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Bernard Hopkins
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PHOTOS: Bernard Hopkins, Philly’s Ultimate Champion

What makes the myth of Bernard Hopkins special is how it continues to grow in unpredictable ways. Even on a routine night when it seems […]

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A Tale of Two School Lunches: Excess in America, Insecticide in India

It was the juxtaposition, I think, that got to me. The first story in the Wall Street Journal told how the headmistress of that school […]

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This Halloween, Don’t Be a Racist Jerk

Still need a costume for Halloween? Here’s an idea: How about going as Not a Huge Jerk? This isn’t so much a costume, admittedly, as […]

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7 Reasons Middle-Aged Women Need to Get Off Facebook

Women make up 64 percent of Facebook’s more than 500 million members, half of whom are reported to log into their account daily. Although the […]

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Handyman 2.0?

So, you need that coffee table from Ikea assembled? Hot soup delivered to your sick brother? The next cubicle wrapped in cling wrap on April […]

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This Time, Commissioner Ramsey Deserves Some Blame

Most of the time, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey comes off smelling like a rose. It’s extraordinary, if you think about it. Under his tenure the […]

Matt Barkley throws a pass against Dallas.
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Cheer Up, Matt Barkley. Things Could Be Worse.

I watched Sunday’s Eagles game and I felt bad.  Not for Chip Kelly or for Nick Foles or Michael Vick.  I felt particularly bad for […]

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Expert: Here’s Why Healthcare.gov Has Been a Disaster

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced that it had tapped Jeffrey Zients – a Bain & Co. alum and incoming head of the National Economic […]

Gerrymandering
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By Gerrymandering the Democrats, You Only Make Them Stronger

Even in this era of political cynicism, the brazenness of Republicans’ recent redistricting efforts—especially in Pennsylvania—seemed breathtaking. To demonstrate the absurdity of the revisions, Slate […]

Lena Dunham
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Lena Dunham on the Cover of Vogue? Is Hollywood Finally Getting It?

Hollywood and the fashion and beauty industries go hand in hand. Traditional beauty operates within a narrow scope, generally suggesting that women are seen as […]

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10 Best Local Philadelphia TV Ads on YouTube

It was approaching 1:30 a.m. Some friends and I were sitting on my couch watching TV, but there was nothing on. Obviously, it was 1:30. […]

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Would Private Charity Be More Effective If the Wealthy Were More Charitable?

Conservative critics of government social welfare programs argue that private charity, which Americans engage in on a vast scale, can help those in need better […]

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Joan Walsh is Wrong: Liberals Should Criticize Obamacare Problems

One of the things I hate about ideology—left or right—is how easy one’s worldview about politics can transmute into something lazier, dumber, tribalistic and ultimately […]

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Media Matters, the Organization that Called Out Fox’s Fake Commenters, Is a Liberal Goon Squad

Yesterday, my fellow Philly Mag blogger Joel Mathis was able to rile up the ire of the left with his post “Fox News Used Fake […]

Inquirer Building, 400 N. Broad Street
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Inquirer Cockfight! How Old, Out-of-Touch Men Ruined a Newspaper

The tragic kabuki dance being played out by the owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer shares a dubious distinction with the Inky staff – all the […]