Evening News Round-Up

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City Hall Aims to Punish Loyal Philly Homeowners: Philly Magazine reports on the “AVI tax” (Actual Value Initiative) as Mayor Michael Nutter’s “answer to a grossly failing school system” which “burdens hard-working homeowners and business owners.”

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Gothamist reports on a rape that allegedly occurred at 4 a.m. Tuesday morning in a Philadelphia Four Seasons. The victim claims that Brooklyn Nets player Andray Blatche witnessed her assault, according to a report from ABC Philly (video)

Morphine-Detox

A group of 7 people met in front of Pennsylvania Hospital this morning to protest the facility’s decision to detox an infant from morphine, against the wishes of the child’s family. From Philly.com

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SEPTA is expected to shrink without additional state funding, PlanPhilly reports. “This is really a serious matter,” said Richard Burnfield, SEPTA chief financial officer & treasurer. “We’ve been able to hold it together for the last five or 10 years. We can’t hold it together for another five to 10 years.”

Schoolkids

Surprise, surprise: Proposed Philadelphia school closings will disproportionately effect African American students, The Notebook reports.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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