Monthly Archives: August 2010

Open Records deputy dies while cycling

Barry Fox, deputy director of the state’s Office of Open Records, died Sunday while on vacation with his family in State College, the Patriot-News reports. He was 47. A former Patriot-News reporter, Fox helped to develop the office’s regulations and … Continue reading

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New law, same old responses

This editorial from the Washington Observer-Reporter was published a few months ago, but it’s not dated. It’s about how Pennsylvania might have a new open-records law, but when it comes right down to it, agencies’ responses — which generally were … Continue reading

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Crime in the city and elsewhere: Here are numbers to chew on

You may notice the crime stats searchable database on today. It’s tied in to the recent news about crime in York and the mayor’s and police chief’s reaction to what they say is a perception about crime in York. … Continue reading

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Get info on product safety recalls, more with mobile apps from federal gov’t

You can find recall info via your mobile phone by downloading an app that lets you type in the name of a product. You’ll then learn if there’s been a recall on that item. You can also download an app … Continue reading

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Injunction stands prohibiting release of school employees’ addresses

 The state’s open records office lost its bid to overturn a Commonwealth Court’s preliminary injunction that prevented the release of school district employees’ home addresses, pending the court’s final decision in the case.  The open records office had appealed the … Continue reading

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Freedom of information’s roots are subject of a new book

“Piercing the Veil of Secrecy, Lessons in the Fight for Freedom of Information” by Mitchell Pearlman details the history of freedom of information laws. These days, as many government officials act like freedom of information is something invented by nosy … Continue reading

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A sustained look at delinquent taxes

The searchable delinquent tax database, provided by the county and made available on our web site through a program called Caspio, has been popular on over the past few days. You may have seen it on the home page … Continue reading

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Court restricts access to judicial employees’ e-mails

From The Associated Press just now. I’ve asked some right-to-know experts in the state to weigh in on this decision and will post their thoughts as soon as I get them. Pennsylvania Newspaper Association lawyer Melissa Melewsky said the decision … Continue reading

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One up, one down in Pa. public access issues

Up: The Valley News Dispatch reports that a judge ruled a local school district violated the open meetings law “when it held a closed-door session with shopping center representatives last year to talk about a tax assessment appeal.” The newspaper … Continue reading

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McNugget rage + public records = viral video

A Toledo, Ohio woman’s outrage that she couldn’t order Chicken McNuggets during breakfast hours at McDonald’s was caught on video. It happened New Year’s Day, but the video was just released as a public record, “because the Lucas County prosecutor’s … Continue reading

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