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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.


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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

a picture of anthony smith, who has been arrested and charged by the feds with setting a Philadelphia police car on fire
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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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Mayor Kenney Is Backed Into One Hell of a Corner Over the Parkway Encampment

What is going to happen when the city goes in to remove the encampment — or, as the judge put it, “terminate” the encampment — while journalists and citizens with their cell phone cameras stand by?

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State Rep Chris Rabb Wants to Give $65,000 a Year to People Who Are Wrongfully Convicted

The Northwest Philly legislator is introducing a bill that would pay ex-prisoners an annual stipend for each year they wrongly served in prison. Currently they receive nothing.

sarah contrucci, the woman punched in a philadelphia church on sunday, talking to action news
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A Lesson in Forgiveness from the Woman Who Was Punched in a Philly Church on Sunday

“I hope that she learns to love the Lord and maybe even come back to Mass someday and is respectful,” Sarah Contrucci told Action News. The puncher isn’t currently facing any charges.

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How the Pandemic Taught Me to Embrace My Clutter

I’d always aspired to Marie Kondo-style minimalism. But a global crisis has me rethinking what can “spark joy.”

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Prominent Pennsylvania Republicans Join Growing List of GOP Biden Supporters

Plus, there’s not much good news in Philly’s crime stats these days, but we did find some.

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FactCheck.org’s Kathleen Hall Jamieson on the Golden Age of Misinformation

In a year featuring both a presidential election and a pandemic, getting your facts straight has never been more important.


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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Fresh Air Host Terry Gross on Her Hardest Interviews and Her Secret Twitter Account

Catching up with the NPR icon as she celebrates 45 years on Philly public radio.

Opinion

Best Thing This Week: It’s BLT Season!

The tomatoes are ripe and fresh from the garden. We wait all year long for this.

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Mayor Kenney Claims 200 Sanitation Workers Are Out Sick Daily. Union Head Calls B.S.

“We have employees who are working 30 plus days straight, 12 hours a day,” says the head of the sanitation union, who insists that the mayor’s number is inflated. “I’m amazed no one including the mayor speaks about that.”

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Face Shields, Sneeze Guards and a Ban on Groups: Indoor Dining Returns to Philly On September 8th

“I beg you to follow the rules,” Mayor Jim Kenney pleaded with restaurants and customers on Thursday.

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Power Home Remodeling CEO Asher Raphael on Why Perma-Work-From-Home Is a Big Mistake

Might want to read this before splurging on that ergonomic home-office chair you’ve been eyeing.

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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.


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Parents, Teachers and Activists Want to Rename These Philly Schools

Should Benjamin Franklin High School become Malcolm X High School? And what do we do with the Andrew Jackson School?

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Judge Fines Idiotic South Jersey Gym More Than $130,000 for Refusing to Observe COVID Shutdown

But, hey, the gym’s legal defense GoFundMe is about to hit $300,000. So there’s that.

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A Philly Postal Worker Union Head on New Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Trump’s War on the USPS

Nick Casselli shares a bit of the turmoil inside the post office under new leadership.

eva longoria speaks to swarthmore restaurant owner scott richardson during DNC day one
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Meet the Philly-Area Restaurant Owner Who Spoke at DNC Day One

“I’ve never been so nervous in my life,” says Swarthmore restaurateur Scott Richardson, who regrets voting for Trump in 2016. “I didn’t do as badly as I thought I did.”

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