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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.
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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.


Q&A

The Latest Pennsylvania Polls Show Biden Ahead. Can You Believe Them?

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A Troubling Number of PA Voters Believe in Bonkers Conspiracy Theories

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

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Opinion

I Fear the Encampment Crisis Could End Up Like the MOVE Bombing

Current efforts by law enforcement to force the city’s most vulnerable residents from the Parkway are starting to feel like a recipe for disaster — and hark back to one of Philadelphia’s darkest days.

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News

You Can Now Take International Flights Out of Philadelphia Again

$650 to India, $472 to Japan, and $269 to Jamaica (those are round-trip!) are some serious COVID-era airfare deals.

Longform

What Would Philly Look Like If Urbanists Ran the City?

We asked some of Philly’s brightest minds to sketch out their biggest, boldest, most audacious ideas for improving our town. Here, in broad strokes, are their plans for taking the city to the next level.

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Longform

My 96-Year-Old Grandfather Moved to Town a Few Years Ago, and Nothing’s Been the Same Since

After decades in which I knew him from afar, my grandfather now lives 10 minutes away. I wasn’t used to having him around, and now he’s everywhere.

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News

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The “Tell Your Dog I Said Hi” Mask

At last, a solution to the can’t-pet-’em-in-a-pandemic conundrum.

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Sneak Peek: Inside Philadelphia Magazine’s October Issue

Canyons, lakes, vistas, mountains — oh my! Our October issue features the best places to get outside this fall.


Love, Money, Sex, Cheating: The Real Stories of 10 Philly Marriages

Love, Money, Sex, Cheating: The Real Stories of 10 Philly Marriages

An unfiltered, unvarnished look at what “till death do us part” means now.


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News

No, Mail-In Ballots Won’t Be Available On Monday. Blame the Green Party

Plus: State liquor police take it way easy on Philly-area bars amid COVID. And why you can’t watch the Eagles game with your friends.

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News

Another Parkway Encampment “Deadline” Passes Amid Complaints of Public Sex and Drug Use

Plus: $25,000 reward in hit-and-run of bicyclist. And how Trump could win Pennsylvania. Again.

philly police gather on 52nd street in west philadelphia on may 31st, and the actions of police in that neighborhood have led to two new lawsuits
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City Slammed with Two New Lawsuits Over Philly Police Actions at Protests

A man says police pierced his skin to the bone with rubber bullets. A woman says she and her young kids were tear-gassed on her porch.

Opinion

To Combat Philly Gun Violence, Dismantle the Office of Violence Prevention

The city’s leading department on addressing gun violence has become a detriment to tackling this public health crisis.

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Yes, the King of Prussia Mall Now Has Its Own COVID-19 Boutique

Whether you need a “designer” mask, some doohickey that opens doors and presses buttons for you, or mint mask spray, they’ve got it.

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Beyond Condoms, Cheese Puffs and Beer: How GoPuff Became Essential

Beyond Condoms, Cheese Puffs and Beer: How GoPuff Became Essential

The company is offering a lesson in adaptability and community partnerships during the pandemic.


Opinion

Temple Shows Its True Colors in Bringing Students Back to Campus, Causing COVID Outbreak

It’s time to stop thinking of universities as altruistic civic institutions. They are businesses. Nothing more, nothing less.

News

Four Ways Election Day in Philly Could Go Terribly Wrong

From long waits at the polls to delays in counting ballots, there could be significant problems. But there are ways voters can help now.

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Longform

For 40 Years, Philly Mayors Have Promised to End Poverty. For 40 Years, I’ve Watched Them Fail.

Administration after administration, their plans have solved nothing. This is what having a front-row seat to decades of political futility looks like.

Opinion

Best Thing This Week: A New Record on the Appalachian Trail

Schwenksville native Liz Anjos ran — yes <em>ran</em> — the entire 2,190 miles in 51 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes, a new northbound record for women. What’s your excuse for not running 40 miles a day?

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