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The Best Feature of My New iPhone 5S – Humility

It’s 5 a.m. and I’m dozing on a cold sidewalk in Philadelphia. Bleary eyed, self-conscious of my surroundings, a bit ashamed. I commune with others […]

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The Women of Downton Abbey vs. Women of the Super Bowl

This Sunday night looks to be another classic match-up between a heavy favorite and a hapless underdog. No, not the 49ers and the Ravens—the Super […]

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Philadelphians Think Philly Sucks Less Than It Used To

I want to KO Rocky Balboa. And maybe—just maybe—so do you. For 36 years, the Kensington palooka has been the symbol of this city’s beleaguered […]

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Why I’m Breaking Up With the Republican Party

I was a Republican before I was even old enough to vote for one. Thank (or blame) Alex P. Keaton for that. As a child […]

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Marketing Slogans Miss the True Philadelphia Story

There used to be a sign hanging up at PHL for new arrivals that said, “Welcome to Philadelphia, where old and new beckon you.” It […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Man Purse

I really wished I’d had my man purse with me the night I met Darren Daulton. (How often does a guy get to say that?) […]

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Don’t Look Now, but Philadelphia’s Self-Loathing Is Waning

Hating on our city has been a popular pastime for decades, but the tide might finally be turning. Last week, the Pew Charitable Trusts issued […]

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Xfinity Live!: A Name That Deserves to Be Mocked

Philadelphians are finicky about the names we adopt for our institutions, as anyone who’s ever looked in vain for “the Blue Route” or “the Lakes” […]