Monthly Archives: February 2009

Rulings keep secret Pa. lawmaker-lobbyist contacts

The legislature exempts itself from scrutiny. The Associated Press was trying to get correspondence between legislators and lobbyists, which would seem to be of high interest and importance to Pennsylvania residents. But the appeals officers in both the House and … Continue reading

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First take on the first right-to-know appeals rulings

Used to be, when you asked for a public record in Pennsylvania, you had to state why you thought it should be public under a narrow definition of what constituted a public record. The state’s new right-to-know law was hailed … Continue reading

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First appeals settled

The state’s new Office of Open Records issued its first rulings on Right-to-Know appeals, and posted them online this week. There are six rulings — they’re here, under “Reading Room” — along with all but one of the original requests … Continue reading

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Poking around in the FBI’s work

The Washington Post’s investigative team reports that it looked through the FBI file on Jack Valenti, the former president of the Motion Picture Association of America, and found at least one intriguing thing in it. A rumor, it turns out, … Continue reading

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Word gets around about local couple

There’s a community of people who pay a lot of attention to open records issues, and Shrewsbury Township couple Kurt (above) and Linda Kurzmiller caught some of that attention last week. An open records blog called State Sunshine and Open … Continue reading

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Understanding deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan

Today I updated our interactive map about soldiers, sailors and Marines with York County ties who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan. Marc Small, a medic and Phillies fan whose grandmother lives in Dover, died in Afghanistan Feb. 12. We’d … Continue reading

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Gun permit database = angry readers

The Commercial Appeal, a newspaper in Tennessee, recently published an online database of all the people who have gun permits in the state. The database, a public record available to anyone who wants it, included the name, street address and … Continue reading

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Ongoing investigation vs. public’s right to know. The winner is …

 The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat has been trying for seven years to see the autopsy report of a woman who was beaten to death in 2001, but the report had not been made public.    The case remained unsolved, and the newspaper … Continue reading

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What schools stand to lose

The York City School District approved plans Monday to renovate the now-empty Lindberg Avenue building. There are several schools in the cash-strapped district that are in need of renovation, and the district moved to make them shovel ready in case … Continue reading

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The story behind the Hanover police video

In January, reporter Rick Lee wrote about a Hanover man who was acquitted of assault on a police officer during a struggle that was filmed by a cruiser’s dashboard camera. During Judge Thomas H. Kelley’s instructions to the jury, he … Continue reading

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