Morning News Roundup – February 21, 2013

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the DA  is opting to bypass the preliminary hearing and electing to indict by grand jury in the December killing of 50-year-old Gino DePietro outside his South Philadelphia home. The homicide occurred in the midst of the federal  racketeering trial of seven alleged Philadelphia mobsters.

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Also from the Inquirer: a woman was killed this morning trying to cross Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia’s Frankford section. The driver of the vehicle that struck her remained at the scene.

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The Philadelphia Marathon and its accompanying races, traditionally held the weekend before Thanksgiving, will be run a different date this year, Philly Mag reports, in order to accommodate the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2013 conference at the Convention Center.

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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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