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.
- Around four inches of snow fell in the Philadelphia area on Friday morning. The snowfall began during early morning commutes so PennDOT reduced speeds on area highways for a short period. Philadelphia International Airport canceled 94 flights and delayed eight. All School District of Philadelphia public schools are going virtual due to the winter weather.
- Investigative sources said that they have an idea for the cause of the fire that killed 12 people in Fairmount on Wednesday. A child reportedly told investigators that they were playing with a lighter near a Christmas tree and the tree went up in flames. Philadelphia Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Craig Murphy said it was one of the worst fires he's ever seen.
- A group of people gathered in Center City on Thursday to remember the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and to push for expanded voting rights. State Sen. Sharif Street compared the riots to Jim Crow-era white mobs attempting to nullify elections due to Black voters. Three bills with the potential to expand voting rights face uphill battles in D.C. due to Republican opposition.
- Philadelphia announced that it is ending its emergency rental and utility assistance program lack due to lack of funds. The relief fund provided $238 million to over 38,000 households in the city. Starting on Jan. 10, the program will shift to providing mediation between landlords and tenants prior to eviction.