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Eight Beloved Snack Foods With Surprising Philly Connections

Ritz Crackers! Girl Scout cookies! Fig Newtons! The local baking legends behind some of the nation’s most iconic snacks.

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10 Unforgettable Moments in Philly Ice-Cream History

From “Philly-Style” to chocolate-dipped to floats, this city’s been keeping deliciously cool since Colonial days.

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City Life

It’s Not Just Amy Gutmann. Philly-Area College Presidents Are Leaving in Droves

From Penn State to Temple, Penn to Ursinus and Moore, turnover is churning in the world of higher ed.

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City Life

The Peregrine Falcon That Brought Route 422 Construction to a Halt Has a New Nest

She’s relocated to a purloined one nearby — and has two new chicks!

City Life

Ray Didinger’s New Book Is Packed With Great Philly Sports Stories. These Are Five of Our Favorites

Father’s Day gift alert! From Mike Schmidt’s shrugs to Darryl Dawkins on the Declaration of Independence, the legendary Philadelphia sportswriter’s Finished Business is packed with anecdotes from our city’s complicated sporting history.

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Things to Do

Worth a Day Trip: The Concrete Masterpieces of Henry Mercer’s Strange Genius

Quirky, irascible Henry Chapman Mercer sought to keep alive the handicrafts of the past. A trio of Bucks County buildings preserve his art and his work — and make a perfect day trip.

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City Life

It’s the Peregrine Falcon’s World

We’re just living in it.

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Eight Foods You Don’t Know About Unless You’re From Philly

And maybe not even then. Ask Grandma or Grandpa, though!

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These Are the Must-Try Treats at Six Old-School Philly Bakeries

Check out the specialties that made them famous.

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Be Well Philly

Six Fruit Trees to Grow in Your Philadelphia Back Yard

Growing fruit-bearing plants is easier than you might think – even if you have a small backyard. Here are some varieties that do well in the Philadelphia region.

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City Life

When Philly First Caught Baseball Fever

Things to Do

Nine Great Spots For Bird-Watching in Philly and the ’Burbs

Spring migration season starts soon, meaning it’s a great chance to see lots of cool birds and learn about the Great Outdoors.

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City Life

7 Classic Candies That Got Their Start Right Here in Philly

Who knew all these yummy treats had local origins?

City Life

How Plain Quaker Philly Got Its Wedding-Cake City Hall

In his new book, Wall Street Journal architecture critic Michael J. Lewis spills all the gossip on the backroom politics, influence-peddling, egotistical feuding and occasional (rare) genuine civic-mindedness that resulted in our city’s present built environment.

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City Life

These Millennial Mayors in the Philly ’Burbs Entered Office Eager and Optimistic. Then Came 2020

Here’s what it was like to be the caretaker of an entire community when so much stuff — PPE shortages, school closures, job losses, overcrowded hospitals, toilet-paper hoarding — suddenly hit the fan.