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.
- The debate over trans athletes has been reinvigorated in Pennsylvania due to Lia Thomas' record-breaking season for UPenn's women's swim team. Thomas, who is a transgender woman, has followed the NCAA rules in order to compete on the women's team. Some argue that Thomas should not be allowed to compete due to the unfair advantage of having larger muscles and lungs. However, this advantage of being genetically stronger is prevalent amongst cisgender athletes as well.
- The heirs of Piet Mondrian have accused the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art of owning a piece of his art that was looted by the Nazis. The piece in question is Composition in Blue, which has been on display at the PMA for almost 70 years. The PMA has denied that the art was acquired illegitimately and stated that the lawsuit has no claim to the work.
- Pennsylvania Senate Republicans subpoenaed information on the state's voters but Attorney General Josh Shapiro is attempting to block them, citing concerns over privacy. Shapiro says the GOP's ask of drivers license numbers and the last four digits of the social security numbers of nine million voters is over the legal line. Shapiro is arguing that the subpoena violated privacy rights and has no legitimate purpose.
- Despite rising COVID-19 cases, specifically in Central Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he will not enforce a statewide mask or vaccine mandate. He said the state strategy remains to encourage all residents to voluntarily receive the vaccination. Wolf said he feels that local municipalities should be able to act for themselves.