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The Philly Four: Most expensive Phillies roster ever starts the season

Sam Britt
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Councilmember calls for state of emergency in Kensington

  • Philadelphia Councilmember Allan Domb called for a state of emergency in Kensington due to the opioid crisis taking place in the neighborhood. The state of emergency would allow Kensington to gain relief resources from the state and federal governments. Domb said that the opioid problem was a massive public health and safety issue.

Philadelphia relaxes residency requirements for cops

  • The Philadelphia Police Department is pulling back its residency requirement for police recruits, now allowing them six months to move to the city after joining the force. The city began requiring police live within Philadelphia for a year prior to becoming cops in 2020 in hopes of increasing diversity. However, the department has been complaining about staffing shortages and claims they don't have enough cops to patrol the city.

City experiencing double whammy as flu cases rise

  • Philadelphia's public health is being attacked on multiple fronts as flu cases are beginning to rise alongside COVID cases. This does present an issue as many of COVID's symptoms can also be attributed to the flu. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that if you feel sick you should seek out a test to determine for sure if your ailment is the flu or COVID.

New-look Philllies season begins

  • The Philadelphia Phillies season begins on Friday as they take on the Oakland Athletics at Citizens Bank Park. The organization has put together the most expensive roster in franchise history in hopes of ending the team's playoff drought. Talented sluggers Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber were added to a lineup featuring reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper in hopes of crushing their way to the top of the NL East. On the mound, Zack Wheeler hopes to build off his second-place Cy Young award finish last season.

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