Morning News Roundup – January 20th, 2013

NBPTS

36 Philadelphia school teachers receive National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, reports the Philadelphia Tribune. NBPTS certification is among the highest credentials an educator can earn.

Curran-Fromhold

Hundreds of lawsuits against Philadelphia prisons, citing living conditions which stem from overcrowding, are pending in federal court, reports City Paper. And the city has just won a case against four Muslim inmates.

Brian Sims

Representative Brian Sims, the Pennsylvania Legislature’s first LGBT member, has been sworn in at City Hall and will be headed to Harrisburg to represent the 182nd District, reports Philadelphia Weekly.

Happy-Fernandezsm

Former Philadelphia City Councilwoman and activist Happy Craven Fernandez has died at the age of 74, reports Philly.com.

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