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The Philly Four: Harper wins MVP, data shows vaccine effective

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.

Bryce Harper wins NL MVP

  • Philadelphia Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper won his second NL MVP award on Thursday. Harper beat out Washington Nationals slugger Juan Soto and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. The 29-year-old Harper became the fourth player since 2000 to win multiple MVPs before turning 30. He is the first Phillie to win the award since Jimmy Rollins in 2007.

SEPTA increasing police presence after ethnic-fueled attack

  • Central students will now be escorted by police officers on the SEPTA after students of Asian descent were assaulted. A gang of attackers surrounded a group of Asian students on Wednesday, shouting ethnic slurs before physically beating them. Police said that the group will be charged with ethnic intimidation.

Pa. GOP find group to investigate 2020 election

  • A GOP-led Pennsylvania Senate committee decided to hire Envoy Sage LLC with tax-payer money to investigate the 2020 presidential election. Democrats in the Senate are accusing Republicans of using this investigation to perpetuate the lie that fraud caused Donald Trump to lose the state. The GOP argues that this investigation will help inform future election laws and quell any outstanding concerns over the 2020 election.

Pa. data shows vaccine effective, unvaccinated hit harder by COVID

  • New data shows that around nine out of every 10 hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated individuals. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the two most popular in the state, were found to be 90% effective at stopping infection. However, the data does show a slight increase in vaccinated hospitalizations this fall, which may be the result of the vaccine's waning efficacy. Booster shots are now available.

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