David Murrell

Staff Writer


Outdoor Smoking Bans Are Spreading — and Useless

Total bans on lighting up alfresco are popping up everywhere from the Jersey Shore to Temple University — but what’s the point if they’re never enforced?

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Philadelphia Declares 2019’s First Heat Emergency

The National Weather Service has also issued an “excessive heat warning” through the weekend, when temperatures could feel as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

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It Seems NOAA Wasn’t Kidding About Those Philly Flood Predictions

The government weather-watcher has warned of frequent flooding in Philly by 2050. Thursday’s storm gave us a taste of what’s to come.

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Atlantic City, Cape May Could Flood More Than 100 Days a Year by 2050, Says NOAA

Even Philly is looking at a minimum of 30 days a year of “high-tide flooding,” the government’s weather experts predict.

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Penn Paid Joe Biden $775,000 to Expand Its “Global Outreach” … and Give Some Speeches

The former VP’s financial disclosures reveal that his annual salary was nearly double that of the average Penn prof — and he didn’t even have to teach.

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You Can Help Give Away $1 Million of the Philadelphia Foundation’s Money

It’s philanthropy with a twist: The organization has selected 15 grant finalists, but you get to choose the winners.

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Experimental Filmmaker Tiona Nekkia McClodden Doesn’t Care If You Miss the Point

The 38-year-old Philadelphian is part of the Whitney Biennial Exhibition in New York City.

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Puzzled by That Ad Comparing Philly to Barcelona? It’s Not Such a Stretch, Says Tourism Head

Even if you don’t buy Visit Philly CEO Jeff Guaracino’s rationale, he really just wants to get people talking about his ad. And it’s working.

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American Flags Were Works of Art — Until Government Got Involved

Collector Jeff Bridgman — whose 13-star American flags are on exhibit through July 21 — on why pre-20th-century Stars and Stripes are the real pinnacle of U.S. vexillography.

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Independence National Park Is an Embarrassing Mess. Why Doesn’t Anyone Care?

The birthplace of the United States is turning into a shambles, and no one — the feds, the city, Philadelphians themselves — seems inclined to do anything about it.

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Philly Says It Needs More Time to Ban Cashless Stores

Because apparently it’s too hard to just tell businesses “You have to accept cash now.”

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“Hamilton” Tickets Are About to Go On Sale in Philly

Don’t throw away your shot to snag tix to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-and-Grammy-and-Pulitzer-winning musical.

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The Eagles’ Autism Research Grants Are a New Approach to Sports Philanthropy

Instead of simply giving away money, the team is granting funds to specific projects at Philly institutions — acting almost like a mini National Institutes of Health.


The Paradox of Narcan: It Saves Lives, but Masks the Extent of the Opioid Epidemic

As more of the life-saving overdose reversal drug ends up in the hands of civilians, it becomes harder to tell how often it’s being used — concealing the city’s true overdose rate.


Sansom Street Finally Reopens After Last Year’s Business-Drenching Deluge

Now the Water Department can turn its attention to the other huge hole in the ground, along Baltimore Avenue in West Philly.