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Philly roundup: Philly remains one of most racially segregated cities, Tower Health denied property-tax exemption & more

Nick Fiorellini

There’s a lot going on in the world. Here are 5 of today’s biggest stories about the Philadelphia area.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Hello, Philadelphia!

Today is Tuesday, October 19. Let’s check out Philadelphia’s biggest stories of the day.

Philly is one of the most racially segregated cities in America. We measured it.

People from different racial and ethnic groups tend to live in different neighborhoods in Philadelphia, an Inquirer analysis shows. They also found that the pace of desegregation has slowed.

Tower Health is denied property-tax exemption for three Chester County hospitals

A Chester County judge rejected Tower Health’s bid for property tax exemptions for hospitals in Brandywine, Jennersville, and Pheonexville, claiming their operations were too similar to for-profit companies. It represents a rare loss for any nonprofit hospital.

Biden’s EPA plans to tackle the ‘forever chemicals’ that contaminated drinking water in Philly region and U.S.

After waiting years for federal actions, the Environmental Protection Agency pledged Monday to take steps to regulate a group of toxic chemicals used in everyday products that have contaminated drinking water nationwide. Activists, residents, and lawmakers in the region reacted with hope and skepticism about the promise.

Local leaders recall Powell as a man of 'integrity and courage'

Business and political leaders in the region responded Monday to the loss of retired four-star General Colin L. Powell, a career soldier, diplomat, and business and civic leader. Powell served as the first Black national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and secretary of state. He also was the founding chairman of America’s Promise, a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of children and youth.

Long-time Hill chef opens take-out Wyndmoor foodery

Chestnut Hill Local looks at John McLaughlin’s latest food adventure: Terra Nova Wood-Fired Pizza and Grill on East Willow Grove Ave. in Wyndmoor, serving takeout, delivery and online only.

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