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The Philly Four: UPenn swimmer speaks out against criticism, transphobia

Sam Britt
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UPenn swimmer speaks about criticism over transition

  • University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas spoke to ESPN about her decision to transition to being a woman and competing in collegiate swimming. Thomas responded to the common online criticism that she transitioned only to gain an athletic advantage by stating "People will say, 'Oh, she just transitioned so she would have an advantage, so she could win.' I transitioned to be happy, to be true to myself."

Lost horse captured in North Philly

  • An abandoned horse was caught and cared for by Hunting Park residents before being handed over to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The frightened Philly was fortunately found by a group of do-gooders after it was abandoned by his owner due to not having shoes on its back hooves. The horse's name was Darien.

Philadelphia announces new water shutoff policies

  • Philadelphia rolled out new water shutoff policies in an attempt to stop residents from losing water access. The new policies coincide with the city's plan to resume shutoff on July 18 after a two-year moratorium. “For the first time, we’re able to make sure that people who are being shut off will be given notice even before that, and that they can apply for help from the water department that will prevent them from being shut off,” said Deputy Managing Director for Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Michael Carroll.

City working to get event organizers COVID tests

  • Health officials are worried ahead of summer travel and events that COVID cases might spike, so Philadelphia is working to get event organizers COVID tests in order to keep residents safe. Cases are currently up in the region with the city averaging 400 new cases a day. Event organizers can go to the health department's website and request as many COVID tests as they need.

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