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Postcard From Philadelphia

A Charles Dickens birthday party at a bootleg statue and other news.

In Philadelphia:

  • Residents celebrated Charles Dickens' 200th birthday with costumes and traditional dance at the world's first Dickens statue. In his will, Dickens stipulated that no statue of him should be erected - instead, he wanted molds of his characters. Philly ignored him, and they've been paying tribute to the author on the form of birthday parties since 1974.
  • The suburbs are seeing a hotel boom.
  • The Philadelphia Passion lost the lingerie football league championship to Los Angeles.
  • A judge ruled that he will consider evidence of alleged “prior bad acts” in the upcoming child sex abuse trial of three Catholic clergymen.

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About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.