Morning News Roundup – January 19, 2013

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Governor Corbett was at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia yesterday, touting the new system of “Independent Mission” schools that are in their first year of matriculation since reorganization last year amid the local Archdiocese’s upheaval. CBS Philly reports 

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Philly.com reports another insult to Philadelphia’s firefighters, as the City has announced it will not appeal an arbitration award handed to Philadelphia police. The City claims the award to the police department differs from that awarded to the firemen, which it is fighting, as it contains “significant structural improvements” that allow for savings elsewhere. The president of D.C. 33, which represents the city’s firefighters, says that while he is not against the Police Department getting raises,   “The mayor should be fair to everybody. I’ve been saying he’s a dictator. I guess dictators need police protection.”

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The Lebanon Daily News reports that central Pennsylvania elementary school has suspended a girl, labeling her a “terrorist threat,” after the 5 year-old threatened to shoot someone with her bubble gum. The girl’s family is filing suit.

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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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