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Victor Fiorillo

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screen shots from a video of Ryan Dubiel deploying pepper spray against a Black teen who was just sitting on a step
City Life

White South Jersey Cop Who Casually Pepper-Sprayed Black Teen Is Banned From Holding Any Public Job In the State

city commissioner al schmidt
City Life

City Commissioner Al Schmidt, Hero of the 2020 Election, Is Ready to Call It Quits

Attacked by Trump and targeted by his base, the embattled Republican explains why this term will be his last.

teller
City Life

Master Illusionist Teller on the Return of His CW Show and What He Misses Most About Philly

Why he remains silent during performances, his advice for aspiring magicians, and why he doesn’t call Philadelphia “Philly.”

Ala Stafford, Dottie of Dottie's Serenade Service, and Kathleen Hall
City Life

2020 in Review: 11 Winners (and No Losers) from Philly’s Strange Year

Now that 2020 is (mercifully) more or less behind us, it’s time to take a look back at the year that was.

a screenshot from christmasprism, the new app that lets you find quality christmas light displays near you
City Life

Delco Dad’s Christmas Lights Map App Goes National

Alas, success comes with its share of issues.

covid-19 vaccine questions
NextHealth PHL

Vaccine Expert Paul Offit Answers Our Burning COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

The director of CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center talks side effect anxiety, distribution timelines, and why there’s just no arguing with anti-vaxxers.

singer wallis performing her new christmas song called lonely christmas
City Life

15-Year-Old Montco Girl Somehow Makes the Perfect Christmas Song for 2020

“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said singer-songwriter WALLIS on Thursday night as her single “Lonely Christmas” breached 100,000 YouTube views.

Philadelphia actor Terry Brennan performs as Philly Santa, who is one of the Santas for hire in Philadelphia during COVID
City Life

How Philadelphia-Area Santas Are Dealing With a COVID Christmas

From tire juggling to playing Santa behind a plastic wall, five performers tell us how they’ve adapted their Christmastime acts.

a screenshot of holiday lights near philadelphia from the new app christmasprism, which allows you to find holiday light displays in your area
City Life

A Philly-Area Dad Just Built an App That Lets You Find Houses With Awesome Holiday Lights

“It’s just a way for people to show off a little during these dark times,” says Father-of-the-Year candidate Mike Kane. “And for others to find joy.”

a photo of Hurricane Schwartz during his 2019 Philadelphia winter weather forecast on NBC 10
City Life

End of an Era: Hurricane Schwartz Abandons Long-Range Winter Forecasts

The meteorologist who brought total winter snow predictions to Philadelphia 23 years ago explains why climate change is forcing him to retire them.

carlton williams
City Life

Yes, You Can Get the City to Cover Your Car’s Pothole Damage

This and four other takeaways from our conversation with Philadelphia streets commissioner Carlton Williams.

a photo of Comcast executive Michael DelCiello, who is the subject of a new lawsuit against Comcast and him claiming that he stalked a woman who worked under him
City Life

Comcast Exec Accused of Cyberstalking a Woman Who Worked for Him

Cathy Beazley alleges things got scary after she repeatedly rebuffed the advances of Michael DelCiello, a senior vice president at the corporation.

sean schellenger and michael white, the man who killed him, who are both the subject of a new documentary by tigre hill
City Life

Tigre Hill’s New Documentary Delves Into Sean Schellenger Killing

The West Philly filmmaker interviewed the family of the developer as well as Michael White, the man who stabbed him to death in Rittenhouse Square in 2018.

gritty, who only got one write in vote for president of the united states in the philadelphia election results
City Life

Poor Gritty Only Got One Vote for President in Philly

And Kayne West got 2,387.5 percent more votes than Elizabeth Warren. (Ouch!)  These and other sad, surprising, and sometimes downright silly observations from Philly’s write-in votes in the 2020 presidential election.

mummers strutting during a mummers parade in philadelphia
City Life

The Mummers Are Secretly Planning a Parade, Even Though Philly Has Canceled It

“The parade has always been a political event,” says one Mummer. “And if there can be parties in the streets for Joe Biden and big demonstrations for this and for that, then they can’t stop the Mummers.”