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Philadelphia’s new police chief has a challenging agenda ahead that includes addressing the city’s rising homicide rate. Two shooting deaths Tuesday make 2019 the city’s deadliest year in a decade. Police say one man was fatally shot near Temple University Hospital and another in the Hunting Park section. Police have tallied 355 slayings this year, two more than 2018. But those figures are higher than the approximately 250 to 275 homicides the city posted annually from 2013 to 2016.

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