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Did This Delran Woman Fake Cancer?

On the day Lisa DiGiovanni found out her sister was going to start hospice care, she couldn’t stop thinking: I am such a jerk. It’d […]

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Jeremy Nowak’s Vision for a New Philadelphia

The lobby of the William Penn Foundation, on the 11th floor of a skyscraper two blocks north of Market Street, is a quiet place. It […]

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Paul Martino’s Audacious Plan to Disrupt the Republican Party

I start with a problem — a problem we all share in one way or another. I told a friend I was working on a […]

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The Rise and Fall of Kathleen Kane

Ruth Lenahan remembers the feeling she had when she sat down with her friend Kathleen Kane in a political operative’s office in downtown Scranton back […]

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Meet the New Doc. Same as the Old Doc?

I’m searching for the good Johnny Doc, the one he wants me to find. The new one. And here he is, in plain sight, on […]

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The Kingdom and the Power of Johnny Doc

Johnny Doc is as literal as they come. He’s a union boss, with a union boss’s brick-and-mortar vocab. His speeches are latticed with I-beams of […]

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The D.A. Candidate Who Wants to Stop Prosecuting Most Low-Level Drug Offenses

Joe Khan is a young progressive running for district attorney who wants to ditch cash bail, revamp the civil asset forfeiture program, and stop prosecuting most simple […]

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The Corruption of Corey Kemp

In an airless beige room, wearing a dark green jumpsuit, remembering his former life, Corey Kemp shrugs his shoulders. “I think I'm smarter, wiser,” he […]

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Ed Rendell Still Has a Few Things to Say

I begin to get, more than anything, worried. I’ve been waiting outside Ed Rendell’s small stone Tudor in East Falls for him to answer the […]

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The Brilliant Professor Ward

As if the rigors of a 10-hour direct flight from Brazil aren’t enough to make a man irritable, it’s not even eight in the morning, […]