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Celebrity: Life’s a Beach

"WHEN SURVIVOR SEASON one was on the air, we were on the level of A-list celebrities,” says Gervase Peterson. “People were all over us. We […]

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Loco Parentis: He’s a Believer

"COME HERE, I" call to my son Jake from the front porch. Just as I’ve stepped outside to get the mail, the cordons of pink-tinged […]

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My Philadelphia Story: Wilma McNabb

What’s it take to be a good mom? Well, there’s not a book on that. You just try to do the best you can. When […]

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Contrarian: Wi-Fi? Because We Can

FOR ABOUT A week this summer, the most popular article on the New York Times website was a bleating Tom Friedman column that lamented how […]

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Features: Who Really Runs This Town?: Burying Lincoln Steffens

In the spring of 1903, muckraking journalist Lincoln Steffens checked into the St. James Hotel, located at 13th and Walnut streets. At the time, Steffens […]

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Contrarian: Attack of the Blogs!

In the weeks after an obscure Philadelphiablogmeister rocked the cable news world by shaming it into covering the disappearance of a young West Philadelphia mother-to-be, […]

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Power: It’s Not Easy Being the Greens

On September 13, 2004, Richard Green wrote an e-mail to Manhattan divorce attorney Raoul Felder, the man the New Yorker had four months earlier dubbed […]

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Suburbia: We Can’t Work It Out

Sharon Eckstein was curious, and concerned. The semi-retired attorney and mother of two had read in the local papers about Lower Merion Township’s plan to […]

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Features: The 20 Greatest Philly Movies: Movie Irv’s Philly Filmography

The Age of Innocence (1993). Martin Scorsese adapts Edith Wharton, with Philly standing in for New York.  bbb Arnold’s Wrecking Co. (1973). An early effort […]

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Exit Interview: Ed McMahon

In yet another pop-cultural coup, Exit Interview tricked, er, persuaded sweepstakes icon and sidekick extraordinaire Ed McMahon to spend some time discussing his little-known Philly […]