Archive for the ‘Public Policy’ Category

Monday, August 17th, 2015

FYI: Schuylkill River Trail Named Best Urban Trail in Recent Poll.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

By: Jarek Cotto

Michael and Kevin Bacon are calling for college students and professionals to enter in the Better Philadelphia Competition. The challenge for this year focuses on designing healthy neighborhoods in the Mantua/Belmont section.

 

The UberX driver that was arrested for raping a passenger in July is also a cab driver! More here.

 

Philadelphia Police have finally solved the mystery of why the Eagles lost Super Bowl XXXIX. See why.

 

Phillies’ Franco gets hit on the wrist. X-rays came back negative, so although his wrist is not broken, he will still be out for an undetermined period of time.

 

A huge number of people used the Schuylkill River Trail last year. It was frequented more than any other trail in the city. It has even been named best urban trail in a USA Today’s reader’s choice poll.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/14/better-philadelphia-challenge-bacon-brothers/
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http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/13/philly-tom-brady-sketch/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/12/phillies-franco-hit-on-wrist-x-rays-negative/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/11/circuit-trails-philadelphia/

 

 
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

FYI: Will Philly Survive the Chaos of Pope Francis’ Visit?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

By: Jarek Cotto

Its no secret that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia in September. It takes a lot of preparation for something of this caliber to go off without a hitch. Could this be Philadelphia’s biggest challenge ever? See why many think so.

Are Eagles fans really that obnoxious? See why they are ranked in Sports Illustrated most hated list.

Man with plastic bag on his head robs Dunkin Donuts on Oregon Ave. Video below.

An undercover operation led to 68 arrests in one neighborhood in two days. Read more below.

The crane driver that caused the collapse of the Salvation Army thrift store in 2013 has pled guilty. More on this below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/si-eagles-most-hated-fans/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/23/dunkin-donuts-robbery/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/21/kensington-drug-busts/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/21/building-collapse-guilty-plea/

 
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

FYI: Could Infrared Technology Eliminate Our City’s Pothole Problem?

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By: Jarek Cotto

 

Fish can get cancer too? Yes they can. Not only that, but the first case ever was recorded right in a PA river! More here.

 

Philly has tons of street festivals every year. What are the 5 rules you need to follow in order to behave during these times? Read below.

 

How do we emancipate ourselves from police brutality? Here are 10 steps that might help.

 

Hoagie fest is back at Wawa, and they’re spreading joy to all.

 

How could infrared technology vaporize potholes? Find out.

 

Did Philly show the nation the right way to protest? Or, did we meet the same fate like those before us?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/05/fish-cancer-pennsylvania-river/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/05/philadelphia-street-festival-etiquette/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/04/10-steps-end-police-brutality-slave-patrols/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/03/wawa-expansion-hoagie-sub-hero-sandwich/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/29/infrared-technology-potholes-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/01/philly-is-baltimore-philly-protest/

 
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

FYI: Would Philly’s Millennials Be Happier If Bars Were Open Later?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

By: Jarek Cotto

What would happen if Philly’s bars closed at 4 a.m. instead of 2 a.m.? Would this make the city’s Millennials happier? Democratic Rep. Jordan Harris thinks so, and is introducing a bill that would allow bars to do just that. More below.

 

UberX has hit 1 million rides in the region, but it’s still illegal in Philly. Why?

 

Two men in PA were arrested and admitted to making and selling IEDs. More here.

 

A man breaks into Ishkabibble’s II on April 1st and only makes out with $80 dollars. This genius was caught on video tape. Watch the full video below.

 

Bill Cosby won’t be speaking at Temples graduation this year. This should not be surprising given the recent sex abuse allegations he is facing. Find out more here.

