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No, there’s no coronavirus grace period for expired Pa. car registrations

“Is it true that PennDOT is not giving out temporary license plates because of COVID-19 and do we have a grace period when it comes to getting our car registered?” a reader asked.

How to clean your face mask

But a lot of people still have questions about face masks and preventing the spread of coronavirus. How do you take care of your new covering? How many do you need? How do you properly take it off and put it on? We have answers.

How to clean your face mask

But a lot of people still have questions about face masks and preventing the spread of coronavirus. How do you take care of your new covering? How many do you need? How do you properly take it off and put it on? We have answers.

We’re answering your 2020 voting questions, Pennsylvania

The Inquirer is committed to helping you vote this November. So we want to answer your questions. Ask us anything, big or small.

We’re answering your 2020 voting questions, Pennsylvania

The Inquirer is committed to helping you vote this November. So we want to answer your questions. Ask us anything, big or small.

The naked truth about why Philly police used a strip club parking lot as a home base during the protests

Philadelphia police have been spotted hanging out at the strip club's parking lot several times this year.

The naked truth about why Philly police used a strip club parking lot as a home base during the protests

Philadelphia police have been spotted hanging out at the strip club's parking lot several times this year.
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Martin Luther King Drive is not going to reopen any time soon. Here’s why.

“Why is Martin Luther King Drive closed ... even when Kelly Drive is closed for activity or flooding and the expressway is jammed? Can’t the city open it up?” asks a reader. We find the answer.

Can you get fined for throwing your trash out on the wrong day right now?

"My neighbors throw their trash in the front of the house on the sidewalk daily. Is there a number to call to report this?"

You may hear fewer cicadas this year, but next year will be noisy

In Pennsylvania, there are 13 different species of cicada. 2020 is not a noisy “swarmageddon” brood year. But here's when the next one's coming. Also: They reportedly taste like pistachios.

Columbus Day is still an official city holiday in Philly. Here’s why.

Columbus Day is one of 11 official “City holidays” in Philadelphia, when city government buildings and services close and staff are given a day off. Will that continue?

How to fight a traffic ticket in Philadelphia

It's worth fighting a ticket. Here's how to challenge your tickets more effectively, or get a ticket reduced or withdrawn.

Why do highway signs on the way to Philly only point people to NYC?

Why does Philly rarely get any love on Maryland northbound I-95 signs? And who decides this? We answer a Curious Philly reader question.

Got a question about this city? Ask our reporters.

Our reporters have answered all kinds of reader questions, big and small, through our Curious Philly program. So, what do you want (or need) to know right now? Just ask.

Philly is in the yellow phase. How far are we away from green?

Philadelphia is officially in the yellow phase of reopening. When will we go green?

We’re in the yellow phase. Can I go on a date now?

Pandemic dating is a whole new world, and as social restrictions begin to loosen, you’re probably wondering what love out of lockdown will look like.

Now that we’re in the yellow phase, can I get my dog groomed?

Now that all counties in Pennsylvania have moved into either the yellow or green phases, you can get your pets groomed, which can be important for their health.

How to talk to your kids about racism and the protests

Whether you regularly talk with your child about injustice or you have struggled to find the words, how can you help your kids make sense of it all today? Here's a guide for all ages.

Can I hang out with my parents in the yellow phase?

Yes, technically you can visit your parents in the yellow phase. But should you? Here's what the risks are, and how to lower them.

Can I drive to a county in the green phase to get a haircut?

If you live in red or yellow county, can you drive over to a green one to get your hair cut, colored and styled? You can, but you probably shouldn't