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.
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Dr. Paul Offit discussed the future of the pandemic now that Moderna has also gotten their COVID-19 vaccine FDA approved. Offit said that the only way to get out of the pandemic is not through masking and booster shots but through vaccination. Offit said the key to upping the country's vaccination rate is getting information to unvaccinated communities through trusted sources.
- Philadelphia police are searching for a pair of suspects who cut down trees in the city's Point Breeze neighborhood with chainsaws. A doorbell camera caught video of the two suspects after they had cut down two trees after midnight. Police report that no arrests have been made.
- Mayor Jim Kenney announced the new members of the Environmental Justice Advisory Commission last week and the Philadelphia City Council is currently considering legislation to address environmental issues. The goal of the commission is to help address the environmental impact of climate change that has disproportionally affected those living in poorer parts of the city.
- Philadelphia is moving forward with a revised plan to repave and remove lanes from Washington Avenue. The original plan for the renovation was to shrink the five-lane street to a three-lane street, however, after getting strong opposition to that idea the street will not be a mix of sections that have three lanes and four lanes. Construction is expected to begin this year.