Monthly Archives: March 2010

Man can’t get own records from CYS

 I was wondering a while ago if you could get a record that is exempted under the right-to-know law if the record was your own — for example, could you get a 911 call tape if you were the person … Continue reading

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YDR investigation of nonprofit honored as national award finalist

Investigative Reporters and Editors yesterday named YDR staffer Melissa Nann Burke’s investigation into the finances of Angel Food Ministries as a national finalist in its 2009 awards competition. Melissa’s reporting revealed how AFM’s founding family paid itself $2.5 million in … Continue reading

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RTK a tool for Pa. political group

A liberal political group that describes itself as challenging “conservative propaganda” says Attorney General Tom Corbett was playing party politics when he filed a lawsuit to overturn the health care reform law. Keystone Progress wants to see if public records … Continue reading

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Things that can happen inside police stations

A Pittsburgh TV station used open records laws to get pictures of a man who, Blairsville police said, became unruly inside the station and prompted an officer to draw her gun. The pictures aren’t security-cam still shots of the officer … Continue reading

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Dry court document? Not this one

Sometimes court filings are boring. But not Steve Stetler’s in the bonusgate case. The former state representative and state revenue secretary wants a judge to dismiss theft and other charges he’s facing — and not only that, he wants Attorney … Continue reading

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State law keeps eyes off drug task force finances

When Tom Kearney was campaigning to be York County’s district attorney last year, he talked about opening up the county drug task force’s finances, which had been kept private under then-DA Stan Rebert.  I was excited. If Kearney was serious … Continue reading

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Yes, but fork over $111,930 for those records

A research group recently received an answer for its 2006 records request. Yes, you can have the records. If you pay nearly $112,000. This is how the requester responded to that price tag: “Your letter provides no information why 861 … Continue reading

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Sunshine Week brings to mind record-seeking stories

I was just thinking about some public records requests we’ve made recently and what the responses have been. I don’t want to name the agencies because I’m not ready to say what we’re working on. But the responses provide a … Continue reading

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And if you’re wondering why birthdates are public…

… this is an excellent argument.* *This relates to the previous post, in which I describe two agencies that redacted birthdates.

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Sunshine Week reveals gap in open government theory, reality

Apologies — I’m late to the party for Sunshine Week, which started Sunday. But I’ll try to make up for it with some posts this week.  For starters, check out this story from Scripps-Howard News Service, which reports the public’s … Continue reading

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