September 11, 2015 |
When Ray Fussell was growing up, Saddlertown's two streets were made of dirt. But for Fussell and others with roots in Haddon Township's historically black hamlet - started by former slave Joshua Saddler in 1842 - Beechwood and Rhoads Avenues were paved with gold. "All of the people up and down the block left their doors unlocked," recalls Fussell, 85, describing Saddlertown's close-knit, extended-family ambience. The gentlemanly retired technician is one of three Saddler descendants living in the tucked-away neighborhood off MacArthur Boulevard.
September 3, 2015 |
An East Norriton woman has been arrested and charged with creating an online fund-raising page for a friend whose husband had pancreatic cancer, but keeping the money herself. Traci Small Kratzer, 39, was charged Tuesday with theft. Montgomery County officials said she took more than $8,000 by setting up a fraudulent online charity fund-raiser. Kratzer created a website in April on www.youcaring.com , police said, connected it to her own bank account, and advertised it as a fund-raiser for John Henson.
August 29, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - You can order groceries online these days, stream live TV, hail a cab, and schedule when your dry cleaning will be picked up. As of Thursday, Pennsylvania residents can add another item to the list: register to vote. Gov. Wolf announced that the state had launched a website that allows its 10 million or so eligible voters to submit a registration application online. The initiative makes Pennsylvania the 23d state to digitize registration. New Jersey is not one of them.
August 21, 2015 |
TATTLE COULDN'T NAME YOU too many Duggars, except we'd guess a lot of "J" names, but there's no question Josh is our favorite. Or should that be least favorite? And should he change his name from "Josh" to "Jerk"? Calling himself "the biggest hypocrite ever," the ex-reality star has apologized for a "secret addiction" to pornography and for cheating on his wife. "While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife," he said in a statement posted to, and later removed from, the family's website yesterday.
August 21, 2015 |
Philadelphia's Office of Information Technology is investigating whether city employees used the city's email system and computers to access a website that promotes extramarital affairs. The website, Ashley Madison, was targeted by anonymous hackers, who posted a large data set Wednesday that they say exposes the website's millions of registered users. The website, whose slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair," is aimed at married people looking to cheat on their spouses. The full data dump is difficult to download and navigate.
August 16, 2015 |
Since it went live in June, a website that contains a petition to end hazing at fraternities, a roster of cases related to physical and sexual abuse in the Greek system, and a plethora of related documents, has drawn brisk traffic. Aaron Freiwald, a creator of endhazingnow.com, says the site is about more than the civil suit filed by his client, James Vivenzio, against Pennsylvania State University and the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. But the attorney for the fraternity's national organization contends the site is about a lawyer selling his services and is an abuse of something ordinarily out of the public eye - the pretrial discovery process.
August 7, 2015
DEVOTED CLOUT readers probably remember the name-calling and the campaign fliers of weird hot-tub photos that popped up during the fierce spring primary election race between City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and real estate developer Ori Feibush . At the time, former Gov. Ed Rendell noted the race had entered something called the "silly season," a point in time where candidates just throw ideas - and rumors - at a wall, and hope something...
July 10, 2015 |
FORMER broadcast meteorologist, Philly.com contributor and "bar girls" scam survivor John Bolaris has suspended operation of his "Weather Savior" wire service. The Emmy-award winning forecaster launched Weathersavior.com in May 2014. For about $500 a month, it offered weather events 24/7, with a specialty in storms. Bolaris told me he has pulled the plug on his website because it just wasn't making any money. While he said he's shutting down the website, he is not giving up on the project.
July 1, 2015 |
A fund-raiser rallying Latinos to donate to the World Meeting of Families was announced Monday to help meet the $45 million goal for the event that is bringing Pope Francis, the first Latino pope, to Philadelphia in September. Varsovia Fernandez, president of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said a meeting with Latino leaders and business owners inspired creation of an online site and a mobile app for donations. The objective is to encourage at least 100,000 Latino donors to contribute at least $5 each.
June 4, 2015 |
Donna Cavanagh says the world is brimming with mockable material - like the sex toy designed for those grieving the loss of a partner. The glass device can be filled with ashes of your dead lover. "I mean, come on. That story was like handing me gold," Cavanagh, 53, of East Norriton, says of the essay she wrote about it. Her writing finds a home on the website she founded four years ago, Humor Outcasts, where now more than 100 other humorists - cartoonists, novelists, stand-up comedians, and TV producers and writers, many well-known - contribute essays, memes, parodies, satires, and cringe comedy at a blush-under-R rating.