David Murrell

Staff Writer

City Life

A Philly Teacher Opens Up About What Really Happens in the Online Classroom

Ninth-grade history teacher Emily Simpson on Zoom technical difficulties, online classes of 30-plus students, 12-hour work days, and the occasional feel-good moments amid all the chaos.

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Philly Is Seriously Lagging in Its Census Response. That Could Be a Very Costly Problem.

For each Philly resident who fails to fill out the form, the city loses an estimated $20,000 of federal funding over the next decade. Fortunately, it’s not too late. Here’s what to do.

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Temple Shows Its True Colors in Bringing Students Back to Campus, Causing COVID Outbreak

It’s time to stop thinking of universities as altruistic civic institutions. They are businesses. Nothing more, nothing less.

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How True Is Philly’s History? A Bella Vista Art Exhibit Asks the Question

Former Temple architecture professor John James Pron, who has an exhibition at the Da Vinci Art Alliance on display through September 13th, discusses Philly’s (a)history, historical preservation and why he hates all public statues.

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State Rep Chris Rabb Wants to Give $65,000 a Year to People Who Are Wrongfully Convicted

The Northwest Philly legislator is introducing a bill that would pay ex-prisoners an annual stipend for each year they wrongly served in prison. Currently they receive nothing.

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Power Home Remodeling CEO Asher Raphael on Why Perma-Work-From-Home Is a Big Mistake

Might want to read this before splurging on that ergonomic home-office chair you’ve been eyeing.

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Democratic Control of Harrisburg Would Have Huge Implications for Philly. Can It Really Happen?

A national and state effort is putting new electoral pressure on Republicans in Harrisburg, who have controlled either the House or Senate every year since 1993.

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Why the Return of Sports Feels So Uncomfortable

The return of sports also means the return of distraction. Is that really what we need right now?

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Uncle Bobbie’s Owner Marc Lamont Hill on Anti-Racist Reading Lists and Reopening for Business

The Germantown bookstore, a Best of Philly winner this year, reopened this week for the first time since March.

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A Eulogy for the Broad and Walnut Street Wawa

The store represented Wawa’s grand return to Center City in 2015. Does its closing portend doom for our downtown?

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Temple Faculty Union Demands Right to Teach Online This Fall

With 92 percent approval, the union issued a list of demands — chief among them the guaranteed right to opt out of in-person teaching this fall. The Temple admin says that’s not the majority staff opinion.

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Who Was the Real Christopher Columbus?

The debate surrounding the statue in South Philly has lacked a key ingredient: factual coherence. So we enlisted Matthew Restall, a Penn State professor of Latin American history, to help us sort fact from fiction.

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Indoor Dining Still Not Coming Back Yet, Says Farley

We can’t say we’re all that disappointed by the news. Plus: Parents don’t want to send their kids back to Philly public schools, and why a convicted Abscam politician has caught the attention of the feds yet again.

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We Sat Through (Most of) the Art Commission’s Five-Hour Columbus Statue Zoom Call

Competing sets of facts, allegations of survey fraud, and testimony from no fewer than two disgraced Philly politicians.

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City Council Eyes a New Homelessness Solution: Tiny Homes

Plus: The cops fired for racist Facebook posts can’t even file a lawsuit protesting their termination without being racist.