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.
- The dozen Philadelphia high schools that carry a culinary program were having trouble stocking ingredients for their students to use, one school said they were down to just flour, butter and eggs. However, FCM Hospitality became aware of the schools' struggles and is now offering a $50,000 stipend for culinary instructors to use at the company's vendors.
- The Philadelphia Police Department is launching a specialized unit of 40 detectives to focus on nonfatal shootings. Philadelphia police have struggled in that area, with eight out of every 10 nonfatal shootings in the past five years remaining unsolved. Denver launches a similar unit in 2020 and raised their nonfatal shootings clearance from 40% to 65%.
- Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order to put the Digital Equity Plan in place, a five-year plan that sets out to close the "digital divide" experienced by some underserved Philadelphians. Data shows that 84% of residents currently have reliable internet access but 33% are subscription vulnerable, meaning they cannot consistently pay for high-quality internet access.
- Adam Sandler's new basketball drama "Hustle" unveiled its first trailer last Friday which showed off the film's Philadelphia setting. Some shots included the Wells Fargo Center and a mural of Allen Iverson. There were also cameos from Philadelphia 76ers players Matisse Thybulle, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris with other basketball cameos including Villanova grad Kyle Lowry and a rumored supporting actor performance by Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards.