December 7, 2000
In August 1999, the Clinton administration floated a scary proposal: Police should be granted the power to break into suspects' homes or offices to disable security on computers, phones and other devices to crack tough cases. Good thing the resulting uproar from Congress, civil libertarians and the media dealt the idea a seemingly fatal blow. The plan raised the specter of widespread black-bag operations, leading the American Civil Liberties Union to dub it "one of the most extraordinary assertions of law enforcement power since Watergate.
September 11, 2000 |
Walking into Tim C. Kearns' at-home office, it doesn't appear to be the headquarters for a business that could become a competitor in the global market. A barefoot Kearns, 36, expertly navigates his toy-ridden Medford home and heads upstairs to the computer that serves as his company's hub. But as president of Frontier Interactive, a marketing company, Kearns is more cosmopolitan than his khaki pants and golf shirt portray. He recently opened a branch office in Barcelona, Spain, expanding his operation into a trans-Atlantic marketing firm - even though he added only one more name to his on the payroll.
November 24, 1999 |
Among the few outsiders working in the Philadelphia Police Department, there is probably no one more outside than Gordon Wasserman. Consider this: The Canadian-born Wasserman was a Rhodes scholar, an economics instructor at Oxford, a cabinet aide to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and an international consultant who has advised the governments of Turkey and South Africa. Not the sort of fellow one expects to occupy a desk at Police Headquarters. But there he is, looking ridiculously young for someone who is 61, just down the hall from Commissioner John F. Timoney, who hired him as a full-time consultant for police science and technology.
November 5, 1999 |
Home offices have been springing up in every room of the house - even sharing the living room, as families increasingly find togetherness around the computer. Now, with the advent of the affordable PC, there's even more of a push to find accommodations for the technology. "The $500-and-under-PC this Christmas will open up the market like never before for less-affluent people who haven't bought one," said Ray Allegrezza, editor of SoHo Today, the small-office/home-office furniture journal.
September 3, 1999 |
A U.S. District judge decided yesterday that he would not unseal records that show why federal authorities raided the home and office of Camden Mayor Milton Milan as part of a widening federal corruption investigation of the city. Judge Robert Kugler's ruling came after a two-hour hearing in Camden in which attorneys for The Inquirer, the Courier-Post and Milan argued that records under seal should be open to the public. Search warrants for the mayor's house, a personal computer and his City Hall office have been released.
August 27, 1999 |
This was one police raid Milton Milan wasn't invited to. The flamboyant 37-year-old mayor of Camden, who has been known to accompany cops on raids and arrests in his impovershed city of 87,000, yesterday found himself the target of a criminal investigation. FBI and IRS agents, accompanied by local police and a drug-sniffing dog from the county sheriff's department, descended on Milan's office in City Hall and his recently remodeled three-story home in East Camden early yesterday morning armed with search warrants.
August 27, 1999 |
Law enforcement authorities investigating corruption in Camden raided the home and City Hall office of Mayor Milton Milan yesterday in what his defense attorney said was a search for evidence of extortion, fraud and other crimes. "It's tough to tell what the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office have on their minds, but whatever it is, we will deal with it," said criminal defense lawyer Edwin J. Jacobs Jr., who said Milan had just retained him. Jacobs said the search warrant sought evidence of extortion, fraud in public property, mail fraud, tax fraud, conspiracy and interstate transportation in aid of racketeering, and listed the names of about 25 people and companies that have come up during the inquiry.
July 15, 1999 |
When Haverford residents responded to a mail survey asking them what should become of the Haverford State Hospital site, they saw public walking trails, bike paths, a swimming pool and playing fields. Then developers were asked to outline their visions. They looked at the 239-acre site and saw office buildings, hotels and homes. This is the divide - between residents and developers, parkland and office parks, bucolic dreams and concrete reality - that the Haverford Authority must bridge in the coming months as it attempts to determine what will become of the township's last large tract of open space.
June 18, 1999 |
The Gizmo: Siemens Gigaset 2420 Ghz Cordless Communication System. $399 for two-line desk station with integrated answering machine and speaker phone, plus one cordless handset with charging unit. Additional cordless handsets are $129 and chargers are $19.95. Why we care: There's never been a home and home-office phone system as versatile and easy to install as Siemens Gigaset 2420. One base station can work with up to eight cordless handsets - sharing two phone lines (and separate answering machine files)
March 26, 1999 |
National Clutter Awareness Week is drawing to a close. You might have missed it. Perhaps you hadn't heard. Or perhaps the note you wrote to yourself, reminding you to tidy up your office-basement-playroom, has drowned in a sea of papers on a chair somewhere, never to surface again. (It might be in the same place as the memo telling you about Organize Your Home Office Day. That made its annual appearance Tuesday.) Recent reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere indicate that the average executive in the United States spends more time retrieving misplaced papers from messy desks and files than most people get for their annual vacation: five weeks a year.