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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.

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.


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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Think Jim Kenney Is a COVID Hypocrite? You’ve Gotta Check Out This Bar-Owning Sea Isle Mayor

“It was terrifying,” says one woman of what she saw when she walked into the mayor’s bar.

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How True Is Philly’s History? A Bella Vista Art Exhibit Asks the Question

Former Temple architecture professor John James Pron, who has an exhibition at the Da Vinci Art Alliance on display through September 13th, discusses Philly’s (a)history, historical preservation and why he hates all public statues.

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Internet Calls Death at South Philly Playground a Lynching, Relatives of Deceased Say Otherwise

“You need to calm your city down,” says a relative of the late Allen Mikell. “Before somebody burns it down over something that didn’t happen.”

stephen starr, who just declared bankruptcy on one of his restaurants, and daughter Sarah Starr

Stephen Starr Restaurant Declares Bankruptcy, But He Says No Big Deal

Philly’s most successful dining mogul insists the brand is still strong. And I’m inclined to believe him.

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Pennsylvania Gives Fewer COVID Tests Per Capita Than Any Other State in the Country

“We are continuing our work to ramp up our testing capacity,” says a spokesperson for Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.


Meet the 2.5 Percent: Philly’s Black-Owned Enterprises and Early-Stage Start-Ups

In Philly, where only 2.5 percent of businesses are Black-owned, these entrepreneurs have overcome more obstacles than most. Then came the pandemic, which has presented new challenges for businesses large and small.

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.


With Indoor Dining Faux Pas, It’s Official: Jim Kenney Can’t Read the Room

To be caught eating indoors at out-of-state restaurants is a slap in the face to Philadelphia restaurants and diners.

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Marc Vetri Goes Off On Mayor Kenney After the Mayor Dines Indoors

Of course, the county where Kenney ate inside has drastically fewer cases of COVID-19 than we do. But, hey, Vetri’s known for his great pastas — not for his great logic.

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Ignore the Rankings: Why the Best School for Your Kid Is Probably the One in Your Neighborhood

After years of obsessing about stats and lists, many city parents are discovering their kids will get a great education right around the corner.

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The 40 Top-Rated Public High Schools in Philadelphia and the Suburbs

Many factors should go into choosing a school for your child. Here are the top performers in the city and suburbs when it comes to standardized tests, graduation rates, and other statistical measures.

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There’s Not a Company Name Cute Enough to Mask the Dark Side of Corporations

Businesses today — with their fuzzy, friendly names — all seem to want to cozy up to you. But there are plenty of reasons to keep your distance.

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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.


Best Thing This Week: The Girl Scouts Get a New Look

This is not your grandma’s uniform, that’s for sure.

billy penn editor danya henninger and philadelphia health commissioner thomas farley debate the value of the philly covid mask

Are Those New Philly COVID Masks Actually Any Good?

“Well, it’s a nice souvenir either way,” Billy Penn editor Danya Henninger told Philly health commissioner Thomas Farley on Thursday.

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Philly to Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg With 2020 Liberty Medal

Plus: More peaceful (and not-so-peaceful) protests and demonstrations in Philly. And the Great Philadelphia Trash Debacle of 2020 continues.


These Are the Worst Four Words You Can Tell Philly Voters Right Now

Why it’s time to stop using fear as a tactic to drive your friends and neighbors to the polls in November.

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