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September 19, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meet the Patels is a documentary that would not work if its subjects, actor Ravi Patel and his family, weren't so entertaining to watch. Ravi's sister, Geeta, who directs the film, lucked out, in that her brother is both photogenic and charismatic by profession. Ostensibly, Meet the Patels is about Ravi - who has a supporting role in John Stamos' forthcoming Fox sitcom, Grandfathered - trying to find a wife. His mother and father, Champa and Vasant, met through an arranged marriage, and are intent on hitching up their son, who they think has never had a girlfriend.
NEWS
September 3, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
WHO KNEW that four little words - You are being recorded - could be so magical? At least, that's what cops in North Philadelphia's 22nd District have found since they volunteered eight months ago to take part in a pilot program that tested the viability of body cameras. Officer Roger McFadden, who's been in charge of monitoring the district's program, said he observed several encounters between civilians and officers that seemed to change dramatically because of the presence of the cameras.
NEWS
August 24, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameras mounted inside wildlife crossings beneath the Atlantic City Expressway a year ago have produced a few amusing images but not hard evidence of the passageway's usage. A curious but common everyday raccoon sits up on hind legs and peers into the darkness in one of seven images the state Department of Environmental Protection released this month. Then there's a beaver with a mouth full of sticks, and a young, white-tailed deer that resembles a Chihuahua as its oversize ears are illuminated by the beams of a brilliant sun. But the endangered northern pine snake and the tiny tree frogs targeted for protection have not been captured by any of the eight motion-triggered cameras inside the culverts under the highway.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2015 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Rachel De Barros launched her first car-related business while a student at Ohio University. She printed pink fliers with her name and phone number, promoting herself as a door-to-door mechanic. An oil change? Brake job? Simple repair? De Barros was for hire. No one called. "I would wait by the phone, like, Come on! I need money, " said De Barros, 37, of Feasterville, staring at a spot on the table where a phone would be. "So I changed the fliers, made them white, and wrote, 'Call Jimmy.' Then I started getting calls.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney is ready for his close-up - as long as his is the only face in the camera's frame. Kenney's campaign had been haggling with NBC10 about camera angles for an upcoming debate, according to campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt. Kenney, the Democratic nominee, was fine with close-ups and reaction shots, but didn't want the TV station to use "one particular shot, a split-screen close-up," when Melissa Murray Bailey, his Republican opponent, was speaking, Hitt said.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Philadelphia suburb Deptford Township has the wrong perspective on New Jersey's effort to equip all state troopers and police officers with body cameras, which local officials criticize as an unfunded mandate. Body cameras are fast on their way to becoming as ubiquitous as guns and body armor in police departments. While a number of high-profile recent cases have shown that cameras can create valuable records of police misconduct, they can also protect officers from false allegations.
NEWS
August 3, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
With clamor to equip police with cameras growing - last week, New Jersey officials announced a program to equip all state troopers with body cameras and pressed local departments to do the same - one South Jersey township is raising a difficult question: Who'll pay for them? Deptford Township has brought its funding concerns to a little-known state board, arguing that a recently enacted law requiring dashboard cameras in all newly acquired police cruisers will burden its taxpayers.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
The New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, Gov. Christie's office said Tuesday while also announcing new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. While state police cruisers have had dashboard cameras for years, this will be the first time troopers will wear cameras. The equipment is expected to be rolled out during the next few months, with all troopers on patrol getting the gear by the middle of next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
Local Twitter mayhem "Orange Is the New Black" and "Hemlock Grove" star  Madeline Brewer , who hails from nearby Pitman, N.J., stopped by WXPN's XPoNential outdoor music fest Sunday evening. From the audience, she took to social media to express her enthusiasm for headliner  Grace Potter . But she experienced a bit of confusion when she put a call on Twitter for "bubbles," and instead got fans thinking she wanted drugs. To clarify, she was looking for champagne.
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