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.
February 6, 2015 |
Responding to the death of Shane Montgomery - who drowned in the Schuylkill after leaving a Manayunk bar on Thanksgiving morning, but whose fate was a mystery for weeks afterward - Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. wants to require every business that serves alcohol to install exterior cameras. "I don't want this to ever happen to anybody again," said Karen Montgomery, Shane's mother, who suggested the legislation. "I lost Shane for 36 days. And I looked for him for 36 days.
December 30, 2014 |
WITH A mouse click, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither's blood-curdling screams echoed off the kitchen walls in the old house in Germantown the other day, as clearly as on the chilly Sunday night when a predator snatched her off the dark sidewalk outside. "I hate hearing it," said the man at the kitchen table with his laptop - a Germantown resident for two decades who lives steps from where the 22-year-old woman was abducted Nov. 2. On condition of anonymity, he spoke about the recording that his home surveillance system had caught.
December 26, 2014 |
A few years back, right around Christmas, I got a surprise in the mail that was anything but a gift: a speeding ticket from a town right outside Washington in Montgomery County, Md. My crime: going 38 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone. A couple years later, another family Thanksgiving in Washington yielded a similar December surprise: a ticket for running a red light, with the proof once again right there in the envelope. Yup, that was a grainy shot of our minivan midway through a Wisconsin Avenue intersection, the signal plainly on red. Both incidents came to mind this week, a week after New Jersey allowed its five-year experiment with red-light cameras to lapse and days after a Chicago Tribune study cast new doubts on the efficacy of the Windy City's extensive system, which posts electronic eyes at more than 350 intersections.
December 21, 2014 |
After five years, New Jersey's pilot red-light camera traffic program came to a quiet end. But the debate continues on whether the controversial experiment improved safety or was just a cash cow for municipalities that raked in millions from frustrated motorists. Six municipalities in Camden and Gloucester Counties installed cameras at nine intersections in South Jersey under the program, which began in 2009. The cameras nailed hundreds of thousands of motorists blowing through intersections when the light was red. At $85 each, the citations pulled in millions of dollars in fines for more than two dozen municipalities, which were allowed to keep the bulk of the money to add to their coffers.