July 22, 2013 |
A BIGGER POLICE presence, speed-detection cameras and an engineering study - these are some of the ideas local leaders say should be explored in the wake of the horrific deaths Tuesday of a mother and her three children on Roosevelt Boulevard. City Controller Alan Butkovitz said he sent letters yesterday to Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, asking both to put more cops on the notorious 12-lane highway. Butkovitz said his office studied unsafe crosswalks on the Boulevard in 2006 and recommended then that police presence be increased.
July 8, 2013
The latest creation in the eternal search for a better camera strap is the Leash from Peak Design. The two-piece, quick-connect system is composed of an "anchor disk" that attaches to any camera's loop or D-ring. The strap itself, which can be used as a neck or sling strap, snaps onto the anchor disk with a built-in clip. Removing the leash from the anchor clip requires just a one-handed push of a button. The strap, which is adjustable from 19 inches to 60 inches, is made of sturdy, seatbelt-type nylon webbing.
July 6, 2013 |
'You can get a bit sick of yourself, can't you? You need to make changes in your life. In everyday life, you're trying to be better at what you do, be a better person or be more outgoing or whatever it is you feel you lack," says Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura, sounding a theme that goes at least as far back as the title of the band's second album, 2003's Underachievers Please Try Harder . The Glasgow band recently released its fifth album,...
June 25, 2013 |
It was the ultimate inside job. Two men are in jail after their alleged attempt to rob a Delaware County bank failed when they were caught on camera trying to open the vault with the combination one had found while cleaning. On Friday night Upper Darby police responded to an alarm at the Citizens Bank at 36 Glendale Rd. for a possible burglary in progress. Police located Brandon Bennett, 24, of Lansdowne and Jamar Gregory, 21, of Tresckow, PA, in the bank. Bennett was an employee with Premier Cleaning Services, the company that had the contract with the bank, according to Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby superintendent of police.
June 20, 2013 |
Communities in the region that now are eligible to install red-light cameras at troubling intersections are proceeding with caution. Gov. Corbett signed a bill in July permitting municipalities with more than 20,000 residents and a state-accredited police agency to install the controversial cameras. The cameras have been in use in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and elsewhere in the country, to mixed reviews. In Springfield Township, Delaware County, one of the towns that qualifies under the Pennsylvania bill, the Board of Commissioners has delayed making a decision as it weighs public safety against potential public resentment, said Police Chief Joseph Daly.
June 17, 2013
Cameras have become so common in public places that motorists might assume they are headed straight to video any time police make a traffic stop. That's not always true, but perhaps it should be. A video record of what took place could be good for the motorist, as well as the officer, to combat false accusations. That's why a bill that would make video-recording devices standard equipment for all municipal police patrol cars in New Jersey makes sense. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D., Gloucester)
June 14, 2013 |
A young man on a sidewalk drags an empty handcart behind him. A crowd waits outside a church food pantry on a chilly winter day. And the shelves of a refrigerator are barren except for a pallid tub of margarine and a clear jug of water. This is what living in Camden without enough to eat looks like - in the digital photographs 10 city women in the Drexel University project "Witnesses to Hunger" have made. Associate professor of public health Mariana Chilton founded the project in 2008 in Philadelphia; it has since expanded to Baltimore, Boston, and Camden.
June 13, 2013 |
CITY COUNCIL will contribute nearly $3.6 million from its capital budget over three years to pay for the installation of cameras at playgrounds and recreation centers throughout Philadelphia. The idea, spearheaded by Councilwoman Cindy Bass, follows what was a violent summer last year that included a spate of shootings and a rape at city parks and recreation centers. "The idea is that we want safe and secure environments for our young people," said Bass, who will announce the program at a news conference today.
June 13, 2013 |
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass announced a $3.6 million initiative Wednesday to install surveillance cameras in every city recreation center over the next three years. Rather than being linked to the Philadelphia police surveillance-camera system - which continues to experience problems - the new cameras would be monitored by staff at each center. Each of the 150 staffed recreation centers will have from four to eight cameras, Bass spokesman Joe Corrigan said. Police will help Parks and Recreation officials place the cameras, most likely in areas of highest need, beginning July 1. Michael DiBerardinis, deputy mayor for parks and recreation, said he did not anticipate hiring staff to watch the cameras.
June 9, 2013 |
Red-light cameras will be activated Monday morning at Byberry and Worthington Roads in Northeast Philadelphia, bringing to 111 the number of the controversial cameras in the city, at 25 intersections. For the first 45 days, motorists who are caught running red lights at the intersection will receive warning notices in the mail; after that, fines of $100 will be issued. The cameras improve safety by decreasing red-light running, city police and Philadelphia Parking Authority officials say. Critics say they are primarily a way to raise revenue for the city and state, and may increase the number of rear-end accidents.