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The Philly Four: COVID pills scarce in Pa., Sixers nix deal with weird Chinese metaverse company

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.

CHOP opening new medical center

  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is opening its second inpatient medical center in King of Prussia. The 250,000 square foot pediatric hospital will cost $289 million and be called the Middleman Family Pavilion. The area provides patients with easy car access to the hospital as Schuylkill Expressway, Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 202 and 422 are all nearby.

COVID pills meet supply, demand concerns

  • Antiviral COVID pills are being rolled out across the country but so far have been very scarce. The pills are available only by prescription and Pennsylvania has only received 3,220 doses across the entire state. Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said that even for high-risk patients there are not enough pills available for the drug to be a viable treatment right now.

Sixers end partnership with odd Chinese metaverse company

  • The Philadelphia 76ers ended their partnership with Chinese metaverse company Color Star on Jan 14 due to a breach of contract, bringing an interesting saga to a close. Color Star has an odd digital footprint, with a CEO flaunting a fake Harvard degree and an app showing off seemingly old technology. However, some reporters believe the deal came to an end due to Color Star believing they had the rights to use specific Sixers players in their metaverse.

Pa. borough trying to repeal anti-discrimination safeguards

  • The Chambersburg Borough Council is attempting to repeal anti-discrimination ordinances that protect residents against discrimination based on their sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender identity. Council President Allen Coffman called the ordinances redundant and alluded to it being unnecessary bureaucracy. If the ordinances are revoked, it will be the first time LGBTQ inclusive law is revoked in Pennsylvania. Seventy other municipalities have passed similar ordinances.

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