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POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 8:53 AM
The former Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia is now part of Mondelez. (Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer)

UPDATE: My colleague from The Inquirer, Joe DiStefano, has the full skinny on the closing. Read his post here.

Many know the former Nabisco/Kraft factory on Roosevelt Boulevard by its cookie smell, or as the marker for the on-ramp to Interstate 95. And now its latest owner, Mondelez International, is reportedly taking the highway south - all the way to a new factory in Mexico.

As many as 300 workers may be laid off, the Oreo maker told employees yesterday in an emergency meeting, reports If true, that means Philadelphia brand cream cheese, which was actually invented in New York and now made in Baltimore, may soon be the only remnant of the city left in the company's holdings.

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POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013, 10:14 AM

I could hardly believe what I read this morning. A website called Blowfish has named Blue Moon the best domestic beer. That's just ridiculous.

The Belgian white ale rip-off might be domesticated, but it's far from the best in my book. Give me Victory's Golden Monkey or Hop Devil any day over that. If I want a Belgium in a blue label, I'll shell out $12 for a bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve.

Growing up, I thought the best U.S. beer I ever had was regular ol' Coors. But that was in the '70s - long before the craft beer revolution, back when Coors was still probably brewed with Rocky Mountain water.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 2:27 PM

Does all this talk about the U.S. debt ceiling have you confused? Learn what you need to know in less than 5 minutes with these two video primers.

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 1:06 PM

More than half of the folks who serve fast food meals in America earn so little, that they rely on Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit program to make ends meet, Reuters reports.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and public benefit programs show 52 percent of fast-food cooks, cashiers and other "front-line" staff had relied on at least one form of public assistance between 2007 and 2011, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Illinois told the news service.

In August, workers protested outside McDonald's, Burger King and other restaurants in 60 U.S. cities, demanding a "living wage" of $15 per hour.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 2:29 PM
Does this giant, black hula hoop inspire you to greatness or is it a big zero in your book? (Dai Sugano / Bay Area News Group / MCT)

At some point in the lengthy design process of Apple's proposed new headquarters, why didn't somebody sit CFO Peter Oppenheimer down, tape his eyelids open and stick an ipad to his face playing a video of "The Hudsucker Proxy"?

That's because the giant black circle Apple wants to build in Cupertino, Calif., looks like it was inspired by something Tim Robbins drew on a napkin. "You know... for kids!"

I'm not so sure the ghost of Steve Jobs will haunt its endless hallways, even if he was a fan of circular logic. This mostrosity seems more like one his buddy, Larry Ellison, might envision for the most wealthy company on the planet.

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POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013, 3:55 PM
Kevin Pownall delivering mail in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Conservatives in the U.S. have to be looking longingly at the English, who earned the equivalent of $2.75 billion this week by privatizing their postal system and then selling its shares in an IPO.

Portugal now plans to do the same thing, but hopes to retain a minority share.

By comparison with the British, our postal service defaulted last week on a $5.6 billion payment for retiree health benefits, is forcing a 3-cent hike on stamps and wants to end Saturday mail delivery.

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POSTED: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8:28 PM

As Detroit prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford's invention of the moving assembly line, AFPTV visits the historic factory where the world-changing innovation took place. (2:19)

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POSTED: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 1:48 PM

Burger King is changing its name, kind of, sort of. To promote the chain's new Satisfries, the flame-broiled royalty is changing signs on some restaurants to read Fries King.

Big woop!

Sorry, but the sole redeeming quality to BK's fries in the past has been that Emineminem (sic) hasn't rapped about spitting on them like he did the onion rings.

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