The Philadelphia Mayor’s Race 2015: Assessing the Candidates

From left: Terry Gillen, Darrell Clarke, Lynne Abraham, Ken Trujillo, and Anthony Williams.

From left: Terry Gillen, Darrell Clarke, Lynne Abraham, Ken Trujillo, and Anthony Williams.

There is, already, a bored, obligatory quality to Philadelphia’s 2015 mayoral election. The candidates underwhelm. Public interest is running low. For all its outsize influence in the past, City Hall today feels a little less domineering.

I had lunch with a smart, engaged guy the other day, a young(ish) Turk in Philly’s huge nonprofit sector, who told me he was past tired of talking and thinking about which Big Papa we should pick to rescue the city this time. “This is our problem,” he told me, “this daddy complex.”
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The Best Hair Stylists in Philadelphia

The stylists of Salon Vanity at work. Photograph by Joseph Balestra.

The stylists of Salon Vanity at work. Photograph by Joseph Balestra

There are many, many great stylists in this city and its ’burbs. And most of the greats can do anything you ask them to, and do it well. But the trick to true hair happiness is a little more complex, isn’t it? You don’t just want someone who’s great; you want someone intuitively attuned to your exact hair issues.

And that, reader, is what you’ll find here: 45 excellent stylists, each with a special knack for dealing with one issue or another, from cutting crazy curls to eliminating those wiry grays to helping with thinning hair, and beyond. We’ve also got the scoop on the five man-cuts that can instantly update a look, the secrets behind the city’s best heads of hair, the Center City salon that’s bringing back the perm … and more.
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The Best Men’s Haircuts in Philadelphia

No offense, man, but look around: The average Philadelphia woman has you beat when it comes to keeping her hair looking modern and fresh. But there’s an easy fix. Here, our panel of man-hair experts tells you what you’re doing wrong, and how to get maximum improvement with minimal effort.

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How Jefferson’s Stephen Klasko Intends to Fix Our Screwed-Up Health-Care System

The new president and CEO spent nearly $4 million to rename SEPTA’s Market East Station — the highest-profile move to date in his bid to make Jefferson into a paragon of medical entrepreneurialism. Photograph by Dustin Fenstermacher

The new president and CEO spent nearly $4 million to rename SEPTA’s Market East Station — the highest-profile move to date in his bid to make Jefferson into a paragon of medical entrepreneurialism. Photograph by Dustin Fenstermacher

It’s mid-morning on a scorching late-summer day, but comfortable in a climate-controlled subterranean corridor covered in tile the shade of a ripe avocado. Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., MBA, looks up at the ceiling under Market Street and seems to realize that in a not at all metaphoric way, his grasp might exceed his reach.
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Home for the Holidays

Photograph by Clint Blowers

Photograph by Clint Blowers

“Why in the hell are we doing this again?”

I ask my husband this question every single year on the night before we pack our minivan to drive the seven hours it takes to get to my parents’ house in time for dinner on Christmas Eve. I pose it at some point between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 2 a.m., while we drink alcoholic beverages containing nothing even remotely festive — no cranberry, no peppermint, no nog of any kind — and sit on the floor in our family room, dutifully wrapping presents for our three little girls.

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How Bill Cosby Took Down Bill Cosby

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One April morning in 2006, I left a note for Bill Cosby at the back gate of his mansion that commands a five-acre spread in Elkins Park. It was an act of desperation. I was writing a profile of him, and I couldn’t get Cosby to respond to me. Sticking the note in his fence — I didn’t venture past the stern NO TRESPASSING warning to walk down his long driveway and knock on his door — is one of those silly moves writers make so they can say to their editors, “Hey, I tried.”

Then, a couple days later, I got a call.

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Meet the New Doc. Same as the Old Doc?

Photograph by Adam Jones

Photograph by Adam Jones

I’m searching for the good Johnny Doc, the one he wants me to find. The new one.

And here he is, in plain sight, on a cool, partly cloudy morning in early October, sitting quietly on a folding chair near the corner of 12th and Market streets in downtown Philadelphia.

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How Work Became One Big Game

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

Illustration by Melissa McFeeters

At some point in my 30s, probably while I was running a vacuum cleaner, it occurred to me that one can view the whole of human history as a mission to do less work. Every invention of the modern age with which we’re surrounded — the vacuum, the automobile, the coffee maker, the disposable diaper — was meant to free us from drudgery of some kind or another and allow us more time in which to slack off. Laziness has been the driving force behind progress in every realm.

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Can I Bring Ganja to a Dinner Party?

Photo by Shutterstock

Photo by Shutterstock

As the laws restricting marijuana have begun to change, there’s a new pot etiquette to consider. How do you navigate parenting within a legalized state? What do you bring to the neighbor’s potluck? For answers, we spoke with two cannabis connoisseurs from Colorado: Brittany Driver, who writes about parenting and pot for The Cannabist, and Jane West, proprietor of Edible Events Co.

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Confessions of a Philly Pot Dealer

This bud’s for you, says the dealer, shown here. Photo courtesy of Nick Centore

This bud’s for you, says the dealer, shown here. Photo courtesy of Nick Centore

When everything is legalized — here and everywhere else — guys like me will be done. I serve a purpose because the laws are backwards. I started selling in college. A friend of mine was getting four ounces at a time, and I would sell an ounce and keep what I made in profit. You make more money by selling it in smaller quantities, but you also take on more risk, just because you’re dealing with more people. Now, I’m a professional — I’m a publicist — and I don’t sell directly to customers. But I’m happy to go out of business. I want to be able to buy weed legally and enjoy it legally.

The people who move pounds and have made a career out of this, those who don’t go legit and open stores — they won’t go out of business immediately. When I went to California — back when you needed a medical card — we still went to dealers.

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