Claire Sasko

Staff Writer

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What to Know as Philly’s First Heat Wave of the Summer Starts to Sizzle

Here’s how long the high temps will last — and hope to cope whether you’re in the city or down the shore this weekend.

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Kenney: PES Refinery “Intends to Shut Down” as Blast Investigation Begins

The South Philadelphia facility, the largest oil refinery on the eastern seaboard, employs more than 1,000 workers — and has a 150-year history of environmental impacts.

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Philadelphians Waste a Millennium Sitting in Traffic Every Year

This new report quantifies just how ghastly (and costly) congestion can be.


100 Years of Pa. Women’s Suffrage: The Justice Bell and More

Nearly a century after Pa. ratified the 19th Amendment, it’s time you read up on your history.

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What to Know About the Oil Refinery Explosion

The blast rocked the city early this morning and caused a three-alarm fire. Here’s everything we know.

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Philly Police Refuse to Identify 72 Cops Placed on Desk Duty Amid Facebook Probe

The department rejected a Philly Mag request for the list of officers, saying that “they have not been charged with a crime or a departmental violation.”


Juneteenth Is About to Become an Official State Holiday

Pennsylvania will soon recognize the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S.


What to Know About “Flesh-Eating” Bacteria in the Delaware Bay

Cases involving deadly Vibrio vulnificus have become more common as ocean temperatures rise.

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Philly’s Weekend Violence Has Officials Eager to Find Answers — and Place Blame

The police commissioner said a “no consequences” mentality could be to blame for an uptick in gun violence.


Yes, We Really Have Been Getting More Tornado Watches and Warnings Lately

Here’s what’s happening.

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We Can’t Take Our Eyes Off the 2019 Philly Bear Chase

Let’s just hope it doesn’t end like the 2018 coyote chase.

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You Can Celebrate the Rail Park’s First Birthday on Friday

A nearby beer garden is throwing a party, complete with drink specials and a DJ.

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West Philly’s Massive Sinkhole Will Take 3 Weeks to Fix

SEPTA’s Route 34 trolley will be detoured until then.

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Veterans, Active Duty Military Could Soon Visit N.J. Beaches for Free

A new bill would let the state join a number of towns — including Ocean City, Sea Isle City, and Avalon — in offering free beach access to military personnel.

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3 Jersey Shore Day Trips Every Philadelphian Should Try

Ready to play hooky from work? Here’s how to spend a lovely day down the Shore.