Author: Samantha Melamed

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One place Eagles fans weren't welcome for Sunday's game: Big Charlie's Saloon, the curiosity that is a diehard Kansas City Chiefs bar in the heart... [Read More]
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In the past year, 70 men and women - all locked away as teens - have quietly returned to the community after decades behind bars... [Read More]
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In 1994, Tina Brosius was 18 years old and already the mother of two children when she allowed her newborn baby to drown in a... [Read More]
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It's been nearly three decades since the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons contemplated giving a woman lifer a second chance. On Friday, though, they'll decide whether... [Read More]
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Mazzoni leaders have been scrambling to restore order to the health center, which provides vital services in particular to low-income, HIV-positive and transgender clients, since... [Read More]
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Here in Philadelphia, where Mayor Kenney came into office promising 30 miles of protected lanes, the bike-vs.-car debate has lately reached unprecedented levels of vitriol.... [Read More]
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If there's any place to drink eight ounces of vodka, it's Eagle Bar. After all, it adjoins Max's, a cheesesteak shop where a "half-size" sandwich... [Read More]
These are the first of 517 juvenile lifers in Pennsylvania, the largest such contingent in the nation, to be resentenced and released on parole following... [Read More]
These are the first of 517 juvenile lifers in Pennsylvania, the largest such contingent in the nation, to be resentenced and released on parole following... [Read More]
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Many local colleges require applicants to list even juvenile adjudications - and some explicitly reject students because of their records. - Samantha Melamed,... [Read More]
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Stateside Urbancraft Vodka is not, the branding implies, the same foul poison I remember. It comes in a sleek bottle with a swing-top cap and... [Read More]
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Patrick Richardson Graham, 54, a father of three, had been diagnosed with brain cancer. It looked like Brickbat Books of Queen Village would have to... [Read More]
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Molly Lester started the InKind Baking Project for one reason: "I wanted to send a message of welcome and inclusion to people that were increasingly... [Read More]
A man seated at the next table swiveled around, his face disfigured into a mask of horror. "What?" he exclaimed, his tone disbelief, tinged with... [Read More]
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"As time has passed, I have come to believe that a very significant doubt exists as to whether Kevin Brinkley killed Charles Haag, and that... [Read More]
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The original contract between the city and the committee that paid for the monument spells it out. [Read More]
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The original contract between the city and the committee that paid for the monument, obtained by the Inquirer, spells it out. [Read More]
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Of all the looming crises facing America today, it's the one that could well have the greatest effect on your life and the lives of... [Read More]
It's meant for those moments that don't exactly rise to the level of history. - Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News... [Read More]
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People have been getting trashed in this space pretty much since the end of Prohibition - only, these days, it has craft beer, and Erotic... [Read More]
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