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The Philly Four: Omicron may be less severe, 13 cops placed on desk duty after arrest audit

Sam Britt
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13 officers placed on administrative duty after gun arrest audit

  • The Philadelphia Police Department placed 13 officers on administrative desk duty after auditing the quality of their gun arrests. The audit into their arrests found discrepancies that required further investigation. The department would not say how many cases were being investigated and would not give the identity of the officers.

Early omicron data might show that it is less severe than previous variants

  • Data from South Africa has so far shown that the omicron variant has had less severe effects than the delta variant of COVID-19. Hospital statistics show that unvaccinated persons with the omicron variant are not requiring oxygen and have hospital stays only a third of the length of those with the delta variant. However, medical professionals caution drawing hard conclusions from this data as it is still early.

Sunoco ordered to pay $4 million, dredge lake after pipeline spill

  • A settlement was reached between Pennsylvania and Mariner East pipeline developer Sunoco Pipeline LC that requires the company to pay $4 million in damages and dredge six inches of sediment from Ranger Cove. Sunoco will also have to replace and restore wildlife due to the August 2020 spill. However, the settlement also allows Sunoco to continue the construction of the pipeline.

Philly using new tech to stop trucks from illegally parking

  • Last year Philadelphia handed out more than $2 million to delivery trucks throughout the city and is on pace to match that this year. To combat the epidemic of trucks double-parking to complete deliveries during the holiday season, the city unveiled that it is testing new technology to help make loading and delivering more efficient.

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