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 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?
July 6, 2013 |
Girley-Girl was feeling lost and frightened. So she turned to the one place where she was confident she might get help. "I just came to this foster home, & it's scary," the 14-year-old wrote on the website TeenCentral.Net. "All the kids just kind of ignore me, & the adults just yell at everybody. Well, I was just wondering if you could sort of help me out. " A TeenCentral counselor assured her that she was not alone, that lots of children have been placed in foster homes, and that it would take time to adjust.
December 8, 2013 |
On Monday night, precisely at 10 p.m., I logged on to a site where many have unhappily gone before - HealthCare.gov - to see whether the fixes touted by the Obama administration had taken hold. I chose the late hour because Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said people might have better luck buying health insurance during off-peak hours. The site's welcome screen popped up quickly. So far, so good, I thought. And then: "Healthcare.gov has a lot of visitors right now. We need you to wait here so we can make sure there's room for you to have a good experience on our site.
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.
September 1, 2012 |
In an effort to promote a state-owned employment website, energy company PSEG announced Friday that it currently has 150 positions posted on Jobs4Jersey.com. PSEG, whose subsidiaries include the utility Public Service Electric and Gas Co., has an "ongoing need for people with a good grounding in science, technology, engineering and math," said Ralph Izzo, the chief executive. The company currently is engaged in several large transmission-line expansion projects. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development last year launched an online tool called OnRamp at its Jobs4Jersey website to connect prospective employers with workers.
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.
May 17, 2012 |
Nearly two years after City Council and Mayor Nutter approved an ordinance requiring lobbyists to register and disclose their expenses, there's still no computer software to make the program work the way it was intended. The city Board of Ethics and the Nutter administration's technology chief, Abel Ebeid, say that Perficient Inc., a St. Louis firm, was unable to deliver on a $227,000 contract to handle lobbyist registration and disclosure statements and put the information on a public city website.
April 16, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania residents will have an extra day to file their state personal income-tax returns because the Department of Revenue website - as well as the websites of many other state agencies - went dark for several hours Monday afternoon due to a technical breakdown. State officials had not pinpointed the cause of the problem as of late Monday afternoon, but had ruled out any foul play. Residents will be able to file their returns until midnight Tuesday without penalty, Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said.
January 25, 2013 |
Brett Mandel, one of the candidates trying to unseat City Controller Alan Butkovitz, is providing voters with their own opportunity to become city fiscal watchdogs. With help from technically savvy friend Ben Garvey, Mandel has created a website where Philadelphians and anyone else can look up the city's spending in the fiscal year ended last June. The site is budget.brettmandel.com. It features blocks for each department in city government, sized according to how much of the $3.5 billion budget they control.