Afternoon News Roundup – January 17, 2013


As part of his ongoing bid to make Philadelphia City Hall a tech-savvy, ‘government 2.0,” Mayor Michael Nutter has appointed a 24 year-old assistant city managing director as the new “Director of Civic Technology,” reports techPresident.


Philadelphia Police are looking for a male and female in connection with Monday’s kidnapping of a five-year-old from her elementary school classroom, CBS Philly reports.


The Pennsylvania Record reports that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has replaced Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille with Justice J. Michael Eakin, native of Harrisburg, as the overseer of the First Judicial District and liaison to Philadelphia’s judiciary. Although no official reports mention the issue, it is widely speculated that the ouster of Castille was prompted by resentment from his colleagues over a report commissioned by the Chief Justice which showed widespread “ticket-fixing” within the District.


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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