David Murrell

Staff Writer

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Narcan
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The Paradox of Narcan: It Saves Lives, but Masks the Extent of the Opioid Epidemic

As more of the life-saving overdose reversal drug ends up in the hands of civilians, it becomes harder to tell how often it’s being used — concealing the city’s true overdose rate.

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Sansom Street Finally Reopens After Last Year’s Business-Drenching Deluge

Now the Water Department can turn its attention to the other huge hole in the ground, along Baltimore Avenue in West Philly.

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City Unveils Details of Its Dockless Bike Pilot Program

But some dockless operators have already moved on. The future, they say, is with electric scooters — which remain illegal across Pennsylvania.

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A Street-by-Street Look at City Council’s Bike-Lane Bonanza

If all goes to plan, the legislation will help the city more than double its current 4.35 miles of protected bike lanes.

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Penn’s 25,000-Pound, 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Sphinx Has a New Home

Scenes from the move at the Penn Museum on Wednesday morning.

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Supreme Court to Weigh In on Racial Discrimination Case Against Comcast

TV station-owner Byron Allen alleges in a lawsuit seeking $20 billion that Comcast’s refusal to carry his company’s channels is racially discriminatory. SCOTUS will now decide whether Allen’s suit can proceed.

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You Can Personally Test Philly’s Controversial New Voting Machines This Week

City controller Rebecca Rhynhart still hasn’t signed off on the purchase of the $8,000 units, but that’s not stopping the city from showing them off.

Smokin’ Joe Frazier
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Forget Rocky: Biographer Mark Kram Jr. on Philly’s Real Boxing Hero

His new biography, Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier, is out now.

septa trolley tunnel blitz
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SEPTA’s Trolley Situation in West Philly Is Getting Real Ugly

Planned maintenance and a sinkhole are currently disrupting commutes for nearly 50,000 daily riders.

mutter museum
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The Mütter Museum, Philly’s Highbrow House of Horrors, Preps for Good Kind of Growth

A fundraising campaign will allow the museum’s creepy-but-cramped exhibition space to expand by a full 80 percent.

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That Super-Stinging Jellyfish Is Popping Up Along the South Jersey Shore

The clinging jellyfish has previously been spotted north of LBI. But a recent discovery suggests the reach of creature’s tentacles is expanding.

FDR Park
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Extreme Makeover, FDR Park Edition: Here’s What South Philly’s Huge Park Could Look Like

The Fairmount Park Conservancy has envisioned a sprawling renovation for the park, which hasn’t seen any large-scale improvements since the 1930s. The price tag: $200 million.

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City to Step Up Ticketing of Bus-Lane Blockers Along Chestnut and Market Streets

The effort is being framed as a traffic-easing measure. But to find the real source of Philly’s traffic problem, we must look inward.

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We Survived a Demo of the New Lime Dockless Scooters

But they’re still illegal in Pennsylvania. And the jury’s still out on how safe they really are for riders.

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140 of Philly’s Hundred-Year-Old Citizens Partied With the Mayor at SugarHouse

Ranging in age from 99 to 106, the crowd ate cake and chatted with Jim Kenney at the annual Mayor’s Centenarian Celebration.