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City Life

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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City Life

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.

City Life

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.

City Life

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.

City Life

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?

City Life

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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City Life

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.

City Life

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.

City Life

Coronavirus Could Put a $650 Million Hole in Philly’s Budget. Here Are Four Takeaways

A new report from City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart makes one thing clear: Philly is about to have much less money than it expected. What it means for restaurants, retail, tax reform, and the already-contentious relationship between the controller and the Mayor.

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City Life

One Month Inside a Philly Hospital on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

An unfiltered look inside the Einstein hospital system as the novel coronavirus swept through the city.

City Life

These Philly Sports Stars Are Crushing It On TikTok

But where are you, Joel Embiid?

City Life

Meet Danny DeVito, the Guy Challenging Tom Wolf’s Shutdown Order Before the State Supreme Court

The state rep candidate claims in court that Wolf’s actions to prevent the spread of coronavirus are unconstitutional.

NextHealth PHL

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Far From Over. But Here’s How It Might End.

Two doctors explain the future course the virus could take — depending on how society responds.

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Be Well Philly

How to Feel Less Alone and Anxious While You’re Stuck in Your House

Three mental health professionals share tips on how to quarantine those feelings of stress and anxiety.

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City Life

If You’re a Good Citizen, Delete the Citizen Policing App

Crowdsourcing live footage of crime scenes doesn’t make you a superhero. It makes you a voyeur.