March 18, 2014 |
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.
March 7, 2014 |
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)
February 7, 2014 |
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.
February 5, 2014 |
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.
February 2, 2014 |
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.
January 6, 2014 |
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.
December 13, 2013 |
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.
December 2, 2013 |
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.
November 25, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY By next year, Atlantic City police officers could for the first time patrol streets of this resort town with miniature cameras mounted on their lapels recording every interaction with the public. About 10 to 20 officers, including members of the K-9 and tactical units, could be outfitted with the devices, which are about the size of a deck of cards, in about 90 days, Deputy Chief William Mazur said. Depending on the success, the patrol division of the 314-member department could also eventually be equipped with the cameras, which also function as radio microphones.