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.
May 25, 2015 |
A horse died during competition at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Saturday. The Chronicle of the Horse said on its website that Cambridge, ridden by Emma Kurtz, died after taking a bad fall while competing in the small junior hunter class. Kurtz was not injured, the website said. The horse show released a statement confirming the death and extending its condolences to those involved but did not divulge the horse's or rider's names. In other events, Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, Fla., won her fifth consecutive best child rider award, an unprecedented streak at Devon.
May 22, 2015 |
The morning after Tuesday's election, Philadelphia City Council's website was hacked and replaced by a sparse black Web page with white text reading: "I am Muslim & Islam is my way of Life. " On Twitter, Cyber ComandOs, a group that identifies itself as a Muslim hacker team, took responsibility for the cyber attack. Efforts to reach the Cyber ComandOs were unsuccessful. City government sites, which are hosted separately from Council's, were not affected by the breach, according to Jane Roh, spokeswoman for Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
May 4, 2015 |
You can't keep a good woman down. Or rather, in. I'm talking, of course, about Spanx. If you don't know what Spanx is, let me tell you. It's a girdle. But it's called a "body shaping garment," in that it compresses your flesh, nerves, and internal organs so that you look thinner. In other words, Spanx is a great idea if you don't like oxygen. Anyway, you might remember that, about six years ago, I wrote about how much I hated Spanx. I got introduced to them when I bought a pair by accident, thinking they were tights.
April 29, 2015 |
Just four days after coming home to Northeast Philadelphia from Iraq in 2003, Tim Wynn got into a bar fight. The Marine was arrested for the first time in his life. That wasn't even the worst of it. "I can remember, my mother and my girlfriend at the time, now my wife, they didn't know what to do," he said. It took five years and six more arrests before he began court-ordered treatment for the PTSD that he didn't know he had. His homecoming might have been easier if he could have had access to a new website for Philadelphia-area veterans that went live Monday.