Morning News Roundup – January 18, 2013

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Philadelphia was one of eleven cities to score 100 on the inaugural Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. The City of Brotherly love achieved high scores for relationship recognition, equal-housing and employment laws and as an employer. Philadelphia also earned bonus points for, among others, being a “welcoming” city and having transgender-inclusive health benefits. The full report is available on the HRC site.

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Surveillance video has been released in the case of a woman who was attacked and pushed onto SEPTA subway tracks. Her assailant has been identified as William Clark, who was arrested on Thursday.

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Mayor Nutter may be facing an uphill battle in his get tough strategy in dealing with the city employee union, reports WHYY’s Newsworks. A unique Pennsylvania court ruling from 1993 over a Philadelphia Housing Authority contract dispute held that as long as PHA employees were coming to work and negotiating, the Authority couldn’t legally impose new terms on them.

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CBS Philly reports that Philadelphia police are searching for Chelsea Ramsey-Jones, a 14-year-old autistic girl, who was reported missing Monday. 

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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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