 

This new Philly PSA tells pedestrians to get off of their phones while walking. Full video below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/uber-philadelphia-uberx-one-million-rides/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/istvan-merchenthaler-ryan-joseph-hribick-ieds-pennsylvania/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/ishkabibbles-south-street-robbed/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/cosby-wont-speak-at-temple-graduation/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/10/psa-pedestrians-drivers-road-safety/

 
Monday, March 23rd, 2015

FYI: Council President Wants ShotSpotter Tech In Philly.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/clarke-wants-shotspotter-tech-for-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/clarke-wants-shotspotter-tech-for-philly/

By: Jarek Cotto

A 15-year-old teen was jumped by a group of young males at a subway platform in Center City. The assault took place on Thursday, March 19th at around 4 p.m. Video footage shows the large group of males pumble the victim to the ground, then fleeing the scene. Detectives are still looking for the suspects.

 

Council President Darrell Clarke wants to bring new technology to Philadelphia which helps locate and track shootings in our city. It is called ShotSpotter, and it is already being used in Camden and in parts of New York where it is said to be effective in reducing shooting crimes.

 

Drunken idiots caused over $1800 in damages by breaking windows at Jim’s Steaks on South st. Video footage shows one of the morons throwing himself into the windows and breaking it. They’re still at large.

 

Who would think there are 38 hate groups in PA? Click below to see a map of where these hate groups are.

 

Man gets shot 11 times in Point Breeze and survives! More below.

 

What is the real reason why Penn’s tuition is going up this year? Read more here.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/video-assault-broad-street-subway-platform/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/clarke-wants-shotspotter-tech-for-philly/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/19/jims-steaks-south-street-windows-broken/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/19/hate-groups-pennsylvania-splc/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/16/point-breeze-man-shot-11-times/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/16/real-reason-penns-tuition-going-year/

 

 
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

FYI: Will Comcast Purchase Netflix?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/comcast-buy-netflix/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/comcast-buy-netflix/

By: Jarek Cotto

Why does the Mayor’s six-year capital budget plan include setting aside $5 million dollars for a new prison? Details below.

 

The price of a Philadelphia Taxi Medallion is dropping fast. The medallion is now available starting at $50K for a minimum bid compared to the $475K the PPA was charging last fall. See why the price has dropped so dramatically.

 

Will Comcast be trying to buy Netflix? More below.

 

Feds postponed the release of a report of the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of force. No reason was given as to why the delay.

 

Woman crashes her Escalade into a bank window on Broad Street. Read more here.

 

Why does this Beaver County sheriffs candidate own a vending machine that sells ammunition?

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/michael-nutter-wants-5m-land-new-prison/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/price-philadelphia-taxi-medallion-keeps-dropping/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/comcast-buy-netflix/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/06/feds-postpone-release-philly-police-report/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/05/cadillac-escalade-crashes-bank-window/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/04/beaver-county-candidate-owns-ammo-vending-machine/

 
Monday, February 16th, 2015

FYI: The DNC Is Coming To Philly in 2015!

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

By: Jarek Cotto

A fire broke out this morning at the Locust Medical Center in West Philly. It was around 4:45 a.m. when the fire started and firefighters came to the scene. With the frigid temperatures this morning, and all the water that was used, the whole medical center was in cased in ice. Check out the amazing pictures by clicking below.

 

New York Times has gotten things wrong about Philly a few times. Read about a few of those times below.

 

The Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia! They even mentioned cheesesteaks in their commercial. How typical.

 

The Army will be detonating the Delaware River this year in a massive dredging project. They are attempting to make the river 45 ft deep instead of 40 so bigger ships can get through.

 

Police arrested the man they believe to be behind the robberies at Ubiq on Walnut Street and the Ultimo coffee shop in Point Breeze. He was arrested in Powelton Village on Tuesday by US marshalls. Bail is set at $250,000.

 

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/16/amazing-pics-west-philly-fire/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/13/new-york-times-gets-wrong-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/12/dnc-democrats-coming-to-philadelphia-tweets/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/11/u-s-army-will-detonate-delaware-river-year/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/11/man-arrested-ubiq-ultimo-coffee-robberies/

 
Monday, February 9th, 2015

FYI: Paid Sick Leave Now Gets Mayors Support.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/06/10-reasons-paid-sick-leave-great-business/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/06/10-reasons-paid-sick-leave-great-business/

By: Jarek Cotto

This Philly politician wants marijuana sold at state stores. Is it a good idea? Jim Kenney, the newly announced mayoral candidate is the one backing this. It would be a good idea, if weed were to be legalized in PA.

