Laura McCrystal covers Philadelphia government, policies, and agencies from The Inquirer's City Hall bureau.

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‘I’m done.' Voters in the Philly suburbs are giving up on Trump.

Biden’s path to victory in a state increasingly seen as one of the most critical battlegrounds relies on racking up big wins in the suburbs.

Pennsylvania braces for a presidential election reshaped by a Supreme Court fight

The sudden political fight over an open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court quickly emerged as a new defining issue in a presidential election already roiled by a year of cascading national crises.

Philly City Council approves police reform measures, including banning chokeholds

City Council approved two police reform measures that will require public hearings on police contract proposals and prohibit the use of chokeholds and some other tactics.

Philly won’t let restaurants boost indoor dining capacity but city will raise limit on outdoor gatherings; Century 21 closing all stores, including Philly location

Century 21 opened its Market St. location in Oct. 2014 in the old Strawbridge & Clothier building, and anchors the newly-rebranded Fashion District mall.

Philly increases outdoor gathering limit but will keep low indoor dining capacity

Restaurants in the rest of the state can increase indoor occupancy on Sept. 21, but Philadelphia officials will wait until at least October. “We’re in survival mode,” said one restaurant owner.

After deadline passes for homeless encampments to clear out, city won’t say what’s next on Parkway and at PHA

Officials decline to specify what’s next in the continuing stand-off among activists, encampment organizers, the city, and the homeless occupants.

Philly postpones property reassessment and will leave values the same until 2023 due to coronavirus

The city will next reassess all of its properties in 2022. Mayor Jim Kenney said the delay will ensure accuracy.

New cases subside at Temple but rise at Penn State; Philly restaurants welcome back indoor diners; Delaware back on N.J. travel advisory

Starting Sept. 21, Pennsylvania restaurants may increase indoor dining capacity to 50% as long as they agree to follow safety guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

City Council is coming back with a focus on the harsh police response to this year’s protests

Council is reconvening with ambitious plans to address policing, the coronavirus, and its resulting economic crisis and poverty. But lawmakers will be working within a tight budget.