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Victor Fiorillo

Senior Reporter at Philadelphia Magazine

a sign at the reopened Fiume, the popular west philly bar

West Philly Bar Fiume Has Finally Reopened … Kinda … Sorta …

But one notable personality won’t be behind the bar.

City Life

Lisa Scottoline on Her New Novel, South Philly Roots, and Nancy Drew

Philly’s most prolific novelist ever just released her 34th work of fiction.

chris rock, who performed at the borgata in atlantic city on saturday, less than a week after his infamous encounter with will smith at the oscars
City Life

Chris Rock Emerges Victorious at Chaotic Atlantic City Performance

Lines were long. Tempers were hot. But the comedian delivered the laughs.

City Life

45 Things You Never Knew About Ben Franklin

In advance of the new Ken Burns documentary, the lowdown on the life and loves of the Philly icon.

City Life

Daryl Hall on Philly Soul, Flunking Bio at Temple, and Opening for Bowie

Ahead of his April 9th Philly show, we talk with half of Hall & Oates about his solo retrospective, today’s musical landscape, and thanking nobody.

a gun and an example of a license-to-carry gun permit application, which have risen dramatically in Philadelphia in the last year
City Life

License-to-Carry Applications Have Skyrocketed In Philly — Even More Than You’d Think

“When I saw how high the numbers were, I had to call our stats department to make sure they were right,” a Philadelphia Police Department representative told us.

Life & Style

Island Getaways: A Philadelphian’s Guide to Vacationing in the Florida Keys

There’s more to these islands than Margaritaville.

an example of cabins in pennsylvania state parks
Be Well Philly

The Ultimate Guide to Staying in Yurts and Cabins in Pennsylvania State Parks

Here’s everything you need to know to have a great woodsy getaway.

The headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department, which finds itself the center of a new lawsuit filed by two homicide detectives who allege rampant overtime abuse and gender-based discrimination within the department
City Life

Philly Homicide Detectives Claim “Rampant Abuse of Overtime” and Sexual Harassment in Department

In a just-filed federal lawsuit, detectives Danielle Slobodian and Shawn Leahy say they’ve been labeled as “rats” for complaining about police overtime practices and other problems on the job.

City Life

Q&A: Popular NPR Host Gene Demby Talks Wawa, the Sixers, and Growing Up In South Philly

Meet the co-host of NPR’s award-winning podcast and radio show Code Switch.

sharon griswold, who has filed a lawsuit against drexel university for sexual discrimination
City Life

Former Drexel Top Doc Sues School for Sexual Discrimination, Calls It a “Boys’ Club”

Sharon Griswold claims her repeated complaints led not to results, but to retaliation.

City Life

Q&A: Quinta Brunson, Philly’s Comic Genius Behind Abbott Elementary

The West Philly-born-and-raised comedian is a particularly hot topic right now thanks to her hit ABC sitcom. What’s the secret to her success?

shelves at a Pennsylvania wine and spirits store, which has removed all Russian vodka amid a boycott of Russia

Boycotting Russia? Don’t Worry: You Can Still Drink (Most) Vodka

The PLCB pulled all Russian-made products from its shelves on Sunday. Turns out that’s not much.

City Life

The Icewomen Cometh: Why Dozens of Women from the Philly Area Are Taking Arctic Soaks in Winter

Some go daily. Some stay in for 10 minutes. And, yes, I reluctantly joined in the, uh, fun.

City Life

Why Allan Domb Decided to Jump Into the Messy World of City Politics

Once content to merely rake in millions on his condo development empire, the businessman has successfully emerged as a major political power player on City Council. Will he run for mayor?