practice in New York and the author of the forthcoming “Living a Real Life With Real Food: How to Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Stay Energized — the Kosher Way,” to give us the facts straight.

Walnuts These brainshaped nuts are shaped as so for a reason: They benefit the brain! “Walnuts are actually the highest nut in terms of omega-3 fatty acids, which help improve memory and decrease inflammation,” Warren says. “Inflammation is tied to a lot of diseases — things like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, ADHD and autism.” More good news: “Walnuts are the highest in terms of quality and quantity of antioxidants,” Warren says. Antioxidants ward off disease in your body. The only caveat about walnuts is that their high omega-3 count makes them one of the fattiest of nuts. So, if you’re going to enjoy a 1-ounce serving (a typical serving size for all nuts), that’s about 14 halves. But again, there’s no reason to hear the word “fat” and get scared. “You

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oxidants and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.” Warren likes using them in baking because of their texture and sweet flavor. You can also use them as a coating for fish instead of breadcrumbs, or toss them on a salad.

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may have heard to swap your PB for almond butter, surprisingly, the calorie and protein counts between the two are pretty similar. Why the fuss over almond butter then? “It’s more of a processing issue than anything,” Warren says. “People think they’re making a good choice in reduced-fat peanut butter,

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ness model.â&#x20AC;? Jen Groover, a serial entrepreneur, says this process is critical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Recognize that failure is just part of the process,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, no one wants to fail, but if you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t failing, you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taking enough risks and growing.â&#x20AC;? Nick Friedman agrees. The president and cofounder of College Hunks Hauling Junk, a junk removal service, co-created his business prior to his senior year of college 10 years ago, quit his â&#x20AC;&#x153;miserableâ&#x20AC;? day job soon after graduating and now has 51 franchises. He suggests that students should start with their vision and work backward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You reverseengineer to the present so you have the destination or the picture in mind of what you want your business to look like in three, five, 10 years and work backward to the present. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s step one to make that vision a reality?â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, Groover, the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;What If ? and Why Not?â&#x20AC;? advises to smell the roses: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be sensible but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always play it safe. Entrepreneurship is a journey of self-transformation. Embrace every moment as an opportunity to learn, grow, and gain experiential wisdom.â&#x20AC;?


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Renaissance Soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;A man can do all things if he will,â&#x20AC;? said Leon Battista Alberti in the 15th century, creating what ultimately became the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;renaissance man.â&#x20AC;? In her book, Margaret Lobenstine embraces this statement and helps people who may feel like their varied interests donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ t in a time when one career path and one passion is the accepted norm. Lobenstine gives advice for readers to avoid the paralyzed feeling of choosing between many paths, link passion to a source of income and combine interests so that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to start over every time a new passion appears.

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Pisces | Feb. 19-March 20. Traveling will bring new partnerships. Avoid investing in moneymaking schemes. Be sure to consult with a financial adviser. Aries | March 21-April 20. Seek a promotion. Be wary of competition . If you take special care to avoid being criticized, affairs will work out well. Taurus | April 21-May 21. Now is not the time to worry about your personal life. Focus on your professional goals, and you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

Gemini | May 22-June 20. If you get out and meet like-minded people, you could expand your network of friends. It is also a very good time to consider expanding your family. Cancer | June 21-July 22. Opportunities for partnerships abound. Now is the time to make a difference through humanitarian ventures. Leo | July 23-Aug. 22. Your work rather than home life is where you will shine most right now. But don’t neglect your domestic responsibilities.

Virgo | Aug. 23-Sept. 22. Plan to travel. Self-improvement efforts will make you feel good and boost your aesthetic appeal. Libra | Sept. 23-Oct. 22. Pay attention to nutrition, as unwanted weight gain is likely at this time. Maintain a healthy routine. You can take control. Scorpio | Oct. 23-Nov. 21. Close friends may steer you in the wrong direction regarding a sensitive situation. Keep in mind that it is you who must endure the consequences of your actions. BERNICE BEDE OSOL

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Re: ‘President should be political, not polite’ (Metro, Dec. 13-15) Too bad we can’t upload photos of other famous political handshakes for letter writer Garold Minkin to comment on. Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev, McCain and Gaddafi, Rumsfeld and Saddam. The people of China, Russia, Libya and Iraq couldn’t have been too happy about those photo ops, and Online

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Eagles defense thrown aside in defeat NFL. The firstyear defensive coordinator was at a loss for answers after the game.

When head coach Chip Kelly was hired to lead the organization in January it garnered front-page headlines across the country. The same can’t be said for defensive coordinator Billy Davis when he was hired a month later. With Kelly basking in the glow of his offense the past five weeks, Davis again flew under the radar. Not anymore. Davis’ defense allowed an astonishing 48 points and 455 yards of total offense in Sunday’s 18-point loss at Minnesota. “I wish I had an answer right now,” Davis said. “I’ve got to watch the tape, but

we just weren’t playing tight enough coverage. That’s attached to the rush too. It’s all attached together. It’s not just the coverage giving up plays. It’s the rush that has to get there. Collectively as a defense, we came up really short today.” The secondary was picked on all game long by backup quarterback Matt Cassel. The Vikings QB finished 26-of-35 for 382 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. “I felt like we had the intensity but we didn’t make the plays. It’s as simple as that. We’ve gotta make plays,” Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. “It has to be washed away in the next week. We have to put this behind us and move forward. If anything we take out of it, it can be a good humbling experience and know that we still got to work and do those little things that

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“We didn’t break their rhythm today and all of the credit goes to them.” Billy Davis, defensive coordinator on Matt Cassel and the Vikings’ offense

got us on that winning streak.” The defense wouldn’t blame a letdown in expectations — with running backs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart and quarterback Christian Ponder out due to injury — for their poor performance.

“I don’t think anybody let down,” Ryans said. “I see it as we just didn’t execute. ... It doesn’t matter who’s playing, we still have to go out and execute.”

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Eagles blame slow start for poor offense While the Eagles’ defense was busy chasing wide receivers all afternoon, it was the usually reliable offense that was left to play catch up. The Eagles made little use of the NFL’s leading rusher, LeSean McCoy. He finished with just eight carries and five receptions after getting 30 touches last week. “That’s the only thing about this situation, sometimes being down so fast

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you gotta go to something else,” McCoy said. “The type of competitor I am, I want the ball at all costs. It’s times like this when you have to throw the ball. It really kind of eliminates the running back.” McCoy’s diminished role opened up DeSean Jackson to have a huge game, finishing with 195 receiving yards, including a 51-yard catch and a 30yard touchdown. “We got a lot riding on this game today, for anybody to not be partaking, not going out there and having a lot of energy for an important game

like this, I can’t see it in my eyes,” Jackson said. “I knew how big of a game this was and that’s why I was trying to do anything and everything I can to win this game.” Nick Foles echoed the thoughts of McCoy, though the Eagles only trailed by eight at halftime. “We didn’t get the things going early on. That really hurt us, hurt the momentum of the team,” Foles said. “The Vikings had a great game plan. They played hard today, they outplayed us today.” MARK OSBORNE

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