Monthly Archives: July 2012

Twitter censorship drama: Were NBC execs trained in Pennsylvania regarding private email addresses?

Poynter.org aggregates info revealing that Twitter told NBC that a Guardian reporter’s tweets were critical of the network’s Olympics coverage. Those tweets included the work email for NBC’s president of Olympics coverage. In an email to Poynter, NBC vice president … Continue reading

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Pa. Supreme Court OKs grand juries that could replace public hearings in witness intimidation cases

The state Supreme Court reinstated “indicting grand juries,” or grand juries that would determine whether prosecutors have probable cause to hold a case over for trial. The goal is to reduce witness intimidation, the court says. Unlike at a public … Continue reading

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I agree: Pennsylvania government is too open. Here is a top 10 list of ways to solve this vexing problem

Because the public’s desire for information about the government it pays for is clearly out of control, I feel like we need to do something to protect state officials and legislators. I have helpfully compiled the top 10 solutions to the problem of the public knowing anything about public officials in state government:

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Lawmaker: NCAA fine, work that lies ahead means Penn State “has to be more open”

A Pennsylvania lawmaker says Penn State should be brought under the Right-to-Know Law, in part to help the public track the source of the $60 million fine levied against the school by the NCAA.

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Lawmakers continue push for RTK law to cover Penn State; one advises caution

YDR staffer Ed Mahon reports that Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-West Manchester) believes his bill to bring Penn State and other state-related universities under the Right-to-Know Law would pass, if it can be brought to a vote. The Freeh report, he said, gives it momentum.

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Original documents are foundation of report on York County businessman, court judgments and Alabama project

The work by Sean Adkins and Lauren Boyer on today’s story about a York County businessman who wants to build a massive city-and-road project in Alabama — but who (with his companies) owes millions to businesses in York County — is an example of how open records can be a vital source of information.

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An open records response you might not believe, from the Dept. of Pardon Me While My Head Explodes

A response by a central Pennsylvania school district to a simple open records request makes you wonder what century we’re living in.

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Had Penn State been subject to open records law, Sandusky abuse could have been stopped earlier, educator says

Journalism educator Al Tompkins, a faculty member at the journalism training organization Poynter, followed yesterday’s Louis Freeh report accusing Penn State leaders of covering up what they knew about Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse allegations by putting the focus on the university’s exemption from the right-to-know law.

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Check out a different way to digest the Freeh report on Penn State

When the Freeh report on Penn State’s role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal is released at 9 a.m. this morning, we’ll put the document online via a DocumentCloud embed and add notes to highlight key portions.

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