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March 27, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A majority of New Jersey motorists continues to support the use of red-light cameras, but in declining numbers, a new survey by AAA shows. The poll of 1,000 motorists found 56 percent support use of the cameras to catch drivers who run red lights. That's down from 77 percent in 2007, before New Jersey allowed the use of such cameras, and down from 61 percent in 2011, as cameras were being used in 25 towns as part of a five-year pilot program. Some of the change in attitude may be attributed to their increased usage, as people who have been caught by red-light cameras are more likely to view them negatively, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Jenny Robinson said.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
EVERY YEAR about this time, teacher Gail Koskela can't sleep. The W.B. Saul High School educator isn't awake fretting about plans for Saul's annual Country Fair Day, though. Nor is she up with anxiety that some students have senioritis. Koskela's worries are about the pregnant ewes at the school's barn in Upper Roxborough, where they wait to birth cute little lambs during lambing season. She used to leave her house during the night and drive 15 minutes to the barn just to see how the ewes were doing.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
LOOKS LIKE it may have only taken one camera to make "7 Boxes," a low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters. The movie - well-received at the Toronto Film Festival - blends genres and influences, but it's essentially a one-crazy-night, shaggy-dog story about a delivery boy who agrees to hide seven boxes of contraband for a local crook, and ends up in the middle of a very big mess. Victor (Celso Franco) pushes his cartload of boxes through Asuncion, brought alive by a series of hand-held tracking shots (the directors obviously grew up on Martin Scorsese and Kathryn Bigelow)
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The former manager of Philadelphia's red-light-camera program was hired by Xerox Corp. to help it win the lucrative contract to run the camera program here. Chris Vogler, a Republican ward leader from Northeast Philadelphia and former manager of the red-light enforcement program for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, worked as a technical consultant for Xerox from September to December "to provide information and background on how photo enforcement programs operate in Pennsylvania," a Xerox spokesman said Wednesday.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The company that operates Philadelphia's red-light camera program is challenging the Philadelphia Parking Authority's decision to award the lucrative camera contract to a different company. American Traffic Solutions Inc., of Tempe, Ariz., is asking Commonwealth Court to void PPA's contract with Xerox State & Local Solutions Inc., a unit of Xerox Corp., of Norwalk, Conn. Meanwhile, the Parking Authority has filed for an injunction to compel ATS to continue to operate and maintain its cameras during a six-month "winding-down period," until Xerox gets its cameras installed at all 25 affected city intersections.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speed cameras, which could result in $100 fines for motorists, may soon be coming to Roosevelt Boulevard, the notoriously dangerous highway in Northeast Philadelphia. State Sen. Michael Stack (D., Phila.), who has introduced a bill to authorize the cameras, said Friday that he was optimistic the legislature would pass the measure this year. Stack led an information session Friday in Center City on the cameras, gathering supporters such as Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, and representatives of the insurance industry and manufacturers of the cameras.
NEWS
January 6, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
  TRENTON If a camera had not recorded his encounter with a Washington Township police officer, State Assemblyman Paul Moriarty likely would not be in office today, he says. Moriarty, a Gloucester County Democrat, was charged with drunken driving in July 2012 after Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura pulled him over in Turnersville. The charges were dismissed after Moriarty and his lawyer obtained video footage from a camera in the officer's car, showing that the assemblyman appeared to be driving normally before the stop and passed field sobriety tests.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
What if you could explore and conduct research on the floor of the Grand Canyon, or examine archaeological sites underneath the Vatican, without ever leaving the Philadelphia region? By next fall, those kinds of experiences and many more will be available to students and the broader community inside a virtual-reality enclosure off the lobby of Villanova University's Falvey Library. The project is known as a CAVE, which stands for Cave Automated Virtual Environment. It's being developed under a $1.67 million grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded this year to a team led by computer scientist Frank Klassner.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK Pennsylvania State University is installing more than 600 cameras in dormitories and dining commons on its main campus. The $1.4 million upgrade is meant to deter theft and vandalism and increase security, officials said. The university began installing the digital video cameras in 60 buildings on its State College campus at the end of October and plans to complete the project by May, said Stan Latta, assistant vice president for housing, food services, and residence life.
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