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June 1, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Parking Authority can proceed with the new operator of its red-light camera program, according to a Commonwealth Court decision announced Friday. A three-judge panel denied a request by American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., to void PPA's contract with Xerox State & Local Solutions Inc., a unit of Xerox Corp., of Norwalk, Conn. PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty said in a statement that the aim of the camera program "had always been to reduce red-light running and save lives," and that the ruling would allow the transition to Xerox to continue.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Confronting a recent rash of homicides, Chester Mayor John Linder said Wednesday that he wants at least a tenfold increase in the number of security cameras monitoring the streets of his city. So far this year, 14 homicides have been reported in Chester, the first time in at least a decade the number has reached double digits this early, according to state data. No suspects have been arrested in any of those cases, Linder said. Installing more than 100 cameras around the city would make residents feel safer and help police solve crimes when witnesses are reluctant to step forward, he said in an interview.
SPORTS
April 28, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the record-holder for the most interceptions in a season, Rayshaun Kizer has shown a knack for keeping his eyes on the ball in the Arena Football League. Now your eyes can see what his are seeing. In Sunday's game against the Iowa Barnstormers, the Soul defensive back plans to wear a helmet equipped with an impact-resistant, high-definition video camera. The television production crew will pop the memory card out of his helmet when he's on the sideline and run it to the broadcast booth for use in game coverage on ESPN2.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Speed-enforcement cameras would "dramatically change the driving culture" on Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told state lawmakers on Monday, urging passage of a bill to legalize such cameras. A relative of a woman and three children killed by a speeding car also called for speed cameras, saying pedestrians now risk their lives every time they cross the 12-lane Boulevard. Ramsey and Tara Banks were among those testifying before the State Senate Transportation Committee in Center City, in support of a bill to authorize cameras that would generate $100 tickets for speeders on the notoriously dangerous highway in Northeast Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A transportation report issued Monday about the use of red-light cameras throughout New Jersey shows a decrease in crashes at intersections where the devices are used. Two locations where a three-year analysis was available shows that right-angle crashes are down 86 percent, rear-end crashes are down 58 percent, and total crashes are down 72 percent, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Estimated crash-severity costs have been reduced $246,200. Initially, rear-end crashes at some intersections increased, according to a report issued a year ago. The reports are part of a five-year red-light pilot program that was launched in 2009 and ends in December.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
ARE YOU A compulsive gadget hoarder? Do you have items gathering dust because you've lost interest or shelved them for a newer, better version? As this is National Cleaning Week, it's a good time to, uh, come clean and consider letting go of the old - especially if you've already replaced it with the new. I know it's not easy, which is why I'd love you to share your experience with the Daily News . (See below to learn how.) For sure, Gizmo Guy is part of the problem, among the 68 percent of U.S. residents who qualify as gadget hoarders for "keeping a device for more than two years without using it. " Gotta take that definition and survey with a grain of salt, though.
NEWS
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.
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