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The Brothers Who Busted Philly Unions. For Good.

Brutish threats, expletive-heavy protests, oil poured at construction-site entrances for years, Philladelphia’s unions have used intimidation and bully tactics to protect their power. Then two young developers set up cameras and a website, and set in motion the most dramatic power shift the city has seen in generations.

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Welcome to Hell

As a result of our gun crisis, tens of thousands of Philadelphians mights be suffering the same psychological trauma as people in Afghanistan and Rwanda. In a world like that, do two young boys stand a chance?
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Deconstructing Bart Blatstein

Understanding Bart Blatstein’s impact on Philadelphia is easy: He’s the most creative developer this city has seen in a generation. Understanding the man himself? That’s a whole different story.

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Did Racial Tension Contribute to One Philadelphia Fireman’s Suicide?

Jack Slivinski Jr.’s mysterious death is only the beginning of the saga.

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Polo in Philadelphia: Work to Ride Proves the Game’s Not Just for Ivy League

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Can Comcast Be as Mighty as Google?

As the man in charge of reviving TV and movie giant NBCUniversal, Comcast’s­ Steve Burke just might be the most important person at the most important company in Philadelphia. It’s the job he’s been preparing for all his life—and if he succeeds, he could lift the cable company we love to hate into the lofty ranks of Apple and Google.

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The Gayest Feud Ever: Mark Segal vs. Malcolm Lazin

Through three decades of activism Mark Segal and Malcolm Lazin turning Philadelphia into one of the most gay-friendly cities in America. But when their long-simmering feud—lit by a shocking e-mail sent 12 years ago—bubbled back to the surface this spring, it threatened the legacy they fought so hard to build.
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It’s 5 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Husband Is?

As their wives carpool the kids to soccer, closeted suburban men troll the city’s bathhouses for anonymous—and oftentimes dangerous—gay sex. Ladies, what you don’t know might hurt you.

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Shoot the Messenger?

The Brady Campaign puts a Philadelphia shop on its list of the 10 worst gun dealers in America.
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What Ever Happened to the South Philly Mob?

It’s been at least six years since anyone has been killed by the Philadelphia Mafia. Is it the passing of a way of life, or an eerie calm before an ­approaching storm? Our writer takes to the streets of South Philly—and sips wine with the current Godfather—to find out.

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The Lou Gentile Experience

Steve Volk tries to recreate a British author’s paranormal awakening—and succeeds in failing.

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What Will Happen to Harold?

He lives in one of the worst sections of Philadelphia. His father is in prison. He’s washed out of two schools. He has ADHD. He’s been caught stealing. He gets into fights. Child advocates say this is a crucial time to turn his life around, before it’s too late. He’s 11 years old.
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The Legacy

Jim Beasley Sr., a legendary, boot-stomping Philadelphia Lawyer, left his firm in the hands of his ne’er-do-well son. But now Beasley Jr.’s quiet approach is not only winning big cases, but signaling a new era in the city’s courtrooms.
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The Godfather’s Daughter

As the child of South Philadelphia’s legendary crime boss, Jean Bruno was afforded all the luxuries of a mob princess: fancy clothes, lavish parties, ritzy vacations—until the day Angelo Bruno had his head blown off. Twenty-eight years later, his daughter is lonely, obsessed with the past, and still searching for Marilyn Monroe’s jewelry.