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The Philly Four: Bystanders allegedly do nothing while woman is assaulted on train

Sam Britt
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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.

Philadelphia to start hiring traffic officers

  • Philadelphia will begin hiring traffic enforcement officers this month more than a year after voters approved the decision to create a new class of public safety officers. These uniformed officers will be able to issue citations for some traffic offenses. The goal is to limit the amount of interactions between Philadelphia residents and law enforcement in order to curb police brutality.

Police believe nobody called 911 while woman was raped on SEPTA train

  • A man was charged with raping a woman on a SEPTA train last week. The man reportedly harassed the woman on the train for 40 minutes and police currently believe that no bystanders called 911, some even took out their phones and chose to film the incident instead. This case mirrors an infamous incident in New York when Kitty Genovese was murdered outside her apartment building while her neighbors listened on.

Temple students unhappy with vaccination deadline extension

  • Students at Temple voiced their frustrations after the administration postponed the deadline to get vaccinated to Nov. 15. Students said that the decision has made them question how much the school actually cares about their health. The school's original deadline was Oct. 15 for students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated.

Philadelphia utilizing cameras to combat illegal dumping

  • The Streets Department is expanding its surveillance in order to stop people from illegally dumping their garbage on the side of the road. The cameras have done their job so far, resulting in more illegal dumping charges against individuals and less illegal garbage being picked up by sanitation crews.

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