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One Simple Rule For Surviving Christmas With Your Family

I was once told by an older gentleman that it is not a true family gathering unless one person leaves crying and another leaves in […]

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When Tracing Your Ancestry Becomes a Murder Mystery

My cousin, Saul ‘Sonny’ Shister, was shot to death in 1955 in Montreal in an apparent game of Russian Roulette with his buddies. He was […]

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Sarah Murnaghan Develops Pneumonia After Second Lung Transplant

The challenges aren’t yet over for Sarah Murnaghan, the young cystic fibrosis patient who recently received a second lung transplant at CHOP after her first […]

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Sarah Murnaghan Gets Second Lung Transplant After First Fails

10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who has cystic fibrosis, received a much-publicized lung transplant on June 12th this year. Soon after the surgery, her mother said today, […]

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PA Woman Who Disappeared Mysteriously in 2002 Has Turned Up in Florida

In 2002, a Lancaster County woman named Brenda Heist dropped her two kids off at school and then went to a park, where she sat […]

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What’s it Like to Be Rahm Emanuel’s Brother?

When noted bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel was young, he thought it was normal that games of Monopoly with his brothers ended in bloodshed. Come to think […]

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Phillies Games 4th-Most Expensive in Baseball

You pay for what you get, right? Not necessarily. According to the New York Post, the Phillies, the Cubbies, and the Red Sox, none of […]

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Desperate Sixers Sign Jrue Holiday’s Brother; Brotherly Promos Sure to Follow

Andrew Bynum isn’t coming back this year. Nor are the Sixers making the playoffs. There’s nothing left to play for except the draft lottery, and […]

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Video Footage May Have Captured Missing Brown Student, Bryn Mawr Native

Since the mysterious disappearance of Bryn Mawr native and Brown University student Sunil Tripathi two week ago, search efforts from Boston to Philadelphia has been […]

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Joan Orie Melvin Resigns from Supreme Court

Another chapter begins in what is already a family affair worthy of a reality TV series. Or at least a made-for-TV special. Today, Joan Orie […]

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Return of the Poop Deck: Another Cruise Ship Mess in the Caribbean

Why do people insist on taking cruises? In 2011, the ship sank in Italy. In February, the ship stank in the Gulf of Mexico. And […]

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UPDATE: Penn Alexander Switches to Lottery System

UPDATE: The Philadelphia School District, to the dismay of the roughly 70 parents who were waiting in line (see below) to secure their kids’ places […]

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Father of Abducted Five-Year-Old Has Seven Wives

The police aren’t ruling out any suspects in the case of the abducted five-year-old. (Except Dad, who’s in the clear.) Which means tracking down and […]

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City to Raise Hotel Tax on Visitors

If you want an excuse to discourage your meddling, needy parents from visiting you in Philly, you can tell them that in these belt-tightening days, […]

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How Philly Can Keep Millennials in the City After They Have Kids

You may have noticed, but American cities are currently in the midst of a population renaissance. As my generation continues to ditch its cars and […]