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January 2, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
June Luther Cardosi, 83, of West Chester, one of the earliest woman computer programmers at Cape Canaveral in the early 1960s, died Friday, Dec. 27, of heart failure at a hospice. Mrs. Cardosi programmed flight trajectories and was a system analyst in the defense industry at Cape Canaveral and in San Diego. She served on the West Chester Area School District board on and off for 12 years, and was a founding member of the short-lived West Chester Area Tax $avers Association, which sought to save money in the district.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
KEVIN HART is mad as hell, and he's not afraid to let the world know. "Don't let the this [sic] bulls--- affect your mental, kids," the Philly-born comedian wrote yesterday in a Twitter post directed at the city's youth. "I love y'all and I will be back shortly. " Hart has to come back because a selfish thief capitalized on his charity. Last month, Hart donated 500 Sony Vaio computers to the city - 200 of which were given to the Parks and Recreation Department, which distributed them to 25 facilities in low-income areas.
REAL_ESTATE
December 8, 2013 | By Alison Burdo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Each month, many a Philadelphian digs through a loose assortment of stubby pencils and uncapped pens, crinkled take-out menus, orange-handled scissors, old batteries, and half-used rolls of tape hunting for a checkbook - untouched since its last use 30 days ago - to pay the rent. But to stay competitive in the digital era, industry observers say, landlords ought to offer an amenity that changes the monthly ritual from searching the junk drawer to surfing the Net: Online bill-paying.
NEWS
November 30, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fernando Pereira was recently trying to organize a session at a forthcoming computer science conference about the work of Ben Taskar, a former University of Pennsylvania associate professor who died of an apparent heart attack Nov. 17. There was just one problem. Though he was only 36, Mr. Taskar enjoyed a career so full of highlights it was almost impossible to choose from among them, said Pereira, a former Penn faculty member who is now a research director at Google. "He is one of maybe the most creative people in the field in his generation," Pereira said.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former business manager of Dorothy June Brown's charter school network admitted in federal court Monday that he was lying to federal investigators when he told them the school boards had approved emergency loans to each other. In fact, Anthony Smoot said, he lied over the course of seven interviews with federal agents. But Smoot said he was telling the truth on the stand - he had to, he said, under his plea agreement with prosecutors. He has already pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the $6.7 million charter fraud case and prosecutors have told him he could be charged with lying to federal agents if he does not say what really happened.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | JONATHAN TAKIFF, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, TAKIFFJ@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-854-5960
MORE and more, venerable loudspeaker makers, like British stalwart KEF, are marching into "personal audio" product territory. And a healthy trend that is. Convincing a consumer to invest in hefty, floor-standing speakers is difficult today, no matter how good they sound. "It used to be, you'd invite a swarm of people over to hear a new album on your big, living-room rig," noted 25-year KEF vet and brand development shepherd Johan Coorg. Nowadays, people mostly listen solo, on headphones and at their computer workstations.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Episcopal Academy teacher was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse of children after child pornography was found on his home computer, state police said. Richard Perkins Smith, 65, of Media, already was in custody in Massachusetts, where he is awaiting trial for rape of a child, indecent assault and battery, and related crimes in the alleged sexual assaults of four children at a Cape Cod summer camp 30 years ago. He was arrested in April. Later, Pennsylvania state police obtained warrants and confiscated Smith's computer after he admitted having pornography on the device and deleting the images, according to court documents.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
THE NEW federally run health-insurance exchanges have stumbled badly in trying to sign up customers online, stymied by both design flaws and inept execution. If the website's problems aren't solved soon, they could inflict a greater toll on the Affordable Care Act than the law's opponents have. There's some consolation in the fact that shoppers can sign up over the phone or in person, and that they can enroll as late as mid-December and still have coverage on Jan. 1. But the failures are mind-boggling and inexcusable, especially considering how much time the government had to prepare.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
So you got a new computer, or maybe a software upgrade, only to find - error message! - that some of your old files are incompatible. Poor you. But Raymond Najjar can top your tale of technological obsolescence, easy. To study long-term water-quality trends in the Delaware Bay, the Pennsylvania State University scientist needed data from the era before flash drives. Before CDs. Before floppy disks. Memo to the touch-screen generation: There was once something called a punch card.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG As a laborer for more than a decade, John Dennis always knew he could get hurt on the job. What the 49-year-old Chester resident did not expect is that when it finally happened, his day in court would be delayed because of a computer glitch. Yet Dennis', and at least hundreds of other workers', compensation cases statewide have been in limbo since early last month, when the Department of Labor and Industry completed a $45 million overhaul of the system it uses to process claims and assign them to judges.
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