December 5, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Democratic lawmakers are taking aim at the Corbett administration's move to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery's management, saying it is shrouded in secrecy and will result in a corporate giveaway that diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's services for the elderly. In a letter Friday, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D., Allegheny) asked Gov. Corbett, a Republican, for a slew of documents, including the proposed management agreement between the state and the British firm Camelot Global Services, an unredacted copy of Camelot's bid, and a full explanation of the scope of expanded lottery gambling being considered.
March 29, 2013
WOULDN'T it be great to have Wi-Fi wireless Internet connectivity everywhere for our gadgets? Someday maybe we will - if big guns like Google and Comcast and forward-thinking municipalities ever decide to build hot spots to totally blanket the town. But at the moment, we can make do with freedom-breeding, Wi-Fi signal-spreading devices such as the D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender and Novatel's aptly named MiFi Liberate mobile hot spot. Plug 'n' Play Designed for home use, the tiny D-Link plug-in booster does a pretty decent job of extending the signal range of your current wireless router, which improves the speed and stability of signal reception at "fringe" zones far removed from the wireless router.
January 18, 1999 |
Police are looking for a 17-year-old Bustleton girl who has not been seen since she left a school assembly last Monday. Shaina Fried, a senior at George Washington High School, carpooled to school that morning with friends and had made arrangements for a ride home, her parents, Sue and Gary Fried, said yesterday. But she did not show up for the ride, and no one can remember seeing her after a special assembly ended at 8:10 a.m., they said. Her parents said Shaina Fried loves the Willow Grove and Neshaminy Malls, the science fiction/fantasy shelves at Barnes & Noble, and America Online games in which players from across the country adopt different roles in fantasy adventure scenarios.
June 29, 2012 |
Faculty and students of St. William's School, in Lawncrest, haven't had much to cheer about lately. The Archdiocese decided to close the small school and send its pupils to St. Cecilia's, in Fox Chase. But a ray of sunshine lit up flagging spirits this spring when a shy 10-year-old girl named Josephine Nguyen won first-place honors out of 1.4 million students who competed in the nationwide "First in Math" competition. When it appeared that Josephine was going to prevail, a sign went up in front of the school, at Rising Sun Avenue and Devereaux Street, to let the world know, and faculty and fellow fourth-grade students had something to cheer.
March 23, 2004 |
Microsoft Corp. will be taking online users to the ball game. Under an agreement between Microsoft's MSN online division and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Microsoft will promote MLB.com products and offer exclusive free baseball content on MSN.com. It also will give users of its paid MSN services access to live online baseball games, said Lisa Gurry, director of MSN. Gurry declined to comment on the financial terms. Yankees. Reliever Mariano Rivera closed in on a two-year contract extension with New York through 2006 that would be worth about $21 million.
September 8, 2006 |
We hate to say Sony, Sony, Sony, but news is news. We started out the day with Sony announcing problems with its PlayStation 3 manufacturing process; then the company said Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and others would have to wait till March for the new console. Finally, we learned that there will be only 400,000 units for Christmas launch here in the States because of Blu-ray laser shortages. And this is just one day's worth of news. All these production problems raise an interesting question.
September 17, 2005 |
WIP-AM (610) plans to broadcast 21 Phantoms games this season, all but two exclusively on the Internet, in a step toward creating a separate Internet radio station that the sports station's general manager, Marc Rayfield, unofficially called WIP2. The Phantoms' Oct. 8 opener and one other game will be on WIP's regular radio broadcast. Other games will be available live through WIP's Web site (www.610wip.com). They will be on the Net only when Flyers or 76ers games are being aired on WIP's AM broadcast.
August 31, 1993 |
The phone calls came in all day yesterday to the offices here of the Pennsylvania State Lottery - one from Pottsville, one from Pittsburgh, another from Philadelphia, and another and another and another. By midafternoon, the calls dealt almost exclusively with assertions that there was a winner in the $52 million Super 7 lottery drawing and that he was a man named Luigi Santillo who worked at a defense supply depot in Philadelphia. They were wrong. And none of those calls came from a lucky ticket-holder, nor from anyone in his family, nor from anyone who worked with him, nor from anyone who lived near him. The main callers were the media.
September 2, 1993 |
A Pittsburgh-area couple apparently have won the $52 million Super 7 jackpot but were too scared to travel to the state lottery headquarters here to claim the prize, lottery officials said yesterday. Lottery spokesman Mark Schreiber said two lottery officials went to the couple's home yesterday to inspect the ticket and have the couple fill out claim forms. "They were frightened to travel to Harrisburg," said Schreiber, adding that the officials' excursion to get the ticket was unusual, but not unprecedented.
July 23, 1992 |
Haverford Township's Seventh Ward Commissioner, James E. McGarrity, likes being thought of as just a regular guy. He said he wants people to continue to think of him that way, now that he is a regular millionaire. On Saturday, McGarrity, 50, realized he was the owner of a lottery ticket worth $1,000,000.05. McGarrity, a first-term Republican commissioner, said he was feeling rushed that day. He was on his way home from attending a fund-raising event and he knew his wife, Fran, wanted him to do some painting around the house.