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The Philly Four: Free COVID tests through Christmas, Eagles game postponed to Tuesday

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.

Eagles game postponed to Tuesday

  • The Philadelphia Eagles matchup with the Washington Football Team was postponed by the NFL to Tuesday night due to Washington suffering a COVID-19 outbreak. Two other games were postponed as well due to outbreaks among the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams. This was the first batch of games the NFL has had to postpone this season and in response, the league has heightened their safety protocols going forward.

Philly handing out free COVID tests through Christmas

  • Philadelphia is distributing free rapid COVID-19 test at health department pop-up clinics through Christmas. Although health officials still urge people not to gather for the holidays this year due to the recent surge of COVID-19, these tests along with being vaccinated and boosted can assist residents in celebrating in a somewhat safer environment.

Pa. Democrats worried about return of student loan payments

  • Pennsylvania Democrats are worried about potential political repercussions as student loan payments return. President Joe Biden said during his campaign that he supported canceling $10,000 of student loans from all borrowers however this has not come to fruition. Local Democrats feel betrayed and one said that they ran on a "false bill" and fear they could see political blowback in the midterm elections.

Activists to commemorate the over 400 homeless people who died in Philly this year

  • Activists will gather in Thomas Paine Plaza on Tuesday to remember the over 400 homeless people who died in Philadelphia this year. Organizers said that 300 names will be read out but they believe the total is higher. Homeless Memorial Day is held annually on Dec. 21, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, a time of the year that is especially tough on the homeless population.

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