Monthly Archives: October 2009

Obama’s visitors list released and searchable

The list of White House visitors is now online and searchable. (Thanks to the FOI Advocate blog for flagging that.) You might recall that we asked York County congressman Todd Platts for his visitors’ list, and he said no. But … Continue reading

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Whose records are they, anyway?

 In York, we’ve had some go-rounds with city police over access to public records. But, that I know of, we’ve never gotten to this level (at least regarding fairly routine requests; I do remember a long struggle with the city … Continue reading

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Potato chip wars

I absolutely loved an anecdote from atop Sean Adkins’ story in today’s paper. Here it is: “Every couple of years, Frito-Lay officials stop by the Hanover Borough office to check out any new building permits filed by Utz Quality Foods.   … Continue reading

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A check on outgoing DA Rebert’s war chest

In case you were curious, we checked on outgoing District Attorney Stan Rebert’s campaign money. (To give credit where it’s due, this was actually managing editor Randy Parker’s idea — just to see how or if Rebert would spend whatever … Continue reading

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Music as torture

Bands like Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails (that’s Trent Reznor at right) aren’t happy their music may have been used to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and they’ve filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the song … Continue reading

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New blog by National Security Archive

Unredacted is a “behind-the-scenes” blog just launched by the nonprofit National Security Archive at GWU: “The Archive’s own experience with thousands of Freedom of Information Act and Mandatory Declassification Review requests provides a wealth of data and fundamental lessons that … Continue reading

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Key arguments in time-response log case

Can you assess first-responder performance without knowing where units came from or where they went? You’ll be able to if a county judge rules in the Daily Record/Sunday News’ favor on an open-records appeal; you won’t be able to if … Continue reading

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Update: 911 time-response log dispute argued in court

Quick update: A York County judge heard arguments today about whether the county must include addresses, or some kind of geographic locator, with its time-response logs. The judge has not produced a decision yet. Background for this issue is here. … Continue reading

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Google was in York

If you haven’t noticed yet, Google maps now has “street view” available on major roads in York County. This feature is pretty neat. And it means the Google car was in York some time recently. I wish I could have … Continue reading

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If the Dillsburg earthquake doesn’t get you, the disclaimer will

I don’t mean to make fun of the state’s conservation department, because earthquakes — even small ones — aren’t too terribly funny. But I thought it was interesting, and illustrative, that when the DCNR made public a Columbia University report … Continue reading

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