Victor Fiorillo

Senior Reporter at Philadelphia Magazine

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City Life

Philly Jesus Is Suing Police and City for First Amendment Violations

The man known on his birth certificate as Michael Grant claims police "ordered" him to stop preaching at, ironically, Christmas Village in December. After that, he says he was "dragged across the street" by cops.

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City Life

A Twist of Fate Led a Main Line Doc and Her Patient on a Fight for Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights

It wasn’t until a patient revealed her abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar that psychiatrist Liz Goldman decided to go public with her own sexual assault in the Lower Merion School District.

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City Life

The Utterly Ridiculous History of Lawbreaking (and Allegedly Lawbreaking) Philly Politicians

Kenyatta Johnson is just the latest in a long line of local pols accused of misdeeds, mischief-making and assorted misbehaviors. From rum runners to bribe-takers, here are 20 of our, um, favorites.

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My Friends Refuse to Eat in Chinatown Due to Coronavirus — and They’re Not the Only Ones

It’s not the first time that a China-based health scare has impacted Chinatown. My doctor calls this “mass hysteria” and says you should most definitely go get some soup dumplings today.

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City Life

I Went to Wildwood for the Donald Trump Rally and Lived to Tell the Tale

It was like the Mummers Parade, a rock concert, and a taste of good-ol’-boy Alabama fun all rolled into one.

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City Life

The Man Who Made the Rizzo Statue Has His Own Surprising Ideas About What to Do With It

Sculptor Zenos Frudakis, who says his own politics are “left of Bernie Sanders,” believes removing the statue is a mistake and thinks he has the ultimate solution. Others aren’t so sure.

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City Life

City Council’s Kendra Brooks on the Big Change She’d Like to See at City Hall

The Working Families party member and self-described socialist weighs in on who she’d like to see run for president next.

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City Life

You Need to See Philly Author Lorene Cary’s Play, My General Tubman, at the Arden

It features Underground Railroad icon Harriet Tubman as a time traveler.

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I Love My Job: Philly Karaoke DJ Sara Sherr

She tells us what it’s like babysitting drunks when she’s totally sober and explains why "Bohemian Rhapsody" might not be the best song to sing on a busy karaoke night.

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Things to Do

Three Old-School Hip-Hop Acts to Catch in Philly This Week

From Snoop Dogg to Young MC.

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City Life

People of the Year: The Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Memorable

Reflecting on ten individuals who made 2019 what it was in Philadelphia.

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City Life

Mummers Parade Host Steve Highsmith Talks Inclusivity and $10,000 Costumes

Why the veteran broadcast journalist says you shouldn’t assume everyone marching on New Year’s Day is drunk.

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City Life

Philly Police End Practice of Releasing Mental Health Status of Missing Residents

After we published our investigation into this “assault on privacy,” the department has reversed course — and promises to remove the information from old alerts.

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City Life

This Philly Restaurateur’s Fight With Grubhub Is Getting Serious

Tiffin founder and Wharton grad Munish Narula’s class-action suit is taking on a life of its own.

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City Life

Madonna Reviewed: Her Madame X Show at the Met in Philly Is a Beautiful Failure

Magnificent venue. Magnificent Madonna. But something just isn’t clicking.