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There Oughta be a Law

My sister sent a text the other day: “So it’s illegal to text while you walk in Philly?” False news evidently travels fast, and far: […]

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How Zoning Reform Could Help Philadelphia

When newspaper editors want to haze their young reporters—or drive older ones into early retirement—they send them to zoning board meetings. There, amid the ceaseless […]

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What the Post Office Could Teach the State Stores

Something struck me as I read through this Wall Street Journal story on how the United States Postal Service is going to shut down as […]

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Judge Wrong to Seal Grand Jury Testimony in Catholic Sex Abuse Case

The just-released grand jury testimony of Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua shines a light on the warped thinking that has allowed the priest sexual abuse scandal […]

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Best of Philly Is Not for Sale

I saw it again a few weeks ago—another one of those snarky comments that pop up on our website. This one was about our July […]

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What’s Wrong With School “Choice”

A recent piece in the New York Times explained how the Big Apple’s magnet-school program has been working—great for good students, and lousily for those […]

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Why Is Ocean City So Afraid of BYOB?

“Don’t Change Ocean City”—that’s the slogan you might have seen on lawn signs scattered around the Jersey Shore town recently. It’s in response to a […]

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Philadelphia: Worst-Smelling City In America?

We’ve been called a lot of things. Fattest City. Most Polluted City. City With the Worst Sports Fans. Ugliest City. Meanest City. Worst-Dressed City. And […]

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New Archbishop Chaput’s Tactics

The new head of Philadelphia’s Catholic archdiocese, Charles Chaput, has been working on the sexual-abuse scandal here for some time—even as he was running things […]

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The Perfect Music for a Heat Wave

“Never know how much I love you Never know how much I care When you put your arms around me I get a fever that’s […]

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Battle Over the Booze: Will Corbett Take On the Unions?

The arguments for selling the state liquor system far outweigh the reasons to maintain the status quo. The public favors privatization. The political support is […]

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Q&A: “Hustler” Publisher Larry Flynt On Michele Bachmann, Hypocrisy and His New Book

Whether or not you’ve ever cracked open a copy of Hustler, you undoubtedly know controversial pornographer and First Amendment activist Larry Flynt. In 1974, he […]

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Michael Nutter’s Financial Plan Is a Scam

“What does PICA stand for?” starts a budget-watcher joke. “Nothing,” is the punch-line answer. PICA, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority — Philadelphia’s state-created fiscal oversight […]

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“National Geographic” Got It Wrong: Atlantic City Is A Cesspool

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with National Geographic. The little yellow magazine with the portrait-frame logo inspired me to, as an […]

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Does Twitter Hashtag #PhillyRising Work?

Have you heard? Philly is rising. It’s not clear from what or where, exactly. From the ashes, maybe. Perhaps the depth of hell. Or it […]