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David Murrell

Staff Writer

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City Life

How Philly Schools Fared in U.S. News’s 2020 College Rankings

Please don’t read this till you’ve sworn to yourself that you won’t use the results to pressure your already stressed-out children.

City Life

Wait … City Winery Might Actually Be a Good Concert Venue?

The new venue, set to open at the Fashion District, has booked big-time indie acts like the Mountain Goats and Josh Ritter as part of its first slate of concerts.

City Life

Wonder What the Eagles Offensive Line Looks Like Nude? It’s Your Lucky Day.

The players stripped down for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue and took some semi-nude, semi-tasteful photos.

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Business

Will Fashion District Succeed Where the Gallery Failed?

What our new downtown mall, opening this month, will tell us about the fate of Philly retail.

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City Life

Jump Into a Giant Marshmallow Pit at This Candy Pop-Up Exhibit

The exhibit of candy art — which runs from September 20th through January 5th — includes fake Warhols, ample candy samples, and a ball pit made of (foam) marshmallows.

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City Life

Penn Book Center’s New Owners on Kindles, Coffee, and Why They’re Still Not Sure About the Name

Matt Duques and Diana Bellonby on the capricious book industry, their vision for the new Penn Book Center, and the thorny issue of whether to rename it.

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City Life

Sanders and Warren Support Safe Injection Sites. Here’s What That Could Mean for Philly

There’s a not-so-far-fetched scenario out there in which a Warren or Sanders administration gives the green light to Safehouse.

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Life & Style

Renting Your Wardrobe Is a Terrible Idea

You don’t just lose money; you lose your identity.

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City Life

Made In America 2019: Your Guide to Road Closures, Parking, and Public Transit

Everything you need to know to either get to, or stay away from, Jay Z’s annual music festival.

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City Life

Let There Be Light (Emitting Diodes): Philly to Retrofit All 100,000 City Streetlights

The city promises energy savings, a reduction in carbon emissions, and also to not fry your eyeballs with its new LED lights.

City Life

The Philly Shops Where You Can Break In Your New (Digital) Apple Credit Card

Yes, we realize that for now this is just a list of places that already accept Apple Pay — but have you ever felt compelled to use Apple Pay before?

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City Life

At Philly Court Hearing, a Wrenching Preview of Fight Over Safe Injection Sites

Safehouse made a moral argument that the opioid crisis compels a response. The federal government suggested morals don’t matter: The law is the law.

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City Life

Eastern State Showcases Work of Incarcerated Filmmakers in “Hidden Lives Illuminated”

Through September 12th, the museum is projecting 20 animated short films about life in prison onto its walls.

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City Life

With Pa. Turnpike Lawsuit Dismissed, SEPTA Can Breathe a Big Sigh of Relief

A federal appeals judge ruled that the Turnpike’s $450 million annual payments to PennDOT (and SEPTA) are indeed constitutional.

City Life

Philly’s Local TV Broadcasts Were a Masterclass in How Not to Cover a Live Shooting

From helicopter video showing police deployment to misleading breaking-news updates, Wednesday’s local TV news coverage left plenty to be desired.