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David Murrell

Staff Writer

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City Life

Inside David Adelman’s Plan to Bring the Sixers to Center City

The billionaire developer has big plans to turn the failing Fashion District mall into a glimmering basketball palace.

City Life

How the Always-Smiling, Always-Practicing Tyrese Maxey Became the “Absolute Key” for the Sixers

Three years ago, Maxey was playing high-school basketball. Now, on the eve of his third NBA season, Philly fans have embraced him with unprecedented verve, and Daryl Morey has called him the “absolute key” to the Sixers’ title chances. No pressure, kid.

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City Life

Amid Ongoing Controversy, America250 CEO Resigns

America’s 250th anniversary has been billed as a coming-together moment for the country. The leadership planning the festivities, though, keeps on changing.

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City Life

Ya Fav Trashman Wants to Become Ya Fav City Councilman

Terrill Haigler, better known as Ya Fav Trashman, on why he’s running for City Council At-Large and how cleaning up trash in the city could improve everything from gun violence to educational attainment.

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City Life

America250 Announces Leadership Change Amid Planning Turmoil

The latest chapter in the ongoing drama surrounding the celebration of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

City Life

Jim Kenney Said He Hasn’t Met With Murder Victims’ Families. Past Mayors Took a Different Approach.

We reached out to Philly’s previous mayors to see how they handled interactions with families of homicide victims.

City Life

The Ugly Philly-Centric Feud at the Center of America’s 250th Birthday Celebration

Two opposing camps in Philadelphia are vying to dictate how the country celebrates its upcoming Semiquincentennial, complete with accusations of cronyism, sexism, double-dealing and bad faith. But hey, why should our 250th anniversary be different from anything else these days?

Things to Do

Your Guide to Spending a Great Day in Fishtown and Northern Liberties

If you’ve got a day to spend in these buzzy Riverwards neighborhoods, here’s an itinerary to get you started.

Things to Do

Your Guide to Spending a Great Day in Graduate Hospital

If you’ve got a day to spend in the GradHo neighborhood, here’s an itinerary to get you started.

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City Life

Temple’s Journalism Dean Thinks We Should See the Carnage of the Texas School Shooting

In the aftermath of the shooting, Temple journalism school dean David Boardman wrote that “maybe it’s time to show what a slaughtered seven-year-old looks like.” Here, he explains why he thinks the change in media coverage strategy is necessary.

City Life

Michael Forman — the Philly Power Player You’ve Never Heard of — Is About to Make Some Noise

The CEO of FS Investments has quietly amassed powerful friends and lots of money. Now he’s ready to fix Philadelphia’s problems.

City Life

Philly Councilmembers Unveil Proposal to Tax Philly’s “Ultra-Rich”

The wealth tax, which could raise up to $280 million annually, targets directly held stocks and bonds. But it’s still a long shot in Council.

City Life

Life After Johnny Doc

How the conviction of Philly’s most infamous power broker is changing the city — for better and for worse.

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City Life

Bye-Bye, Ben: We Hardly Knew You. But We Knew We Didn’t Like You.

Ben Simmons has been traded to the Nets for James Harden. Rejoice!

City Life

City Devastated by Deadly Residential Fire That Killed 12

Here’s what we know and what you can do.