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The Philly Four: Marathon is back, Holiday COVID surge on horizon

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.

New Narcan dispenser coming to Philly

  • Two machines dispensing the drug overdose reversal medicine Narcan will be installed in Philadephia. The dispensers are meant to allow residents access to Narcan with no cost and without the stigma of purchasing it within a pharmacy. Overdose deaths have risen 6% higher than Philadelphia's peak in 2017.

Philadelphia Marathon returns this weekend

  • After missing last year due to COVID, the Philadelphia Marathon will return to Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend. The half-marathon will be run on Saturday and the full will take place on Sunday. For those who plan on traveling either of those two mornings, check the article linked above for street closures.

Penn senior Jelani Williams waited 1,789 days to make college debut

  • Penn's fifth-year senior guard Jelani Williams has walked a long road with multiple obstacles en route to his college debut last Wednesday. Williams hasn't played an official basketball game in five years due to a string of ACL tears. He was ready to return last season but the Ivy League canceled their season due to COVID. On Tuesday, Williams made his home debut in The Palestra.

Health officials worried about winter COVID surge

  • Philadelphia health officials are worried that COVID cases will continue to rise this winter as people gather for the holidays. Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said the highest number of new cases is in the 10-19 age range. She reiterated to attempt to be safe his holiday season and gather responsibly.

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