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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.

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What Do Mayor Kenney’s Past Supporters Think of Him Now?

In the wake of the Mayor’s violent response to the George Floyd protests and his recent budget proposal, we checked in with his former endorsers, and other progressive groups, to find out what they’re thinking today.

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Yesterday’s Police Press Conference Wasn’t Accountability. It Was Crisis P.R.

There was already ample video evidence that proved the police narrative about what happened during the I-676 tear-gassing was untrue. It took a report from the New York Times for city officials to admit it.

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As Philly Coronavirus Cases Decrease, a Related Danger Emerges: Heat Exposure

Thousands of Philadelphians have already lost their jobs due to the virus. Now, in what forecasters say will be an extremely hot summer, many are at risk of having their electricity shut off.

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David Magerman’s Big Plan to Burn Down the Internet

Like a lot of people, Main Line multimillionaire David Magerman believes Google, Facebook and other tech giants are using our private data to manipulate the world. Unlike a lot of people, he’s come up with a radical plan to fight back.

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Here’s What’s in Mayor Kenney’s Police Reform Proposal — and What Local Activists Think About It

Following more than a week of intense national demonstrations, the Mayor has unveiled a list of reform proposals. Local activists protesting police brutality don’t think he goes nearly far enough.

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By Hiding Positive Coronavirus Test, Pa. Republicans Proved They Consider Democrats Illegitimate

Setting aside the obvious medical malfeasance, there is a deeper illness inside the Republican caucus.

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Inside Nikil Saval’s Progressive, Virtual Campaign For State Senate

Saval, a former magazine editor and founding member of Reclaim Philadelphia, was planning to take on 12-year incumbent Larry Farnese with an army of door-knockers. Now he’s doing it over Zoom.

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In a Post-Lockdown World, Philly Tourism Eyes a Reset

A $7.6 billion annual industry screeched to a halt in the wake of coronavirus. But will economic reopening actually lead to a rebound anytime soon?

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Single Philadelphians Are Still Seeking Love…Or a One-Night Stand

FaceTime dates, casual sexting, in-person hookups — coronavirus may have shut down society, but dating in Philly is still going strong.

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Philly Is Inching Towards Reopening the Economy. But What Will the New “Open for Business” Look Like?

Socially distanced shopping may well turn the brick-and-mortar experience into something that looks a lot like what you get online: depopulated stores with limited ability to try before you buy.

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Gig Workers Were Supposed to Get Unemployment Benefits. They Haven’t Received Any Yet.

Many gig workers and freelancers, waiting on pandemic unemployment benefits and without income for weeks, are down to their last dollars.