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The Philadelphian Who Made America’s Hotels Posh

George Boldt’s Bellevue-Stratford set the standard for elegance, refinement … and chicken à la King.

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William Penn Only Spent Four Years In Pennsylvania, And Other Strange Founder Facts

The rest of the time, he was busy being accused of starting various riots, shopping for fancy clothes in Paris, and getting in lots of trouble with the authorities.

 

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New Scholarships at Community College of Philadelphia Honor Civil Rights Icon Octavius Catto

A fitting tribute to a Philadelphian who fought for education for all.

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Octavius Catto Desegregated the Franklin Institute

The Philadelphia educator, orator, civil rights leader and baseball player awakened the conscience of the city.

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The First White House Was Right Here in Philly

The President’s House was home to two presidents — and lots of history.

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The Strange Philly History of the Monopoly Board Game

What started as a socialist parable turned into a capitalist dream, thanks to a little light theft, repackaging, and some brisk sales at Wanamaker’s.

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The Day the Great Apes Died: The Legacy of the 1995 Philadelphia Zoo Fire

Twenty-five years ago, the tragedy at the World of Primates building broke the city’s heart and raised a loaded question: What, exactly, do we owe the animals in our care?

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2020 Even Ruined Snow Days. Great.

They were one of childhood’s most treasured rituals. Oh well.

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Best Thing: Patti LaBelle Gushes About Philly in the New York Times

Our Queen of Soul gets the royal treatment, and she heaps praise on her hometown.

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Best Thing This Week: Thanksgiving 2020 — it Happened

It was a holiday like no other. And we got by.

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Best Thing This Week: The Philadelphia Union Land Two Big Awards!

It’s official: Our MLS team is the best Philly sports team.

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Now That I Never Leave My House, I’m Getting to Know All About the Spiders Who Live Here With Me

Endless months of homebound isolation will make you see your surroundings in a whole new way.

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Japan’s President Biden Burger

Of course, it nods to Philly, where good things happen.

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Best Thing: Alec Bohm’s Up for Rookie of the Year!

The Phils’ third baseman is one of three finalists for the honor. Oh yeah, there was another thing, too …

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Best Thing This Week: All Hallows’ Eve

With a momentous election looming, it’s worth remembering as we commemorate All Hallows’ Eve that there are things we should be very, very afraid of, and then there are the bogeymen.