Morning News Roundup – January 25th, 2013

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We’ve been following closely the case of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pediatrician found murdered in her Center City basement. NBC Philly reports that her alleged killer, Jason Smith of Levittown (who police say has confessed to the crime) “just snapped.” 

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Philadelphia authorities are using hate crime statutes for the first time to prosecute crimes against persons with disabilities, in a case where they allege a woman and her accomplices manipulated, coerced, and kept people bound “like animals” to extract their Social Security payments. From The Grio

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Mayor Michael Nutter is upping the reward offered for information leading the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in the abduction of a 5 year old girl from her elementary school two weeks ago, according to The Reporter. 

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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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