Morning News Roundup – February 18, 2013

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About 2 dozen people in the Philadelphia area received a not-so-loving visit this past Thursday, from a dubious Cupid. In their 16th annual, predawn Valentine’s Day warrant sweep, more than 50 cops fanned out across Philadelphia and its surrounding counties and arrested 22 wanted persons. PoliceOne

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Philadelphia city officials announced an appeals process for the city’s new “Actual Value Initiative” or “AVI” property tax assessment.  CBS Philly reports.

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NewsWorks reports that in the wake of a bold kidnapping of a 5 year old girl from Bryant Elementary a Philadelphia City Councilman is calling for hearings on school safety. Councilman Curtis Jones told WHYY “What we want to look at is the uniform way the dismissal and custody of a child is done by the public school system. Is it done uniformly? Is it done consistently?”

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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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