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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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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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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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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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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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Residents of North Philadelphia did not take kindly to their neighborhood being recast as "Stonewall Heights." - Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News... [Read More]
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Here, the tragically clumsy can fail without consequence, thanks to a small army of stoic groundskeepers who roam the floor with purpose-made ball scoopers. ... [Read More]
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It's not just black people, but entire, predominantly black neighborhoods that are disproportionately impacted by the Philadelphia Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk. Black neighborhoods drew... [Read More]
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Foraging may be an old-fashioned hobby, but it can now also bring serious money, thanks to Philadelphia's restaurant boom and to chefs who are embracing... [Read More]
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That's well above the standard 35-years-to-life deal many of Philadelphia's 300 other juvenile lifers have received, but far shy of the 60 years to life... [Read More]
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The number of elderly inmates in Pennsylvania has tripled since 2001. Prison hospices, manned by inmates, are a critically needed response. - Samantha Melamed,... [Read More]
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The Peacock Room, with pressed-tin ceilings, high-top tables made from barrels, and historic brewery photos, "is almost like a beer museum." - Samantha Melamed,... [Read More]
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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 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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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]
"This is a life-or-death situation right now," he said. Even so, he had just one equally pressing request, to an Eagles fan group on Facebook:... [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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