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Victor Fiorillo

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Things to Do

Your Guide to Visiting Atlantic City in the Fall

Hit A.C. for big views, beer gardens and stellar surf fishing.

sea isle city mayor leo Desiderio and a scene from his jersey shore bar, where COVID guidelines were not being followed
City Life

Think Jim Kenney Is a COVID Hypocrite? You’ve Gotta Check Out This Bar-Owning Sea Isle Mayor

“It was terrifying,” says one woman of what she saw when she walked into the mayor’s bar.

south philadelphia's capitolo playground, the site of Allen Mikell's death
City Life

Internet Calls Death at South Philly Playground a Lynching, Relatives of Deceased Say Otherwise

“You need to calm your city down,” says a relative of the late Allen Mikell. “Before somebody burns it down over something that didn’t happen.”

stephen starr, who just declared bankruptcy on one of his restaurants, and daughter Sarah Starr
City Life

Stephen Starr Restaurant Declares Bankruptcy, But He Says No Big Deal

Philly’s most successful dining mogul insists the brand is still strong. And I’m inclined to believe him.

an empty Pennsylvania COVID testing center in a Walmart parking lot in Milford, Pennsylvania, the state with the lowest rate of COVID testing per capita in the United States
City Life

Pennsylvania Gives Fewer COVID Tests Per Capita Than Any Other State in the Country

“We are continuing our work to ramp up our testing capacity,” says a spokesperson for Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.

jim kenney enjoys indoor dining in Maryland
City Life

Marc Vetri Goes Off On Mayor Kenney After the Mayor Dines Indoors

Of course, the county where Kenney ate inside has drastically fewer cases of COVID-19 than we do. But, hey, Vetri’s known for his great pastas — not for his great logic.

billy penn editor danya henninger and philadelphia health commissioner thomas farley debate the value of the philly covid mask
City Life

Are Those New Philly COVID Masks Actually Any Good?

“Well, it’s a nice souvenir either way,” Billy Penn editor Danya Henninger told Philly health commissioner Thomas Farley on Thursday.

ruth bader ginsburg, who will receive Philadelphia's 2020 Liberty Medal
City Life

Philly to Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg With 2020 Liberty Medal

Plus: More peaceful (and not-so-peaceful) protests and demonstrations in Philly. And the Great Philadelphia Trash Debacle of 2020 continues.

a view of the parkway encampment in philadelphia
City Life

Mayor Kenney Is Backed Into One Hell of a Corner Over the Parkway Encampment

What is going to happen when the city goes in to remove the encampment — or, as the judge put it, “terminate” the encampment — while journalists and citizens with their cell phone cameras stand by?

sarah contrucci, the woman punched in a philadelphia church on sunday, talking to action news
City Life

A Lesson in Forgiveness from the Woman Who Was Punched in a Philly Church on Sunday

“I hope that she learns to love the Lord and maybe even come back to Mass someday and is respectful,” Sarah Contrucci told Action News. The puncher isn’t currently facing any charges.

joe biden, who has a growing list of republican supporters
City Life

Prominent Pennsylvania Republicans Join Growing List of GOP Biden Supporters

Plus, there’s not much good news in Philly’s crime stats these days, but we did find some.

tredici enoteca co-owner Greg Lodge, who is a defendant in a just-filed federal lawsuit
Foobooz

Tredici Enoteca Accuses Co-Owner Greg Dodge of Fraud and Misappropriation of Funds

The investors behind the 13th Street restaurant include Dodge’s ex-wife, who just obtained a divorce from him in June. Dodge denies any wrongdoing.

terry gross
City Life

Fresh Air Host Terry Gross on Her Hardest Interviews and Her Secret Twitter Account

Catching up with the NPR icon as she celebrates 45 years on Philly public radio.

mayor kenney talking about the philadelphia trash collection problem during the COVID pandemic
City Life

Mayor Kenney Claims 200 Sanitation Workers Are Out Sick Daily. Union Head Calls B.S.

“We have employees who are working 30 plus days straight, 12 hours a day,” says the head of the sanitation union, who insists that the mayor’s number is inflated. “I’m amazed no one including the mayor speaks about that.”

a server wearing a mask and face shield, as all servers are required to do when indoor dining returns to Philadelphia restaurants
City Life

Face Shields, Sneeze Guards and a Ban on Groups: Indoor Dining Returns to Philly On September 8th

“I beg you to follow the rules,” Mayor Jim Kenney pleaded with restaurants and customers on Thursday.