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.
- Pennsylvania is holding an off-year general election on Tuesday. For Philadelphia, the race to watch involves the District Attorney's Office as incumbent Larry Krasner is being challenged by Republican Charles Peruto Jr. Krasner is expected to win the race handily due to the voting demographics of the city. Other races on the ballot include a pair of judges vying for a Pennsylvania Supreme Court seat as well as numerous municipal races.
- In Philadelphia, voters will be asked to answer four ballot questions on Tuesday. The first asks if the voter supports Philadelphia asking the state to legalize marijuana. The second question asks if the Office of Fleet Management should be replaced by the Department of Fleet Management. The third question asks if the city should do away with the "rule of two" hiring practice in order to increase diversity. The fourth question asks if the city should be mandated to provide an appropriation to the Housing Trust Fund.
- Philadelphia 76er fans chanted for the opposing team on Monday night during their contest against the Portland Trail Blazers. Only minutes into the game fans began chanting "We want Lillard" at Portland's superstar guard as he shot free throws. Damian Lillard has been talked about online as the best option to trade Ben Simmons for, but Lillard quashed the rumors in the postgame press conference stating that he is committed to Portland.
- Governor Tom Wolf's vaccine incentive program began on Monday for the 72,000 employees who work under his jurisdiction. The employees will receive five days of paid time off or a lump sum equivalent if they are vaccinated by Dec. 31. A spokesperson for Wolf stated that this program will not require more funding than what is already allocated in the budget.