November 14, 2011 |
The black-and-white television news footage of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Girard College is compelling, even after 46 years. King, at an August 1965 rally protesting racial segregation at the North Philadelphia residential school, leans down from the stage when KYW-TV reporter Tom Snyder asks him what recommendations he has about the segregation of Girard College and "settling our controversy here. " "I have said, over and over again, that there is nothing to do but to continue the struggle and to continue to keep the issue before the forefront of the conscience of the community," King replies.
January 4, 2013
WHAT HAPPENS when you mix a website critical of the city controller with a rumor of an unhappy ex-employee seeking a gun? It's another episode of "City Controller CSI. " Rafael "Ralph" Kaplan started his website Dec. 5, claiming it offers information that City Controller Alan Butkovitz "doesn't want you to see. " Kaplan was fired from his job as an auditor in December 2011, after just seven months, for using profanity on an office...
February 1, 2012 |
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has established a website for current shareholders of the defunct Meritor Savings Bank. A federal judge in December ordered the FDIC, which was found to have improperly seized the former Philadelphia Savings Fund Society in 1992, to distribute $236 million to shareholders. That was the amount left from a $276 million court award after a $24 million contingency payment for the lawyer who led an 18-year court fight, $8.3 million in expenses, and the reserve of $7.6 million to cover a possible award to a former shareholder who has appealed the terms of the distribution.
January 23, 2012 |
SEPTA has launched an online page that allows riders to get real-time service updates on the mass transit agency's system. The website page is http://www.septa.org/realtime/status/system-status.shtml It also can be accessed by clicking on the System Status "Eye" icon under Quick Links on every page at www.septa.org . On the page, riders can find information service suspensions on specific rail, subway, trolley and bus lines; sudden,...
April 17, 2013 |
THOSE HARRIED procrastinators who were hoping to file their city taxes online or access related forms on Sunday were met with an unpleasant surprise: Philadelphia's Department of Revenue website was down due to "routine maintenance. " Scheduled maintenance for the website occurs every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but many questioned a routine maintenance the day before taxes were to be paid. "Why would you schedule maintenance the day before the deadline?" City Councilman Mark Squilla said Monday.
March 23, 2011 |
What do you do when you want your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend rubbed out? Why, you go to hitmanforhire.com, of course. The FBI and a federal indictment say that Marissa Mark did just that. The feds say that Mark used three stolen credit cards to provide the website's "hit man" with a $19,000 down payment on the $37,000 price of the hit, contracted in September 2006. The hit man and website creator, a Las Vegas casino dealer, according to the Las Vegas Sun , had his own PayPal account.
July 24, 2012 |
New Jersey state investigators want to help homeowners hire contractors who won't disappear with deposits, leave jobs unfinished, or do inadequate work. On Monday, the Division of Consumer Affairs released the names of 44 unregistered contractors, including more than a dozen from South Jersey, who were cited and issued $195,000 in civil penalties based on consumer complaints. "Disreputable contractors can leave consumers with costs that escalate to tens of thousands of dollars, as well as dangerous conditions that must be repaired at additional cost," Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a statement.
October 9, 2012
PHILADELPHIA Schools Partnership is set to launch GreatPhillySchools.org, a website and print guide with objective data about (almost) every school in Philadelphia - district, charter, parochial and private, said Mark Gleason, PSP's executive director. Schools will be given ratings based on public data, including test results, college-preparedness and safety, and visitors can go to the site to research and compare their options, Gleason said. The database won't be live until next Monday, but those interested can sign up for email updates at GreatPhillySchools.org.
February 15, 2013 |
SOMETIMES ADS hit too close to home. A case in point is a Nike ad featuring Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter better known as "Blade Runner because of his prosthetic legs. He was charged with murder on Thursday after allegedly shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, to death. Prior to the incident, Nike had an ad on Pistorius' website featuring a series of photos of the runner in freeze-frame motion. In retrospect, the words that accompanied it are chilling: "I AM THE BULLET IN THE CHAMBER" Nike promptly pulled the ad. Wherefore art thou?