Archive for the ‘Public Policy’ Category

Monday, January 5th, 2015

FYI: Temple’s New Stadium Could Be a Big, Expensive Mistake.


By: Jarek Cotto

The FCC will make a vote on net neutrality in February. If it is approved, it will turn internet service providers into a public service, and not everyone is for that.


Want to know what’s in store for Philly in 2015? Well, check out this list.


The body of missing college student Shane Montgomery was found in the Schuylkill River on Saturday. The student went missing on Thanksgiving Eve after leaving Kildare’s Irish Pub around 1:45 a.m. His family made a tearful statement after a dive team recovered their sons remains.


An Indonesian man tried to board a plane at Philadelphia International Airport on December 19 carrying two concealed blades under his shirt. He tried to make a connection to another plane heading to Miami, but TSA workers noticed two lumps under his shirt. Upon more investigation, the knives were found inside of an empty highlighter and the other in pen. The Department of Homeland Security has gotten involved and is seeking to take him into custody.


Driving is going to get a little more expensive. Tom Corbett enacted Act 89 last year which is the transportation funding law. It will raise the state’s tax on gasoline wholesalers by 9.8 cents per gallon.


Temple is trying to build a $100 million stadium, and a lot of people think it is a mistake. Find out more below.

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

FYI: Beer Can Now Be Delivered With Your Pizza!

By: Jarek Cotto

There is a steadily growing gap in funding between Philly’s richest schools and its poorest schools. Read the report below.


When Philly Bike Share comes back around they will offer a new safety feature, pedal powered lights. This unique feature will be added to increase safety and to limit the number of accidents during those heavy biking months. More below.


Uber was sued by 45 Philadelphia cab companies for operating a taxi service illegally. Uber has been under fire from a number of different sources since its introduction to Pennsylvania earlier this year. Will it bounce back?


Two police cruisers heading to the same call collided on Tuesday leading to 6 injuries. The crash happened at 22nd and Montgomery Street.


You can now order a 6-pack with your pizza! So many peoples dreams have just come true! Read more.


A 3-year-old child was struck by a stray bullet in Greys Ferry. It happened after a confrontation lead to shots being fired. A 40-year-old male was also shot. Both victims are reported to be in stable condition.


Monday, December 15th, 2014

FYI: Unemployment Rates In Philly Hit A New Low.

By: Jarek Cotto

Police kill a man in Mayfair after a traffic stop. It is not known yet why the confrontation took place or the reason why the officer shot the suspect. More below.


The “University for Geniuses” project might be back on.  A judge approved the termination of the sale of Revel to Brookfield Asset Management making Florida developer Glenn Straub able to purchase the property with his back up bid of 95 million.


Ex-Aide to M. Night Shyamalan might be facing charges after spending over $15000 on a credit card given that was given to her by both Shyamalan and his wife. Shyamalan’s wife received the purchases and confirmed that they were not OK’d by either of them. The aide will face charges next year. Read more.


The police are planning to move their headquarters to West Philadelphia. A group of angry protesters banded together in outrage of this and are planning to begin picketing in front of officials’ homes.


Philadelphia’s employment rate dropped to 6.6% in October of this year. That’s the lowest percentage it’s been since April 2008. The word is quickly spreading that Philly is the place to be if you’re looking to start and grow a business.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

FYI: Don’t Worry Philly, Beans is Fine.

By: Jarek Cotto


A group of 9 people initiated a dine and dash at Dim Sum Garden on Friday. This was no ordinary dine and dash either. They set off fire crackers shortly before jetting out of the door. Police are still investigating.


Septa Police and the PPD are testing out new body cameras. After the recent incidences of police brutality, a staggering number of people are in favor of police wearing body cameras at all times. Will this have any positive effect? Only time will tell.


Charges against Philly Jesus were dropped after being arrested for failure to disperse. His lawyer, Charles Gibbs, said in a tweet, “People said #freePhillyJesus and we at @thegreenfirmllc said “o.k.” Now, he’s free from persecution….” Now, how long will he stay out of trouble?


