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.
February 12, 2014 |
TRENTONA South Jersey Democratic organization has filed a federal complaint against a Republican campaign group working to reelect U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, saying it had co-opted his Democratic challenger's name on a "deceptive" website to solicit donations. Republicans countered Monday by attacking the challenger, Democrat Bill Hughes Jr., for his association with retiring U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.). The website complaint, brought by Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder, asks the Federal Election Commission to investigate "fraudulent" activity by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
January 15, 2013 |
Approaching the Walt Whitman Bridge on the way to South Jersey, there's an ad for a website that seems so Philly. Next to a giant unhappy face, these words: NastyClient.com. Leave it to an incensed landscaper to create a digital place for contractors to dish about the customers who chiseled them. One morning before sunrise in March, Matt Stachel of Feasterville strapped his cloth sign to an empty spot on a fence that faced outbound traffic, and since then, his website has become a gathering place for the aggrieved.
February 9, 2013 |
The Secret Service is investigating a hacker's apparent theft of a trove of personal e-mails and photos belonging to the Bush family after they were posted late Thursday by the Smoking Gun website. A report by the Smoking Gun said the e-mails covered the period from 2009 to 2012, and that a total of six accounts appeared to have been compromised. Among those hacked were Dorothy Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. Bush and sister of President George W. Bush; as well as sportscaster Jim Nantz, a Bush family friend.
August 22, 2011 |
Like many people the day after Thanksgiving, Blair Souder wasn't feeling well. But his distress wasn't related to overeating. It was from watching television footage of bargain-hungry buyers on Black Friday, the launch of the Christmas shopping season. "People are fighting each other for DVD players at Target," the 48-year-old Chester County father of two recalled of that scene last November. It was a disturbing contrast to the few weeks he had just spent in Nepal, where he had done some hiking and had become enthralled with the simple, peaceful existence of the Sherpa people.
March 31, 2012 |
The sale of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com will likely be announced Monday, according to several sources. A local investor group has spent much of the last two months negotiating to acquire PMN from its hedge-fund owners in a transaction valued at $55 million to $60 million, according to multiple reports. With paperwork still to be signed, delays are always possible at the 11th hour. The buyers of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. are a group of local investors, led by George E. Norcross III, executive chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew, a South Jersey insurance brokerage; and Lewis Katz, former chairman of Interstate Outdoor Advertising.
September 7, 2011 |
By all appearances, Waterford Township is a bucolic small town nestled on the edge of the Pinelands, a place where wood-sided houses sit under towering oaks and the same families have lived side by side for generations. But behind the town's cozy exterior, passing patrol cars are sometimes watched with suspicion, and words like vendetta and feud come up in conversation. Last fall, the discord took a modern twist with the launch of a website trading in wild gossip that once would have been aired over a cup of coffee at the local diner.
December 30, 2014 |
Tom Casey continuously fields calls and e-mails from anxious people asking about pipeline projects and safety, and the meaning of a right of way. So Casey, of West Goshen, who helped start the Chester County Community Coalition to spread information about pipelines, turns to the county's online Pipeline Information Center. Fortunately for Casey and others interested, Chester County officials recently got a $50,000 federal grant to add information to the website and to name a point of contact to increase information-sharing among residents, municipalities, and pipeline companies.
August 2, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - In a time when budget cuts and debt ceilings may make government-spending decisions seem ever more impenetrable, the State of Pennsylvania wants to make it easier for taxpayers to monitor how their tax dollars are being spent. Starting in 2013, individuals will be able to search a single online database to see what the state pays their senator's secretary, or the amount spent to repave a highway, which agency spent it, and who beat out their brother's construction firm for the contract.