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The Philly Four: Middle schoolers getting screened for weapons in Philadelphia

Sam Britt
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Philly middle schools begin weapon screenings

  • Philadelphia public schools began periodically screening students for weapons on Monday. Weapons screenings were already being utilized in Philadelphia high schools but on Monday middle schools were added to the protocol. The screenings will be conducted at six schools per day and will be handled by school safety personnel who will use hand wand metal detectors and search through students' bags.

Delaware Valley hit by soaring gas prices

  • After brief reprieve gas prices have once again begun to rise across the Delaware Valley. Philadelphia is getting hit the hardest in the region with prices reaching $4.64 a gallon. Record-breaking highs have been hit in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania according to AAA. The reason behind the hike is a rising demand in the U.S. and a surge in crude oil prices globally.

GOP local leader ousted after concerns of 'ballot harvesting'

  • Billy Lanzilotti, GOP head of the 39th Ward, was ousted by his colleagues over concerns that he was harvesting ballots ahead of this month's primary election. Lanzilotti had rerouted mail-in ballots through the P.O. box address registered to his Republican Registration Coalition PAC. Many of the voters affected by Lanzilotti said they never even applied to vote by mail and have no idea why their ballots were sent to him and not their home addresses. This is an ironic twist as Pennsylvania's GOP has been perpetuating claims of election fraud, claiming it was a trick used by Democratic voters.

Sixers get Embiid back, even series

  • The Philadelphia 76ers welcomed Joel Embiid back into the lineup in Game 3 with the Miami Heat holding a 2-0 series lead. Two games later, the Sixers have evened up the series with help from a masked Embiid who scored 18 points in Game 3 and 24 in Game 4. James Harden saw some redemption in Game 4, having his best scoring night of the playoffs with 31 points. However, bad news arrived on Monday as Embiid lost league MVP to Nikola Jokic.

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