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Jeffrey Lurie’s Long, Strange Trip

One warm, crystalline July day outside Boston, Jeffrey Lurie stands before his father’s gravestone in order to share his thoughts, to commune with him. Morris […]

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The Cosby Show

In the late summer of 1965, just before Bill Cosby’s espionage series I Spy debuted — with Cosby the first leading black man in a […]

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Is King of Prussia the New Promised Land?

ONE RECENT AFTERNOON, I take a short drive west, out the Schuylkill, to a place I have never been, despite a quarter century of living […]

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Mike Rossi’s Endless Marathon

It’s come to this, for Mike Rossi. He’s a karaoke DJ at a bar on Old York Road in Abington. At first glance, the Kitchen […]

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Tom Wolf’s Crash Course in State Government

In late July — on the day Donald Trump was nominated for president — Governor Tom Wolf drove from Harrisburg to a strip mall in […]

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On Philly Fatherhood: My Dad and the Talk

One summer night a long time ago, when I was 11, my father drove me down into Philly to see a baseball game. Dad had […]

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Can John Middleton Make the Phillies Champs Again?

Standing in the sanctuary of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where blue bloods go to worship, John Middleton begins to cry. He has just looked up […]

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The End of the Tank Job: Why the Sixers Stopped Trying to Lose

At the time, it seemed that a punch in Boston was the end of The Process. Sam Hinkie, the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, […]

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Archbishop Charles Chaput: The Hardliner

All Pat Smiley wants is a chance to meet with him, to make her case, to be heard — that’s all any of them want, […]

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The Secret Life of Chip Kelly

I am in pursuit. It’s late May, and I’m spending a few days driving all over the southeastern corner of New Hampshire, that plug of […]

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The Rise and Fall of Kathleen Kane

Ruth Lenahan remembers the feeling she had when she sat down with her friend Kathleen Kane in a political operative’s office in downtown Scranton back […]

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Lynne Abraham: Can a Woman Win the Philadelphia Mayor’s Race?

It seems an unlikely thing to be doing with Lynne Abraham. On a cool, breezy Friday in New York in December, we’re at the Frick, […]

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How Bill Cosby Took Down Bill Cosby

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 […]

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Meet the New Doc. Same as the Old Doc?

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 […]

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Don Tollefson’s Last Stand

She kept Don inside. His mother wanted him to study. She wouldn’t let him be like them, those other kids who got into trouble. Don […]