February 23, 2010 |
The most celebrated birds in recent Philadelphia history are back for a second season of their popular avian reality show. Their webcam is officially up and running. Last year, it gave thousands of viewers a peek-a-boo view of a red-tailed-hawk couple nesting on a ledge of the Franklin Institute. They hatched three young that flapped their way into the hearts of fans worldwide. More than 300,000 people clicked in to one of two Web sites, some again and again. Some people - occasionally a dozen or more at a time - lined up on the sidewalk below to watch, waving at their friends through the webcam.
December 9, 2011 |
The sister of the student who brought the first webcam lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District two years ago has filed her own federal lawsuit, which administrators have slammed as "an attempted money-grab and a complete waste of tax dollars. " Paige Robbins, 19, of Penn Valley, alleges the district invaded her privacy when it remotely snapped pictures via a laptop in her home while she was undressed. She is the sister of Blake Robbins, 17, who as a sophomore at Harriton High School sued the Lower Merion district for invasion of privacy and agreed to a $175,000 settlement.
October 12, 2010 |
Tuesday didn't feel all that different, Blake Robbins said. Sure, he might have heard a comment or two in the Harriton High School halls. One kid flashed him a thumbs-down, Robbins said, but he couldn't be certain why. Otherwise, the school day was routine, said Robbins, a 16-year-old junior. He took home his school-issued laptop. Even used its webcam to snap a photo, he said. But Tuesday wasn't typical. About 3 p.m., Robbins and his parents signed papers to settle their headline-getting claim that the Lower Merion School District used a laptop webcam to spy on him in their Penn Valley home.
May 29, 2010 |
The Lower Merion School District argued Friday that the district's insurer should pay what could be a million-dollar tab to resolve a lawsuit over its now-disabled laptop tracking program. In a counterclaim filed in federal court, attorneys for the district also accused Graphics Arts Mutual Insurance of New York of breaching the terms of the multimillion-dollar policy it issued last year. "To date, Graphic Arts has not fully paid for all the defense costs and fees incurred," the lawsuit said.
March 2, 2012 |
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A Rutgers University police officer told jurors Thursday that he knocked on the door of a dorm room shortly before 10 p.m. Sept. 22, 2010, for a well-being check on one of the residents, Tyler Clementi. The other freshman who lived in the cramped room answered, the officer testified, and said that when he had last seen Clementi five hours earlier, everything was normal. The jury will likely hear otherwise in coming days in the trial of Dharun Ravi, who is accused of using a webcam to spy on Clementi's intimate encounter with a man. Ravi faces 15 criminal counts, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
March 13, 2012 |
NEW BRUNSWICK - Dharun Ravi was "stupid . . . ignorant . . . immature," his lawyer told a Middlesex County Superior Court jury this morning, but he was not a criminal. Attorney Steven Altman hammered away at that theme in a lengthy summation in the Rutgers University webcam spy case, urging the jurors who will decide his client's fate to remember that he was "an 18-year-old kid" just starting his first year in college when he saw his roommate kissing another man via a webcam stream from his dorm room.
June 7, 2010 |
Legal fees in the Lower Merion School District's webcam case are inching toward $1 million, a sum that could end up handed to local taxpayers. A district spokesman on Monday disclosed that the bills to defend the use of the now-disabled laptop tracking system have grown to about $780,000. At the same time, the lawyer whose lawsuit over the webcam monitoring drew worldwide attention disclosed in court papers that his fees - costs he is likely to ask Lower Merion to pay - were more than $148,000 and climbing.
May 13, 2010 |
From the outset of the Lower Merion School District's webcam saga, a question has persisted: How many students were like Blake Robbins? How many were secretly photographed in their bedrooms by a school-issued computer, then confronted with one of those pictures by a principal? A hint of an answer came Wednesday: Maybe none. In a new filing, the attorney for Robbins and his parents said they would drop plans to seek monetary damages for all Lower Merion students, acknowledging that his case, the one that began the firestorm over the district's laptop tracking, was unique.
August 31, 2012
Q: I'm a college student just starting my sophomore year. To make a few extra bucks, I've given some thought to being a webcam model during my spare time. A girl in my building has been doing it for a few years and makes out very well. I asked if she was worried about someone she knows seeing her, but she said you can block out users from states where you might know someone or even block users from the U.S. (or other countries) in general. I also asked if it was considered prostitution, but she said it's really no different from being a phone sex girl and that it's more acting than anything else.
April 17, 2009 |
Such a simple thing, really: An egg cracked. Then another. Two tiny hawks wriggled free, teetering feebly in their nest on a third-floor ledge of the Franklin Institute. But a webcam was watching and, through it, thousands of viewers. The all-day spectacle yesterday high above the busy streets kept people around the world glued to their computers, from One Logan Square to Missouri to England. "It's nature taking its course, right here in front of us," said Dennis Wint, the institute's president and chief executive officer.