The Checkup: The Fresh Herb You Should Always, Always Have in Your Kitchen

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• An NYC chef says parsley is the ultimate flavor enhancer. Actually, what she really says is that parsley is the “the underwear of my kitchen: I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without it”—which, of course, is the best way, ever, of phrasing that particular sentiment. Check out these recipes that’ll get you on the parsley bandwagon, too. [Food + Wine]

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About 100 HIV Researchers On Downed Malaysian Plane

The Huffington Post reports that the Malaysian plane that was downed yesterday in Ukraine contained about 100 World Health Organization staffers who were on their way to a conference on AIDS in Melbourne, Australia. The International AIDS Society, which organized the event, released this message:

The International AIDS Society (IAS) today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today.

At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy.

It’s a tragedy. Head over to HuffPo to learn more about the victims, including Former IAS president Joep Lange, and avid AIDS campaigner Pim de Kuijer.

Did You Miss Shoppist on FYI Philly? Catch the Recap Here.

Remember when we introduced you to the 8 Philly designers to watch out for? Here’s a recap: Last week was the official check-in for the finalists of the Philly Mag Fashion Project. Each designer is tasked with designing one exclusive piece each for our major September fashion feature. To check their progress, we brought in Project Runway winner Dom Streater and Knit Wit owner Ann Gitter. Shoppist introduced you to the designers, but FYI Philly went one step further with a behind-the-scenes look at the designers’ progress.

Plus, FYI Philly checked in with the industrial designer and brains behind Analog Watch Co. Lorenzo Buffa. Check out the interview after the jump!

Interviews ahead!

Former Fumo Aide Faces Congressional Scrutiny

The former Vince Fumo aide who reportedly spied on Ed Rendell for the now-disgraced senator is coming under Congressional scrutiny. Christian Marrone now serves as chief of staff at the Department of  Homeland Security; the conservative Washington Times says a Congressional committee hearing today is likely to dig into how he obtained hs role given his previous controversial service.

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Main Line Health Will No Longer Hire Smokers, Starting in May

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Almost exactly one year after the University of Pennsylvania Health System announced a move to weed out tobacco users from its payroll, Main Line Health just released details about a new tobacco-use employment policy, effective May 1, 2014, which will bar nicotine and tobacco users from employment at the health system’s four hospitals and other area facilities. Current employees will be required to disclose whether or not they use tobacco or nicotine products, and those who do will pay a surcharge for their health care benefits beginning in 2015.

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