 

A Bucks County Wawa was robbed by a man wielding large kitchen knife. Watch the footage showing the robber purchasing something and paying for it, then while the cash register was open, he took out a large knife and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. police are still searching for the suspect.

 

Paid sick leave is looking like it will be coming to Philly very soon. It sounds like a great idea. Here are 10 reasons why it is great for business too!

 

This Jersey man gets over 60,000 people to sign his petition for Chris Christie to pardon him on a gun charge. More below.

 

Lyft launched on Friday and there has already been an impoundment because of a sting operation. Boy, the PPA sure isn’t letting up.

 

Eleven cars out of a 111-car CSX train carrying crude oil derailed over the weekend. No one was hurt and there was no leaks this time, but will we be so lucky the next time?

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/08/the-best-thing-that-happened-this-week-jim-kenney-pot-state-stores/ http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/06/wawa-robbery-bucks-county-levittown-bristol-knife/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/06/10-reasons-paid-sick-leave-great-business/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/05/steffon-josey-chris-christie-pardon-petition-gun/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/02/lyft-launches-philadelphia-differences-with-uber/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/02/philadelphia-crude-oil-bomb-trains/

 
Monday, January 26th, 2015

FYI: CHOP Gets $50 Million For New 8-Acre Campus.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/perelman-gifts-50-million-chop/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/perelman-gifts-50-million-chop/

By: Jarek Cotto

Philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman has given the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia $50 million dollars in order to develop an 8-acre campus for health research and scholarship. The new campus will be a hub of pediatric research.

 

A 17-year-old girl was attacked on the 15 trolley while on her way to school. Reports claim that the girls bag kept hitting a man while they were on the crowded trolley. Apparently the man became enraged and struck the girl 3-4 times in the face. She was left with a black eye and a broken nose, while the man ran off the trolley. Detectives are still investigating this incident.

 

Man robs a Center City bank with a fake bomb. He reportedly went to the Republic Bank on Tuesday evening with a note and a box. The note demanded that the teller hand him the money and explained that he was carrying a bomb. He presented the teller a box of wires who then gave him the money. He is still at large.

 

Will we finally have paid sick days? City Councilman Bill Greenlee says it will with, or without Mayor Nutters vote. Read more here.

 

Seven people were arrested in a massive insurance fraud scheme in Bucks County. Apparently, 6 Ferraris, Two Rolls-Royces, and $1.2 million in jewelry have been seized so far.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/perelman-gifts-50-million-chop/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/video-girl-attacked-septa-trolley/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/center-city-bank-robbed-man-fake-bomb/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/paid-sick-leave-greenlee-nutter-veto/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/23/claire-risoldi-insurance-fraud-doylestown-bucks-county/

 
Monday, January 19th, 2015

FYI: Could Obama’s Community College Plan Be A Total Train Wreck?

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By: Jarek Cotto

Ubers chief competitor Lyft, the ride-hailing service, is planning to launch in Philadelphia. You might know Lyft from the pink mustaches they have on the front of their car. Look out Uber!

 

Is Yeungling banned from Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugurral  events this weekend? Find out why below.

 

A Temple student was killed after falling 8 stories from and apartment building downtown and landing on another pedestrian walking by. She was pronounced dead at Jefferson Hospital after suffering severe head injuries. The pedestrian walking by was transported Hahnemann Hospital and listed in stable condition. She only suffered a fractured neck vertebrae and lost several teeth.

Could Obama’s community college plan be a total disaster? Read more.

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/16/lyft-planning-philadelphia-launch-ridesharing-uber/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/16/university-city-pizza-shop-cook-arrested-child-porn/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/16/yuengling-banned-wolfs-inauguration/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/15/woman-falls-building-16th-chestnut-hits-pedestrian/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/15/obama-community-college-plan-disaster/