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David Murrell

Staff Writer

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.

City Life

With 36 Hours of Woodstock, WXPN Leads an Aural Trip to the ’60s

In honor of the Woodstock 50th anniversary, WXPN will broadcast four days’ worth of audio from the festival, timed to line up with the set times of the original performers.

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Be Well Philly

Philly Public Pools: The 2019 Closing Dates

You may be able to sneak in one last dip before Philly’s public pools close for the season.

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City Life

Philly Doesn’t Seem to Like Joe Biden as Much as He Likes Philly

Despite having his campaign headquarters here, the former VP has fewer campaign donors than Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg in many parts of the city.

City Life

Blunt Words: The Best Responses From the Lieutenant Governor’s Weed Survey

In honor of National CBD Day, which apparently is a real thing.

City Life

Why a Group of British Plaintiffs From a London Apartment Fire Are Suing in Philly Court

Two of the companies named in the product liability suit have alleged ties to Pennsylvania — but it doesn’t hurt that Philadelphia juries have a reputation for doling out huge damages.

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City Life

Free Streets Is a Nice Yearly Gimmick. Now Philly Should Do It For Real

Cities in Europe pedestrianized certain streets decades ago, to considerable success. Philly can too — and help invigorate its retail corridors along the way.

City Life

The No-B.S. Guide to Philadelphia Sinkholes

Since 2015, the Streets Department has received more than 17,000 reports of sinkholes in Philly. Here’s a mini-lesson on why that is — and what to do if one starts opening on your street.

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City Life

30th Street Station’s Flipboard Looks So Lost in Its New Home

The sign will be on display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for the next three years. But the work-in-progress exhibit doesn’t have quite the same glitz and glamor as the sign’s old 30th Street home.

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City Life

The Latest Additions to the Fashion District Store Lineup

After many years of construction and multiple delays, the redevelopment of the beloved Gallery Mall is set to open soon. Here’s what you’ll find inside.

City Life

A Montco Teen Just Won $3 Million Playing Fortnite

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, of Pottsgrove, is 16 years old, a World Cup video game (uh, esports) champion, and probably richer than you.

City Life

How SEPTA’s Transfer Policy Makes Poorest Riders Pay Most Expensive Fares

Philadelphians spend a larger proportion of their income on transit than people in New York, D.C., and Chicago.