October 21, 2014 |
T HE CITY shells out a pretty penny every year to settle lawsuits based on allegations of police misconduct. MuckRock.com, which bills itself as a "collaborative news site" that helps journalists, researchers and citizens analyze and share government documents, posted an online report yesterday that looked at how Philadelphia's annual payouts stack up against those in a handful of other large cities. The findings might not surprise you. The city has shelled out more than $40 million to settle 584 of the 1,223 police-misconduct lawsuits - think wrongful-shooting deaths, excessive force or illegal searches - filed since January 2009, the website reported.
October 19, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett's campaign pulled the image of a smiling black woman from its website Friday after the news organization BuzzFeed reported that she was not a real supporter - but, rather, a model whose image was lifted from a stock photograph. The new "footer" image on the bottom border of the website features people posing with Corbett in an office. A spokesman stressed that they are actual supporters of the governor. "We changed the photo to prevent Tom Wolf from using trivial matters like website graphics as a distraction to avoid talking about why he refuses to release any details about his . . . plan to triple the state's income tax rate," spokesman Chris Pack said.
September 25, 2014 |
The sepia-toned transparency of Paulette Jellinek's late parents hangs inside a window, a constant reminder of her family's tragic and triumphant past. It is this story that Jellinek, a Haverford artist who has taught here and in Israel, seeks to share with the world through www.shoahletters.org . As the name implies, her nearly year-old website archives letters written primarily from 1938 to 1941 by family members, many of whom perished in the Holocaust; but also photographs, documents such as Nazi-acquired asset inventories, family biographies, and historic maps.
September 24, 2014 |
At his East Camden home, Phil Cohen was tearing up a floor as part of a kitchen renovation in 1982 when he discovered the old newspapers under the linoleum. Their stories and ads from February 1942 painted a fascinating picture of a Camden that no longer existed - with movie theaters, new-car dealerships, and major grocery stores. Cohen was enthralled. He held on to the papers - copies of the Camden Courier-Post and a weekly shopper - and decided to "do something with them someday.
September 22, 2014 |
Andrew J. Marsico, 40, of South Penn Square, Philadelphia, was arrested Saturday and charged with sexually assaulting an unidentified 27-year-old woman Aug. 21 in Center City, police said. A.J. Marsico is identified on the website of the Harrisburg lobbying firm Greenlee Partners as a lawyer and senior associate, who joined the firm in 1999. Marsico is charged with indecent, simple, and aggravated assault; unlawful restraint; and related offenses, police said. Efforts to reach Marsico were unsuccessful.
August 28, 2014 |
THE EMMY Awards on Monday night were so dull and predictable that when Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" told viewers to check out his wife's website, the resulting traffic crashed it. E! News says that in accepting his third Emmy as Jesse Pinkman, Paul gushed about wife Lauren Parsekian Paul and her cause. "To my wife, my God, thank you for marrying me," Paul said in his speech. "Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. " "If you guys don't know what she does," he added, "look up 'Kind Campaign.' Do yourself and your children a favor: Kind Campaign.
August 27, 2014 |
JIMMY TAYOUN, publisher of the Philadelphia Public Record , tried Friday to shrug off as "just a mistake" a string of racial slurs that appeared in a photo caption in Thursday's weekly edition. Tayoun was singing a different tune yesterday, saying he had fired the employee responsible for adding the slurs to the caption. Tayoun also retracted a claim he made Friday that a freelance photographer who took the photo came up with the "nicknames" - "Me Too, Chinky Winky and Dinky Doo" - for a group attending a fundraiser in Chinatown for City Councilman Mark Squilla.
July 18, 2014
THE UNIVERSITY of Michigan has removed references of playing Villanova in the Legends Classic in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn from its website. On Tuesday, the basketball website included a Nov. 25 game with Villanova on its nonconference schedule and a quote from coach John Beilein about his eagerness to play the Wildcats. A Villanova spokesperson said Tuesday that athletic officials were unaware that any pairings for the event had been set, a fact the organizer, the Gazelle Group in Princeton, N.J., confirmed.
July 13, 2014 |
His plugged-in friends said he was a fool not to buy health insurance on the federal marketplace. Mark Gaines knew they were right. He was, after all, a 26-year-old law school graduate. But if a judge had asked him for a summation of the Affordable Care Act last fall, it would have been a one-sentence brief. "I didn't know anything about it," said Gaines, who lives in South Philadelphia and was working part-time. "I knew that it was going to make [insurance] open to everyone and make it cheaper.
June 8, 2014 |
Temple University is shutting down AxisPhilly, the nonprofit public-service news website that investigates and reports on civic issues in the city, the university announced Friday. The website, administered by the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple, was started in 2012 with a grant of about $2.4 million from the William Penn Foundation, which has indicated it would not renew funding, said David Boardman, dean of Temple's School of Media and Communication. "We needed to do something," said Boardman, who added that the site was nearly out of money.