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  • Hijabinistas: Philly Muslim Women Merge Faith and Fashion

    Neal Santos It’s the first (theoretically) annual Philly Islamic fashion convention “Show Me How 2 Cover,” and emcee Saidah Brown, a local humorist and motivational speaker, has just one question.  “Now, repeat after me,” she calls out from her perch astride a gleaming runway that glows pink from within: “Why do they...

    • Mar 13, 2013
  • Why is Eric Burke still a Philly cop?

    On Aug. 31, 2010, Fernando Echevarria was walking near the corner of York and Leithgow streets in North Philly when he saw Jose Vargas, a friend from the neighborhood, in the back of a police car. He stopped to check it out: Vargas’ face, he says, looked beaten up. Then, Echevarria claims,...

    • Jan 30, 2013
  • 300 years later, the mystic of the Wissahickon still has a following

    Neal Santos MAN CAVE: Contrary to lore, Johannes Kelpius likely did not live in this cave in the Wissahickon; he may or may not have meditated there. But a stone monument erected by Rosicrucian followers marks the spot. Neal Santos CHASING THE LEGEND: Alan Holm, a Center City architect, founded the Kelpius...

    • Nov 7, 2012
  • Money Talks

    In mid-May, Jeremy Nowak joined School Reform Commission chairman Pedro Ramos and pro-charter-school activists at a long meeting to discuss a big problem: They were losing the media war to opponents of the plan, released three weeks earlier, to dismantle the Philadelphia School District and potentially put public schools under private management....

    • Jul 5, 2012
  • Who’s killing Philly public schools?

    Evan M. Lopez and Neal Santos Thomas Knudsen, the man who was temporarily put in charge of Philadelphia schools in January, was running late to last Monday’s press conference. He had been delivering the same presentation all day, and doomsday rumors had already leaked: The plan he was about to lay out...

    • May 2, 2012
  • Sinking Feeling

    At first, Tyrone Beverly’s walking tour of Towne Gardens doesn’t look like much. The leafy 253-home development in Southwest Philadelphia’s Eastwick neighborhood feels like a slice of modest suburban living tucked between Darby Creek and the airport. But Beverly isn’t here to brag. “You walk around here and you think, ‘I’ve seen...

    • Apr 26, 2012

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