Let me get this straight: Five Below, the Philly-based discount chain named after its $5 or less pricing strategy, is considering price hikes. Smart. That shouldn’t cause customer confusion or spur an identity crisis. And you know what? It was probably inevitable anyway. Everyone knows there’s only one great deal under $5, and that’s an unlimited digital subscription to Inquirer.com.

The last time that Samuel Barlow visited Eastern State Penitentiary, he arrived surrounded by six or seven guards — an escort designed, as he understood it, to make other inmates view him as dangerous.

At the time, he was just a teenager, but he and a co-defendant would become the last death-row inmates at Philadelphia’s infamous prison, built to inspire penitence in 1829 and shuttered in 1970.

“They would go to extremes to make you feel like you were on death row. It didn’t feel like it to me,” Barlow, 68, told reporter Samantha Melamed. “I couldn’t envision sitting in the electric chair, frying. ... As a kid, you can’t even see to next week half the time. So you can’t see yourself getting electrocuted.”

In April, Gov. Tom Wolf commuted Barlow’s sentence. He was released to a Community Correction Center just over three weeks ago — and on Wednesday evening, he walked through the open front gate of Eastern State and gazed up at the steep stone walls.

Alin Gragossian, a third-year emergency medicine resident at Drexel University, received a heart transplant in January, less than a month after she went to the emergency room for a nagging cough and sudden shortness of breath.

Four months after the surgery, Gragossian told reporter Aneri Pattani that having someone else's organs and knowing that someone's death gave you life can be a lot to process.

“I am so lucky to be freely breathing this fresh air,” she wrote on a blog started to share her transplant experience. “I am feeling so guilty, though. These were supposed to be her breaths.”

Would you spend $10 at Five Below?

The Philadelphia-based discount chain is considering price increases on $1 to $4 items, as well as increasing some $5 items to $5.25 or $5.55.

Five Below will test these higher prices in some locations with the expectation that they would roll out across the company’s 789 stores before the end of the summer.

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