Morning News Roundup – January 23, 2013


The website has released a trove of documents from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s “Secret Archives,” records kept by the church of internal complaints against clergy for improper conduct involving parishioners (especially children). The existence of these Secret Archives (the actual term the Archdiocese uses for the files) has been discussed in open court during the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s case against Father Charles Engelhardt and teacher Bernard Shero, accused of abusing a boy in the late 1990’s at St. Jerome’s Parish. 


A group of GOP representatives in the PA house has introduced a “Right to Work” package of legislation they say claim will counteract economic pitfalls of “compulsory unionization.” 


“Charter School mogul” Dorothy June Brown, founder of several Philadelphia charter schools, has had an additional 5 charges filed against her by the US Attorney, for a total of 67 federal charges. Philly Mag reports.

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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