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Lynette Tolbert Hazelton

City Life

The Complicated Mystery That Is Danielle Outlaw

Through two tumultuous years, Outlaw — statistically minded, coolly professional, able to speak in perfect sound bites — has perplexed and infuriated a city that expects a crusader as its top cop. Hamstrung by COVID and controversy from day one, can she ever connect with the city—and fix the department she was hired to reform? 

City Life

COVID Turned the Philanthropy World Upside Down

Last year the local non-profit sector had to adapt on the fly, and organizations stepped up in a big way. Here’s why we need to step up for them—and keep doing it.

City Life

30 Great Philly Nonprofits to Give to This Year

The pandemic reinforced just how powerful the simple act of giving can be. These are a few of our favorite causes.

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City Life

The World’s a Twisted Place. Thank God We’ll Always Have Mister Softee

Sixty-five years ago, two sons of immigrants burst from a West Philly garage and revolutionized the ice-cream business. The city has changed. Mister Softee hasn’t — and that’s a good thing.

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City Life

Raheem Ikeam Myers Was the City’s 203rd Homicide Victim This Year. This Is His Story.

He was a man with children, a big extended family, and a faith that sustained him. In one of Philly’s most violent years, he became yet another casualty. His complicated story reveals how the city failed to protect him — and so many like him.

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City Life

For 40 Years, Philly Mayors Have Promised to End Poverty. For 40 Years, I’ve Watched Them Fail.

Administration after administration, their plans have solved nothing. This is what having a front-row seat to decades of political futility looks like.