Claire Sasko

Staff Writer

@ClaireSasko
City Life

Kenney Said Vigilantism “Will Not Be Tolerated.” So Why Is He Still Tolerating It?

Calling for the Christopher Columbus statue to come down is the right move but doesn’t solve the broader problem of white backlash as the city reckons with racism.

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Philly Just Canceled Its Live Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Instead, the entirety of Wawa Welcome America will go virtual.

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Eastern State Just Canceled This Year’s Terror Behind the Walls

The roughly 200-year-old prison-turned-historical-and-educational-site will also lay off 40 percent of its staff.

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Philadelphia Community Bail Fund’s Candace McKinley on Why We Need Bail Reform Now

The group leading the charge on bail reform in Philly has gotten a lot of publicity in the last week. Its lead organizer talks eliminating cash bail, defunding the police, and holding Larry Krasner at his word.

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What to Know and Expect During an Unprecedented Election Day in Philly

The polls are open. You probably have more questions than ever. We’re here to help.

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Pennsylvania’s Big Mail-In Primary Could Get Messy. What You Need to Know to Make Your Vote Count

One election observer says Philly, at least, has done an “adequate to good job” with the new process.

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Rebecca Rhynhart Won’t Say She’s Running for Mayor, But She Sure Sounds Mayoral

In discussing her counter-proposal to Mayor Kenney’s controversial post-coronavirus budget plan, the city’s Controller says that Philadelphia must re-envision itself like a business, not “hit people when they’re down” by raising taxes.

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What a Drexel Epidemiologist Says About Sending Kids to Summer Camp This Year

Parents, you’re not going to like it.

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Everything You Need to Know About Filling in Your Surprisingly Complicated Mail-In Ballot

It’s not as simple as checking off a few boxes. A Philadelphian’s guide to making sure your vote in the Pennsylvania primary is counted.

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7 Historic Philly Cemeteries Where You Can Walk and Headstone-Hunt

Get some fresh air and a dose of Philly history at the same time.

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Philly Colleges Are Planning for In-Person Classes This Fall

Here’s what we know about Temple, Drexel, Thomas Jefferson, La Salle and more.

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5 Big Takeaways From Kenney’s “Painful” Post-Coronavirus Budget

The revised spending plan that the Mayor is proposing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic slashes services, guts the arts, and sets up a potentially contentious showdown with City Council.

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A Grocery-Store Worker Who’s Working to Support Family, Despite the Health Risks

The longtime employee has a respiratory illness, but not going to work is not an option.

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These Are 10 of the Coolest, Oldest and Most Storied Trees in Philadelphia

Some are still reaching skyward, others are gone but have amazing tales to tell, and one was the subject of a decades-old mystery.

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Wondering About Memorial Day Down the Shore? Here’s What Jersey Towns Are Saying About Reopening

What we know so far about whether beaches will open by May 25th.