David Murrell

Staff Writer

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City Life

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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City Life

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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City Life

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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City Life

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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Philadelphia Wedding

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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City Life

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.

City Life

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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City Life

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.

City Life

Do You Care About Independence Hall? A $1 Million GoFundMe Wants to Know.

The fundraising campaign is underway after a recent Philly Mag story outlined the numerous financial obstacles the park faces. So far, the response hasn’t exactly been inspiring.

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City Life

Philly’s New Youth Poet Laureate Wants You to Take Young People Seriously

Mia Concepcion, a 17-year-old senior at Science Leadership Academy, on her work and why adults shouldn’t discount the youth perspective.

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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.