David Murrell

Staff Writer

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Uncle Bobbie’s Owner Marc Lamont Hill on Anti-Racist Reading Lists and Reopening for Business

The Germantown bookstore, a Best of Philly winner this year, reopened this week for the first time since March.

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A Eulogy for the Broad and Walnut Street Wawa

The store represented Wawa’s grand return to Center City in 2015. Does its closing portend doom for our downtown?

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Temple Faculty Union Demands Right to Teach Online This Fall

With 92 percent approval, the union issued a list of demands — chief among them the guaranteed right to opt out of in-person teaching this fall. The Temple admin says that’s not the majority staff opinion.

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Who Was the Real Christopher Columbus?

The debate surrounding the statue in South Philly has lacked a key ingredient: factual coherence. So we enlisted Matthew Restall, a Penn State professor of Latin American history, to help us sort fact from fiction.

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Indoor Dining Still Not Coming Back Yet, Says Farley

We can’t say we’re all that disappointed by the news. Plus: Parents don’t want to send their kids back to Philly public schools, and why a convicted Abscam politician has caught the attention of the feds yet again.

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We Sat Through (Most of) the Art Commission’s Five-Hour Columbus Statue Zoom Call

Competing sets of facts, allegations of survey fraud, and testimony from no fewer than two disgraced Philly politicians.

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City Council Eyes a New Homelessness Solution: Tiny Homes

Plus: The cops fired for racist Facebook posts can’t even file a lawsuit protesting their termination without being racist.

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Driving on the Turnpike Is Going to Get Much More Expensive (For Some)

Plus: Attorney General Josh Shapiro has threats of his own for the federal government, and Citizens Bank Park is opening back up to the public … for concerts.

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Trump Threatens to Send Federal Agents to Philly, Krasner Threatens to Charge Them

The not-so-slow lurch of authoritarianism gets one step closer to Philly. Plus: Fauci’s coronavirus pessimism and signs that another Hollywood A-list movie is on its way to shoot in Philly.

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Congrats: Philadelphians Are Among America’s Top Mask-Wearers, Per Study

Not that the caliber of competition is very high. Plus: how to cool down during the first high heat emergency of the summer, and a behind-the-scenes peek into Sixers forward Matisse Thybulle’s life in the NBA bubble.

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In Praise of the City Government About-Face

Protesters have forced Mayor Jim Kenney to change his mind and behavior on a number of different subjects. That’s a good thing.

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Philly Colleges Plan to Return In-Person. Some Professors Aren’t So Sure.

Do professors feel comfortable returning to teach on campus this fall? That depends on whom you ask — the administration or the faculty.

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Political Scientist Daniel Q. Gillion on What Makes Protest Movements Effective

Philly has had large and contentious protests, yet the Mayor’s proposed reforms are less radical than those considered in other cities. Penn professor Daniel Gillion explains why that’s not necessarily the end of the story.

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80 Notable Philly Institutions and Businesses That Received PPP Loans

Starr Restaurants, the Barnes Foundation, Pat’s Steaks, Friends’ Central, Boyds, the Kline & Specter personal injury law firm, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia all received at least $150,000 (and sometimes a good bit more).

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Wendell Potter on Why America’s Healthcare System Is to Blame for Our Poor Coronavirus Response

The former Cigna insurance executive has been firing off righteous screeds against his old industry on Twitter, outlining just how broken the system is amid the pandemic.