Jason Werth sentenced to jail for speeding.


Philly rapper, Beanie Sigel was shot in Pleasantville after a dispute. Don’t worry, he’s fine!


Monday, November 17th, 2014

FYI: This Man Wants To Make The “Batsuit” A Reality.

By: Jarek Cotto

Philadelphia’s recycle rate has increased 155% in just 6 years after Mayor Nutter took office. A few things are the cause of this increase like the weekly recyclables collection, the Recyclebank rewards program, single stream collection, and tickets to those who do not recycle.


Philly Jesus had a run in with the law when he was arrested at love park for disorderly conduct. He claims that the arresting officer threatened to drive to a secret location and beat him up. He was only arrested for 2 hours and now says that a “famous Philadelphia Lawyer” wants to take his case.


Uber Black employees are ratting out UberX drivers because they are stealing all of their customers. The PPA has issued a statement saying that Uber Black drivers can call and report UberX drivers to get them fined and impounded. It has been working too. The PPA has been getting call after call reporting UberX drivers.


The Trump Taj Mahal has released their tentative closing date of December 12th. The employee union is fighting a court-ordered cost saving measure that is voiding their health and pension plans. Owners of the resort say that if something doesn’t happen soon, then they will most certainly close its doors.


Man stabs McDonalds employee after being told to leave during closing time. The suspect followed the employee to the parking lot where he was stabbed in the back and chased. Police have no suspects in custody.


Philadelphia man started a kickstarter to help him create an actual batman suit. He says that he wants it to be actual combat armor. Read more below.


Monday, November 3rd, 2014

FYI: The Most Popular Costume In PA This Year Is Pretty Creepy.!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/slenderman28n-1-web.jpg!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_970/slenderman28n-1-web.jpg

By: Jarek Cotto

A hall-of-fame Mummer and his daughter were accused of attacking a homeless man on the corner of 2nd and Carpenter st. Carmen D’Amato and his daughter Rita D’Amato were arrested on Halloween night. Video shows Rita hitting the homeless man in the chest with a baseball bat and shows Carmen firing 2 shots at the victims legs. The victim was hit once in the left leg.


Police in Towamencin Township, Montgomery County are investigating a razor blade wrapped in a candy bar during trick-or-treating Friday night. The police won’t release many details, but the investigation is ongoing.


Eric Frein, the suspect involved in the shooting death of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson in September, has confessed to the murder and is now held without bail. Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty.


If you’ve never used UberX before, then you may be a victim to some of the myths floating around there. Read below to find out all  you need to know about UberX.


A 12 year old Chester County girl has been charged with making two bomb threats at Kennett Middle School earlier this year. Find out more.


Did you know that not everyone calls the night before Halloween “Mischief Night”? It is actually a very Northeast U.S. thing. See what other places in the U.S. are calling it.


What’s the most popular Halloween costume in Pennsylvania this year? Well, it’s Slender Man of course! Slender Man is a piece of horror fiction that started on the internet, and was made into a pretty popular computer game. The very tall, skinny man with no facial features, a suit and tentacles stalks you through out the game, popping up when you least expect it. If he gets too close to you, then it’s game over. Pretty creepy right!?


Monday, October 27th, 2014

FYI: Hundreds Of Motorists Honor Deceased Philly Celebrity “Dirt Bike Rell”.


By: Jarek Cotto

The PPA has launched undercover “sting” operations against UberX, a company that provides transportation services like taxi cabs but for a cheaper price. They have been setting up UberX drivers by requesting a pick up, then towing their cars after they arrive. Why are they doing this? Read about it below.

SEPTA will go on strike. The only question is, when it will happen. SEPTA’s union voted unanimously for the strike, but have no idea when the actual strike will happen.

