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October 4, 2005
DO YOU REALLY believe that elections in Philadelphia are fair and square - or is it just OK to cheat if you are in a Democratic liberal city like Philly? Everybody in Philadelphia knows that there hasn't been an honest election there in 50 years. How about coming up with some real solutions other than the "stolen elections in 2000" (your words). Get over it, Bush won both times in spite of the cheating that went on in many major Democratic cities. I think there should be some proof of who you are on Election Day, or are you saying that some people aren't capable of obtaining an ID?
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania is home to one of the nation's toughest photo-identification laws for voters, less than eight months before the presidential election. Gov. Corbett signed the bill yesterday, a few hours after the Republican-controlled state House passed it, 104-to-88, largely along partisan lines. The photo-ID requirement would take effect for November's presidential election in Pennsylvania, traditionally a swing state that is expected to be a battleground again this year.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A dispute over the number of voters who could not obtain proper identification to vote in last year's election delayed closing arguments in the voter ID trial Wednesday. Witold Walczak, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing petitioners in the case, said at least 50 voters would not have received IDs needed to vote last fall and would have been disenfranchised in November's election, based on conservative estimates produced by the state. "There were hundreds of people who went to PennDot and came away without an ID," Walczak said, adding that problems existed even after the state created a Department of State ID for voting that did not require registered voters to produce a birth certificate.
NEWS
March 10, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
This time, the 7-year-old Southwest Philadelphia boy was sure. He stared at Michael Robinson, 28, in court and said he saw him shoot and kill Don "Rico" Campbell, 30, on Madison Place near Lindbergh Boulevard, on Aug. 24, 1993. It wasn't always that easy. Two months after the killing, during a preliminary hearing, the boy's testimony was so shaky, the case was almost dismissed. When he was asked if he could identify the shooter in the courtroom, the boy looked around and said, "I don't see him. " Robinson sat at the defense table smiling.
NEWS
March 14, 2011 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
MAKE UP a name, snap a mug shot in front of a blue towel and send it to China with $200. Abracadabra, you're 21. The China-based website www.idchief.com sells IDs that look a lot like Pennsylvania and New Jersey driver's licenses. And police, government agencies and bar owners in both states are seeing red. ID Chief claims it's just a novelty business, selling items like rubber chickens and fake mustaches. Except that the items they acutally sell are more expensive and illegal to use, like a fancy glass bong packed with nontobacco products.
NEWS
March 31, 1995 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The 17-year-old South Philadelphia girl says she wanted her dying 67-year- old father to know who had shot him. But he didn't want to know. As Acquanetta Joyce's father, George, lay dying in a hospital bed on Jan. 30, 21 days after being shot inside his South Philadelphia home by robbers who then spit and stepped on him, he shook his head no. She told him anyway. After first naming Darnell "Woo" Jones, 17, as one of the holdup men, she told him the name of the shooter.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG - A former policy director for Pennsylvania's Department of State defended the state's tough voter identification law yesterday as a reasonable compromise that followed intense negotiations, even though it omits changes that the department proposed to ease some of the requirements. Lawyers for plaintiffs seeking to overturn the mandatory photo ID requirement yesterday questioned the official, Rebecca Oyler, about memos and emails describing negotiations over the legislation in late 2011.
NEWS
September 27, 2012 | BY SARA KHAN, Daily News Staff Writer
ONE TRIP to PennDOT should now be enough to get that elusive photo ID. After being criticized for its effort to distribute free IDs that will comply with a new strict voter-ID law, the Pennsylvania Department of State announced Tuesday that it is simplifying its process by removing the proof-of-residence requirement for one type of identification. Submitting a name, address, date of birth and Social Security number will now suffice for a voting-only Department of State ID. PennDOT employees are expected to verify that the applicant is registered to vote while he is waiting.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
THE Pennsylvania Department of State on Monday ramped up its voter-outreach efforts by enhancing VotesPA.com and launching it on Facebook and Twitter. The effort is part of an ongoing marketing campaign by state officials to inform people about the new voter-ID law that requires voters to show an unexpired photo ID at the polls if they want to cast their ballots in the Nov. 6 general election. VotesPA.com features a new layout to help voters find information about which photo IDs are acceptable and how to obtain a valid ID. The website also has a "resource center" where voters can link to frequently asked questions about the voter-ID law, voter registration, absentee and alternative ballots, and locations of polling places.
