Victor Fiorillo

Senior Reporter at Philadelphia Magazine

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Lamar Gore John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
City Life

Lamar Gore on Helping Nature Through Climate Change, a Pandemic and Racial Inequity

As more Philadelphians seek socially distanced outdoor activities, the manager of Heinz Wildlife Refuge talks about what makes it “magical.”

This is me dropping my Pennsylvania mail-in ballot into a secure dropbox at a Philadelphia satellite election office, less than 20 minutes after I walked inside to apply for it.
City Life

Trying to Check the Status of Your Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballot? Good Luck With That

Compounding U.S. Mail delays and other problems like missing mail-in ballots is this: A state website that’s supposed to show your ballot status doesn’t seem to do a very good job of it.

a picture of anthony smith, who has been arrested and charged by the feds with setting a Philadelphia police car on fire
City Life

One of Philly Mag’s “Most Influential” Was Just Charged with Setting a Police Car on Fire

Activist Anthony Smith and two other men have been charged with arson stemming from an incident earlier this year.

Philadelphia police during the Walter Wallace shooting
City Life

Philly on Edge After Cops Shoot and Kill Black Man in West Philly

On Monday afternoon, Philadelphia police shot and killed Walter Wallace, who was reportedly armed with a knife. Unrest followed. An investigation is underway.

a shot from the halloween movies setup at the wells fargo center
Things to Do

The Wells Fargo Center Is Transforming Into a Movie Theater

Just in time for Halloween. Here’s what you need to know.

photos that the Trump campaign submitted as evidence of Philadelphia voter fraud in the campaign's lawsuit against Pennsylvania
City Life

The Trump Campaign Has Creepily Trolled Philly for “Evidence” of Voter Fraud

Images from Philly social media feeds — and surveillance cameras!!! — wound up as court exhibits in Trump’s lawsuit against the Commonwealth.

doobies owner patti brett in front of her philadelphia dive bar, which she is trying to save with a gofundme me campaign
Foobooz

Philly Dive Bar Doobies Raises More than $27,000 In Two Days to Save Itself from Closing

“I’m just so utterly humbled,” says Doobies owner Patti Brett in response to the crowdfunding.

philadelphia chef marc vetri, who says we should double capacity at the Linc for Eagles games
City Life

Sorry, Marc Vetri, But Philly Isn’t Buying Your COVID Advice

As COVID cases increase, the outspoken chef says we could easily double the capacity at the Linc for Eagles games. The city? Not so much.

participants in the inaugural heinz wildlife refuge deer hunt during Pennsylvania deer hunting season in 2019
City Life

Controversial Deer Hunt Returns to Philly This Weekend

Heinz Wildlife Refuge deputy manager Mariana Bergerson explains why the hunt is a good thing.

jennifer zavala
City Life

Chef Jennifer Zavala on Watermelon Radishes, Uno, and the Best and Worst Things About South Philly

Known for cannabis catering, vegan meatballs and tamales, here she reveals her choices for most underrated restaurants and overrated chef.

a photo of the eagles playing the steelers, and if you want tickets to see the eagles play the steelers this sunday, you will have to fork out a lot of money
City Life

If You’re Willing to Pay “Completely Insane” Prices, You Can Go to the Eagles Game

Governor Wolf is permitting stadiums and other venues to allow spectators in limited number. Which means if you’re okay driving to Pittsburgh — and spending a small fortune — you can see Carson Wentz and company live.

Zavino owner Greg Dodge, who is accused of fraudulently obtaining a $223,700 PPP loan under the federal CARES Act
Foobooz

Zavino Owner Greg Dodge Is Accused of Fraudulently Obtaining a $223,700 PPP Loan

The allegation turns up in a just-filed second lawsuit against the embattled restaurateur.

A credit card slip from John Henry's Pub, a restaurant in Ardmore. The customer who signed it was apparently unhappy that his server had asked him to wear a mask while not seated. (Photo via John Henry's Pub)
Foobooz

Please Don’t Stiff Your Servers After They Ask You to Wear a Mask

A man left a server nothing at a Main Line restaurant after she asked him to follow the rules. But the community rallied in her support.

Dot Levine of Dottie's Serenade Service performing live
City Life

Who Knew That Singing Telegrams Would Be One of COVID’s Big Success Stories?

After a ridiculously busy seven months serenading people from curbs, yards and stoops, West Philly’s Dot Levine prepares to open a franchise more than 2,000 miles away.

the secrecy envelope, which is a hugely important part of the Pennsylvania mail-in ballot process
City Life

The Huge Importance of the Secrecy Envelope for Mail-In Voting

There are two — yes, two — envelopes involved in the mail-in voting process. And the PA Supreme Court has ruled that your vote will be trashed if you don’t use both.