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The Philly Four: End of child credit could send 10 million kids back to poverty, Experts warn about rapid test accuracy

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.

Experts warn that rapid tests are less accurate

  • President Joe Biden announced that starting in January his administration would send out 500 million rapid COVID-19 tests to help combat the recent surge in cases. Experts warn potential rapid testers that since the rapid antigen tests are less sensitive so they are more prone to false negatives. However, the convenience and speed of rapid tests when compared to PCR tests make them a good screener for the virus.

Stolen artifacts returned to Philadelphia MoAR

  • Two years after the FBI solved the case of 15 stolen American Revolution artifacts, the pieces have been returned to the Philadelphia Division at the Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR). The artifacts were stolen in the 60s and 70s by Thomas Gavin, who was caught selling one of the stolen rifles in 2018. Due to Gavin's age, 78, and the statute of limitations on his crimes, the elderly man only served a day in prison.

Eagles beat sickly Washington

  • The Philadelphia Eagles weathered an early deficit to come back and beat a COVID-19 depleted Washington Football Team 27-17. The Eagles went down 10-0 in the first quarter but proceeded to rattle off 20 straight points to gain the lead. Quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for two touchdowns, breaking the franchise's record of quarterback rushing touchdowns with 10. Running back Miles Sanders also had a big game, finishing with 131 yards on 18 carries.

Pa. parents worry as child-tax credit ends

  • With the collapse of President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan, parents across Pennsylvania face the end of the $300 per month child tax credit. Parents had been using the credit to help pay bills and buy Christmas presents for their children. Antipoverty activists estimate that 10 million children could fall back below the poverty line due to the end of the credit.

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