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Vince Fumo Would Like to Be Vince Fumo Again

The host wore his tux, and the bar was open, but anyone with eyes could see the empire eroding. State Senator Vince Fumo stood there, […]

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Did This Game Theory Expert Plot the Perfect Murder?

Gary Gregory drove toward his sister’s house that afternoon with a short workday in the rearview mirror and a happy week ahead. His sister, Ellen […]

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Do They Still Make Republicans Like Tom Ridge?

On election night, as the foreign country around him lay sleeping, Tom Ridge stayed up all night, watching TV. “I wanted to know who my […]

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How Luis Cortés Is Quietly Building a New Notre Dame in the Heart of North Philly

When the governor called the Reverend Luis Cortés Jr. in the summer of 2000, the conversation was quick. “Reverend Cortés,” said Governor Tom Ridge. “I […]

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Generational Poverty: Trying to Solve Philly’s Most Enduring Problem

Mattie McQueen was about five years old when her mother offered a surprise: “Let’s all go for ice cream.” McQueen and three of her siblings […]

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“This Was No Accident”

In the last hours she spent with her mother, Anne Bryan offered a sunny proposal: “Let’s go for a bike ride.” Nancy Winkler hesitated. It […]

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Racial Profiling on the Main Line

This past July, Jordan and Joshua Friday confronted one of those endless summer days that teenagers are given. They journeyed by bicycle to an aunt’s […]

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The Curious Case of Nicky Isen

The stakes are so high, everyone wears funeral smiles — gray grins, barely there before they’re gone. The courtroom falls silent when Nathan Isen walks […]

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Rock Lititz Studio: Where Taylor Swift and Usher Get Ready to Play

The ducks in the park, the old-timey clock at the town’s heart, the rustic storefronts and occasional horse-drawn carriage suggest time has stopped here. Lititz, […]

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Richard DeCoatsworth: How a Hero Cop Fell

Richard DeCoatsworth anticipated another great day. The 21-year-old rookie cop was six months into a new job he loved, and the sun shone bright that […]

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FBI on Renewed Effort in Imbo-Petrone Case: “The Idea Here Is to Start Fresh”

Federal investigators opened a new effort this week to find out what happened to Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone, the couple who went missing 10 […]

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John and Bonnie Raines: The Whistleblowers Whose 1971 FBI Raid Anticipated Edward Snowden

John Raines sat in the family station wagon, parked in a dark lot on the Swarthmore campus, waiting to see if his wife would return […]

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Tom Wolf: Perfect Stranger

In 1957, Tom Wolf and his father attended a baseball game at Connie Mack Stadium. Wolf’s team, the Phillies, faced the St. Louis Cardinals, including […]

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The Tragedy of Madison Holleran and Suicides at Penn

Doors were beginning to open for Madison Holleran. She racked up straight As, ran track, and pushed her Northern Highlands Regional High School soccer team […]

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Without a Trace

To most anyone watching, they were just another couple, out on a Saturday night at Abilene’s on South Street, drinking a few beers and watching […]