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The Philly Four: Philadelphia is one of the most segregated cities, Ben Simmons suspended for opener

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Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.

Ben Simmons kicked out of Sixers practice

  • Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was kicked out of practice by head coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday. Rivers reportedly asked Simmons to take part in a defensive drill and he refused. Rivers then asked Simmons to go home and the disgruntled All-Star walked out of the facility. Simmons was then suspended for the team's season opener. Superstar center Joel Embiid told the media that he isn't here to babysit Simmons. This is the latest in a line of dramatic events between the franchise and their former first-overall pick.

Census data shows Philadelphia is one of the most segregated city's in the country

  • Data from Brown University showed that Philadelphia is second only to Chicago in segregation between its white and black communities. Between its white and Hispanic communities, it ranks as the sixth most segregated. Historical inequalities, like redlining, have contributed to the continued segregation of Philadelphia's population.

PhillyCAM to air retrospective on the city's culture

  • From 2001 to 2011, ‘Philadelphia Stories,’ aired on WYBE TV 35 and told the stories of the city's culture through the eyes of independent filmmakers. Now the episodes will be re-aired in ‘Philadelphia Stories RETROSPECTIVE: A 20th Anniversary Look Back’ to serve as a time capsule to show how far the city has come in the past two decades. The show begins on Oct. 28.

Charges reinstated against SWAT officer who pepper-sprayed protesters

  • A Philadelphia judge reinstated charges against a SWAT officer who pepper-sprayed protesters on I-676 during the protest following the killing of George Floyd last year. The charges had been thrown out earlier this year after a separate judge ruled that officer Richard P. Nicoletti had been authorized to use the spray by commanders. However, Common Pleas Court Judge Crystal Bryant-Powell reversed the decision and now Nicoletti faces charges of simple assault, official oppression, reckless endangerment, and possessing an instrument of crime.

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