William Bender is an investigative reporter who has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He also contributes to Clout, a column chronicling the underbelly of Philly's political scene.

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Social distancing beer, CBD oil, and crop tops? Coronavirus-related applications pouring into U.S. trademark office.

The coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 1 million people around the globe hasn’t put a damper on America’s entrepreneurial spirit. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has seen a flood of COVID-related applications — dozens from the tri-state area alone.

Despite virus concerns, some Philly Catholics still receiving Communion on the tongue

Social distancing procedures are being adopted throughout the U.S. and much of the globe, but some religious organizations have been slow to act. In Philadelphia, Sunday Mass — with Holy Communion — continues at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Government transparency is also falling victim to the coronavirus pandemic

The pandemic that has transformed life in America is also stymieing public records requests from City Hall to Washington, DC., raising concerns among open-government advocates who say it could enable agencies to skirt transparency laws and operate in the dark.

Police in Philly and other Pa. counties stop issuing license-to-carry permits to gun owners amid coronavirus outbreak

Firearm owners without a license-to-carry permit will, in almost all circumstances, not be able to carry the weapons on them without risking arrest.

‘I’m looking to get an AR-15’: Gun shops are busy as coronavirus spreads, despite state-ordered shutdown

Dozens of people – some wearing hospital masks – spent Wednesday at the Philadelphia Gun and Archery Club, looking to stock up on guns and ammunition as the coronavirus continued to spread. Other Pennsylvania gun shops reported brisk business.

Former Philadelphia police inspector held for allegedly sexually assaulting female cops

The veteran police inspector was indicted in October on charges that he sexually assaulted three female officers, kissing them, fondling their breasts, and digitally penetrating their vaginas against their will.

A luxury apartment building opened after years of delays. Now, residents claim there is a mold problem.

Denver-based building owner Aimco says its inspections show no mold, but seven renters in Ardmore’s luxury apartments say they got sick.

‘Viva la democracia!’: Why Dominicans are rallying in Philadelphia

Voting irregularities in last weekend’s municipal elections have sparked concerns here that they could be repeated in the country’s presidential election in May, when Philly Dominicans would be able to cast their votes.

Glen Mills faces more than a dozen lawsuits, alleging beatings and sexual abuse

Five more lawsuits were to be filed against Glen Mills Schools on Wednesday, making 13 cases that detail decades of alleged abuse at the now-shuttered campus for court-ordered boys in Delaware County.

Extremist neo-Nazi leader is a former Villanova student, N.J. resident, reports say

British news organizations report that Rinaldo Nazzaro, 46, a former New Jersey resident and Villanova University drop out, is leading a violent neo-Nazi group that has triggered investigations from U.S. counterterrorism officials.