Author: Samantha Melamed

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"I wrote a wish list in 1995," Luis "Suave" Gonzalez said. "The first thing on my list was, on day one, to go to a... [Read More]
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The project is part crowdfunding campaign to fix the instruments and part avant-garde music experiment, with a score from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. ... [Read More]
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Colleen Clemens' Twitter feed was so clogged with death threats, she shut it down. After she declined a request to appear on Tucker Carlson's Fox... [Read More]
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Mad Rex, Philadelphia's first and only bar devoted to the day after tomorrow, is less an immersive descent into the dystopian future than the end-times... [Read More]
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Mad Rex, Philadelphia's first and only bar devoted to the day after tomorrow, is less an immersive descent into the dystopian future than the end-times... [Read More]
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Officer Marc Marchetti, who changed his profile photo to Krasner's on Wednesday, kicked off a conversation in which friends used the hashtag #notmyDA, and described... [Read More]
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Asked whether to impose the death penalty, the jurors, who had already found Robert Lark guilty of the 1979 murder, sent a note: "We are... [Read More]
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Tourists who pay $100 for an hour-long horse-drawn carriage ride with the Philadelphia Carriage Co. expect to see Philadelphia at its most beautiful. But animal-control... [Read More]
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Tourists who pay $100 for an hour-long horse-drawn carriage ride with the Philadelphia Carriage Co. expect to see Philadelphia at its most beautiful. But animal-control... [Read More]
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Drinks & Dragons, a traveling Dungeons & Dragons game night, takes over the upstairs room at the Black Cat Tavern on the first Thursday evening... [Read More]
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The movement, once reported to have as many as 20 million followers, now has just 12 or 15 true believers, most in their 80s or... [Read More]
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Prosecutors said it was a straightforward case: On Feb. 22, 1979, Robert Lark put on a ski mask, stuffed a gun in his belt, walked... [Read More]
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Friendly Lounge, a portal to a different era situated at the corner of Eighth Street and Washington Avenue, was opened in the 1950s by John... [Read More]
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Like many freelance writers, Mister Mann Frisby was hit hard by the recession. Unlike most, he found himself one morning surrounded by armed marshals standing... [Read More]
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They are on the hunt for sponsors large and small, pledging to turn their marriage into a (one hopes) once-in-lifetime marketing opportunity for the right... [Read More]
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For many fathers, child-support debt "becomes this cycle of nonpayment and incarceration. ... How does that help the children?" - Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer... [Read More]
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"You never drove a car. You never fell in love with somebody. You never had any of the things that all of us take for... [Read More]
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Workers still in scrubs from the hospital graveyard shift enjoy an unlikely, early-morning bar scene. "It's their 5 o'clock in the afternoon. It just happens... [Read More]
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The Inside-Out Prison Exchange, which started with Temple University classes held in a Philadelphia county jail, has endured for two decades, expanded to about 150... [Read More]
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His family rented a 15-passenger van to make the five-hour overnight drive to SCI-Forest. [Read More]
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