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“Toxic City: Sick Schools,” a three-part Inquirer investigative series, won the $5,000 Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, which will be presented to The Inquirer at IRE’s June conference in Houston.
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said he was directing state funds to begin a $15.7 million emergency cleanup at some of Philadelphia’s most rundown schools.
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A Philadelphia classroom is filled with dangerous levels of lead and asbestos while the unresponsive school district is missing in action.
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That latest result is more than 100 times higher than the level that health experts say is cause for alarm.
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"There exists a class of hyper-polluters — the worst-of-the-worst — that disproportionately expose communities of color and low income populations to chemical releases," researchers write in a 2016 paper.

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