David Murrell

Staff Writer

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Mayor Kenney Proposes Vaping Legislation to Protect Minors

The bill would restrict minors’ access to flavored e-cigarettes, but keep them available — in specialized stores — to everyone else.


This Might Be the Biggest Scabby the Rat Contingent We’ve Ever Seen

We counted seven Scabbys (or is it Scabbies?) along 6th and Chestnut streets as part of a building trades demonstration outside the Public Ledger Building.


Caught in a Sinkhole? This Franklin Institute Exhibit Might Just Help You Survive

It’s a wild, wild world out there. Can’t hurt to be prepared for some worst-case scenarios.


The New Flyers Rage Room Is An Outrageously Bad Idea

It’s a place where you can pay to break stuff during the game. Apparently, the Flyers anticipate providing plenty of reasons to make fans angry this season.


Penn Study Finds People Who Send Longer Tweets Are Less Mean

Penn researcher Yphtach Lelkes wanted to quantify how uncivil social media actually is, and Twitter’s doubling of its 140-character limit two years ago offered a natural experiment.

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The New York Times Just Assigned an Advance Obituary of Bernie Sanders, Says Staffer

It’s a standard practice for obituaries of famous people, but the timing is … interesting. Also recently assigned: Nancy Pelosi.


Don’t Get Spooked by This South Philly Halloween Decor

Point Breeze resident Joeanne Broaddus on her very realistic Halloween decoration.


Attorney General Josh Shapiro Is Hosting a Philly Town Hall on Student Debt

The average Pennsylvania college student has more than $35,000 worth of student loans. That’s the fourth-highest average of any state in the country.

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You Can Pick Up a Free Tree for Your Property This Fall

Aside from making your property look pretty, planting trees could help reduce the temperature of your neighborhood.

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With $5 Million Grant, Lenfest Institute Makes Its Largest-Ever Investment In Local News

Lenfest CEO Jim Friedlich and the three recipients on the state of local news in Philly — and what they plan to do with the money.

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It Gritty’s Birthday!!!

To celebrate, here’s a look back at the highlights from year one of the Reign of Gritty.

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A Kimmel Center Wedding Bursting With Beautiful Fall Florals

Southern traditions, copper details, and a chuppah inset with eight different kinds of roses livened up the celebration.

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60,000 People Leave Philly Each Year. But It’s Not Like All of Them Hate It.

A new Pew study looking at population dynamics looks to find out not just who’s moving, but why.


A Look Inside Temple’s New $175 Million Charles Library

The library is instantly the most beautiful building on Temple’s campus. One trade-off: Most of the traditionally open book stacks are now a robot-only domain.

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New Online Absentee Ballot Request Makes Voting in Pa. ... Marginally Easier

Left untouched by reform is the nonsensical requirement that absentee ballots must be received a full four days before Election Day.