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Philly roundup: Hundreds lost their homes in Ida, possibility of SEPTA strike looming & 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 Friday, October 22. Let’s check out Philadelphia’s biggest stories of the day.

Hundreds of Philly-area residents lost their homes in Ida. In one town, they wonder if they can ever rebuild.

In Montgomery and Chester Counties, 537 people impacted by the floods are still homeless and living out of hotels due to water damage to their homes. In Upper Providence Township, residents wonder if it’s possible to rebuild their homes.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey could get their first national park

A proposal calls for the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area to become the region’s first national park. If the proposal comes to fruition, the national park would expands approximately 70,000 acres in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Anne Ewers is stepping down — but not away — from the Kimmel Center after nearly a decade and a half

Anne Ewers will no longer run the Kimmel Center, stepping down from her current role as president. During her tenure, she raised millions, oversaw renovations, and changed the Kimmel’s mission to lean less on philanthropy and more on earned revenue.

Disturbing new details in case against Springside Chestnut Hill math teacher

Andrew Wolf, the Springside Chestnut Hill math teacher who was arrested and charged with multiple child exploitation offenses on Oct. 7, is being held without bail in federal detention while new details about how he impersonated a teenager girl to solicit pornographic photos of a minor come to light.

SEPTA’s largest union faces possibility of a strike

The transit authority is in labor negations with its largest union, discussing wages, leave, and health care plans as the main issues. The current contract expires on October 31.

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