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NEWS
February 22, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Better luck next time, Dean. When a student by that name at a Radnor Township university ordered fake IDs from China, his first mistake was having the cards delivered to campus, police say. The second was not realizing that he shared a name with a ranking school administrator. A dean, no less. Thanks to a mail room mix-up, that's who found the identification cards in his mailbox on Jan. 5. "You can't make this up," Radnor Police Superintendent William Colarulo said of the similarity in names that lead to the discovery.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
A TREMBLING VOICE on a cellphone video can be heard pleading, "Let me get out of this, man," as he is pummeled with fists on a moving cable car Friday night. "Slide out, yo - they callin' the cops," a voice says on the video. That's when the trolley comes to a stop and everybody exits. SEPTA police are investigating the cause of - and perpetrators behind - a vicious brawl involving as many as eight teens on a westbound trolley in Parkside that had departed Center City about 11:30 p.m. Two of the teens were stomped, kicked, punched and pounded as stunned passengers looked on. In the video, filmed by an onlooker, two teens shield their faces from flying fists while voices in the background are laughing and jeering at the spectacle.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant was arrested yesterday for allegedly giving police a phony name and birth date when he tried to turn in guns anonymously last summer. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, 28, surrendered to police Internal Affairs yesterday. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of false identification to law enforcement authorities, according to the District Attorney's Office. One handgun he turned in was reported stolen in South Philadelphia in 2010, and authorities traced the other two back to separate owners, according to the D.A. Commissioner Charles Ramsey has suspended Ruff, an eight-year veteran, with intent to dismiss.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beware: Don't use the same user name and password on multiple accounts across the Internet, whether it is for Apple iTunes, Twitter, Facebook, a credit card, or a bank. You could fall prey to crooks who last month latched on to user names and passwords from some unknown website and tried them out on American Airlines and United Airlines customers' frequent-flier mileage accounts - to cash in on free travel. Thieves obtained user names and passwords and used them to log into American's AAdvantage and United's MileagePlus, guessing that the log-in information might be the same.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The woman killed in a crash in Cherry Hill during Tuesday's snowfall was a mother of four and a legal secretary at Dilworth Paxson L.L.P., where her coworkers mourned Wednesday. They identified her as Denise Pence, 52, of Winslow, and said she had three sons and a daughter. "Denise was a vital part of our organization for almost four years," Frank Tedesco, managing partner at the Cherry Hill office, where Pence worked, said Wednesday in a statement. "She was very conscientious and kind, and will be missed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2014 | By Eileen Glanton Loftus, For The Inquirer
Caitlin Zielinski, 10, thought she wanted a phone for Christmas. She did online research to find models that would meet her requirements - she could text, call, and play games like Be Funky and Skyburger - while acknowledging her parents' - they could tighten the reins if she texted too much or tried to download unapproved apps. Ultimately, Caitlin decided she didn't want to deal with monthly bills, so she revised her Christmas wishes: A laptop is now at the top of her list. Not all children are as likely to weigh the pros and cons of their technological gifts-to-be.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
POLICE yesterday identified the driver who died Tuesday when her car plummeted into the Schuylkill. Cops said Shanita Jackson, 42, was behind the wheel of her 2005 Volvo SUV just before noon when it crashed through a retaining wall on Hunting Park Avenue near Kelly Drive in North Philadelphia. A team of officers from the police Marine Unit and the Fire Department recovered the SUV and pulled Jackson from the wreckage. She was pronounced dead minutes later. It was unclear last night what had caused the vehicle to speed into the water, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A hearing test given to Pennsylvania 11th graders every year may be failing to identify most of those with hearing loss, according to a study led by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Part of the reason, the authors say, is that the test does not measure hearing ability at higher frequencies - the very ones that teenagers are likely to have trouble hearing after frequent exposure to loud music and other noise. State health officials say they are aware of the findings, published earlier this year in the Journal of Medical Screening, but are waiting for additional research before making any changes.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
FOURTEEN bucks. What is that, a few Pumpkin Spice lattes? A decent lunch somewhere? Whatever it is, it isn't much for a lot of us. But for the hundreds who line up on a worn patch of grass across the street from Family Court every Monday afternoon, it's enough to keep them stuck in cycles of homelessness, addiction and poverty. For years, Adam Bruckner, who runs the nonprofit Philly Restart, was able to hand individuals, most of them homeless, a check to PennDOT for $13.50 to get an identification card that helps them rebuild their lives.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The video Philadelphia police posted online represented a major break in a horrific case - capturing images of a group suspected in a vicious Center City attack on a gay couple. The suspects in the video - a group of young men and women laughing, smiling, and dressed for a night out - had allegedly mocked two men walking near Rittenhouse Square before beating them badly, sending both to the hospital. One of the men was also robbed, police said. Word spread, and within hours, people took to Twitter and the Internet, trawling through social media in an attempt to identify the men and women in the video and forwarding their findings to police.
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