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Outside Readings about Philadelphia

What others are writing about Philadelphia and its surroundings

Nick Foles Hidden Camera Surprise at NFL Fantasy Draft

Trading in his helmet and pads for a fake mustache and apron, Nick Foles went incognito, posing as a Courtyard employee. We captured the reaction of fantasy leaguers, who were surprised by the Pro Bowl MVP.

The Philadelphia Pedestrian's Guide to the City's Most Dangerous Streets

Next City: After months of prodding by livable streets activists in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary for New York City, candidate Bill de Blasio made an incredibly ambitious campaign promise: His administration would strive for zero traffic deaths. Now in office, de Blasio hopes to deliver on that goal with a comprehensive multi-agency plan called Vision Zero.

The Philly Instagram Hall of Fame: The 15 Shots Everybody takes

Philadelphia, like most cities populated by smartphone users with time to kill, boasts a thriving Instagram community, and its members are not afraid to show off their surroundings.

Philadelphia's star-studded dining scene

WashPost: Meanwhile, "Iron Chef' Jose Garces has added to his growing empire a Cuban-style diner called Rosa Blanca and is preparing to debut Volver, a high-end restaurant-bar in the Kimmel Center.

Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing

You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate-or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: "I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions.

That Millennial Marketing Verve

Last summer, a dozen people, mostly in their late teens and early twenties, crowded into a living room in Aldan, Pennsylvania, a small working-class suburb outside of Philadelphia. They toggled back and forth between smartphones and tablets while they downed an energy drink called Verve.

The Trials of Graham Spanier, Penn State's Ousted President

On the day the police arrived at the home of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, to arrest him on multiple counts of child sexual abuse, Graham Spanier was beginning his 17th year as Penn State's president. It was an extraordinary tenure, and one that had seemed most likely to continue for many more years.

Frank Gehry's Philly museum design takes on the "Rocky" steps

Look at Frank Gehry 's plan for the renovation and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and you'll see little of the Gehry we've all come to know. There are no billowing sheets of titanium, à la Guggenheim Bilbao or Walt Disney Concert Hall ; no craggy icebergs like the Fondation Louis Vuitton , which is set to open in Paris this fall.

Language lost: Immigrants face steeper summer slide

"The neighborhood where I grew up, there was a lot of violence, a lot of stealing, a lot of killing each other for territory, prostitution," said Cruz, wearing a Chicago Bulls cap and striped Polo T-shirt. He's been living in America for nearly 13 years now, but it wasn't always stars and stripes for Cruz.

Longform Philly

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