Victor Fiorillo - Philadelphia Magazine

Victor Fiorillo

Senior Reporter at Philadelphia Magazine

men armed with guns and bats "defending" the christopher columbus statue in south philadelphia
City Life

Men Break Out Guns, Bats and Hatchets to “Protect” South Philly’s Christopher Columbus Statue

Meanwhile, the Christopher Columbus statue just over the bridge in Camden, New Jersey has been removed.

tamala edwards
City Life

Tamala Edwards on Broadcasting From Her Living Room and Inspiring the Next Generation

Fifteen years after joining 6 ABC, the early-morning anchor talks about working amid a pandemic and protests.

an anti-joe bologna t-shirt after philly police union came out with a t-shirt in support of the cop charged with assaulting a protester
City Life

Philly Gets the Anti-Joe Bologna T-Shirt That It Needs

Plus: The Inquirer’s scathing report on the Philly police. And primary results are finally in.

woodlynne cop ryan dubiel pepper spraying a teen who was sitting on a stoop
City Life

White South Jersey Cop Charged After Pepper Spraying Black Teen Who Was Just Sitting on a Stoop

This is the ninth — yes, ninth — police department that the cop has worked for. He’s 31 years old.

George Smith and Austayne Brown, cousins who drove all the way from Philadelphia to Texas for the George Floyd funeral
City Life

These Men Drove All the Way from Philly to Texas for the George Floyd Funeral

And here is the powerful message they brought home with them.

a christopher columbus monument in philadelphia and a christopher columbus statue in philadelphia
City Life

Now That Frank Rizzo Is Gone, Maybe It’s Time to Talk About Those Christopher Columbus Statues

With a Columbus statue thrown into a lake in Virginia and another beheaded — yes, beheaded! — in Boston, where does that leave Philly’s Columbus statues?

philly police officer joseph bologna
City Life

Philly Police Officer Joseph Bologna, Who Is Charged With Assaulting a Protester, Has Been Suspended

And there are reportedly other protest incidents involving Bologna under investigation.

Clarissa Dunston, a 103-year-old south philadelphia woman who insisted on voting in the primary
City Life

103-Year-Old South Philly Woman Insisted On Going to Vote After Mail-In Ballot Didn’t Show Up

She made it with minutes to spare.

philly police
City Life

Here’s the List of Demands Most of City Council Just Gave to Kenney for Philly Police Reform

Plus: The latest crime stats are out. And they’re not good.

Joseph Bologna
City Life

Philly Police Union Doubles Down, Selling Shirts in Support of Cop Charged With Assaulting Protester

Plus: the end of free parking in Philadelphia.

Chef Luan Tota who says he is reopening Branzino for outdoor seating on Friday against Mayor Kenney's orders
City Life

“I’m Opening the Restaurant and If Mayor Kenney Doesn’t Like It, He Can Come Get Me”

It seemed like Philly restaurants would be allowed to offer outdoor seating beginning on Friday, June 5th. The key word being “seemed.”

na poe of poe's sandwich joint and an ad in which he states that he will not serve police officers
City Life

Philly Restaurant Poe’s Sandwich Joint Refuses to Serve Police

“I realize I am not being a good businessman,” says owner N.A. Poe, an ex-felon. “I am being an activist, and this is a battleground.”

hungry pigeon chef scott schroeder who faces backlash over "black america" comments

Hungry Pigeon Chef Scott Schroeder In Hot Water Over “Black America” Comments

“I fucked up,” Schroeder told us, later emailing a statement, which appears here in its entirety.

workers removing the frank rizzo statue in philadelphia overnight
City Life

Good Riddance: The Frank Rizzo Statue Has Been Removed

In a statement announcing the removal, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called it “a deplorable monument to racism.”

white men with bats "patrol" Fishtown during Philly riots and protests
City Life

White Men With Bats, Bombed ATMs, and an Alleged Looter Killed at South Philly Gun Store

There were fewer overall incidents on Monday and overnight, but the chaos continues.