May 28, 2015 |
AMTRAK PLANS to install internal cameras on its trains in the Northeast Corridor, allowing them to monitor train engineers, the corporation announced yesterday. The new safety measure follows the May 12 derailment of Amtrak Train 188, which left eight passengers dead and about 200 injured. An investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the train sped up from 70 to 102 mph as it approached a curve near Frankford Junction. A wide-angle camera will be added to each locomotive's cab, focusing on the engineer and the control console, Amtrak Spokesman Craig Schulz said.
May 27, 2015 |
Sydney Crenshaw of Woodstock, Ga., captured the Adult Amateur Jumper championship aboard Camera Ready on Monday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Camera Ready is owned by Fit to Print Farm of Woodstock. Alice Nolen-Walston of Unionville and her pony Olney Phunny Bones captured the Washington International Horse Show Shetland Pony Steeplechase. The Dixon Oval featured carriage competition, which is unique to the Devon show, a United States Equestrian Federation Heritage Event.
May 12, 2015 |
After Phoenixville police arrested a woman for public drunkenness almost two years ago, she claimed an officer at the station inappropriately grabbed her. So officers watched the videotape from an overhead camera in the station and determined she was lying. When they told her about the video evidence, she backed off the claim. Now, the department hopes adding body cameras will similarly keep civilians and officers accountable. Body-camera video can balance the civilian cellphone videos that have become more prevalent in controversial cases involving police, Chief William Mossman said.
April 23, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA'S 250 police surveillance cameras in recent years have documented shocking crimes and helped convict the evildoers responsible for them. But just how many of those cameras are operational? City officials say 93 percent are working and recording at any given time. But City Controller Alan Butkovitz told City Council yesterday that one-third of the cameras are broken, and some that work aren't even being monitored by human beings. Butkovitz said two reviews of the cameras by his office - in June 2012 and May 2013 - turned up the same results.
April 16, 2015 |
Rowan University announced Tuesday that its 34 public safety officers have begun using body cameras. The devices will be activated when officers respond to incidents, including theft, assault, and illegal alcohol or drug use, which are the most common offenses on campus. Rowan says it is the first university in New Jersey to have officers use the cameras. It paid $95,000 for the cameras and for electronic space to store the footage. Rowan pulled money from its general fund, which includes tuition dollars, to cover the costs, university officials said.
April 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Speed-enforcement cameras and alcohol-triggered ignition locks are getting serious consideration in the Pennsylvania legislature, and inaction by Congress threatens statewide highway projects, state transportation officials said Tuesday. Acting Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Transportation Committee told business and transit executives that Washington gridlock could undermine funding boosts approved by state lawmakers in 2013.
March 25, 2015 |
'Just a little more to the left," Gerald Kolpan said. Harpist Elizabeth Hainen inched closer to the window. "There," Kolpan said, rushing back to his camera. After looking through his viewfinder - Hainen just left of center, haloed in golden light - Kolpan exclaimed, "Ahh, poetry, pure poetry. " Hainen beamed, relieved. For five minutes, Kolpan had been moving the Lyra Society's founder around the cramped quarters of the Curtis Institute's harp studio. Perfection seems to be Kolpan's thing - or, at least, part of his goal with the Philo Project.
March 3, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Two major reasons the 76ers lost to the Indiana Pacers last night: One is that the team is without a point guard who can carry it through offensively, as Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan haven't been with the team long enough to find familiarity and comfort within the offense yet. The other is a cameraman who took out not one but two Sixers through no fault of his own. Robert Covington fell hard to the floor after making a layup midway through...
February 9, 2015
ISSUE | TRANSIT, ROADS Why not a 24-hour gateway to city transit? An Inquirer editorial stance on maintaining pedestrian access between Jefferson Station and the subway and PATCO lines while the Gallery undergoes reconstruction was well-taken ("It's more than a mall," Feb. 4). However, a similar situation has existed every night since the Gallery was built. Once retailers close, anyone transferring between the transit lines has been forced to ascend to street level and find his way to another entrance - all with little signage to guide the uninitiated.