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March 1, 2013 | Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which criticized electric utilities for insufficient social media outreach during several 2011 tropical storms, has finally joined the Twittersphere itself. The PUC on Thursday launched a Twitter page - @PA_PUC - as well as a Facebook page for PAPowerswitch.com, its website that assists customers shopping for competitive electrical suppliers. "We think this is an ideal time to ramp up our communications efforts, and the use of Facebook and Twitter is bringing us into the 21st century," PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson said in a video news release.
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September 1, 2011
Help the Daily News in our Pick It Up! campaign by shaming the pigs in your neighborhood into picking up after their filthy selves. Send us pictures of the most-littered places in your neighborhood, and we'll publish them in our upcoming Pig of the Week feature. Go to our new Pick It Up! Facebook page at www.philly.com/pickitup and post your picture with the address and some info about what we're looking at. Or email it to trash@phillynews.com .
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August 28, 2012 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer
A FACEBOOK page called "I Support Chancier McFarland & Rafael Jones" - the two alleged cop-killers who gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Aug. 18 - sparked outrage among law-enforcement authorities before it was taken down Sunday. It was created by former Philadelphia restaurant worker Joshua Scott Albert, who became infamous as the creator of the Staph Meal blog, which criticized the restaurant industry. And, as if that's not enough, Albert also launched a Facebook page earlier this month called "Kill Mitt Romney.
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June 13, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
IN BETWEEN compiling a sizable rap sheet and murdering the mother of his 6-year-old daughter last weekend, Anthony Serody got appointed this year to the commission that oversees the testing of new police officers in Folcroft Borough after working for the Delaware County Democrats. Police say Serody, 38, forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Prospect Park on Sunday and shot her in the face and chest. Jennifer Corrado, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene. Serody later shot himself in the head on Mario Lanza Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia.
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June 28, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
A 21-year-old Delaware County man was nabbed by Denver police last night after fleeing some 1,700 miles from where cops say he murdered his boss at a landscaping company while he was having an affair with the boss' wife. Stephen Shappell, 21, spent two days on the lam before he was captured by police about 6:10 p.m. A Denver Police public information officer had few details last night but did say Shappell had been captured on foot. When he's returned here, Shappell will face homicide and related charges for the death of landscape company owner Kevin Mengel Jr., of West Goshen, Chester County, police said.
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November 15, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
On his Facebook page, Craig Johnson wrote this about himself: "the best that ever did it, pimps up. " Johnson was a Philadelphia pimp, and he posted absurd boasts on Facebook about his criminal deeds: "when i die they should honer me for giving alot of women jobs i took them off the streets and made them learn a skill called get my money!" Of course, he was caught. Johnson, 42, was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in federal prison for two counts of sex trafficking of minors. He pleaded guilty in June to recruiting two girls, 15 and 16, to work as prostitutes at the Days Inn on Roosevelt Boulevard for about two weeks last year.
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April 6, 2013 | By Mary Kate Foley, DOWNINGTOWN WEST HIGH
Gone are the days of just buttons and banners for politicians to reach their constituents. Welcome to the new political arena full of commercials, blog posts, and hundreds of tweets. Through social media, politicians are now able to constantly display their message through endless commercials, see direct responses to their actions via Facebook or Twitter, and connect with a single person at the push of a button. As State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) introduced legislation last year that would strengthen Pennsylvania's animal cruelty laws, his camp was overwhelmed with positive feedback from the animal-loving community.
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July 21, 2012 | By John Timpane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Score a big one for social media. When plans to merge secular Abington Memorial Hospital with Catholic Holy Redeemer Health System collapsed Wednesday, many credited a social-media blitz. Citizen activists - who objected to the merger for various reasons, chief among them the possibility that it might curtail doctors' ability to provide abortions - organized meetings via e-mail, battered news outlets with information, hailed e-messages on doctors and administrators, fired salvos of Twitter tweets, and ran an incredibly potent Facebook page and Change.org petition.
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July 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 911 calls came within minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning. First, for a 5-year-old girl banging on the front door, her clothes bloodied, at the Winslow Township home she shared with her mother. "Mommy is dead," the girl, uninjured, told another person, who answered the door, according to authorities. Less than a mile away, a pizza delivery driver dialed 911 after finding a body - the girl's mother, covered in blood - on the side of a road. Night turned to dawn, and a manhunt ensued for Jennifer Bongco's killer.
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August 3, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities have long monitored social media postings of criminals for incriminating comments and other clues. Now one criminal - or at least his lawyers - have turned the tables. Imprisoned Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's lawyers on Friday renewed their legal campaign to get him paroled, criticizing a city prosecutor for boasting on Facebook about Mill's probation violation. On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis responded to Mill's first parole petition in a court filing quoting pop music legend Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to urge the 27-year-old Mill - whose real name is Robert Williams - to take responsibility for his conduct.
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