Opinion

Philly Just Surpassed 500 Homicides. Can We Admit Gun Buyback Programs Aren’t Helping?

Proponents claim gun buybacks keep dangerous weapons off the street. They’re really just a flashy, performative and ineffective response to our current gun violence crisis.


Guides

COVID Turned the Philanthropy World Upside Down

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News

How to Find the Biggest and Best Christmas Lights Near You

Guides

30 Great Philly Nonprofits to Give To This Year

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Longform

The Pandemic Exposed Our Broken Higher-Education System. It’s Also Given Us a Chance to Make Things Better

The chaos of COVID could mean the start of a new era in saner, fairer college admissions. Sometimes it takes a revolution to build a better world.

News

Expect a Rise in COVID Cases for the Next Month, CHOP Says

Just in time for the start of school, CHOP’s pandemic projection lab says we’re due for a rise in cases. But hospitalizations are the true metric to watch — and it’s still not too late to prepare.

Opinion

We Told Our Wedding Guests They Had to Be Vaccinated. Here’s What Happened Next

We called every guest and asked about their vaccination status. It led to some painful conversations — and some progress.

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News

This Collector You’ve Never Heard Of Helped Spark the Creation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Richard Carreño’s new biography of John H. McFadden is simply a ton of fun.

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News

The Preston and Steve Cast on What Got Them Through the Past Year

From Delco barbecue to the best potato soup in Philly to, yes, vodka.

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Longform

Help Me, Doctor! I’m a Philly Sports Fan

What do you do when a game … isn’t just a game anymore?


Six of Philly’s Best Writers on How the Past Year Changed the City — and Us All

Six of Philly’s Best Writers on How the Past Year Changed the City — and Us All

After a long, unprecedented year, Philadelphia is still standing. We asked these powerful voices to reflect on how their favorite places in the city evolved and endured.

Jill Biden Is Exactly What Washington, D.C., Needs: A Philly Girl

Jill Biden Is Exactly What Washington, D.C., Needs: A Philly Girl

The First Lady’s no-nonsense, relatable strength — born in New Jersey and forged in Willow Grove — is key to who she is and why she endures.


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Opinion

New COVID Restrictions Prove That Unvaccinated Lives Matter

Those complaining about personal freedom being suppressed by new COVID rules are ignoring one thing: The very restrictions they loathe are here to keep them alive.

Guides

Everything You Need to Know About Philly’s Plastic Bag Ban

Get ready for your soon-to-be-plastic-bagless future.

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News

Going to a Philly Concert? You May Have to Bring Your Proof of Vaccination

New requirements are popping up at area music venues.

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News

How Philadelphia Became Pretzel Town, USA

Philly and pretzels? It’s a combo as natural as, um … okay, it’s a little weird. But here’s more than you ever wanted to know about how it came to be!

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News

“Boston Marathon Dad” Mike Rossi Attacks Cops, Gets Probation

Yet another installment in the saga of the man accused of cheating to get into the Boston Marathon.

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How the Pandemic Turned a South Philly Golf Course Into the City’s Best New Park

How the Pandemic Turned a South Philly Golf Course Into the City’s Best New Park

The former municipal golf course at FDR Park became an indispensable natural refuge for many locked-down South Philadelphians over the past year.

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

Fifty years after founding their legendary Philadelphia International Records, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, with friends and collaborators from Thom Bell to John Oates to Patti LaBelle, look back on the musical partnership that came to define the city.


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Longform

Philly’s David Sylvester Has Hugged More Than Half a Million People, and He’s Not Quitting Anytime Soon

He started his idiosyncratic quest 20 years ago in the aftermath of 9/11. This year, thanks to him, September 12th will be celebrated as National Hug and High-Five Day.

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Q&A

Science Fiction Writer Alex Smith on Falling in Love With Comics, Creating Queer Characters, and Black Vans

The 2020 Pew Fellow explains the creative process behind his upcoming comic book and what it’s like being a Black writer in the competitive publishing world.

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News

A Bunch of Philly Teens Are Touring the Country With Jon Anderson, Founder of the Rock Band Yes

Here’s how 25 young musicians connected with a 76-year-old singer whose biggest works date back to before some of their parents were born.

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Opinion

If You Won’t Get Vaccinated, You Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Have Fun

The rise in cases caused by the Delta variant could be halted if we stopped coddling the source of the problem. More institutions should follow the lead of the Philly restaurants refusing service to those who won’t get vaxxed.

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