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.
- An app created by Philadelphians is attempting to address gun violence across the city by putting people in touch with trained mediators. The app offers multiple services meant to help de-escalate conflicts, including empathetic listening, referrals to wraparound services and conflict intervention. Since the app's creation in May, hundreds have used it to help stop violent conflicts before they even start.
- Rumors are that celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz is considering jumping into Pennsylvania's Republican primary for Senate. Dr. Oz became famous for his role as "America's doctor" on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show.' It is unclear if he is going to make the announcement but it is reported that he has begun hiring staff. Dr. Oz has faced criticism in the past for being a "quack" and peddling cures that have little to no scientific backing.
- Former Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley has been hired as a Senior Deputy Director within D.C's health department. Farley was asked to resign by Mayor Jim Kenney in May after it was revealed Farley ordered the destruction of the remains of 1985 MOVE bombing victims. Farley also oversaw the debacle involving Philly Fighting COVID's vaccine distribution.
- President Joe Biden's child tax credit could help raise 75,000 Philadelphia residents over the poverty line. However, 14,000 kids are in danger of not getting the tax credit because their guardians do not regularly complete their taxes. Philadelphia city officials are combatting this by beginning an outreach campaign.