July 10, 2012 |
WE ALL KNOW the problems of the city's schools: the thousands of kids who drop out, or the thousands who are failing, or those who do graduate but with a subpar education that prepares them neither for college nor the workplace. Why don't we hold those responsible for this situation more accountable? We're not talking about teachers or administrators, unions or management, or even students and parents. We're talking about the 100,000 people who own properties but aren't paying their property taxes, and thus robbing the schools of the money they need.
July 4, 2012 |
Red-light scofflaws, you just caught a break. Philadelphia's red-light cameras were illegal over the weekend, and no tickets generated during that time will be sent to motorists. The law that authorized the red-light cameras now in use at 20 intersections expired at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Gov. Corbett did not sign the bill re-authorizing the cameras (and extending their use to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia suburban communities) until Monday evening. So, if you ran a light in Philadelphia during that period and saw the ominous flash of the camera strobe, relax.
May 23, 2011 |
Stepped-up enforcement of seatbelt laws begins today across the country, with Pennsylvania offering free child-seat checks at dozens of locations. The campaign, dubbed "Click It or Ticket," runs until June 5 in most states, with even multistate agencies like the Delaware River Port Authority taking part. A second crackdown period happens every fall. Requirements and penalties vary from state to state. In Pennsylvania, drivers and front seat passengers 18 and over, as well as children ages 8 to 17 in any seat, must wear a seatbelt.
March 31, 2011
DEMOCRACY is a beautiful thing. We think that pretty much every day, but especially around election time. For the purposes of making endorsements, this board meets one-on-one with candidates. We are always impressed with how wildly varied the candidates are - ranging from sophisticated attorneys to rowhouse laborers - most of whom share a commitment to the city that, at the risk of getting mushy, is inspiring. Running for office, especially here, is not for the faint of heart. But generally, the more people who try, the better we are. Still, it's not unreasonable to suggest there should be some basic standards for fitness to serve.
March 29, 2011
Court officers fanned out through the city Monday night, rounding up 32 traffic scofflaws who together owe an estimated $120,000 in fines and penalties. Lt. Sam Turner, of the First Judicial District Warrant Unit, said officers at some locations arrested a second person who was wanted for past traffic violations, but who had not been the subject of the original warrant. "We went looking for one person, and, lo and behold," he said, "there was someone else. " Those arrested had missed court dates and failed to pay fines.
March 28, 2011 |
Court officers fanned out through the city overnight, rounding up 32 traffic scofflaws who together owe an estimated $120,000 in fines and penalties. Lt. Sam Turner, of the First Judicial District Warrant Unit, said officers at some locations arrested a second person who was wanted for past traffic violations but was not the subject of the original warrant. "We went looking for one person and lo and behold there was someone else," he said. Those arrested had missed court dates and failed to pay fines totaling an estimated $120,000.
February 3, 2010 |
Bob Faraco says he is a reluctant scofflaw. Yes, employees at his knife-sharpening company often park illegally, but that's how they have done it for about 90 years, zipping in and out of Center City restaurants, picking up dull blades and replacing them with some that can slice through flesh, bread, vegetables, and fruit. As a result, employees at Faraco Knife Grinding Services in Pennsburg have racked up $40,580 in unpaid parking tickets in the last six years, making Faraco No. 1 on the list of "Top 25 Parking Ticket Scofflaws" released yesterday by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
November 15, 2009 |
Kirsten Gwynn has no memory of the moment she was hit by a bicyclist while jogging last month along Boathouse Row. When she tries to picture it, all she sees is a bike tire. The bystanders calling 911, the ambulance rushing her to intensive care, the doctor telling her she had a skull fracture? All a blank. Gwynn was in Hahnemann University Hospital for three days and bedridden for weeks after she returned to her Center City apartment. Gwynn, 25, a nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania, who expects to graduate next month, struggles with dizzy spells, hearing loss, and, if she moves too quickly, a sensation that her brain is "jumbled.
May 12, 2009
Philadelphia drivers aren't in any danger of being deposed from their king-of-the-road status in Center City, but they'd better be more careful about where they steer and stop from now on. Under a crackdown that started yesterday by police and parking officers, motorists who double-park, block intersections, or stop illegally in loading zones will find themselves ticketed or even towed more quickly. The initiative announced Friday by Mayor Nutter's administration and the Philadelphia Parking Authority is aimed at keeping traffic moving, cutting congestion and pollution, and making streets safer.
February 10, 2009 |
Officers handcuffed 35 suspected scofflaws and took them to Philadelphia Traffic Court, including a couple who together allegedly owed almost $21,500, according to David Lawrence, chief administrator of Philadelphia's courts. All tallied, the 35 defendants had $82,000 in unpaid tickets and fines, Lawrence said. The sweep was conducted late Sunday night through yesterday morning by officers of the Warrant Service Unit, the court system's law-enforcement arm. Targeted were addresses in several northeastern police districts, along a corridor flanked by Roosevelt Boulevard and I-95.