June 9, 2016 |
Genevieve Mina hopes to be in Philadelphia next month as one of Alaska's youngest delegates to the Democratic National Convention - that is, if the 20-year-old can raise the money to get here. Mina, who is president of the College Democrats at the University of Alaska, set up an online fund-raising page to solicit donations to help cover costs of flights and lodging for convention week - all told, about $4,000. "It'd be tough to pay out of my own pocket," Mina said from Anchorage.
May 22, 2016 |
A Philadelphia man has been arrested on charges that he traveled to Delaware County for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl he had found online. Felony charges against Ryan Golankiewicz, 26, included attempted statutory sexual assault and solicitation, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. According to authorities, Golankiewicz traveled to Ridley Township on Wednesday to meet the teenager at a drive-in restaurant. Instead, when he arrived, he was taken into custody by detectives who had posed undercover online as a 14-year-old girl in a monthlong sting.
May 14, 2016 |
Comcast Corp. expanded its discounted Internet Essentials program to older Philadelphians, the company said Thursday. The cable giant launched the program for older residents in Seattle, San Francisco, and Palm Beach County, Fla., last year and then agreed during cable-TV franchise negotiations with Philadelphia officials to add it here. Internet Essentials entails high-speed broadband service for $10 a month and since its inception in 2011 had been available only to low-income families with schoolchildren.
May 5, 2016 |
WOODSTOWN, N.J. - It's a big message from a small town: The government is spraying the skies with chemicals to control our lives - and maybe kill us. A billboard in this picturesque Salem County community has been delivering the jolting news, listing a website of a large and vocal environmental group known as Bye Bye Blue Sky that alleges a global conspiracy. Its proof: Just look up and see all those white contrails spewing from jets, obscuring the blue sky. The streams - called "chem-trails" - are said to contain noxious chemicals or biological agents meant to manipulate our minds, control the population, and/or wage planetwide warfare.
May 1, 2016
Poisonous By Allison Brennan Minotaur 368 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill In Allison Brennan's well-plotted Poisonous , the poison in question seeps through a town and decimates a family. It starts with a teenager's penchant for Internet bullying. Ivy Lake's venom almost ruined the lives of several teenagers, possibly pushed the family of one teen to move, and, saddest of all, may have caused a bright, sensitive girl to commit suicide.
April 17, 2016
Two Delaware County men were arrested Friday and charged with trading child pornography online, federal prosecutors said. Daniel Mattson, 34, of Springfield, and Anthony Lembo, 33, of Newtown Square, allegedly exchanged sexually explicit images and videos of minors from 2009 through 2015, prosecutors said. Lembo also allegedly received child pornography from other people on the Internet. Lembo was charged with 20 counts involving child pornography and Mattson with 16 counts. If convicted, each man faces mandatory minimum sentences of five years in prison and a maximum 20 years for each count.
March 26, 2016 |
Comcast Corp. will expand its $10-a-month discounted Internet Essentials program to residents of public housing in Philadelphia, Miami, Nashville, and Seattle in a project with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency and the Philadelphia cable giant said Thursday morning. The new program is the latest expansion of Comcast's Internet Essentials offering that has enrolled 600,000 low-income families. The program was launched as a condition of Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011 and is designed to help close the nation's seemingly intractable "digital divide" by making Internet services available to poor families.
March 4, 2016 |
Job-seekers using the Internet to fill out applications and students writing research papers on the Kennett Public Library's seven computers often find themselves running out of time before they can finish. Computer minutes are precious, and library hours are limited. But now, as part of a pilot program, the library is offering a solution. Patrons long have been able to borrow novels, biographies, videos, and compact discs. Now they can borrow the Internet. Under a monthlong program that began Tuesday, the library is lending 10 free mobile-hotspot devices.
March 3, 2016 |
The pizzeria was quiet. Hoang was talking about loneliness. John had heard enough. "Internet," he barked from his stool behind the counter. "I know," said Hoang, sounding as if he had heard his boss suggest he try Vietnamese dating sites a thousand times before, because, well, he had. "I tell him like a million times: Internet, Internet, you know what I mean?" said John, who, like Hoang, is from Vietnam. "You look for somebody on there. Then you go out, you don't like it, then, nothing to lose, right?"
February 21, 2016
Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network By Shane Greenstein Princeton University Press. 474 pp. $35. Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler In 1994, Charles Ferguson, a founder of Vermeer, a company aspiring to develop software tools and Internet applications for the newly emerging World Wide Web, had a difficult time attracting investors. In about a year, however, Vermeer auctioned itself off in a bidding war between Microsoft and Netscape, making Ferguson - and the company's investors - immensely wealthy.