Monthly Archives: December 2009

Near year’s end, an RTK law tally

Keeping score with the Office of Open Records, near the end of its first year of existence: Barry Fox, the office’s right-to-know officer, said that as of Dec. 23: The office had received 1,135 appeals 62 of OOR’s rulings have … Continue reading

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Federal court gets arguments on releasing Whitaker-Springettsbury police video

Lawyers for Springettsbury Township policeand a former officer there say that if the public sees a security video showing the officer shooting and killing Ronald Whitaker Jr., it would hurt the officer’s chance for a fair trial and would harm … Continue reading

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YDR/SN to appeal court decision on 911 time-response logs

The York Daily Record/Sunday News will appeal a York County judge’s decision that time-response logs do not include addresses, editor James McClure said today. The newspaper will ask a Commonwealth Court judge to uphold a decision by the state’s Office … Continue reading

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First, Obama’s transparency directive. Gov. Rendell: You next?

So, Gov. Rendell, did you see what President Obama did the other day? Will you follow his lead in Pennsylvania? Obama told federal agencies to be more transparent, publish more data, and in fact, set deadlines for them to put … Continue reading

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What should be easy often isn’t

Democracy Rising PA, which describes itself as a “nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working for integrity, value, transparency, and citizen confidence in government,” has this post on some trouble it encountered in getting a list of per diems for state Senators.  Sounds … Continue reading

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Stetler to be charged in bonusgate, resigns as Pa. revenue secretary

Steve Stetler, a former York County state representative, resigned today as state revenue secretary because he expects to be charged in the attorney general’s ongoing public corruption investigation. Follow the breaking news at the link above. Read more about Stetler’s … Continue reading

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Sunlight Labs tails Obama’s transparency directive

At least one group won’t let President Obama’s open government directive be out of sight, out of mind. Sunlight Labs, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that describes itself as “focused on digitization of government data and making tools and websites to … Continue reading

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New federal spending numbers continue confusion

ProPublica, an independent online investigative news organization, just released updated numbers tracking federal stimulus money. And the numbers it has for York County ($82.2 million), be warned, do not jibe with the numbers Daily Record/Sunday News reporter Teresa Boeckel compiled … Continue reading

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Why the YDR wanted addresses with county time-response logs

People in York County lost their right to effectively assess emergency time response when a county judge ruled Thursday that addresses, cross streets or block addresses are not part of the county’s time-response log — data that is made public … Continue reading

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Video of police fatal shooting: Will you be able to see it?

When then-Springettsbury Police officer Gary Utter shot and killed Ronald Whitaker Jr. more than two years ago, a security camera was running. Springettsbury and Utter say that video proves the shooting was justified; Whitaker’s family, which has sued the department … Continue reading

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