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.
- Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw addressed residents' concerns over slow 911 response times on Wednesday. Outlaw said that one of the reasons for long wait times is due to a new mental health script that is read at the beginning of each call. Outlaw then pivoted to a lack of 911 operators, saying that the city needed to take another look at the officers' salaries.
- PennEnvironment and PennPIRG analyzed publicly available data collected by the school district and determined that 60% of water outlets in 65 Philadelphia public schools have lead contamination. Lead is extremely dangerous to children and has been linked to nervous system damage and learning disabilities. The school district calls the analysis a "mischaracterization."
- SEPTA ridership is back on the rise after a dip during the omicron variant surge. Data shows that right now SEPTA is seeing its highest usage levels since the beginning of the pandemic. However, problems remain as the number of riders is still about half of what it was in 2019 and SEPTA is down 200 operators.
- Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux reportedly named the three teams he would be willing to be dealt to. Giroux currently has a no-movement clause on his contract, giving him some say on where the team can trade him. Giroux is rumored to have stated that the star-studded Colorado Avalanche are his preferred destination, with the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues as his alternatives.