Hundreds of motorists come together to mourn death of one of Philly’s most popular dirt bike riders, Dirt Bike Rell, at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church. After the service, they all rode their dirt bikes and atv’s down Broad St. in honor of the slain dirt biker weaving in and out of traffic. Eventually, the police were called in to reestablish order and safety to the area.

The same Pathmark that someone was stabbed in while shoppers kept shopping was the scene of another incident. A woman came in screaming about being assaulted by a 19 year old man. That man was cornered by shoppers until the police arrived. More below.

The Pennsylvania House has approved a bill that would allow membership groups like the NRA to sue municipalities for having overly restrictive gun laws. Corbett is expected to sign.

Philadelphia has given its first marijuana citation to a man named Mike Whiter. The funny part about it was that it was completely intentional. Find out why he did it.

The Philadelphia Police Department has paid nearly $40 million dollars for police misconduct since 2009 according to a website that specializes in open records requests.

Monday, October 20th, 2014

FYI: How Long Will Philly Stay Ebola Free?


By: Jarek Cotto

The losing bidder for the Revel Casino, Glenn Straub,  has filed an appeal of that outcome in state bankruptcy court. He claims that Revel officials did not share promised information about competing bids, and that they accepting a bid past the deadline. Will the “University for Geniuses” actually be made?


Is Camden changing for the better? Many think so. Gun violence is down, outsiders are making investments and redevelopment is slowly starting to take place. Read more about Camdens revival below.


Mayor Nutter assures that Philadelphians are not at risk for getting Ebola. There have been no cases of anyone in Philadelphia with the virus. He says that they are prepared for it if someone does contract it. How long will our city stay this way?


Two women attack a school bus with baseball bats and mace in northeast Philadelphia. Find out what all went down.


Do we still have privacy in the age of the internet? Judging from the recent incidences of hacking going on, we are probably not as safe as we think we are.


Immigration authorities have moved operations to the suburbs of Philly. There have been reports of driver’s license checkpoints popping up to try and catch illegal individuals traveling. They are also raiding the homes of people who are thought to present a threat to the community. Find out more.


Monday, October 6th, 2014

FYI: The City of “Brothely” Love.



By: Jarek Cotto

SEPTA could be going on strike this February, and one of the reasons why may shock you. It has to do with uniforms! The engineers just don’t think that they should be made to wear a uniform other than the vest they already have. See why they’re opposed below.


Biking in a major city could be dangerous sometimes. Check out these 5 tips for  safer biking in Philly.


Mayor Nutter reminds people that it is still not okay to smoke in public parks after signing the bill that would decriminalize marijuana. He tweeted a reminder to remind everyone that it is still illegal.


What were brothels like in Philly back in 1849? Find out where they were and what is standing in their place today.


Philadelphia spent $18 million on a boardwalk that only a few will get to enjoy and not on our failing school system. Really?


Overbrook 7-Eleven robbed with an AK-47 style rifle. Watch the video below.


Remember how Revel Casino was supposed to be building a university for geniuses? They’re not any more. Find out who outbidded Floridas developer Glenn Straub and what they are going to do to the place.


Monday, September 29th, 2014

FYI: Could ISIS Attack Our Subways? SEPTA Thinks So.

By: Jarek Cotto

Do you ever find yourself alone and in need of human contact? With the new app Cuddlr, you can now set up a meeting with a complete stranger to cuddle in a place of your choosing. This app shows how much our human interactions have suffered because of technology.


Two former principals have been charged with changing answers on standardized tests to boost scores. Find out what is going to happen to them below.


Man robs Dunkin’ Donuts with hypodermic needle on Sunday morning. See details below.


Hate crime laws may get beefed up by the city council. This is the result of when two men and a female beat up a man for being gay.


Philadelphia city councilman Kenyatta Johnson wants to ban the sale of realistic looking toy guns. Will the council go through with it? California tried to do the same thing last year and failed. More below.


Do you think a terrorist attack can happen in Philadelphia? SEPTA thinks so. They already increased security because of rumors of an impending attack on US and French subways. See why they are taking these precautions.