Afternoon News Roundup – January 15, 2013

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Nailla Robinson has returned home. The five-year old was abducted from her elementary school yesterday afternoon and found, thankfully unharmed, in a park after escaping her captor. Philly.com reports the family has no idea who took Nailla but her abductor did ask for her by name and the school admits safety protocols were breached.

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Eve Gladstein, a veteran activist for tenants’ rights, has been appointed executive director of the newly-formed Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity. No word if office staff will be permitted to eat in groups of three or more.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an RNC challenge and decided not to review a Federal Appeals Court decision to extend protections against voter intimidation. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia had decided to extend the protections until 2017.

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Reporter Will Bunch has a brilliant piece in today’s Philly.com on how Aaron Swartz’s  case and tragic death highlight Obama’s broken promises (and the acquiescent media that enables him).

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