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.
- Twelve people were killed, eight of which were children, in a fire within a duplex in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Fire officials said that they found that there were no working smoke alarms in the building. A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Housing Authority said that an inspector had checked and the alarms were functioning in May.
- Pennsylvania is tied for the second most people charged in connection to last year's insurrection at the Capitol, only trailing Florida. Philadelphia is hosting the most cases in the state, hearing seven cases against rioters. Philadelphia Proud Boys president Zachary Rehl and three of his members were charged with conspiracy, destruction of government property, disorderly conduct in a restricted building and entering restricted grounds.
- The Villanova Wildcats were able to avenge their earlier loss to the Creighton Bluejays on Wednesday night in a 75-41 blowout win. Guard Justin Moore scored 22 and forward Jermaine Samuels added 18 to lead the way offensively for Villanova. The victory also marked head coach Jay Wright's 500th win as a Wildcat.
- After one of the most violent years in Philadelphia's history, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw vowed to bring down the number of homicides in the city. In 2021, 562 people were killed which represents a 53% increase from 2019. Outlaw stated that illegal firearms are causing a large portion of the violence the city is seeing. She also said that the police force will look to improve its clearance rate as less than half of homicide cases are solved.