Montco Man Charged With Peeping at KOP Mall

This undated photo provided by the Radnor Township, Pa. police shows Sean Moses. Radnor Township, Pa. police arrested Moses on Monday, March 1, 2015, and charged him with 86 counts of invasion of privacy and one count of child pornography. Moses is accused of videotaping dozens of naked girls and women in dressing rooms at one of the country's largest malls and then posted the clips on pornography websites. (AP Photo/Radnor Township Police)

This undated photo provided by the Radnor Township, Pa. police shows Sean Moses. Radnor Township, Pa. police arrested Moses on Monday, March 1, 2015, and charged him with 86 counts of invasion of privacy and one count of child pornography. Moses is accused of videotaping dozens of naked girls and women in dressing rooms at one of the country’s largest malls and then posted the clips on pornography websites. (AP Photo/Radnor Township Police)

Police have arrested a Montgomery County man they say videotaped dozens of women and girls in changing rooms at King of Prussia Mall. Sean Moses is charged with 86 counts of invasion of privacy and one count of child pornography. Read more »

Report: Millions Live in Pa. Oil Train Evacuation Zones

Amid growing concern about the transportation of oil by train through Pennsylvania — and through Philadelphia, to the city’s refineries — environmental groups have released a report (below) suggesting that “millions” of residents live in “evacuation zones” likely to be affected if an accident happens.

PennLive:

According to a report by the environmental advocacy groups PennEnvironment and FracTracker, more than 3.9 million state residents live within the federally recommended half-mile evacuation zone of rail routes. Their data was based on all active freight lines in the state.

“Considering the burgeoning volume of oil train traffic and the rate of accidents, this is a very serious issue warranting heightened transparency, communications, and safety enhancements,” said Brook Lenker, FracTracker’s executive director.

PublicSource, a nonprofit news agency, released its own report Monday. Their analysis was based on data provided by railroads to federal regulators found that 1.5 million state residents are at risk.

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Ramsey-Led Policing Commission Makes Recommendations

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair,  the President's Task Force on 21 Century Policing, listens to witnesses at the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, co-chair, the President’s Task Force on 21 Century Policing, listens to witnesses at the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The presidential task force on 21st century policing led by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has issued its “interim” report. Ramsey will hold a press conference on the findings this morning with Philly media.

NBC News reports:

In a report released Monday, Obama’s task force on police reform did not embrace proposed policies like requiring police officers to wear body cameras or linking federal funding for local police departments to requirements all of their officers undergo racial bias training.

The 11-person task force, chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, a professor of criminology at George Mason University, instead recommended less sweeping changes.

Its “overarching recommendation” was for Obama to create a so-called National Crime and Justice Task Force to suggest more ideas. The report also urged, as civil rights leaders have long demanded, that police departments collect more precise data about the race and other demographic characteristics of people who are stopped and arrested.

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Bill Green Gives the Backstory of His SRC Ouster

Bill green

If he had been shaken by the events of the last 24 hours, Bill Green wasn’t showing it when he appeared late Monday afternoon at Philadelphia School District Headquarters. He was all smiles and handshakes as he entered a meeting where students were being asked to weigh in on an issue — the district’s budget woes — that adults haven’t been able to fully resolve.

There wasn’t even an awkward moment when Matthew Stanski, the district’s chief financial officer, referred to Green as “Chairman Green” during public comments. Green — for now, anyway — is no longer the chairman of the School Reform Commission. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Sunday that he was replacing Green with fellow commissioner Marjorie Neff. Green has said he will seek a court ruling challenging Wolf’s authority to do so.

He told Philly Mag that events started rolling on Saturday. Read more »

Analysis: The SRC Can’t Win

School District of Philadelphia

Now we know for sure: There is no good way to govern Philadelphia schools — because all attempts to do so will end in tears.

Today, those tears belong to Bill Green, who gave up a council seat last year to make a longshot bet that he could lead Philadelphia schools into a new, brighter era. Now he’s apparently lost that bet, pending the outcome of a legal challenge — but the issues exposed by his untimely fall from grace have not. The Philadelphia School District is all but ungovernable.

A central issue: One underlying assumption of the state takeover of the Philadelphia school district — lo these many years ago — was that the state would speak with something like one voice. Yes, the governor gets to choose three of the School Reform Commission’s five members, and three people can generate disagreement on any topic. But the direction from Harrisburg, at least, was supposed to be somewhat consistent.

Not so. Read more »

University of Delaware President to Head Philly Fed

Pat Harker | University of Delaware

Pat Harker | University of Delaware

Patrick D. Harker, president of the University of Delaware, is stepping down to become president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He leaves his current post July 1.

“While I am excited about my new role with the Philadelphia Fed, I will miss working on this beautiful campus with the best students and the most dedicated faculty and staff in American higher education,” Harker said in a statement released to the university community.

Harker had been under fire on campus in recent weeks for a Feb. 5 op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, in which he called for reforms to the traditional model of university education, to lower rising costs . “The system is teacher-centric,” he wrote then. “We need to become learner-centric.” Read more »

The Odd Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Comcast

Byron Allen, in happier times. | Shutterstock.com

Byron Allen, in happier times. | Shutterstock.com

We’ve honestly not been sure how much attention to give the following item, because it’s just a little odd.

But here goes: Comcast is being sued. By Byron Allen. (Older folks will remember him from the show Real People; younger folks might recognize him from his syndicated celebrity interview show, Kickin’ It With Byron Allen.) For racial discrimination. And the proof of that racial discrimination? Well … Comcast has Al Sharpton on the payroll.

Yup. Read more »

Neff, New SRC Chair, Issues Public Statement

neffFollowing Sunday night’s surprise news that Gov. Tom Wolf has dumped Bill Green as chair of the School Reform Commission, new Chair Marjorie Neff this morning has just issued her first official statement through the school district.

“The governor has asked me to serve as chair of the SRC to help realize his vision for public education,” she said in a statement. “I am hopeful that my background and experience as an educator and a parent will be useful to the task at hand.” Read more »

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